Exodus 25:12 And thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in the four corners thereof; and two rings shall be in the one side of it, and two rings in the other side of it.
Exodus 25:13 And thou shalt make staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold.
Exodus 25:14 And thou shalt put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, that the ark may be borne with them.
Exodus 25:15 The staves shall be in the rings of the ark: they shall not be taken from it.
Exodus 25:16 And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee.
The Law of God was in the ark, under the mercy seat, see comments on "the Mercy Seat" in the section under "symbolism"
Hebrews 9:4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;
Exodus 25:17 And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof.
Exodus 25:18 And thou shalt make two cherubim's of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.
Exodus 25:19 And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubim's on the two ends thereof.
Exodus 25:20And the cherubim shall stretch forth their wings on high,covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubim's be.
Exodus 25:21 And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.
Exodus 25:22 And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.
Exodus 25:22 And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim's which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.
The mercy seat was made of pure gold, (Christ's righteousness), the cherubim's symbolize the angels who have great interest in God and his mercy towards fallen man and His ministry for them, the mercy seat, symbolizes the mercy of God, being between the law, ( which cannot save but only points out sin) and God, as God is between us and the condemnation of the law, praise God for His salvation.
The cherubim's were made of "beaten gold" as Christ was beaten.