Add the Cherubim!

“Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for me a contribution. From every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for me… blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen… And you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work shall you make them, on the two ends of the mercy seat…”

“Moreover, you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen and blue and purple and scarlet yarns; you shall make them with cherubim skillfully worked into them. The length of each curtain shall be twenty-eight cubits, and the breadth of each curtain four cubits; all the curtains shall be the same size. Five curtains shall be coupled to one another…  And you shall make loops of blue on the edge of the outermost curtain… And you shall make fifty clasps of gold, and couple the curtains one to the other with the clasps, so that the tabernacle may be a single whole…

“And you shall make a veil of blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen. It shall be made with cherubim skillfully worked into it.  And you shall hang it on four pillars of acacia overlaid with gold, with hooks of gold, on four bases of silver. And you shall hang the veil from the clasps, and bring the ark of the testimony in there within the veil. And the veil shall separate for you the Holy Place from the Most Holy. You shall put the mercy seat on the ark of the testimony in the Most Holy Place.” Exodus 25:2,4,18; 26:1-4,6,31-34

The making of the tabernacle was a detailed, exquisite effort, with every instruction spelled out by a loving, meticulous, purposeful Sovereign. Designer, Architect, Creator, Teacher, the Lord Almighty was behind and over and above all that was made, and the reason for which it would exist. Therefore, it was significant that cherubim shall be skillfully worked into the fine twined linen of curtain and veil. (Colossians 1:16)

Cherubim were angelic beings that are mentioned throughout Scripture as emissaries of God in connection with the Garden of Eden, the ark of the covenant, the temple, and God’s glory. Their inclusion being woven carefully into the resplendent fabric for the curtains of the tabernacle, and the veil separating the Most Holy Place, indicates their ongoing presence at the worship of God. Their resemblance was a visible reminder to recall the King’s glory, His magnificence, His impenetrable protection of His own. (Genesis 3:24; Ezekiel 10:4-5; Hebrews 1:7; 9:5)

How can we add to our adornment remembrances of the glory of God? How can we weave into our days the beauty of continual communion, or the assurance of heavenly hope? Spending time in God’s presence infuses us with His Spirit and graces us with His countenance. Are we making the commitment and effort to meet with Him behind the veil, and display evidence of His splendor? (Exodus 34:29-35; Numbers 6:24-26; Matthew 6:6)

“Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
which wert and art and evermore shalt be.” ~Reginald Heber (1826)

Lord, may I humbly adore Thee with the cherubim, and weave Your grace, beauty, and love into my hours and days, so others may delight in and worship Thee too.

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