“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 the Day Of Atonement, Yom Kippur, the high priest of ancient Israel entered into the Holy of Holies to offer the prescribed 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 every blessing.
Contents Of The Ark.
Hidden inside the Ark were three items:
#1: The Ten Commandments carved on stones of Sapphire*
#2: A golden bowl containing manna;
#3: and Aaron’s rod that budded.
Because that was the spot which belonged to Adam who forfeited his place when he bowed his knee to that outlaw spirit.
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.
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 to be put UNDER the Mercy Seat so they would be COVERED BY THE BLOOD that was sprinkled on top every year.
When Balak hired the wizard, Balaam, God caused him 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…”
Notice, 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 of their sacrifices offered continually which 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!
(Green, by the way, is the color of New Covenant. See the article below about the Dove and the Olive Branch for more on that topic:
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. Why was it with them? Well, it’s a really long story. If you would like to read the whole sordid tale 😔, you may 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 BROKE OUT AND KILLED A NUMBER OF THEM. You can read all about it in 1 Samuel 6 and in the article above.
Ya think He’s serious about leaving those items UNDER the Mercy seat? DUH! I’d say so! Well guess what?…….HE HASN’T CHANGED HIS MIND!!
The Letter Kills.
The fact of the matter is, the letter kills……quite literally I might add. The Law killed then and IT STILL DOES; maybe not as quickly…..but ultimately just as physically dead.
“How’s that,” you ask? Our attempts to be justified to before God by trying to keep the Law brings condemnation. When played out to its fullest extent, it is ultimately deadly to our physical bodies.
This is why so many in the church fall sick and die before their time to this day. Many people 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. Try as we might, you and I cannot think or 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 what do you say, Church? Shall we leave the tablets of stone where God put them? I vote YES!!!
Keep them UNDER JESUS, OUR MERCY SEAT.
You may follow the link below to Part 7. We’ll be talking about the colors of the Tabernacle!