The last time I posted about the Tabernacle was a few days ago. Here is the last post in the Payer series if you missed it “PRAYER- THE TABERNACLE, PART 4”. I have been confused about something and just have not posted until I read some more on the matter. In the scriptures below God’s instructions to Moses were to include “cherubim” in the making of the Mercy Seat on top of the Ark of the Covenant and to have them embroidered into the curtains that covered the Tabernacle. OK, to be quite honest with you, I always thought of a cherub (singular of cherubim), as probably most of you thought, that a cherub was some sort of beautiful angel. Not necessarily like the little fat childlike ones, but at least a beautiful angelic being. Well, all I can find on what cherubim is this:
“The Exodus account does not give details of the faces but this deficiency seems to be supplied by Ezekiel Chapters 1,10. The prophet describes the faces as those of a MAN, a LION, an OX, and an EAGLE. Ezekiel, furthermore, locates them in relation to each other. From the southward position that he occupied as he relates the details of the vision, he looked northwards (ep. Ezek. 1:4) and saw first the face of the MAN – that is on the SOUTH side facing Ezekiel. On the right hand, or FAST side, he saw the face of the LION. On the left hand or WEST side, that of the OX; finally, the face ~ the EAGLE which must have been located on the NORTH side. From the position he occupied, Ezekiel could not actually see the face of the Eagle in his vision.”
From the website The Tabernacle In The Wilderness by Keith Cook
Now there is quite a bit more to that article that I found the information about the cherubim and it is a good read for those that are interested. If you click on the Table of Contents on that particular page it will take you to the main home page. This lists a myriad of topics that he has written on and very interesting information. I suggest you take a peek anyway.
Now while this description above is quite unusual to me and I cannot imagine this being on the curtains of the Tabernacle and figures of them above the Mercy Seat, that is irrelevant, because that is what God wanted in those places. And, like I said, my thoughts were of some other kind of angelic being that was pleasing to look at … only because that is what we always think of, I guess… and that is what media feeds us, I guess again. Nonetheless, the cherubim described here are apparently what God instructed Moses to have the artisans weave into the curtains and have the metal worker beat them out of pure gold over the Mercy Seat whether we like the looks of them or not. So this is what has stumped me for a few days. I cannot find anything anywhere else that is to the contrary
of what is stated above. (if you click the picture to the left it will enlarge and you can read better) So… onward. Here is the scripture that states God’s instructions to Moses.
18 ”And you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work you shall make them at the two ends of the mercy seat. 19 Make one cherub at one end, and the other cherub at the other end; you shall make the cherubim at the two ends of it of one piece with the mercy seat. 20 And the cherubim shall stretch out their wings above, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and they shall face one another; the faces of the cherubim shall be toward the mercy seat.”
“Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine woven linen and blue, purple, and scarlet thread; with artistic designs of cherubim you shall weave them. 2 The length of each curtain shall be twenty-eight cubits, and the width of each curtain four cubits. And every one of the curtains shall have the same measurements. 3 Five curtains shall be coupled to one another, and the other five curtains shall be coupled to one another. 4 And you shall make loops of blue yarn on the edge of the curtain on the selvedge of one set, and likewise you shall do on the outer edge of the other curtain of the second set.”
Now there is a lot of symbolism here, as you well imagined. I am going to include what Mr. Keith Cook says about the symbolism. However, this is just an excerpt from all that he says. Click the link to read the entire article (The Tabernacle In The Wilderness by Keith Cook).
“The four faces of the Cherubim pointed forward to four aspects of the Lord Jesus Christ, as depicted in the four Gospel records:
- Luke wrote of him as a MAN; the Son of Man. He recorded his genealogy as from Adam.
- Matthew revealed him as a LION; the Lion of the tribe of Judah. His genealogy was written as from David Matthew 1:1.
- Mark showed him as an OX; the servant. His record commenced upon that note.
- John depicted him as an EAGLE; as the eye of Yahweh viewing all things and people from the heavenly viewpoint. He was “Emmanuel”, the Word made flesh.
These characteristics of the Lord, displayed during his life and ministry, all united to draw attention to his function as the Mercy Seat. So much of Yahweh’s plans and designs, and His implementation of them, point towards, and lead to, the place and means whereby His creatures may be reconciled to Himself.”
Now that I have that particular thing out of the way, I can continue on with the items that make up the Holy Place. This will continue tomorrow and I do hope to have a much longer post tomorrow with all kinds of great information. I do hope you find time to read that article on that webpage. It tells much more about the Mercy Seat and the Cherubim and more. Thanks for your patience in all of this. Always remember, God loves you so much and He calls you His beloved.
The Song – Praise To The Lord