Atonement: Kapar [kaphar /kawÂ·far/] Strong’s 3722
A. Verb: to cover, purge, make an atonement, make reconciliation
This word is best known from «Yom Kippur» the Day of Atonement. The Law of Moses required the high priest to go into the holiest place one day each year with the blood of the sin offering, a bull, to make atonement for his sin and the sin of the people.
Kapporet [kapporeth /kapÂ·poÂ·reth/] Strong’s 3727 From 3722
B. Noun: mercy-seat, place of atonement.
In the Holy of Holies was the Ark of the Covenant. The mercy-seat was on the lid of the Ark of the Covenant concerning which God said:
Thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark… And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat. Exodus 25:21-22
The place of atonement was the place where one could meet and commune with God. Romans 5:11 tells us we have received the atonement through the blood of Christ and are reconciled to God and now we can meet with Him and commune with Him at any time.
Jesus Christ now sits on the mercy seat and we have the sure mercies of David. David was a murderer and an adulterer; he had a man murdered so he could take the man’s wife, but when he repented, God forgave him and blessed him! This shows us that there is no sin so horrible or terrible that we cannot go to our High Priest Christ; Christ Jesus, and receive forgiveness and cleansing – the sure mercies of David (Isaiah 55:3, Jeremiah 31:20, Acts 13:34).