Friday, September 23, 2011

Come Running to the Mercy Seat

Exodus 25:17-22  "Make a throne of mercy to cover the ark out of pure gold 45 inches long and 27 inches wide.  (18)  Make two angels out of hammered gold for the two ends of the throne of mercy,  (19)  one on each end. Form the angels and the throne of mercy out of one piece of gold.  (20)  The angels should have their wings spread above the throne of mercy, overshadowing it. They should face each other, looking at the throne of mercy.  (21)  After you put into the ark the words of my promise which I will give you, place the throne of mercy on top.  (22)  I will be above the throne of mercy between the angels whenever I meet with you and give you all my commands for the Israelites.

The Ark of the Covenant was built specially by the commands of God. On top of the ark was the lid. It had two angels spreading their wings towards each other. This area was known as the mercy seat. God would come down with all his glory during the priestly rituals and hover above the mercy seat. On the mercy seat was the pouring of the sacrificial blood for the redemption of the people's sins. The redemption of sins had to be covered through blood and filtered through his mercy.

mercy [ˈmɜːsɪ]n pl -cies
1. compassionate treatment of or attitude towards an offender, adversary, etc., who is in one's power or care; clemency; pity
2. the power to show mercy to throw oneself on someone's mercy
Mercy is God's compasionate treatment to us even though we don't deserve it. The Blood of Christ washes away our sins because it has been laid at the mercy seat of God.  Mercy is so important for us and for those we give it too.
God preordained, for his own glory and the display of His attributes of mercy and justice, a part of the human race, without any merit of their own, to eternal salvation, and another part, in just punishment of their sin, to eternal damnation.
John Calvin quotes (French ecclesiastical Statesman and Theologian, 1509-1564
"I would say to my soul, O my soul, this is not the place of despair; this is not the time to despair in. As long as mine eyes can find a promise in the Bible, as long as there is a moment left me of breath or life in this world, so long will I wait or look for mercy, so long will I fight against unbelief and despair."-John Bunyan (1628 - 1688
"Among the attributes of God, although they are all equal,
mercy shines with even more brilliancy than justice."
-Miguel De Cervantes (1547 - 1616)

Teach me to feel another's woe, To hide the fault I see; That mercy I to others show, That mercy show to me. -Alexander Pope (1688-1744)  

If we could fully see what we are really being forgiven from and what God is really delivering us from; I believe we would understand mercy a little bit differently. If it were not for his mercy ; I could not live or be here today. I need his mercy and his love. The price of sin is tremendous and although the world thinks they don't need redemption. We most certainly do. Many only see sin through sinful eyes and don't see the fullness of it. Sin is dark and evil. It is a spiritual cancer which eats away at life and purpose. The Bible says the wages or the payment of sin is death. Many people see death as a body in a casket. This is not death. Death is much deeper and more sinister than a corspe in a tomb. Death releases us from our phyiscal shell and places us on a journey to the spiritual. The path to the spiritual is a forked road. One goes to glory and the other goes to darkness. Ladies and gentlemen, this is why running to the mercy seat of God is so important. The mercy of God helps set our spiritual life on the right path. It is the path of Christ. Jesus said he is the way , the truth, and the life and no one can come to the Father but by him. This is a powerful statement but Jesus was the only one is history that could validate it.

Maybe you doubt the love and grace of God. Maybe you are taking advantage of his great mercies by living a life contradicting to his truth. I want to encourage you to come running to the mercy seat of God. Rush to the altar , place your hands around the wings of the angels, allow the blood of Christ to cover your sinful stains, and throw yourself at his tender mercies. Look through the eyes of Christ and really understand what you are being delivered from. Never forget that just right above the mercy seat is a hovering , living God ready to meet you there. Oh if I could speak in tongues over the internet right now. Praise God!!!! Halleujah!!!! He is truly a great God!!!!!



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