The Mercy Seat


Read Exodus 25:10-22 / Exodus 37:1-9.

It was here that the blood of a goat was sprinkled by the high priest on the Day of Atonement, to appease God’s righteous anger, and ‘propitiate’ for the sins of the people of Israel. Romans 3:24-25 tells us that there is redemption in Christ Jesus because God has set Him forth as propitiation, through faith in His blood.

Christ has died. The price is paid. To those who believe in Jesus Christ’s death for their sins, there is now mercy, not wrath. Romans 5:8-9.

Attached to the Ark’s covering lid were two Cherubim. God’s presence did not dwell inside the box, but remained over the Ark, in between the two Cherubim. Here God dwelt ‘in unapproachable light’. 1 Timothy 6:16, ‘who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honour and might forever. Amen.’ See also Psalm 104:2.

The high priest had to shield his eyes, because ‘no man shall see Me and live’. Exodus 33:20. This was where God met with Moses, Exodus 25:21-22 / Leviticus 16:14-15.

The glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle on the day it was reared up and anointed, Exodus 40:9 / Exodus 40:18 / Exodus 40:34-35, exactly fourteen days short of one year since the Exodus from Egypt. Exodus 40:2 / Exodus 12:6 / Exodus 12:31.

The two Cherubim on the Mercy Seat represented God’s glory.

Hebrews 9:5 ‘Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory, overshadowing the atonement cover. But we cannot discuss these things in detail now.’



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