Friday, February 26, 2016

Why there were Cherubim on top of the Ark of The Covenant?

Some people get confused by the commandment to make Chrubim on top of the Ark of the Covenant because the 2nd commandment prohibits molten and graven images. Here is the answer why.

Let's take a look at the second commandment:
Not you shall make for yourself a carving, and any likeness, which is in heavens from above, and which is in an earth from beneath, and which is in waters from under earth; not shall  you bow down to them, and not you shall be a slave to them; for I am Yahuah, your God, God jealous, visiting iniquity of fathers on sons of the third generation and fourth generation of ones hating Me; and doing kindness to a thousands generations of ones loving Me and ones guarding My commandments. (Exodus 20:4-6)
As you can see, we are forbidden to make graven images only for purposes of worship. Cherubim were never worshiped by anyone, so it is not an idol by any definition. Torah does not prohibit artworks. Torah prohibits worshiping idols. This is why Cherubim were allowed on the Ark.

Some say that Cherubim were of different genders, male and female, to symbolize the dual nature of God and the human.

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