Seeing Red

Today's devotion from Numbers 7:33-89. In Exodus 25, the Israelites were told how to build the mercy seat for the Ark of the Covenant. It was to be of a certain size, made from gold with two cherubim, which are angels, facing one another. This is important because it is from the mercy seat that God will meet with the people. It is also a place that will be sprinkled with blood on the Day of Atonement.

What is the purpose of placing blood on the mercy seat? Well, let's ask one more question: what is in the Ark? To answer that, understand that it is "the Ark of the Covenant." So, it carries covenantal value. Hebrews 9:3-4 tell us that it had Aaron's staff. It also had an omer of manna. And probably the most important of the contents, the two tablets of the law.

Each of these contents are important reminders for the Israelites to remember to trust God, but the tablets with the commandments were of particular import. The Ten Commandments are the hard edge against which we are measured. Now a picture comes into focus. God is above, looking down through the outstretched wings of the cherubim on the mercy seat. As He gazes into the Ark of the Covenant, He sees the law, the stipulations for remaining in covenant. Yet, He sees the many failures of the Israelites to keep those stipulations. What can be done?

On the Day of Atonement, the sacrificial blood is sprinkled on the mercy seat. As God looks to the commands that have been broken time and again, the blood hides the brokenness of the nation. The blood covers their sin in the eyes of God. It is from this vantage God meets with Moses.

This is the same thing that happens to us. When God looks at us as Christians, He doesn't see our failure and flaws. Instead, He sees the blood of Jesus. He sees His righteousness applied to us. Our sins are atoned by that precious red flow from the Savior's veins. It's not based on your perfection or ability, but on Christ's righteousness and sacrifice.

When you fail or stumble, don't listen to the enemy's accusations. When God looks at you, He doesn't need to see your perfection. He need only see Christ's blood. Praise God! When He sees us, He sees red.