You shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the Testimony that I will give you. And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are on the ark of the Testimony. (Exodus 25:21-22)
As I have mentioned previously, the Ark of the Covenant served as God’s Throne upon th earth. It was from there that He would meet with His people and speak to them first through and then through the priests that would follow. What originated in the Holy of Holies and emanated from the Mercy Seat resonated outward toward the next chamber — the Holy Place — where the “Bread of the Face” (shewbread) and the menorah were positioned. If the Holy of Holies is the heart of the sanctuary, corresponding to the heart of man, then the Holy Place would correspond to the mind
The shewbread that was renewed each week is symbolic of the Word and the need for us to be continually renewed by the Word. More than just reading it, we are instructed to internalize it — hide it in our hearts — and meditate upon it. In fact, the Psalmist wrote that the blessed man delights is in the law of the LORD; and meditate upon it “day and night” (Psalm 1:2). Where does he ponder these things? In his mind. Furthermore, because he is relationship with the Almighty, the blessed man is given understanding of these things — or we might say illumination — by the Spirit of God, represented by the menorah. The point is, what begins in the heart makes it way to the mind and our thoughts.
Yeshua taught us that the greatest commandment of all is to love God with all of our heart, soul and strength. Notice the heart is first, then the soul or mind, and finally our strength. So just as it was in the sanctuary, when our heart is given to the Almighty, He takes up residence within us, meets with us and speaks to us. He gives us the Word we need each day so that we can meditate upon it, and eventually manifest it outwardly through our actions. For this to come to pass, we must set aside the appropriate time to meet with Him that we may, indeed, hear what He has to say to us. Every day has its own challenges which means we need to receive from Him daily. So may it be that our hearts always serve as His Throne and may we always be sensitive to hear His Voice as He gives us Words of life.
Blessings and Shalom,