In Exodus 25:22 God spoke to Moses regarding the mercy set of the Ark of the Covenant: “There I will meet with you; and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of testimony, I will speak to you about all that I will give in commandment for the sons of Israel.” The “mercy seat” was the covering of the Ark, and significantly, it was the place where propitiation was made for sins by the sprinkling of blood. Notice there are two verbs here in relation to the mercy seat:
— God said, “there I will meet with you” and
— “there I will speak with you …”
These point to two basic needs of God’s people which God said He would meet at the mercy seat:
1) the need to meet with God. We have an inherent need for fellowship with the Lord. We were created to know and be satisfied by Him, and we need to meet with Him in order to enjoy the fellowship that will feed and comfort our souls.
2) the need to hear from God. We need Him to speak to us, so that we might have His direction and leadership.
These two basic needs have not changed since Moses’ day. God’s people still need to meet with God, and to hear from Him. But we can give thanks to God that now we each have personal access to fellowship with God through the Great High Priest, Jesus Christ. Hebrews 9:12 tells us that “through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.” Thus now Hebrews 10:19 says, “we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus.” Through Jesus we can now find, every day, both the fellowship and leadership from God which we so desperately need.