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FRI. 8th FEB., 2019

THEME: MERCY SEAT

PASSAGE: EXO. 25:17-22
17. And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof. 18. And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat. 19. And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof. 20. And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be. 21. And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. 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.

MESSAGE
Mercy is kindness, pity, forgiveness or compassion to another. God made a provision of mercy to the people of Israel. In spite of the abundance of sins committed by the Israelites, God asked Moses to make the Ark of Covenant which was to be a symbol of the presence of God among them. By design, a mercy seat was to be incorporated upon it. The Mercy Seat was to be a place where God will meet with the people in a compassionate mood and have mercy on them by forgiving all their sins. It was to be an atonement made for man by God Himself.

However, before man can benefit from the mercy or forgiveness from God, he must come with a heart of confession and repentance. That was why the Israelites must come to the priest to offer a sacrifice for their sins. The step portrays a heart of penitence or repentance before the promise of mercy could be extended to the man who offered the sacrifice.

Today, Jesus Christ is our Lamb of atonement; He is the ‘Mercy Seat’ where all our sins are forgiven and remitted. Remember, the Scripture says, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). Whoever desires forgiveness and pardon from his or her sins must come to Jesus, the Lamb of God; confess the sins, repent and accept Him as his or her Lord and Saviour. That is the only way today by which can meet with God on the ‘mercy seat’ and be pardoned and justified.

Are you still in your sins and burdened with the load of guilt? You can come to Jesus Christ today. He has the power and authority to forgive your sins and rescue you from all your guilt and consequence of sins. Accept Him into your life today, tomorrow may be too late.

HYMN: EMHB 364 (SM)
1: AH! whither should I go,
Burdened, and sick, and faint?
To whom should I my troubles show,
And pour out my complaint?

2: My Saviour bids me come;
Ah! why do I delay?
He calls the weary sinner home,
And yet from Him I stay!

3: What is it keeps me back,
From which I cannot part,
Which will not let my Saviour take,
Possession of my heart?

4: Some cursed thing unknown
Must surely lurk within,
Some idol, which I will not own,
Some secret bosom sin.

5: Jesu, the hindrance show,
Which I have feared to see;
Yet let me now consent to know
What keeps me out of Thee:

6: Searcher of hearts, in mine
Thy trying power display;
Into its darkest corners shine,
And take the veil away.

7: I now believe in Thee
Compassion reigns alone;
According to my faith to me
O let it, Lord, be done!

MEMORY VERSE: Exodus 25:22 “I will meet with you there and talk to you from above the atonement cover between the gold cherubim that hover over the Ark of the Covenant. From there I will give you my commands for the people of Israel.”

PRAYER:
Merciful God, grant me the access to the ‘MERCY SEAT’ in Thy Son, Jesus Christ, who came into the world and died for our sins through Whom our sins are forgiven and atoned. Do this in His most wonderful name I pray. Amen.

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