Cherubim

Two ornaments known as the Cherubim were made and placed on the Mercy Seat which covered the Ark of the Covenant in the Tabernacle erected by Moses. As to the exact form of the Cherubim we have no information, but there were two wings which extended over the Mercy Seat, quite evidently symbolic of the protecting and overshadowing power of Deity. In this sense reference is made to the extended wings of the Cherubim in the degree of Royal Master. ( Exodus 25:18,20 - 1 Kings 8:7 - Hebrews 9:5 )


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Biblical References

Exodus 25:18-20

18 And thou shalt make two cherubim of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat. 19 And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubim on the two ends thereof. 20 And the cherubim shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubim be.


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1 Kings 8:7

For the cherubim spread forth their two wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubim covered the ark and the staves thereof above.


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Hebrews 9:5

And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.


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