Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Picturing the Cherubim

Thinking about the two fifteen foot tall Cherubim that God had in the temple this morning. Covered in gold and with wing spans of fifteen feet.

"The house that King Solomon built for the LORD was sixty cubits long, twenty cubits wide, and thirty cubits high. The vestibule in front of the nave of the house was twenty cubits long, equal to the width of the house, and ten cubits deep in front of the house... The inner sanctuary was twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide, and twenty cubits high, and he overlaid it with pure gold. He also overlaid an altar of cedar... In the inner sanctuary he made two cherubim of olivewood, each ten cubits high. Five cubits was the length of one wing of the cherub, and five cubits the length of the other wing of the cherub; it was ten cubits from the tip of one wing to the tip of the other. The other cherub also measured ten cubits; both cherubim had the same measure and the same form. The height of one cherub was ten cubits, and so was that of the other cherub. He put the cherubim in the innermost part of the house. And the wings of the cherubim were spread out so that a wing of one touched the one wall, and a wing of the other cherub touched the other wall; their other wings touched each other in the middle of the house. And he overlaid the cherubim with gold." - 1 Kings 6:2-3, 20, 23-28 ESV

Then over the mercy seat there were two that had wings touching each other and over shadowing the mercy seat.

"Behind the second curtain was a second section called the Most Holy Place, having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron's staff that budded, and the tablets of the covenant. Above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail." - Hebrews 9:3-5 ESV

Two huge larger than life Cherubim with wings that touched... a right wing and a left wing... but the outside wings touching the walls... then two small with both wings touching over the mercy seat both molded to be part of the mercy seat and observing the mercy seat... faces positioned to look at the center of it.

A majestic sight. One I am imagining in my mind.

The big picture and the little picture. The world around me. The wings of Heaven's angels reach out to the walls of my life. God's mercy is also small enough to be involved in my personal forgiveness.

So much there to think about. To picture. To struggle to imagine.


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