“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 which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.”
This ark was a box that was fashioned from acachia wood, overlaid with gold and covered with the figures of two cherubs above the mercy seat. The box or coffin housed the two tablets of the commandments, the pot of manna and Aaron’s budding rod. The mercy seat was not a chair or a bench of any sort but was the covering over the coffin which separated the testimony from the cherubim. The cherub (Hb. ke-rev-im) stood not as the carved image of an angelic beings but represented the strife or controversy that Jehovah had with His people. Not with that which is born from above which cannot sin or defile the Holiness of God, but with the contradiction of sin between that which is of the earth, which does not receive the things of the Spirit and cannot know them, and the treasure within. This earthen vessel is of the flesh and is contrary to the Spirit within so that, as Paul wrote, “I am carnal sold under sin” and “brought into the captivity of the law of sin which is in my members” (Roms. 7:14 & 23). The children born from above are made subject to the vanity and weakness of the earthen vessel and the inability of the flesh to measure up to the standard of the Holiness of God.
Between this strife or controversy is where God met with His people and they find mercy in the covering. He stood between the Law having fulfilled it in all righteousness and being the sacrifice from the sheepfold (Bozrah) He endured the wrath of God and redeemed His people unto Himself. He also stands as the one with the two edged sword proceeding from His mouth, being the Word of God that is sharper than any two-edged sword, which was bathed in the blood of Idumea in the day of the Lord’s vengeance and the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion (Is. 34:8). These were the days of vengeance spoken of by Jesus when He told the disciples, “for these be the days of vengeance that all things which are written may be fulfilled” (Luke 21:22). The days when He would roar out of Zion, resolve the controversy with Judah (Hos. 12:2), the controversy with all nations (Jer. 25:31) and the controversy with His people Israel (Mic. 6:2) and enter into that sanctuary not made with hands and present His precious blood for the remission of sin. He and not the missionaries of the world, would plead with all flesh throughout all the world, gathering His elect from the four corners unto Himself out of every nation, kindred, tribe and tongue, teaching them the difference between Holy and profane. He would endure such contradiction of sin against Himself as he who knew no sin became sin for His chosen few. He alone, coming from Edom, tread the wine press of the fierceness of the wrath of God, in the power of His own mighty and drank the cup of His wrath (Is. 63:2) to satisfy the demands of the righteousness of God.. He alone was that sacrifice from Bozrah, being one of the sheep from the fold, worthy and sufficient to be the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world who would be the propitiation of the sin that held His people in bondage.
He not only met the law of God in this place of mercy and fulfilled every jot and tittle COMPLETELY but here He met with His brethren and communed with them. Here He dwells with them and they with Him in the beauty of the Holiness of God having satisfied the law and resolved the controversy. Not that the struggle is over for as long as the children inhabit the earthen vessels of Adam the natural man shall desire and seek the things of this world while the inner man shall delight in the law of God. The new man shall not reform the flesh and the law in the members of Adam shall not tarnish the perfection of the child within. The sword, which is the Word that was made flesh and dwelt among us, shall come down upon Idumea and upon the people of my curse (Gen. 3:18f) to judgment. Jacob shall be a fire and Joseph a flame and Edom (Idumea, Adam) shall be consumed. The wisdom of Edom shall be destroyed and the understanding of Adam shall come to naught. But the house of those whom He has loved (Jacob) with an everlasting love shall inherit their inheritance which is not of this world. It is an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, reserved for them in heaven. It is not of this world, it is not flesh and blood and it is not of the dust of the earth. Adam is of the dust of the earth and to that dust he shall return. His works, every MANS work, shall be consumed by the refiners fire as the works of the flesh are wood, hay and stubble (“the house of Esau” Obad. 18). They shall be devoured and there shall not remain any of the house of Adam, for Jehovah hath spoken, saying, ‘flesh and blood shall not inherit the kingdom of God’.
The ark represents a coffin and death. The tablets within stand as the ministration of condemnation to all who attempt to live by them and by the deeds of the law no flesh shall be justified. But upon the death of the testator, Jesus the Anointed, the books were opened and the testimony was read. Those who said, “ All that the Lord hath spoken we will do” are found wanting and, not having their names written in the Lambs book of life being none of His, they are condemned as workers of iniquity according to the same law they vowed to keep and their house is left desolate. Those that were chosen in Him before the foundation of the world, being one with Him, having their names engraved upon the palms of His hands and in the Lamb eternal book being made accepted in the Beloved, shall possess the inheritance of eternal life. They shall not age, corrupt or breed worms as the manna upon the ground but shall be maintained as the manna in the pot in the ark, without refrigeration, preservatives or the wisdom of the mountain of Esau. They shall continue on in perpetuity as the rod of the ‘bringer of light’ (Aaron) that budded Almonds without sun light, water or dirt (dust) from this world. They shall dwell with Him in an house not made with hands (II Cor. 5:1), eternal in the heavens and sing His praises forever more, world without end.
May the Spirit grant us understanding and peace as we look upon the earthly pattern and see the heavenly glory.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
April 3, 2011