"And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold. . ."
The "mercy seat"--the beautiful mercy seat!--that was the "place" in the wilderness tabernacle where God, in full holiness and majesty, met man! The "mercy seat" was a work of art. It was placed on top of the ARK OF THE COVENANT where "the Testimony," Aaron’s rod, and some manna was kept. The "mercy seat" was crafted from one piece of gold, according to God’s specifications.
Upon this forty-five-inch by twenty-seven-inch symbolic golden plane was the throne of God, in picture form. It was there where the Old Testament saints, in the person of their high priest, met God once a year.
Between the golden cherubim on the mercy seat, animal blood was poured. It was for the "atonement" of all Israel. It was a forward look to Calvary. It was there the "holy blood" of Jesus was shed on the cross. The "mercy seat"! Can we ever fathom it? Can we really understand what Jesus did for us at Calvary?
Until the cross, the temple veil protected the mercy seat. It kept the common people away from the ark. When Christ died, the veil was torn in two from top to bottom. God did that! It was on the cross that Jesus Christ poured out His blood. He forgave the sin of the world for those who now believe. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we, who are born-again, are told that we can have forgiveness of sin. We now "have boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus" (Hebrews 10:19). Jesus paid it all so we could have access to the Heavenly Father.
It is there to the mercy seat in Heaven that the believer can come to God in prayer. It is there that we can plead the blood of Christ for our forgiveness and blessings. H. Stowell has written "truth" in beautiful words,
"From every stormy wind that blows, from every swelling tide of woes, there is a calm, a sure retreat; ‘tis found beneath the mercy seat. There is a place where Jesus sheds the oil of gladness on our heads, a place than all beside more sweet; it is the blood-bought mercy seat. Ah! Whither could we flee for aid, when tempted, desolate, dismayed; or how the host of hell defeat, had suffering saints no mercy seat?" (ysw)
"God had to cripple Jacob to get him to surrender."
Many a wound brings us to great gain.
Our weaknesses make us hold to Him.
It seems, when we are well and healthy, we go on our merry way
Unmindful of the Lord and His claim on our lives.
He has to "cripple us" to get us to slow down and depend on Him! (GGS)
And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. (Genesis 18:10)
Under God's Care,
Yvonne S. Waite