Testimony Tuesday – The Mercy Seat

“You shall make a mercy seat of pure gold, two and a half cubits long and one and a half cubits wide.

You shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the testimony which I will give to you. There I will meet with you; and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony, I will speak to you about all that I will give you in commandment for the sons of Israel.”

EXODUS 25:17, 21-22 (NASB)

Who remembers being marched to the Headmasters office at school for some infraction of acceptable behaviour? I remember my first and only time standing before his desk at Denend Primary School; I knew I had done wrong and I deserved punishment, I pleaded for mercy with tears in my eyes to no avail. That was my first experience of the belt at school. I was reminded of this old memory where I sought mercy when I read today’s verses; indeed it was not the only time in my life where I pleaded for mercy in relation to sins committed. But there was a time I found real mercy that made a life changing difference.

As I thought of this I remember the youth who  had originally believed the lie of being born into a Christian family was sufficient to get to Heaven. He came face to face with his own personal need of a relationship with Jesus Christ the Son of God on Good Friday night 20th April 1984 in Livingston Salvation Army, the preacher’s words pierced his heart and pulled him in his need of forgiveness to God at His Mercy Seat in tears. That night after my penitent prayer, the curtains of my soul were parted and His Son shone in and through me. What a burden was lifted from my shoulders that night! Since then life has not been free from troubles or temptations over the years, but with my Lord and Saviour within me I have conquered life’s trials. 

Dear reader, I remember that lovely mercy seat today as I write this for #TestimonyTuesday but it was just a wooden bench. What made it holy was that sinners met Almighty God there in repentance; where is your mercy seat? It could be beside your bed, chair or even outdoors in a wooded glade, it does not matter where as long as you come to God in complete surrender. Have you found the truth that I faced in 1984; that there is nothing in this life can save you for Heaven except salvation in Jesus Christ who died for your sins on a rough Cross at Calvary? All other saviours are fakes and will lead you to Hell; seek Him today while you still can.

New From Old

that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

Ephesians 4:22-24 (NASB)

Yesterday I was reminded of a simpler time, when I was a boy in our village. The pride of every lad was his wheels, his bicycle whether it was new or old. We all knew and respected one elderly man known as “Spadgie,” a big strong ex-miner who walked with a stick. What endeared this man to the village lads was his expertise with bikes; he could fix any problem needing attention. But he particularly specialised in building bikes at a low cost from recycled parts. Spadgie worked out of his garden shed a few doors away from me, I remember visiting him in his wee workshop. His shed was an Aladdin’s Cave of old bike parts of every make, colour and shape, most of which he was given by villagers. Many times in my childhood wheels or brakes were renewed on my bike by Spadgie at little or no cost. Not long after reminiscing of this old gentleman I found myself reading todays verse, I saw a connection between my memory of Spadgie and the Scripture.

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we are “born again” and renewed in God’s family. We give up our old life and sinful ways, putting on our new self as one puts on a new coat. Our old corrupt self is like an old rusty bike with dodgy brakes and bald tyres; through His Son God takes us into His Workshop to refurbish us. We come out afterwards fit for the road ahead of us. Our newly refurbished man/woman is superior to the old one in every way; we bear the hallmarks of our Maker in our new life of holiness and righteousness. As villagers in Dundonald recognised Spadgie’s bikes by his work, the world recognises those saved by faith in Jesus – they bear the unmistakable traits of a child of God.

Dear reader, have you swapped your old self for a renewed self through Jesus Christ? Is your life a constant witness to your Father God’s love for you; do you bear His hallmarks each day shining as a light in a dark world?