The Mercy Seat

The Lid on top of the Ark was called the Mercy Seat and standing on top were two angelic beings called Cherubim with their wings outstretched and they faced each other as they looked down at the blood of a sacrifice which was sprinkled on the top of the lid by the High Priest on the Day of Atonement. The Cherubim were hammered into shape from one block of solid gold. They had four faces as described in Ezekiel's vision in Ez. 1:5, they had the face of a lion, the face of an eagle, the face of an ox, and the face of a man. The Cherubim were also the same fierce creatures who guarded the entrance to the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve had sinned. They wielded a flaming sword that turned in all four directions to protect the Tree of Life (Gen. 3:24).

Illustration of the Mercy Seat as Described in the Bible

Table of Contents: The Ark of the Covenant, The Presence of God, Brief Summary, Biblical Description, The Mercy Seat, The Tabernacle, The History of Israel, David, Solomon, Israel and Judah, Israel's Rejection, The Second Temple, The Temple of Herod, What Happened to the Ark of the Covenant?, The True Meaning, The Blood of Jesus