The Inviting Presence of God…

Read: Exodus 25-27
Marked: Exodus 25:21-22, “You shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the Testimony that I will give you. And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which [are] on the ark of the Testimony, about everything which I will give you in commandment to the children of Israel.”

The ark of the Covenant had a lid on it which was called the mercy seat. God said this is where He would meet with Moses; His presence would be there.

I find it comforting that the ark, covered in gold, and having a seat is something like a throne, yet it is not a throne of judgment but a seat of mercy. It would be intimidating to go before God as He sits on a throne of judgment, but inviting knowing I can come before my Creator as He sits on a seat of mercy.

Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Grace, mercy, and help. It doesn’t get much better than that.