What Are the Cherubim? Pt. 3: Their Hands and Feet

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As we discussed in our two previous videos, the Cherubim are terrifying creatures with four faces and four wings. They have the face of a man, eagle, ox, and lion. They also have the likeness of man due to their connection with man. Not only do they have the likeness and face of man, but the Cherubim also have human hands. Their feet are like burnished bronze. But what does that mean? Why do the Cherubim have human hands and bronze feet? What does bronze represent in the Bible? Join ArieRashelle as she searches through Scripture to explain the Cherubim’s hands and feet in part three of our What Are the Cherubim? series.

Romans 10:13-15
Ezekiel 1:7
Ezekiel 43:6-7a
Deuteronomy 11:24
Isaiah 27:9-10
John 15:1-6
Matthew 13:24-30; 36-40
Revelation 2:18
Ephesians 6:15
Numbers 21:4-9
John 3:14-15
John 3:16
Leviticus 1
Matthew 10:13-15
Acts 3:6-7
Ezekiel 1:8
Ezekiel 37:1
Acts 8:39-40
Ezekiel 1:1-3
Acts 8:17-19
1 Timothy 5:22
1 Timothy 4:14
2 Timothy 1:5-7
Luke 22:43-44
Philippians 2:4-8
Hebrews 1:14
Isaiah 6:6-7

What Are The Cherubim? Pt. 3 Summary

The Cherubim’s Hands and Feet

Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the sole of a calf’s foot. And they sparkled like burnished bronze. Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. And the four had their faces and their wings thus:

Ezekiel 1:7-8

The Cherubim’s Legs

The Cherubim’s legs were straight, so that no one direction dominated. This is important because they had to be able to move in all for directions without turning.

their wings touched one another. Each one of them went straight forward, without turning as they went.

Ezekiel 1:9

If the Cherubim’s legs had knees that bent as we do, they wouldn’t be able to go in all four directions without turning. They would then also have one dominant side, and therefore all four sides could not be equal. This is important because each side of the Cherubim makes up an important piece of who they are. No one side is more important or dominant than the other, or when they went forward with the less dominant side, they would be at a disadvantage. This is why the Cherubim’s legs go straight forward; they need to go in any of the four directions without turning.

The Cherubim’s Bronze Feet

The Cherubim’s feet shone like burnished bronze because bronze is symbolic of the common man receiving healing, Salvation, redemption, etc. It wasn’t like gold, just for specific people, it was for everyone.

Examples of Bronze in the Bible
The Bronze Fiery Serpent in the Wilderness

From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray to the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.

Numbers 21:4-9
The Bronze Altar in the Tent of Meeting

29 The bronze that was offered was seventy talents and 2,400 shekels; 30 with it he made the bases for the entrance of the tent of meeting, the bronze altar and the bronze grating for it and all the utensils of the altar, 31 the bases around the court, and the bases of the gate of the court, all the pegs of the tabernacle, and all the pegs around the court.

Exodus 38:29-31

The Lord called Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When any one of you brings an offering to the Lord, you shall bring your offering of livestock from the herd or from the flock. If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer a male without blemish. He shall bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting, that he may be accepted before the Lord.”

Leviticus 1:1-3
Summary of the Bronze feet

In the Bible, one of the uses of bronze was to represent that it was for everyone, not just one kind of person. It was for anyone willing to receive. Anyone willing to accept and be healed. Anyone willing to accept Salvation and be saved, delivered, and redeemed. So, the Bible records the Cherubim’s feet as bronze because they are angels, ministering spirits, bringing Salvation, redemption, and healing to all people willing to receive it by grace through faith in Jesus Christ our LORD and Savior. The Cherubim’s hands and feet are connected in the way that they both are representations of healing, redemption, and receiving Salvation.

The Cherubim’s Human Hands

The Cherubim have human hands because they can bestow the Spirit of God and the gifts of God upon those whom they lay hands on, as all angels, both spiritual beings and human beings, can.

17 Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.

Acts 8:17

14 Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.

1 Timothy 4:14

I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

2 Timothy 1:5-7

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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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What are the Cherubim? Pt. 1: The Face of Man

Whenever we see Cherubim, we see them depicted as cute chubby little babies with wings. Often times we see them with a cute little bow and arrow ready to spread love, like Cupid. But is that what Cherubim look like? Aren’t the Cherubim cute, chubby little babies with wings? How does the Bible describe Cherubim? Does the Bible even describe Cherubim? Why did the Bible say that one of the Cherubim’s faces was man? Join ArieRashelle as she searches through Scripture to find the answer to these questions in our video, What are the Cherubim? Pt. 1: The Face of Man.

Ezekiel 10:20-22
Ezekiel 10:10-14
Ezekiel 1:1-14
Ezekiel 1:5-6
Revelation 4:6-8
Genesis 2:18-20
Genesis 1:26
Genesis 3:8-9
Exodus 37:7-9
Philippians 2:5-8
Hebrews 6:19-20
Hebrews 10:19-22

What Are The Cherubim? Pt. 1 Summary

The Four Faces of the Cherubim

And from the midst of it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had a human likeness, but each had four faces, and each of them had four wings.

Ezekiel 1:5-6

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 four faces of the Cherubim are the face of man, lion, ox, and eagle. The Cherubim’s face of man represents their connection to humanity. This is the same word used when describing the creation of man.

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Genesis 1:26

This is why they are described as having the likeness of man. They are connected to man.

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