Have you ever met with God? I don’t mean just reading your Bible and praying, I mean knowing that you were in His presence and sharing intimate conversation with Him!
According to the Bible it is possible to meet with God and speak intimately with Him. It is possible to meet Him in this way at a place called mercy…!
There I will meet with you and, from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are upon the ark of the Testimony, I will speak intimately with you…
In these next few days I will share with you about the mercy seat of God. What is was in the Old Testament and the relevance of the mercy seat in the New Testament.
In Exodus 25 God commanded Moses to build Him a dwelling place – the Ark of the Covenant. This Ark was built of acacia wood, overlaid with gold. It was a box with two cherubim (angels) on top and four rings where poles would go through to carry the Ark whenever the Israelites moved.
When the Israelites camped it was placed in a sacred tent, the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle had three areas: the outer court, inner court or holy place and the holy of holies. The Ark of the Covenant was placed inside the holy of holies, divided with a thick curtain to the holy place. Only the High Priest could go into the holy of holies, once a year to meet with God.
But where exactly was the mercy seat? The mercy seat was the cover on top of the Ark, the place where God’s presence would be!
I believe that even today, God’s presence is also to be found at a place called mercy!
Tomorrow more about what was inside the Ark of the Covenant.