As we end our journey through the Tabernacle, pray and ask the Lord to give you a greater awareness of His presence.
Read Exodus 25:10-22
- The Ark of the Covenant (Ark of the Testimony) sat within the veil in the Holy of Holies. Residing inside the Ark was a pot of manna, Aaron’s staff that budded, and the two stone tablets with the Ten Commandments. The Mercy Seat or Atonement Cover was on the top of the Ark. This is where the priest would sprinkle the blood once a year to make atonement for the sins of man. Two cherubim facing each other with wings outstretched, hovered over the Mercy Seat and in between the two cherubim where God’s presence dwelt.
Jesus is the Mercy Seat. His body broken, and His blood shed for you and me gives us grace and mercy in our brokenness.
Read John 20:11-12
Do you see the picture of the Mercy Seat from the John passage in your mind? The two angels were in the tomb facing each other at the place where Jesus’ body laid–one at the head and one at the foot. Jesus became the Mercy Seat so that you and I could know and believe Him. Do you know Him?
Experience … Jesus’ presence at the Mercy Seat. Are you having difficulty sensing Jesus’ presence in your daily life? Do you long for more intimacy and fellowship with Him? Run to the Mercy Seat.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. – Hebrews 4:16
Exclaim … praise and thanksgiving to God for the gift of His Son, Jesus. Thank Jesus for dying on the cross for the sins of the world and for conquering death, ushering in forgiveness and eternal life because of His great love and mercy. Praise Jesus for His mercy, grace, love, kindness, and forgiveness.
My God is not dead. He is risen. He is alive in me! There is no more need for a man-made tabernacle. I am a temple for Jesus. He lives in me, and His abiding presence brings me great and lasting JOY!
With blessings this Easter …
Director of Women’s Ministry, Prayer, and Resource Specialist
This devotion was written in 2014 by Jacqueline Heider and was first published on her blog at jacquelineheider.com.