God doesn’t meet us first at the door. And God doesn’t meet us first at the altar.
Beauty and wonder never cease, when we discover God meets us first, at His mercy seat.
How unsearchable are the ways of God. How vast God’s mysteries.
If God meets me first at the door, it would be about me, getting to that place. If God meets me first at the altar, it would be about me and what I offered.
But God makes it plain. The mystery is not hidden. The secrets of God are revealed in a pattern that’s given. There’s no change. There’s no turn.
The plans are drawn. They are laid out for us. Before the foundation of the earth, God knew and He knows. And He waits and He loves.
Hidden on each page is an image of the cross. The name of His Son. Redemption for the lost.
For those who are worn out, torn up, and broken, the ancient pages speak when opened. Let us ask, knock, and seek. (1)”Lord, give us revelation.”
“Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them.” (2)
This is God who speaks. He desires to be close to dwell among us.
In a place with broken heart and emptiness we cry out, “Reveal Yourself God, to me.”
“Where are You God? I need answers. I am desperate. Can’t You see?
Could this be our richest moment yet? Poor in spirit, seeking the dwelling place of God. Questions and curiosity draw us to continue to read.
According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it. (3)
As if from a book from another language and time, God’s word speaks, “And they shall make an ark of acacia wood; . . . (4)
Instructions given with exact measure and size.
And you shall overlay it with pure gold, inside and out you shall overlay it, and shall make on it a molding of gold all around . . . (5) And you shall put into the ark the Testimony which I will give you. (6)
The 10 commandments, given to man by God were to be put in the box made of wood, overlaid with gold, with more complete instructions told,
“You shall make a mercy seat of pure gold; . . . (7)
The pattern given, exact and precise. We pray, “God, to Your great mystery, open my eyes!”
Golden cherub and wings stretched out to meet, God instructs again concerning His mercy seat,
You shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the Testimony that I will give you. (8)
22 And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are on the ark of the Testimony . . .
The Master Artist had a pattern and design. He paints a picture of a man. But overlaid with gold. The incarnate Son of Man. The Commandments are kept in Him alone.
Make a seat of mercy, God ascribes, to cover the commandments, just as He says. With angels wings and deep mysteries, God says,
“This is where you and I will meet.”
A story is told in 1 Samuel, chapter 6, of this ark being captured by the Philistines. It was set near their god named Dagon that day. Well, the next morning, their god Dagon, was flat on his face.
Lifted again, only to find next morning Dagon had fallen. With broken neck and hands, the Philistines decided, “Let’s get rid of this ark and send it back home.” The Israelites were delighted.
But in the excitement, they took the liberties that day, to lift the mercy seat and uncover the Law. It is written that 50,070 people died that one day. Did God have a message for His people, for always?
What is mercy anyway? What does the dictionary have to say?
MER’CY, n. [L. misericordia.]
1. That benevolence, mildness or tenderness of heart which disposes a person to overlook injuries, or to treat an offender better than he deserves; the disposition that tempers justice, and induces an injured person to forgive trespasses and injuries, and to forbear punishment, or inflict less than law or justice will warrant. . . Mercy is a distinguishing attribute of the Supreme Being.
The Lord is long-suffering and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty. Num 14.
God meets us at His seat of mercy. Let us come to Him today. Jesus became a man, yet He was God come down. Pure and Holy. Yet willing to die. He paid our debt, that we might receive grace.
What is our work?
He doesn’t lift the mercy seat. It’s covered. The picture’s complete.
“The letter of the Law kills” Paul wrote in 2 Cor 3:6, “But the Spirit gives life.”
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7
“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with you God?” (Micah 6:8).
(1) Matthew 7:7, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
(2) Exodus 25:8
(3) Exodus 25:9
(5) Exodus 25:11
(6) Exodus 25:16
(7) Exodus 25:17
(8) Exodus 25:21