Tuesday, December 04, 2007

The Expulsion from Eden



A very striking image, the thought of majestic cherubim guarding the gates of paradise, shutting out mankind.

What thoughts went through the minds of our ancestors as they looked with fear at the mighty cherubim and with longing at the Garden?

I cannot help thinking of a ragged child being pushed away from a toy shop by a burly store clerk with the words:

These ent for the likes of you, son. These are for the nice kids.



Cherumbim represent the judicial aspect of God. They show His judgement against sin and His exclusion of that which was holy. At Eden they represent judgment on Adam's failing.

In the sanctuary, on the Ark of the Covenant was the mercy seat. This was decorated with statues of two Cherubim. These symbolised God's judicial deals with Israel. No man might approach the mercy seat, except the hight priest once a year on the Day of Atonement, to make intercession for His people.



Yet now there is man who dwells between the Cherubim. In Revelation chapter 4, we see Jesus Christ, the lamb of God being worshipped by Cherubim and hosts of angels. Though man was excluded from earthly paradise by Cherubim, now a man has ascended into heaven and been given access to the heavenly paradise. Through Him, our humanity can be raised to the heights of heaven. Those in Christ have access to heaven through Him.

Just as the high priest would enter into the sanctuary to intercede for Israel, Christ is entered into the heavenly sanctuary. Thriugh Him we have access to the throne of grace. Through Him we are made acceptable to the courts of heaven.

9 comments:

Rose~ said...

Awesome awesome! Christ is a wonder! Thanks, Matthew. :~)

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Thanks for reading this, Rose.

KS said...

Matthew,

You beautifully wrote:

"Just as the high priest would enter into the sanctuary to intercede for Israel, Christ is entered into the heavenly sanctuary. Thriugh Him we have access to the throne of grace. Through Him we are made acceptable to the courts of heaven."

This reminded me of one of my favorite passages: Hebrews 10:11,12

"11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.

Thank you for this post!!!!!!!!!

KS

Gordon Cloud said...

Matthew, this is an outstanding post. Very nicely done.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

KS, thanks for visiting.

Gordon Cloud, it is nice to see you again.

Missy said...

Very beautiful and encouraging, Matthew!

It's intersting how different the expression of each cheribum is: sorrowful, stern, and pleasantly dutiful. Yet, Adam & Eve's expression is consistent: desolate and ashamed (each painting depicts one covering the face)

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Missy, thanks for the observation and thanks for visiting.

In Worcester Cathedral there is a stained-glass window illustrating this seen. That cherub looks to me rather like a grumpy school-teacher.

God Bless

Matthew

Jonathan Perreault said...

Wow! Great insights Matthew - "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing" (Rev. 5:12)!

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Thanks for visiting, Jonathan.