by Stan Coffey

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The Mercy Seat (11 Of 12)
Series: Victory in the Wilderness
Dr. Stan Coffey
Exodus 25:17
September 4. 1983

INTRODUCTION: The mercy seat was the lid placed on top of the ark of the covenant. The mercy seat represents Christ our Sovereign. It was a seat which became the Lord's throne and it was there at that throne the Lord would abide in the holy of holies. It was there where the shekinah glory of God dwelt and it was there where Christ our Sovereign ruled from a golden throne sprinkled with blood. That the mercy seat represents Christ is confirmed in the New Testament in Romans 3:24 and I John 4:10. There the word propitiation is used. The word propitiation literally means mercy seat.

The mercy seat was over the ark and in the ark were the tablets of stone that had been broken, symbolizing the broken law. On the day of atonement once a year the high priest would go to the brazen altar, take the blood of a burnt offering and go into the holy of holies and would sprinkle the blood on the mercy seat. Therefore, God would not see the broken law because it was covered by blood. In like manner Hebrews 9:12 tells us that Christ, with his own blood, entered into the holy place in Heaven and sprinkled the blood upon the mercy in Heaven. In Hebrews 4:14 and 15 we are told that by doing this Christ opened the way for us to boldly come to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. In the Old Testament the mercy seat was a place of judgment where the blood which had been shed for the sins of Israel was sprinkled. But in the New Testament the mercy seat is no longer a judgment seat but now it indeed is a mercy seat because of the finished work of Christ. That mercy seat who is Christ has been placed by salvation in the believers spirit or heart just as the ark of the covenant was placed in the tabernacle.

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