“When Moses entered the tent of meeting to speak with the Lord, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was on the ark of the testimony, from between the two cherubim. He spoke to him that way.” (Numbers 7:89)
Have you ever wondered what that was like? Moses met with the living God daily, sometimes for hours at a time, in the tent of meeting (the Tabernacle’s Holy of Holies), and God spoke to him directly and audibly. It was clearly a voice. It came from between the two gold cherubim (angelic, winged creatures), one piece with and attached at either end of the solid gold mercy seat which sat atop the Ark of the Covenant. The only light came from the “menorah” lamp just outside the curtain. The layers of covering for the tent made outside sound virtually inaudible. So, the light was dim, and it was peacefully quiet, except for the movements of Moses and his voice and the voice of God speaking.
We do not know what the conversations were, but we can surmise that during these times God at least gave Moses instructions, that He gave Moses encouragement and strength, and that He gave Moses His blessings. Just imagine.
The days of the Ark of the Covenant are long gone. Only God even knows where it is, if, in fact, it is still intact on this earth. Today, there is a “new” Ark of the Covenant, and it is your heart and mind as a believer in Jesus Christ. Jeremiah told us about it. He prophesied that the day would come when the Covenant would no longer be on tablets of stone but written on our hearts. God’s “mercy seat” now resides in our hearts, and while we do not necessarily hear an audible voice with our physical ears, we can nevertheless hear the voice of God in our hearts and minds, giving us that same instruction, encouragement, strength, and blessings. Best of all, we never have to leave the tent!
Lord, We thank You that now, by the blood of Christ, You dwell within us through Your Holy Spirit. Help us thus to live the life of the Spirit. Amen.