Exodus 25:22 (HCSB)
22 I will meet with you there above the mercy seat, between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the testimony; I will speak with you from there about all that I command you regarding the Israelites.
This passage describes the construction of the ark of the covenant. Its design is twofold: a container for the covenant law that God is going to provide, and a place where God will meet with His people.
There are some very specific requirements for the construction of the ark. And there are probably specific meanings for all of the nuances, whether they be symbolic of God and/or heaven, or some other deep meaning… but I am too dense to understand any of it.
Here is what seems clear to me:
- God’s law is deserving of something beautiful and treasured. We should view His law as so important that we want to honor it, we want to house it in the best container we can. There would be no question when someone gazes upon the ark that it is the home to something fantastic and revered. We should always have a reverence of God’s law, His word, and Him.
- God is the focus. The ark is obviously an attention grabber. The design of the lid, the mercy seat, with the cherubim facing inwards, toward the seat where God will appear to communicate to man, places God as the focus. He sits above His law, with His creation focused upon Him. Exodus 25:22 tells us that God is the driver, He will meet with us, He will speak to us, He will command us.
- God is not leaving us. Despite our sinful separation from God, He continues to reach to us, to create ways to put Himself in our presence. Eventually this culminates in the death of Christ on the cross, His resurrection, and the sending of the Spirit, but at this point in God’s story, He creates another way to comes to us. And notice that it requires our participation. Just as we must participate in coming to, accepting, and surrendering to Christ, the Israelites had to participate and come to God.
Lord, thank You for always being there for us, despite our consistent failures to seek You. I pray that we always revere You and Your word. Help us to hold on to You as the most valuable treasure we could imagine. Amen.