Hebrews 9:5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.

Why is it that the author of Hebrews could not speak particularly on the shadowing over the mercy seat? Is it perhaps because you cannot accurately report a conclusion without the issue being concluded, that it is in effect an ongoing issue?

Psalm 31:16 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake.

Ephesians 5:14 This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” NIV

Speaking again of shadowing as there are no shadows without light, illumination. Even more telling it “save me for thy mercies sake”. Mercy takes on a quality of character if it can sake or forsake. Mercy can be seen as more than just an action performed.

Taking us back to Ezekiel 43, where is this King of Glory now since He has not yet returned?

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

The right hand, the power seat, of might, and the justice hand, the smiting hand upon the throne, majesty, all this we think about, but where is mercy? Overshadowed in thought of mind as we picture Christ upon the throne, but He is mercy in quality of character as much as any other aspect of being. In this He remains perfect. It is we who overlook that unless we observe the scriptures which point us there.

The only question left is what happens to mercy once He gets up off that throne and returns as King of Kings in that day? I shall answer that by repeating Hebrews 9:5b of which we cannot now speak particularly.


Leviticus 16:14 And he shall take of the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy seat eastward; and before the mercy seat shall he sprinkle of the blood with his finger seven times.

What stuck out to me here was the instruction of performing this task eastward. It points to something much like the needle of a compass pointing towards the magnetic north. It is the same in this manner that an undeniable force is there. You may not see it, but it is there. If one is to understand that which is unseen, like the magnetic north force field, then one must come closer to discover what lay beneath.

This must be seen in reference to the mercy seat as this is where the instruction is given, beginning at the mercy seat, to find relevant meaning, look to the east. But where do we look? There are so many references to the east how can we know which one is relevant? Look also to the issue of mercy, after all mercy sits upon this seat.

Ezekiel 43:1-2 Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east: And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.

Here we find reference to looking to the east and seeing the glory of God appearing. Is this glory the mercy we should be looking for? If we think about the returning King in that day, we might miss that issue of mercy for He will come with another purpose.

Hebrews 9:5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.

A shadowing, His glory creating a shadow so that mercy is not prominent, but still exists. More hints, but yet no full clarity.

Psalm 115:1 Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.

Add truth to glory and mercy. Are you beginning to see a picture of the mercy seat?

Romans 9:23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

Can we conclude anything yet, or is more needed?