The Mercy Seat of God really is more like a lid topping the Ark of the Covenant than an actual Chair or seat that we would relate to today. Yet we must remember this in CONTEXT of where the Jewish nation was when God instructed them to build it Exodus 25:17-22 (also see Heb 3:3-5) They were in their desert wandering days and God was leading them as a Cloud and Fire so the “seat” is symbolic. Here God was supposed to be seated, and from this place He was supposed to dispense mercy to man when the blood of the atonement was sprinkled there.¹
I have heard some modern-day believers say so what this no longer applies to “us.” Let me tell you MERCY applies to everyone. Yes, we (Jews and Christians) no longer make blood sacrifices to God for atonement but we still need a blood sacrifice for atonement.
In Romans Chap 3 Paul carefully lays out the case for ALL MANKIND being totally entrenched in sin v.1-8 and their need for atonement to be seen or presented as righteous before God. That no one can save themselves from such sin and be justified (atoned) before God v.9-20. Only the free Grace of God and faith in the redeeming Savior Christ can set us free, yet the LAW still remains v.21-31.
This brings us to our text for today Romans 3:21-26. Here again, Paul is clear and concise:
God’s righteousness is separate from the law
God’s righteousness is revealed by the law and prophets
All of mankind is separated from God’s righteousness because of sin
God’s righteousness comes to us by faith in Christ Jesus
Christ Jesus paid the atonement for our sins by His blood at Calvary
It is Christ’s blood upon the Mercy Seat that allows you and I to be freed from the bondage of sin and justified before God.
Thank You Father – thank You for my salvation. Thank You that His death that gave me life and reconciled me to You forever. Thank You that He took my sin and clothed me in His righteousness. Thank You that He is the propitiation for my sins and took Your wrath upon Himself so that I might have peace with You and receive the peace that passes understanding forever and ever into my life, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN. Source: https://prayer.knowing-jesus.com/Romans/3