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Ruthe's Secret Roses - by Ruth Marlene Friesen
Ruthe's Secret Roses

Eden's Enforcer Angel

Eve and Adam had eaten from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God had allowed them that choice, but now to keep them from eating of the tree of life and living forever in their sin state, He drove them out of Eden and placed cherubim, a type of angel, at the eastern side, along with a sword that flashed back and forth to keep all mankind out.

What exactly did the cherubim (in some translations, cherubs) look like or do?

They are referred to a number of times throughout the Bible, but we have to go to Ezekiel's vision in Ezekiel 1:10, and 10:14 for a visual description. They are living heavenly creatures, servants of God, appearing in winged, human-animal form with the faces of lion, ox, man and eagle all in the same creature.

God did not breach his own commandment when He told the Israelites to make images of them for the tabernacle and temple, and to embroider these cherubim designs on the drapes. In fact two of them were bowed (as images) over the mercy seat of the ark in the Holy of Holies. In some passages God rode upon the cherubim as if they were His chariots.

They sure don't sound like cute little nude babies, do they?

What can we learn from this first appearance at Eden, that we might apply to our own lives? For God has told us to read and study His Word for our practical use.

God was very thoughtful when he banished Adam and Eve so they could not wander up to the Tree of Life, eat, and live forever in their chosen state of sin. Otherwise, the whole human race, including you and me would have been born locked into sin for eternity!

I'm glad God put that scary looking cherubim and the flaming sword at the entrance to the garden. It gave us all a chance at another choice - trusting God's plan for salvation. We can look at the meaning of the four faces another time, but for now our general impression can be of a mighty God, who has majestic and powerful servants, who don't overlook a thing. When they are given an assignment, they carry it out! Cherubim are God's enforcer angels.

angel with the sword at the Gate to Eden

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