Summary: Capping off the Ark of the Covenant is a solid slab of gold with cherubim, of inestimable value. Even more beautiful than its artistry is what happens upon it. Link inc. to formatted text, audio, PowerPoint.

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Beyond the Veil: The Mercy Seat

Exodus 25:17-22

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Every box needs a lid...but this is no ordinary box...and atop it is much more than a ‘lid’. As a matter of fact, no furnishing in history has had a final, finishing touch as exquisite as this mercy seat.

Capping off the Ark of the Covenant is a solid slab of gold with cherubim, and we cannot begin to estimate its value, especially today. But even more beautiful than the artistry of it all is what happens upon it. In the ark we saw the person of Christ, but in the mercy seat we see the work of Christ.

The Bible says that God anointed men to build the tabernacle and its furnishings, and it’s obvious that they must have had much more than talent...they had the touch of God on them. And it never ceases to amaze me how God will give us an anointing for a special task. I’m doing things today I never thought possible, and only God can be credited with it. Our nation needs an anointed leader at this time, and only God can make that happen. The church needs anointed servants, and you should trust that God can use YOU!

Hebrews 9:5

And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat...

1. A place of enthronement.

In that day it was God’s throne on earth...the place where God chose to rest in His presence.

v. 22 ‘there I will meet with thee...’

Psalms 99:1

The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.

‘Reigneth’ = is on the throne

Ultimately it doesn’t matter who is president or how the economy is doing...God is still on the throne and the one we trust!

Psalms 97:1-2 [slide]

1 The LORD reigneth; ...righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.

These are His characteristics. Righteousness is God’s laws, judgment is God’s punishments for violations of them. ‘Habitation’ = standards. In other words, if ever He were to not have these standards, His throne would topple.

So, how can God save us sinners and not drop His standards? That’s where the mercy seat comes in! This is the place where the integrity and the certainty of God’s standards are seated...that’s why there are cherubim there...they are always associated with God’s holiness. These are the angels w/ flaming swords who kept man out of the garden after the fall.

Genesis 3:24

So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

If Adam and Eve had taken of that tree now that they were sinners they would have lived forever in their sinful condition, and never been redeemed, and thus, never someday glorified!

God’s holiness cannot have sin in its presence. And because He loves us He hates the sin that will destroy us.


2. A place of atonement.

The word atonement means ‘paid for.’ This is the place where payment was made for sin.

The cherubim face one another, but they don’t look at one another. They are looking down upon the mercy what?

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