Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pastoral Pings ~ Four Living Creatures, Four Cherubim, For God's Glory

           “And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures…”[1] That’s where it started. The last month or so has been a captivating journey through Scripture to discover as much as I can about what we are to think concerning these four living creatures. Let me just say that it has been fascinating, to say the least.

          Then I added a journey through Ezekiel where he also refers to four living creatures, and later calls them cherubim. That led to a look at how two cherubim framed the mercy seat as the place where God would meet with and speak to his people. When the mercy seat was completed, God did just as he promised. “And when Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with the Lord, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was on the ark of the testimony, from between the two cherubim; and it spoke to him.”[2]

          As I continued to explore this amazing connection between the cherubim and God, I came across this description: “…the Lord of hosts, who is enthroned on the cherubim.”[3] That picture of God enthroned on the cherubim was the exact picture Ezekiel described of the living creatures.

          Then I found this amazing picture: when King Solomon built the Temple in Jerusalem, he included the making of two fifteen foot tall cherubim figures on both sides of the Most Holy Place, the inner sanctuary of the temple. Both cherubim had a wing-span of fifteen feet with their wings spreading out over the ark of the covenant with its mercy seat.

          That means that, by the time Ezekiel had his vision of the four living creatures, representing four cherubim, he had already known that the Most Holy Place of God was represented by four cherubim, two arching their wings over the  Most Holy Place, and two on the mercy seat arching their wings over the place where God would meet with and speak to his people.

          What this did to me was very simple: it spoke deep into my heart the consistent message of God’s word, that God is enthroned on the cherubim. The angels who know him best enthrone him. They call attention to the one who sits on the throne. They tell us to listen to him, and take heed to what he is saying.

          And one message is becoming clear as crystal, that those who know God best adore him. Those who are constantly in his presence, worship him. Those who see him without any filters of sinful flesh, delight in him, rejoice in him, and gather around him in festal attire. The King is on his throne, and it is well with my soul.

          From my heart,



© 2013 Monte Vigh ~ Box 517, Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8 ~

Unless otherwise noted, Scriptures are from the English Standard Version (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.)


[1] Revelation 4:6
[2] Numbers 7:89
[3] I Samuel 4:4

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