This is how we begin our journey through this historical text. God tells Moses to take up a special offering of gold, silver, fine linens, and many other valuable materials to begin the construction of His divine design - The Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Tabernacle.
For now, we will skip over other implications
of this scripture. Such as the evident wealth God
has in store for His people shown through the
the Israelites being in possession of these
fine things in the first place. We'll also jump past
the answer to the critic's question of whether churches
are evil for spending millions of dollars on creating
a beautiful house of worship. I guess I need to do a
lesson on prosperity too...
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What exactly is a covenant? Well, it is a binding promise between two parties. It is always conditional, which means that if one party does not fulfill their side of the agreement, the other party will no longer fulfill their's.
These "terms of the covenant" that God was speaking of in Exodus 25 were what later became known as the Ten Commandments. Those Ten Commandments were man's part of the Holy promise that God would give to the Israelites.
God wanted Moses to put the terms of their covenant promise into the Ark. This monument was to become a physical representation of their covenant promise with God. This explains why is it referred to as The Ark of The Covenant.
Once the main portion of the Ark was designed, God told Moses to make a cover for it out of pure gold. The cover is what God referred to as the Mercy Seat. It is sometimes translated as the place of atonement (Exodus 25:17).
Knowing that God Himself labeled that sacred part of the ark as the place of mercy and reconciliation reveals so much about His heart towards man. Though we are an imperfect sinful people, even then, God longed to cleanse us of our unrighteousness.
That was the purpose for the covenant and its commandments.As a source of divine protection for this new covenant, God told Moses to "make two cherubim from hammered gold, and place them on the two ends of the atonement cover. ...... With their wings spread above it, they will protect it" (Exodus 25:18-20 NLT) .
Of course, God did not build the Ark of the Covenant just to give mankind angelic protection.
He wanted to give you His Spirit.
the Mercy Seat was where He promised to meet Moses to
give Him the words of their new covenant.
I will meet with you and, from above the mercy seat,
from between the two cherubim that are upon the ark of the Testimony, I will speak intimately with you... -Exodus 25:22 (AMP)
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