Cherubim, Table for Bread, Golden Lampstand (Exodus 25:1-22)

Chuck CainOn Sunday, June 21, 2015, the Adult Sunday School class reviewed the remainder of Exodus 25 regarding the ark of the covenant, the mercy seat, the table for bread, and the lampstand.

This chapter mentions cherubim for the first time since Genesis 3, where they were identified as guarding the way to the tree of life. Two psalms identify the LORD as enthroned upon the cherubim: Psalms 80 and 99. Also, there are two scripture references that identify the mercy seat as God’s footstool: Psalm 132:7-8 and 1 Chronicles 28:2. Leviticus 16 describes how the high priest entered the holy of holies on the day of atonement and made blood offerings for the sins of himself and the people.

The design of the table for bread is set forth. The use of the table is identified in Leviticus 24:5-9. This states that the priests who replaced the bread weekly ate the replaced bread before the LORD as a symbol of fellowship between the LORD and his people. The bread also reminded of God’s provision for his people. As we read about the table we are reminded that our Lord said “I am the bread of life” in John 6.

The final section describes the golden lampstand. Its design included seven lamps held on branches decorated with almond blossoms. The lampstand likely appeared similar to the Jewish menorah. The lampstand reminds us of the tree of life (Genesis 2-3 and Revelation 22) and the numerous references in scripture of light. In particular we are reminded that Christ said, “I am the light of the world” in John 8-9.—Chuck Cain

Listen to “Cherubim, Table for Bread, Golden Lampstand” (Exodus 25:1-22) at mcopc.org.

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