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Spoke 11 - Kaph

1 Kings, Micah, 2 Timothy

Wings of Glory Covering Ark of the Covenant

And within the oracle he made two cherubim of olive tree, each ten cubits high. And five cubits was the one wing of the cherub, and five cubits the other wing of the cherub: from the uttermost part of the one wing unto the uttermost part of the other were ten cubits. ... And he set the cherubim within the inner house: and they stretched forth (parash) the wings of the cherubim, so that the wing of the one touched the one wall, and the wing of the other cherub touched the other wall; and their wings touched one another in the midst of the house.

1 Kings 6:23ff (Spoke 11, Cycle 1)

Cherubim of Glory
covering the Ark of the Covenant

The two cherubim described in this passage were about fifteen feet tall and stood on either side of the Ark of the Covenant. They reiterated the design of the cherubim atop the Ark on the Mercy Seat (Kapporet) that God had revealed to Moses on the mount. The New Testament calls them cherubim of glory because God's glory (kavod) would appear between them when He spoke with Moses. It functioned as the Throne (Kissey) of God in the heart of His Temple.


Kaph KeyWords

The convergence of Kaph KeyWords relating to the ideas of glory, crown, and covering in the description of the Holy of Holies is simply overwhelming. It all begins with Kaph as the symbol of the palm of the hand with which we cover things. This extends to the covering wings (kanaph) characteristic of the cherubim who declared "Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory (kavod)" (Isa 6:3). And what is the glory of God if not the work of atonement (kaphar) His Son wrought on the Cross? This is represented by the covering of the Ark call the Mercy Seat (Kapporet). The relation between wings and covering is evident in Ezekiel's vision of God's glory:

And under the firmament were their wings straight, the one toward the other: every one had two, which covered (kasah) on this side, and every one had two, which covered (kasah) on that side, their bodies. ... And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings (kanaph). And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne (kissey), as the appearance of a sapphire stone: ...

Ezekiel 1:23ff

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