Who is the one that dwellest between the Cherubims? If you read the Bible constantly, you’ll certainly find this phrase said a few times. Who is this and what does it mean?
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In Psalm 80, the very first verse says
Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.
Give ear O Shepherd of Israel. Who is the Shepherd of Israel? St. John 10:11 says, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.”
Who gave their life? Jesus! See how easy this is!
Psalm 80 verse 1 continues by saying, ‘you who leads Joseph (a tribe in Israel) like a flock. Basically, this verse is identifying who they are referring to, and all references point to Jesus the Christ. You that dwellest between the Cherubims … shine forth!
Essentially, they are saying Jesus Shine Forth!
We know Jesus is the Shepherd of Israel, JESUS leads the flock of Israel, and Jesus is the one that dwells between the cherubims.
This reference is used in Isaiah chapter 37
16 O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth.
The reference is used in 2 Kings chapter 19:15
Every time we see the Holy One of Israel show up, He had these cherubims by His side. In Isaiah chapter 6 verse 1 and 2, in Ezekiel chapter 1 – even when God met Abraham before destroying Sodom and Gomorrah, the Lord came with two men with Him.
Where did this originate?
Dwellest Between the Cherubims
This began once sin was found in man. God prevented this tainted man from have free access to the Tree of Life by doing what … by placing Cherubims with flaming swords to keep the way of the Tree of Life!
See Genesis chapter 3
24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Thankfully, once Jesus died on the cross and rose, He has given us that access back to Himself, the Tree of Life. Let us be gracious and hope in His mercy.
This is what dwellest between the Cherubims means!