Angels part 4 – The Cherubim / Genesis 3:24 (Sermon Audio and Notes)

Posted on September 12, 2013


This is the fourth in a series of messages about angels. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the evening of September 8, 2013. This message deals with the attributes and characteristics of the cherubim.  This post contains an audio recording of my sermon, plus the sermon notes. The sermon notes are not a full transcript of the sermon.



Angels 4


Genesis 3:24


Class of winged angels. The Hebrew cherub (plural, cherubim) is of uncertain derivation.

Their main purpose and activity might be summarized in this way: they are proclaimers and protectors of God’s glorious presence, His sovereignty, and His holiness.”

Satan was a cherub.

Ezekiel 28:11-17

We could say that the cherubim have to do with the altar – that is, the worship of God.

Ezek. 10:3–19

They are first seen as guards at the gate of the Garden of Eden, preventing sinful man from entering

Gen. 3:24

The only NT reference to cherubim is in a description of the furnishings of the holy of holies.

Heb. 9:5

In fact, because of their association with the altar, we see cherubim as decorations in the temple.

Exodus 25:17-22

Exodus 36:8

1 Kings 7:29

They represent the place of God’s throne.

Psalm 80:1

Ezekiel 10:1

Revelation 5:6

Cherubim participate in God’s judgment

Ezekiel 10:2

Ezekiel 10:6-7

Revelation 6:1-8

Revelation 15:7

What do the cherubim look like?

Ezekiel 1:22-24

Ezekiel 10:8

Ezekiel 10:12-14

Ezekiel 10:21-22

Revelation 4:6-8

These magnificent creatures guard, defend, surround and enthrone God’s holiness.

It is difficult to imagine the fullness or even the necessity of such service.

Certainly the Almighty Creator needs no help or protection from His creation, yet he chooses to use them in an awe inspiring way.

The realization of such mighty creatures, in such high service, should certainly cause us to view ourselves with the utmost humility.

Even so, when we put it all in perspective, even lowly man is called to defend God’s holiness.

We do so by not taking His name in vain, thereby keeping it pure.

We are not to sit idly by in the face of blasphemy against our Lord.

We are not to be accepting of sin, but rather to demonstrate holiness.

We are to defend the authority of His word.

We too, are called to the high service of defending God’s holiness, but let us never to think of ourselves too highly.

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