Home

Sermons & Bible Studies

Abide in Christ

Christ in Old Testament

Personal Growth

Daily Devotions

SELAH PAUSE THINKclear.gif (43 bytes)

    
      SEARCH ME!
 
  Find:    

SELAH!   Pause - reflect - just think of that!

Reflections for the thinking person

-----------


SELAH INDEX

ABIDE IN CHRIST MENU

TELL A FRIEND ABOUT SELAH

Bible Study Series

Philippians

Epistle of James

People in the Life of Christ

The Beatitudes of Jesus

1 & 2 Thessalonians

Our Vital Union in Christ

Christ in the Psalms

7 Last Sayings of Jesus

Miracles at Calvary

Isaiah

Letter to Romans

Life of Elijah

Family Foundations

Christian Stewardship

 



 
 

The Perfect Place of Mercy

The most important piece of furniture in the Tabernacle of Meeting in the wilderness and later the Jerusalem Temple was the Ark of the Covenant, and the lid of gold called the mercy seat or place of mercy (Exodus 25:10-22).

The ark was also called “the ark of the testimony” because it contained God’s testimony to the people of His covenant. In the ark chest were a pot of manna, Aaron’s budded rod, and the two stone tablets on which was written the Law of Moses (25:16, 33; Num. 17:10; Heb. 9:4).

The “mercy seat” was a slab of gold fitting over the top of the ark chest. Once a year the High Priest would enter into the Most Holy Place and make atonement for the sins of the people of Israel by sprinkling blood of bulls and goats on the mercy seat (Lev. 16:2-16).

The ark symbolizing the presence of God with His people was holy and was placed in the Holy of Holies and separated from the rest of the tabernacle by a heavy veil (Ex. 26:31-33; Heb. 9:3-5). No sinful person could look upon the glory of God above the ark and live (Lev. 16:2).

No one knows what happened to the Ark of the Covenant after Babylon destroyed the Temple in 586 B.C. We do know that the new temple built by Zerubbabel and later remodeled by Herod did not contain the Ark of the Covenant.

The disappearance of the Ark of the Covenant at the exile was providential because the presence of the LORD God had disappeared from above the mercy seat long before the destruction of the temple. God had rejected the worship that was being offered by the idolatrous people (Isa. 1:11-14).

The full significance and fulfillment of the meaning of the Ark of the Covenant and its mercy seat is found in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.

When God sent His perfect lamb to make atonement for the sins of the people, the blood of goats and bulls was no longer needed on the Day of Atonement. The sprinkling of the blood of the perfect Lamb of God secured eternal redemption for sinners (Heb. 9:11-14).

Because of His perfect once and for all sacrifice for sins, we are encouraged to come with boldness and enter into His presence at the mercy set in heaven (Heb. 4:14-16).

The thick veil that separated man from the LORD God no longer hangs there as a barrier separating sinful man from the holy presence of God. The veil was torn into at the moment Jesus died. Every person who comes by the shed blood of Jesus is welcome into His presence (Matt. 27:51; Heb. 10:20).

We are always welcome because of the perfect sacrifice Christ made for our sins.

When God became man and dwelt among us, the presence of God was made perfect (Ezek. 36:27-29; Jn. 1:14; 14:16-17). The Ark of the Covenant was a shadow of the perfect dwelling of God with men in the incarnation of Jesus Christ.

We now long for the perfect day of fulfillment in the new heaven and new earth. “And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them. . . . I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb” (Rev. 21:3, 22-23). 

Selah!

Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006

Click for printer friendly page

SELAH INDEX

CLICK to E-mail SELAH! to a friend.

 

 

LINKS  XML  
What are RSS Feeds?
Java code for FREE RSS Daily Devotional feeds for Webmasters
Google RSS Reader 
 Add to My Yahoo! 

 CLICK ON ME TO GO TO SELAH! ESPANOL En Espanol
Una pagina con reflexiones de la Palabra de Dios para hoy.


Luis Palau
Syndicated
Article

 

Daily
Devotionals

Daily Devotions

Walking with the Giants

SERMONS BIBLE STUDIES

Full length Bible Studies & Expository Sermons

 

CHRIST IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

Christ in the Old Testament


 

SEARCH ME!  Abide in Christ Website   Includes all pages on our servers.

ABIDE IN CHRIST SELAH

Home

Sermons & Bible Studies

Abide in Christ

Christ in Old Testament

Personal Growth

Daily Devotions

(c) 2006  Message by Wil Pounds. Anyone is free to use this material and distribute it, but it may not be sold under any circumstances whatsoever without the author's written consent.

www.AbideInChrist.com        www.AbideInChrist.org    

       [Valid RSS]