Yechezkel Ten: Cherubim

God speaks again to the man wearing linen, who was the appointed scribe that marked the people who were to be saved. He instructs him to come under the cherubim in the Temple and to pick up burning coals from under them. “Then the glory of the Lord lifted itself from upon the cherub onto the threshold of the House, and the House was filled with the cloud, and the court was filled with the splendor of the glory of the Lord (Ezekiel 10:4).” God now commands the man to take fire, which he is somehow capable of doing.

Then, we get a description of the cherubim. Each one has 4 faces.

  1. The face of a cherub
  2. The face of a man
  3. The face of a lion
  4. The face of an eagle

I wonder why these are the four beings depicted on God’s messengers. What does it say about angels that they’re multifaceted in this way? I’m intrigued by the descriptions of the cherubim, which are so different than the angels depicted in art and literature. Are angels meant to be beautiful, or are they supposed to be feared?


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