Pure gold! Amazing stuff. It can be stretched out so thin that light shines through it, but it will still filter the heat rays of the sun. Apparently, they have started to use it in windows at the top of high rise buildings to help keep the place light and cool. With it’s beauty and flexibility, gold has probably been the most sought-after commodity in the history of mankind.
God gave instructions to Moses to make the lid of the Ark of the Covenant out of pure gold. On the top they were to hammer out two gold angels, facing each other, with the wings coming over the top, meeting each other, to form a seat – the ‘Mercy Seat’. This was to be the most special of special places, where God would come and meet with a representative of the people, to give his commands (Exodus 25:12-22).
It was to be the very throne-room of God on earth; the place where a sacrifice of blood would be poured out to cover the sins of the people; the place where God would presence himself. How could it be anything less than the purest of pure golds?
It’s truly amazing that now those who have accepted the redemptive work of Jesus, and who have been filled with the precious Holy Spirit are now the place where God dwells, the temple of the Holy Spirit. How can we be anything less than the purest of pure? (1 Corinthians 6:19)
But there was a reason why that place where the angels’ wings met was called the Mercy Seat. God is rich in mercy. And he longs for communion with us. That’s why he sent Jesus to pay the price for our sins: his blood was sacrificed so that I might come close to God. It always has been a work of mercy, for nothing we can attempt can ever come close to the purity required for us to draw near to Almighty, Wonderful, Holy God.
We long for God to come in fuller measure. What is it that attracts him? Pure hearts with sins repented and forgiven. Pure worship that seeks nothing more than to extol him with every fibre of our being. Pure love that puts him right at the centre of our lives. “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with ALL your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)
It’s time to go for gold.