In Devarim 10:1-5 G_d was speaking with Moshe about hewing two new tablets and then in verse 3 it says, (Moshe speaking) "So I made an ark of acacia wood, hewed two tablets of stone like the first ones and went up the mountain,..."
Approximately four months later in Shemot 37:1 it says, "Bezaleel made an ark of acacia wood."
So my question is whether there were two arks constructed: one for the tablets destroyed by Moshe and another for the replacement tablets that was constructed by Bezaleel?
To add further to this thought, in Bamidbar 10:33 the ark went before the people, but in Bamidbar 10:14-21 the ark was carried by the family of Kohath as the tabernacle was dismantled. The ark would have been carried in the ninth position in the order of tribes as the people journeyed. So could the ark that Moshe constructed be the ark that went first before the people and the ark that Bezaleel constructed be the one that was in the tabernacle? If that is true can we then say that HaShem led them with the ark of His word and they also carried His word in their midst (in their hearts)?