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Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Day 251

“For a tabernacle was prepared . . . which had the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that had manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant; and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat”
Hebrew 9:2-5

The Tabernacle in the wilderness had three areas; the outer court, the holy place and the Holy of Holies. The Ark of the Covenant was located in the Holy of Holies and was overlaid with gold. Three items were kept in it; the original stone tablets with the ten commandments, the golden pot with manna and Aaron’s rod. The three items spoke of the law, bread of life and resurrection power.

Covering the ark was a lid. The lid was the mercy seat. It covered the law that exposed sin. This is where the High Priest, once a year, placed the expiatory blood from the sacrifice at the brazen altar. It is explained in Romans 3:25; “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.”

A beautiful and glorious picture is seen here. The word “propitiation,” the covering of our sins, is the same as “mercy seat.” God had made provision for us. As He placed the tablets of the law, which exposed sin, under the mercy seat, so Christ’s propitiation averts our deserved wrath for sin. Praise His Name for we are covered by His mercy.

“The Lord is righteous in all His ways
and loving toward all He has made”
Psalm 145:17