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Why were the poles holding the ark of the covenant so long?

These poles were so long that their ends, extending from the ark, could be seen from in front of the inner sanctuary, but not from outside the Holy Place; and they are still there today. 2 Chronicles 5:9
            When Uzzah touched the ark accidently in 2 Samuel 6 and died, it showed a lack of respect for the ark.  Now, the priests made sure they handled it carefully, not with their hands as Moses directed, but with poles—long poles, as far away from the precious ark as they could.
            The poles, here, seem extra long possibly to show extra respect and extra care.  Nobody wanted to take any chances.  This was the last resting place (they thought) of the ark and it would never need to be moved again.
            The point here that we need to apply here today is to show a healthy respect for God and his power and judgment.  We can become too friendly and “buddy-buddy” with God that we forget to fear him too.