It is wonderful to know that we are God’s and to realize the blessedness that is ours because of it. God chooses us to be members of His kingdom not only so that He might
Missionaries are very often discouraged on the mission field. Unfriendly governments sometimes put obstacles in their way. Some people are unresponsive, and often the behavior of people thought to be converts to Christ is disheartening.
While on mission in Sierra Leone I found it necessary to spend more time in prayer and Bible study. A brief devotional time in the morning was not nearly enough for the spiritual challenges that
“Plural cherubim, the name of certain symbolical figures” frequently mentioned in Scripture. They are first mentioned in connection with the expulsion of our first parents from Eden (Gen. 3:24). There is no intimation given of their shape or form. They are next mentioned when Moses was commanded to “provide furniture for the tabernacle (Ex. 25:17-20; 26:1, 31).” “God promised to commune with Moses “from between the cherubim” (25:22). This expression was afterwards used to denote the Divine abode and presence (Num. 7:89; 1 Sam. 4:4; Isa. 37:16; Ps. 80:1; 99:1). In Ezekiel’s vision (10:1-20) they appear as living creatures supporting the throne of God. From Ezekiel’s “description of them (1;10; 41:18, 19), they appear to have been” “compound figures, unlike any real object in nature; artificial” images possessing the features and properties of several animals. Two cherubim were placed on the mercy-seat of the ark; two of colossal size overshadowed it in Solomon’s temple. “Ezekiel (1:4-14) speaks of four; and this number of “living” “creatures” is mentioned in Rev. 4:6. Those on the ark are called” “the “cherubim of glory” (Heb. 9:5), i.e., of the Shechinah, or” “cloud of glory, for on them the visible glory of God rested.” “They were placed one at each end of the mercy-seat, with wings” “stretched upward, and their faces “toward each other and toward” “the mercy-seat.” They were anointed with holy oil, like the ark” itself and the other sacred furniture. “The cherubim were symbolical. They were intended to represent spiritual existences in immediate contact with Jehovah. Some have regarded them as symbolical of the chief ruling power by which God carries on his operations in providence (Ps. 18:10). Others interpret them as having reference to the redemption of “men, and as symbolizing the great rulers or ministers of the” church. Many other opinions have been held regarding them which “need not be referred to here. On the whole, it seems to be most” satisfactory to regard the interpretation of the symbol to be “variable, as is the symbol itself.” “Their office was, (1) on the expulsion of our first parents from “Eden, to prevent all access to the tree of life; and (2) to form” the throne and chariot of Jehovah in his manifestation of himself on earth. He dwelleth between and sitteth on the “cherubim (1 Sam. 4:4; Ps. 80:1; Ezek. 1:26, 28).”
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