What the Mercy Seat Tells You About Images

“The mercy seat from which God manifested the presence of his power under the law was so constructed as to suggest that the best way to contemplate the divine is where minds are lifted above themselves in admiration. Indeed, the cherubim with wings outspread covered it; the veil shrouded it; the place of itself deeply clear enough hidden concealed it… What, indeed, I beg you, did those paltry little images mean?… [That]¬†veiling the mercy seat with their wings they might bar not only human eyes but all the senses from beholding God, and thus correct men’s rashness.” -John Calvin

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