“Man’s biggest problem is his sin which has separated him from God.”
The instructions from God now come to the organization and construction of the Tabernacle. This really is one of the most primary aspects of the Law given in Exodus. The beauty of the pictures found in the Tabernacle, the furniture, and the events that were to happen in the Tabernacle are almost without equal. Christ is shown in a wonderful and surreal way. In the midst of this beauty and picture is a constant reminder of the current status of man’s brokenness and sin… the Cherubims.
Cherubims are found in the singular (cherub) but most often they are seen in the plural (cherubims). The first time we see the Cherubims is in Genesis 3:24, “So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” Cherubims are found in 76 verses in the Old Testament, and only 1 verse in the New Testament. Every time they are seen they are doing one job… only one… defending the holiness and glory of God. Cherubims are not as the renaissance painters depicted them; nude children playfully bouncing on clouds. No instead they are often depicted as fierce, fiery beings who defend, kill, and protect.
It is no wonder that these Cherubims are depicted twice in the Tabernacle. Once as a set facing each other on the Mercy Seat, and again a set facing each other on the Vail that separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. The Cherubims offered a constant reminder that man was sinful and God was holy. Man, by his willful disobedience to God had separated himself from God. Each time the priest saw the imagery of these fierce creations of God he was reminded, “I am a sinner, and unworthy to enter His holy presence.”
The only time that curtain was allowed to be passed and the high priest was allowed to enter the place those cherubims guarded was with the perfect blood of a lamb. What a beautiful picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. He died on the Cross and shed His perfect blood to bridge the gap between God and man. Christ’s blood appeased the wrath of God and closed the separation between God and man. It was no accident that Mark recorded in Mark 15:38, “And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.” This was no work of man, but a supernatural work of God (top to bottom). God declared in that act… there is no separation anymore, the perfect blood has been placed on the mercy seat. Whosoever will may come, the vail is rent, the door is open, Jesus will save!
You may have a rough day or week ahead, but be reminded of this great truth, you have direct access now to God! You are pure and clean by the blood of Christ and you may come boldly to the throne room of grace. Today take some time to thank God that He made a way to end the separation between God and man.
Daily Scripture Reading
Exodus 25 - 27
(Follow this Scripture Reading Plan to accompany this devotion and read through your Bible in a year)
“And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.”