27. Stay close to God

Last week we saw that there were lion, oxen and cherubim carvings on the carts supporting the water basins. We saw that the lion represents leadership and primarily the Lion of Judah, Jesus Himself. And as we follow Him and stay close to Him, we will be safe from the devil prowling around looking at whom he may devour. We needn't fear with Jesus by our side, loving us and looking after us.

Now today I want us to have a look at the other carving on the carts, namely the cherubim. If we have a look at the Bible, Cherubim are often mentioned as God dwells between the Cherubim (Psalm 80:1, Psalm 99:1).

They are first mentioned where they were instructed to guard the access to the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve were banished from it - Genesis 3:24.

Cherubim are depicted as powerful creatures. In Ezekiel 1, Ezekiel is shown a powerful vision. He is shown four Cherubim surrounding the movable Throne of God. They had 4 faces, one human, one ox, one lion and one eagle - symbolizing power and wisdom. They are mobile and can move in any direction that God chose:

"…they went wherever the spirit wanted to go and they did not turn when they went." Ezekiel 1:12

Their role is to guard God's holy domain and presence from any sin and corruption. They also praise and worship God day and night before His throne:

"The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: 'Holy holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!" Revelation 4:8.

Therefore it is safe to say that Cherubim are guardians, praising God, filled with power and wisdom and they can move without effort in any direction that God chooses. They stay close to Him and glorify Him. They know exactly what to do as He instructs them.

We can learn a lot from the Cherubim. We should also be guardians of all that is good. We should defend God's Name and we should protect our souls from the onslaughts of the evil one. We should also be flexible and open to the leading of the Holy Spirit and move in whichever direction He leads us. And we should praise God in every situation. But above all, we should stay close to Him like the Cherubim. We should stay close to His throne, close to His heartbeat. Because when we are close, we can feel Him breathing, we can experience His heart of love and we can know what He wants us to do without even thinking twice.

That is all that God wants. He wants us living and breathing within His presence every moment of every day. Then we will hear His voice more clearly and we will know which route to take. Then we will move when His Spirit moves just like the Cherubim and protect His honor and glory wherever we go. Prayer within the presence of God is quickly answered, the manifestation might take long, but the prayer is answered and the peace that surpasses all understanding will reign in your heart. Therefore if you do not know the answer to your prayer at the moment, something that you have been praying very long about, ask yourself where you are finding yourself? In the throne room of God or in the board room of life? If God were to answer our half-hearted prayers originating from the board room of life, it will be an insult to Him and will not draw you closer to Him. Only in His throne room are all the answers to life. Come and enter, He is waiting for you.

Thank you Father that You show us so much symbolism in Your Word. Thank you for showing us in Your Word powerful Cherubim protecting Your honor. We learn a lot every day and we want to stay by Your side just like they do. Thank you that it is now possible because of the blood of Your Son. We love You. Amen


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