The Mercy Seat: Tabernacle Series Part 6

Leviticus 16:14

“He (Aaron) shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the mercy seat on the east side; and before the mercy seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times.”

Once a year, on Yom Kippur, the Day Of Atonement, the high priest of ancient Israel entered into the Holy of Holies and offered a sacrifice to God.  If he did it right, and it was accepted by God, the people’s sins would be covered for the next 12 months.  They would have bumper crops, be fruitful in their families, have protection from their enemies, and have every blessing.

This should help you understand that, when Jesus placed the sinless blood of His perfect sacrifice on the real Mercy Seat, it didn’t just cover sins:  It cleansed them.  And our sacrifice is not good only for the next twelve months.  Ours is good FOREVER!  To believe otherwise is to consider Jesus’ blood of lesser value than the blood of bulls and goats.

Three Items.

The High Priest sprinkled the blood of the sacrifice seven times in front of the mercy seat but only once on top, covering over what was inside.

Hidden inside the Ark were three items:  The Tablets of Sapphire, upon which were written the Ten Commandments, a golden bowl containing manna and Aaron’s rod that budded.
(For more on the Sapphire tablets, follow the link below:
Adam’s Place.
Why was the blood sprinkled seven times in front but only once on top?  Do you remember, way back in the oldest book of the Bible, Job, satan presented himself to God along with the Angels?  Why was he able to be there in the first place?  Because Adam forfeited his place when he bowed his knee to that outlaw spirit.
Numbers in the Bible have meanings, along with proper names, names of place and things.  The Holy Spirit specifically includes them to add richness and meaning to the text.  Seven, in Bible numerics means, “Completeness, perfection.”  Sprinkling seven times covered that soiled place where the devil stood so that the priest could come before a Holy God with their sins perfectly covered under the Old Covenant.  Notice, they are covered, not cleansed.
When Jesus came and offered His perfect SINLESS blood, He sprinkled it in front of the throne of God and sat down on the Mercy Seat.  HE CLEANSED OUR SINS FOR ALL TIME as well as that place where the devil stood!  He can NO LONGER come before the throne and accuse us!
(To learn more on Bible Numerics, which is not numerology by the way, follow the link below:
(Contents of the Ark:  Stone tablets, Manna and Aaron’s rod.)
Why These Three?

Why were these three particular items inside the Ark?  Because they represent the entire scope of man’s rejection:

#1) Of God’s Law, represented by the stone tablets.

#2) Rejection of God’s provision, represented by the golden pot of manna.

#3)  Rejection of God-appointed leadership, represented by Aaron’s rod.

The Rod That Budded.
In Exodus 16 and 17, you recall, the people were complaining about Aaron being appointed as their leader.  So God instructed Moses to collect from all 12 tribal leader’s their rod, which was a symbol of leadership.  The names of each were inscribed on their respective rods, for identification purposes, and all were placed in front of the Mercy Seat, before the LORD.
Let’s follow the story…..
(Aaron’s rod that budded.)

Exodus 17:8 “Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses went into the tabernacle of witness, and behold, THE ROD OF AARON, OF THE HOUSE OF LEVI, HAD SPROUTED AND PUT FORTH BUDS, HAD PRODUCED BLOSSOMS AND YIELDED RIPE ALMONDS. 9 Then Moses brought out all the rods from before the LORD to all the children of Israel; and they looked, and each man took his rod.”

EVERYTHING that represented man’s rebellion against God He wanted put UNDER the Mercy Seat COVERED BY THE BLOOD that was to be sprinkled on top every year. 

Balak’s Revelation.
When Balak hired the wizard, God caused Balaam to say to King Balak in Numbers 23:21  “He (the LORD) has not OBSERVED iniquity in Jacob, Nor has He SEEN wickedness in Israel…”
(Balaam hires Balak to curse Israel.)

God did not say that there was NO INIQUITY in Israel but that “He does not SEE iniquity in Israel.”  Why did He not see any iniquity?  Because it was covered by the blood.

The blood of the sacrifice reminded Him of His Beloved Son and the sacrifice He would offer in the distant future.  That’s how He wanted it.  He did not want to deal with them according to their sins but according to His mercy.  He is still that way, not wanting to deal with us according to our sins.  He is the same yesterday, today, and forever .

How blessed we are under the New Covenant!  We don’t have to deal with all that sacrificing!  HALLELUJAH!  Our Great High Priest lives FOREVER after the order of Melchizedeck.  JESUS atoned for our sins in His own body, once for all time.  HE IS OUR MERCY SEAT!

UNDER The Mercy Seat.

Let’s recap:  Where are the tablets of stone?  UNDER the Mercy Seat in heaven.  However, unlike under the Law Covenant, our sins are no longer merely covered:  THEY ARE COMPLETELY CLEANSED FOR ALL TIME AND ETERNITY!

What You Do When You Teach The Law.

Jesus is our Mercy Seat, right?  So what do you have to do in order to teach the Ten Commandments?   YOU HAVE TO PUSH ASIDE THE MERCY SEAT.  In other words, YOU HAVE TO PUSH JESUS ASIDE, take the tablets out from underneath the Mercy Seat WHERE GOD WANTS THEM HIDDEN… your own risk, mind you…..and proceed to teach the Big Ten.

Uh oh!  Remind me again: Why were the tablets were under the Mercy Seat?
BUT…..if you insist on taking them out from under the Mercy Seat, let me remind you what happened at Beth Shemesh.
(The Ark returns to Israel.)
The Terrible Mistake At Beth Shemesh.

The people of the town were very excited to see the Ark of the Covenant being returned to them.  You see, it had been in the hand of the Philistines for some time.  If you would like to read the whole story, follow the link below:

They were curious, I’m sure, to look inside the ark, to see the three famous items.  Know what happened to them?  GOD KILLED A WHOLE BUNCH OF THEM:  50,070!  You can read all about it in 1 Samuel 6.

Is He serious about leaving those items UNDER the Mercy seat?  Uh, DUH!  I’d say so! Well guess what?  HE HASN’T CHANGED HIS MIND.

(God broke out against Israel and killed men of Beth Shemesh.)

The Letter Kills.

The fact of the matter is, the letter kills.  The Law killed then and THE LAW STILL DOES; maybe not as quickly, but just as dead.

Trying to be justified to before God by trying to keep the Law brings condemnation.   When played out to the full extent, it is ultimately deadly to our physical bodies.  That is why so many in the church fall sick and die before their time today.  They are trying to please God by their performance, which is the same as trying to keep the law.  IT DOESN’T WORK.  It never has and it never will.  We cannot think, be, or do good enough.  That’s why we need a Savior!  Salvation is Jesus…..PLUS NOTHING.

But with Jesus as our Eternal Mercy Seat, there is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION to those who are in Christ Jesus……HALLELUIA!!!
So remember, pastors:  IF YOU WANT TO TEACH THE TEN COMMANDMENTS YOU HAVE TO PUSH JESUS ASIDE. Really bad idea!  Why not just stick to preaching  The New Covenent?  Read all about it in Hebrews 10.
So what do you say, Church?  Shall we leave the tablets of stone where God put them?  I vote YES!!!


Please follow the link below to Part 7.  We’ll be talking about the colors of the Tabernacle!

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