What are the Cherubim? Pt. 2: The Face of an Eagle and Ox

The Cherubim have the face of man, the face of a lion, the face of an ox, and the face of an eagle. We established in part one that the face of man and their likeness of man represented their connection to man. So, does the Cherubim’s face of an eagle and an ox represent their connection to those animals? What does it mean to have the face of an eagle and ox? Join ArieRashelle as she searches through Scripture to find the answer in part two, The Face of an Eagle and an Ox, in our series, What are the Cherubim?

Ezekiel 1:10
Job 39:27
Jeremiah 49:16
Isaiah 14:12-15
Exodus 19:4
Isaiah 40:30-31
Exodus 33:14
Ezekiel 1:4-5
Exodus 16:9-12
Exodus 19:9a
Ezekiel 1:13
Genesis 15:17-21
Ezekiel 1:12
1 Timothy 5:17-18
1 Corinthians 9:9-12
Galatians 5:16-26
Hebrews 1:13-14
Ezekiel 1:14
Luke 10:18
Matthew 24:27
1 Timothy 2:1-6
Galatians 3:19-20
Hebrews 2:2-4
Romans 10:13-15

What Are The Cherubim? Pt. 2 Summary

10 As for the likeness of their faces, each had a human face. The four had the face of a lion on the right side, the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and the four had the face of an eagle.

Ezekiel 1:10

The Cherubim’s Face of an Eagle

Eagles are associated with the presence of God. Eagles’ wings in particular are associated with the right and path to enter into the presence of the LORD.

You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.

Exodus 19:4

10 He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of the wilderness; He encircled him, He cared for him, He kept him as the apple of His eye. 11 Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that flutters over its young, spreading out its wings, catching them, bearing them on its pinions, 12 the Lord alone guided him, no foreign god was with him.

Deuteronomy 32:10–12

The Cherubim’s face of an eagle represents its connection and relationship with God. The Cherubim can enter into the presence and glory of God.

The Cherubim’s Face of an Ox

In the Bible, the ox is associated with winning souls for Christ.

17 Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”

1 Timothy 5:17-18

For it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned? 10 Does he not certainly speak for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of sharing in the crop.

1 Corinthians 9:9-10

The Cherubim’s face of the ox represents their job description as angels because they are ministering spirits.

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