14He shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the mercy seat on the east side; and before the mercy seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times.
If you have watched the movie, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, you would remember that when the lid of the ark was lifted, strange-looking creatures floated out and destroyed the people around it. Interesting as it may be, this is biblically inaccurate — the ark of the Bible did not contain strange-looking creatures. What were the things inside it then?
There were three items in the ark: the golden pot of manna, Aaron’s rod and two stone tablets on which God had written the Ten Commandments. (Hebrews 9:4) These items are actually symbols of man’s rebellion. The golden pot of manna represents man’s rejection of God’s provision. The rod of Aaron represents man’s rejection of God’s leadership and the two stone tablets of God’s commandments represent man’s rejection of His standard of holiness.
But because God delights in mercy, He had these items put away in the ark and covered with the mercy seat, which had two cherubim on it. (Hebrews 9:5) And once a year, the high priest would enter the holy of holies where the ark was and sprinkle the blood of the animal sacrifice on the mercy seat. This means that God’s eyes, represented by the eyes of the cherubim, did not see the symbols of man’s rebellion. As long as the blood was there on the mercy seat, He saw only the blood and accepted the people.
Today, Jesus is our High Priest and He Himself has sprinkled His own blood on the true mercy seat in heaven — the throne of grace. (Hebrews 9:23–26) Interestingly, the number of times that the Old Testament high priest had to sprinkle the blood on the mercy seat — seven — speaks of Jesus’ perfect sacrifice. And because His sacrifice is perfect and He is perfect, we who are in Christ have perfect standing forever before God!
My friend, as you come to God today, don’t worry about falling short of His standard of holiness. He does not see your sins. (Hebrews 8:12, 10:17) He sees His Son’s blood on the mercy seat. You have perfect standing before Him forever!
Welcome to the official website of Emmanuel Stephen
Emmanuel is an outstanding Praise and Worship Leader,
and a Songwriter, presently based in the United Kingdom
Emmanuel is currently working on his musical Album project Titled "JESUS" and has released a New Single Track titled “HE REIGNS” on the 10th of July 2017 available on all digital Platforms worldwide.
Emmanuel will be ministering at some events across the UK to promote his musical project.
Info at Event
Emmanuel Stephen is popularly known for His prolific husky vocal Tone.
Born in Lagos Nigeria to a Nigerian Parent from Benue State
As a young child growing up at the Assemblies of God Church he Started singing specials numbers in the church at the age of 7 where his late father was a deacon in the church committee board.
He forged ahead since 2000 to become an excellent Praise and Worship Leader and a music Director in Many RCCG Churches. To mention a few Desire of nations Province, Abuja Nigeria, under the leadership of Pastor Kunle Omotoso, who is currently based in Brooklyn USA.
This gave him the needed inspiration to see the bigger picture. By 2006 he released his first music Album titled “Strange Love”
His unique and courageous charisma on the stage during Praise and Worship had caught the attention and interest of many local churches and senior gospel Artists
Emmanuel is indeed is a great gift to the body of Christ, and perhaps one of Nigeria’s Finest Praise and Worship Leader
Singing for more than 22years of active performance experience, his unique vocal dexterity has seen him work with many Musicians such as Asu Ekiye,
Pst Kingsley Ike, Big Bolaji Olarewaju, Samsong, Pst Moji Alawiye, and many more
He graduated with a Masters Degree in Project Management From Salford Business School Manchester United Kingdom,
And a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Ambrose Alli University Nigeria
With a successful Real estate firm Rehoboth Realtors in Abuja, Nigeria.
His Love for God and passion for music is unparalleled
Married to Dr. Christiana and they are blessed with four Lovely Children
Michelle, Davian, Derrick, and Deitrich.