The key to a Christian's prosperity, to a pastor's effectiveness, to a believer's life with God, has to do with covering. If God could show us, through His wisdom, the hindsight of our lives, He would point to this reality and say that this is what happened. If there is a breakdown of someone not being a proper covering, then there will be many internal problems which will result in overt difficulties for a long period of time if not corrected.
Husbands need to know how to be a covering. Parents need to know how to cover their children. Most of all, pastors need to know how to cover those in their congregations. This subject of coverings is something the devil really fights. If we, as Christians, learn lessons on God's appointed coverings and submit to them, we will discover the priceless treasures we have in Jesus as our Redeemer.
The Mercy Seat is for us. It is not for the devil or for the angels, for they are not subject to this covering. This Mercy Seat made of pure gold is only for we who have inhabited this earth as human beings with fallen natures. It is the Mercy Seat made of beaten gold that shows beautifully the picture of how Jesus had to be tempted in all points and beaten by men and by the judgment of the Father for the sins of humanity. He was shaped into mercy, having learned obedience by the things He suffered.