Thoughts about the Mercy Seat

Walk in Wisdom Gleanings from Scripture

Mark 10:17-34; 2 Cor. 2; Ps. 97; 1 Sam. 6-8

While 1 Sam. 4 was part of yesterday’s reading, we would be remiss if we didn’t
go back to mark out a most wonderful truth about God figured in that chapter,
especially when coupled with an earlier passage. It is almost a throw-away
sentence unless you pause to think about it a bit. The verse reads: “So the
people sent to Shiloh and brought from there the ark of the covenant of the LORD
of hosts, who is enthroned on the cherubim.” (1 Sam 4:4a) Ex. 37 reminds us
that the cherubim were set on the cover of the Ark, one on each end. They were
facing one another, with their wings extended over the Ark and touching, wingtip
to wingtip in the middle. Note then that the ESV renders this last part “who is
enthroned ON the cherubim (emphasis mine).” Think about that for a second.
These two angels are pictured, probably kneeling, with heads bowed and their
wings like their arms extending over until they touch each other. And this, is
where God is enthroned – where He sits in mercy on the sins of men – overtop
the Law tablets contained IN the Ark. God is over and above the Law we sin
against day and night. But His seat is called MERCY! Why isn’t it called
JUDGMENT? Because below, where the Law is contained, is also the place where
the blood is sprinkled. The place where Atonement is applied and received. And
He prefers we know the place where He dwells as the place of seated, enthroned,
settled Mercy, MORE than He would have us think upon it as the place where He
judges sin. Though in fact, they are one and the same. Is this not so altogether
lovely as to boggle the mind? How good IS our God? How much more could we
hope for in this way He chooses to represent Himself? To think always that the
approach to Him is on the Mercy seat. And There, the weight of His eternal glory
is so completely met in the blood of Christ, that the infinite weight of His glory
can rest upon the mere wings of bowed angels. What a God of mercy is ours!


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