The lid was made of gold, and was called the propitiatory,—in our version, "mercy seat."
The tables of stone were deposited in the ark, and covered over by the mercy seat.
Inside both the tabernacle and the temple there was the holy of holies with the mercy seat, but no one sat on it.
The blood was to be taken even within the veil, and be sprinkled on the mercy seat itself over the tables of the broken law.
He whom you mourn is not lost; he is gone to the mercy seat, and God will be gracious to him.'
But did this blood in reality atone for the sins of the people against that law which was concealed under the mercy seat?
He made the cherubim of one piece with the mercy seat at its two ends.
And the ark of the testimony was to be brought within the vail, and the mercy seat put upon it in the most holy place.
By viewing him now as he is on the mercy seat we may see what he will be on the judgment seat.
And he made a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half was the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof.