DURING THE TIME OF MOSES, GOD ASKED HIM TO BUILD A TABERNACLE FOR HIM, IN ACCORDANCE WITH HIS EXACT SPECIFICATIONS. INSIDE THE TABERNACLE THERE WAS A PLACE CALLED THE “HOLY OF HOLIES”. WHERE A GOLDEN CHEST CALLED THE “ARK OF THE COVENANT” WAS PLACED. GOD ORDERED MOSES TO PLACE THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, THE STAFF OF AARON THAT BUDDED AND A POT OF MANNA INSIDE THE ARK OF THE COVENANT, ALL OF WHICH BEARS WITNESS TO ISRAEL’S SINS AND REBELLION AGAINST GOD.
THE TOP COVERING OF THE ARK IS CALLED THE “MERCY SEAT” WHERE THE BLOOD OF THE ANIMAL SACRIFICE IS SPRINKLED YEARLY DURING THE DAY OF ATONEMENT.
IN ORDER TO BRING OUT THE “TEN COMMANDMENTS” OR EVEN LOOK INSIDE THE ARK, YOU HAVE TO PUSH BACK THE MERCY SEAT; AND THIS WILL BRING A GREAT REPERCUSSION.
(1Sa 6:19) “Then He struck the men of Beth Shemesh, because they had looked into the Ark of the LORD. He struck fifty thousand and seventy men of the people, and the people lamented because the LORD had struck the people with a great slaughter.”
THE “LAW” (TEN COMMANDMENTS), WRITTEN AND ENGRAVED ON STONES IS A “MINISTRY OF DEATH” THAT BRINGS CONDEMNATION TO MEN. COMPARATIVELY, THE MINISTRY OF SPIRIT (the Lord is the spirit – 2Cor 3:17) IS A MINISTRY THAT BRINGS RIGHTEOUSNESS TO MEN. NOTICE THAT BOTH MINISTRIES HAD GLORY, HOWEVER, THE MINISTRY OF THE LORD IS FAR MORE GLORIOUS THAN THE MINISTRY OF THE LAW.
(2Cor 3:7-8) “But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how WILL THE MINISTRY OF THE SPIRIT NOT BE MORE GLORIOUS?”
(2Cor 3:9) “If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, HOW MUCH MORE GLORIOUS IS THE MINISTRY THAT BRINGS RIGHTEOUSNESS!”
TODAY, IN CHRIST, WE ARE UNDER THE NEW COVENANT OF GRACE THAT CHRIST MEDIATED WITH THE FATHER (HEB. 8:6). UNDER THIS COVENANT, GOD SET FORTH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AS “PROPITIATION” (hilasterion“MERCY SEAT”) WITH HIS BLOOD; HE DID THIS TO DEMONSTRATE HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS; THAT HE MIGHT BE JUST AND THE JUSTIFIER OF THE ONE WHO HAS FAITH IN JESUS.
(Rom 3:23-26) “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in CHRIST JESUS, WHOM GOD SET FORTH as a “PROPITIATION” (hilasterion“MERCY SEAT”) by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness…………….that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
BEAR IN MIND THAT THE ARK OF THE COVENANT IS JUST A SHADOW; THE REALITY, HOWEVER, IS FOUND IN CHRIST!
THE LAW WAS GIVEN TO A THROUGH A SERVANT; GRACE AND TRUTH CAME THROUGH THE SON.
(John 1:17) “For the law was given through Moses, but Grace and Truth came through Jesus Christ.”
FOR THIS REASON THE BIBLE SAYS:
(Rom 10:4) “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”
IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!