The Lid (Mercy Seat)
The Lid which was referred to as the Mercy Seat was crafted
from one block of solid gold that was beaten into its shape.
It was made of the same dimensions as the Ark 2.5 cubits by
1.5 cubits. On top were two angelic beings (Cherubim) which
were standing on two feet and facing each other and looking
down at the top of the lid where the blood was sprinkled.
The Cherubim were also gold and were hammered from the same
block of gold. They were 4-faced creatures as described in
Ezekiels vision (Ezek. 1:5), the face of a lion, an eagle,
an ox, and a man. The Cherubim were also the same fierce
creatures who were chosen to guard the entrance to the
Garden of Eden and the Tree of Life after Adam and Eve had
sinned. They wielded a flaming sword that turned in four
directions (Gen. 3:24).