Reflection on 2 Chronicles 3:11

“The wings of the cherubim were extended twenty cubits, so that one wing was five cubits long, and reached to the wall of the house: and the other was also
five cubits long, and reached to the wing of the other cherub.” (2 Chronicles 3:11)

Literal Sense:  The two golden figures of cherubin in the Holy of Holies each had one wing which touched the Temple walls while the other wing on each cherubin touched each other.

Allegorical Sense:  The cherubim in the Holy of Holies depicts the unity of the church.  Christ has come and united things in heaven and earth (Ephesians 1:10) both man and angel.  This is depicted by the fact that the cherubim touch the walls of the church, signifying the angelic communion with the church militant and triumphant, and the fact that the cherubim touch each other’s wings depicts the communion each angel has with every other angel.

Moral Sense: As even the angels in heaven are united to those who are in Christ, we too should be careful to maintain our fellowship and unity with other believers in Christ.

Anagogical Sense: These things depict the unity we already have in Christ and they point us forward to the unity of the church in heaven at the consummation of the ages.

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