Exodus 25:22 “And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.”
As I look out upon the newfallen snow and sit in the comfort of a warm home, I think on the coming spring. The new blades of grass springing up, buds breaking forth on the trees and the flowers blooming. Feeling the warmth of the sun as I work outdoors is creating quite a longing for winter to makes a hasty exit.
I look out my window and think when the last time was that I saw my neighbors. Winter and its cold keeps us from interacting unless briefly leaning on a shovel as we clear our walkways. I also think of the holiday season so far gone and the friends and family and the wonderful time spent in conversation together.
The expectation that comes when meeting a friend you haven’t seen for some time can provide anxious excitement. Then, when you meet and share all the things that have transpired since you last met, the time seemingly passes so swiftly. Before you know it, you need to part ways and you look forward to the next time.
God brings to us thoughts that lead to truth if we but think on them long enough. Today, I read about the description of the ark of the covenant and just how much detail God told Moses for its creation. But then, He tells him of its significance – It is between the angel’s wings that I will meet with you and commune with you.
The mercy seat, situated between the two angels whose wings overspread the seat, was where the blood was sprinkled for the atonement of sins. Moreover, it was a picture of what we will see in Heaven one day; where the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ now rests.
Since Adam’s fall, God has never wanted that we live apart from Him. The lamb’s skin that covered Adam and Eve was the first picture of the sacrifice Jesus would become one day. Many a time on my knees, I have felt His presence sweet. I have heard His sweet voice speaking to my heart words of comfort, words of peace, words of encouragement, and words of love.
If today, you and I were told that God would visit us in person at a certain place and at a certain time, we would do everything in our power to get there – don’t you think? I do not believe there would be anything that could merit the excuse; ‘I had something more important to do…’ than to meet God in the flesh. Yet, we do it all the time.
We rush off after waking to our work without a thought or prayer of thanksgiving for the very job provided for us by God Himself. We gobble something hastily not thinking of the precious provision by God’s own hand. Two legs to stand, hands to grasp, eyes to see; we go on seemingly ungrateful for all that God has done.
And yet, every day, we have an appointment with Him which when we miss, we find it easier to miss a second and third time to where we fear to come because we’ve been away too long.
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
Fear, aside from the reverential awe for God, should not keep us from coming to our Heavenly Father for everything. Sin keeps us apart, yet, with the perfect atonement made by Jesus Christ, we have been given access to come to Him freely.
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
A dear friend wrote a song for our quartet that has these words:
‘The One I seek is not below; no one I find can bear my woe. He calls me every care to bring; the One between the angel’s wings.’
The vail that was rent in two that day Christ died, signified our access to God the Father was now made clear by Jesus’ sacrifice. Personal, close and intimate fellowship can be had by every child of God who comes. He seeks us, longs for and desires us to seek Him. In the torment of his trial, Job cried out:
Job 23:3 “Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!”
Moses had not come. But Job knew that there was a place where God dwelt and that he could go there and meet with Him. Job also knew that God knew right where he was – even if he felt as if he couldn’t find Him.
Job 23:8-10 “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”
If you are His child today, He knows you! We must not and cannot allow the devil to keep us from embracing that truth. It is our hope, our comfort and our joy!
(Enjoy the Faithmen Quartet singing; “The One Between the Angel’s Wings” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiSz1ZhRgFc)