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The Way of the Tree of Life (Part II)

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Let's continue this discussion by looking at the Mercy Seat which God had Moses to design in the tabernacle in the wilderness. I want to submit to you through the research of scripture that the mercy seat is the representation of the original place of sacrifice in the garden of Eden.

Exodus 25 verses 17 through 23 are the instructions which God gave Moses for the construction of the mercy seat: 17 “You shall make a mercy seat of pure gold. Two cubits and a half shall be its length, and a cubit and a half its breadth. 18 And you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work shall you make them, on the two ends of the mercy seat.

The mercy seat represents the place of sacrifice. The seat would be covered with the blood of the sacrifice which was made at the altar. God would speak to the high priest once a year there in the tabernacle from above the sacrifice. When he looked down on man he would see the blood of the sacrifice rather than the sinfulness of man and not destroy them. The cherubim are placed there facing each other over the sacrifice. Their job is to guard the blood rather than to keep anyone out. When they guard the sacrifice they keep the way of redemption open for man. I submit that this is the same job which the cherubim had in the Garden of Eden.

Verses 19 through 21 read;

19 Make one cherub on the one end, and one cherub on the other end. Of one piece with the mercy seat shall you make the cherubim on its two ends. 20 The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, their faces one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubim be. 21 And you shall put the mercy seat on the top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the testimony that I shall give you.

This was the only place where God could meet with the priest which was in fact safe for the priest. There was no salvation outside of the mercy seat. The cherubims insured that the only opening, or bridge to a relationship between god and man remained intact. Once again remember that this bridge would eventually be none other than the blood of Jesus our Lord and saviour.

22 There I will meet with you, and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are on the ark of the testimony, I will speak with you about all that I will give you in commandment for the people of Israel.

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