“By the River Chebar I saw them and I knew they were Cherubim”
In the land of the Chaldeans the Chebar River wound round and round and in and out as if flowed randomly
northwest to the Euphrates and eventually northeast to the Ulai. It totaled about 302 miles. It was on the
banks of this great river that Ezekiel encountered four beings which he instantaneously knew to be
Cherubim. Ezekiel dove for the ground and bowed to the magnificent ones who had come from God’s
throne. It’s amazing that he wasn’t consumed on the spot, for he surely would have been had God not
ordained it otherwise. It’s the kind exception God makes when we are to receive a message, no time to
conjure up those nagging doubts which confuse us during our weaker moments.
To say the least Ezekiel was overwhelmed. These beings didn’t exactly have the kind of composition we
humans are used to. And the power of their presence must have taken every bit of endurance Ezekiel could
tolerate just to remain grounded in their mighty presence. They were huge. They were mysterious. They
were seemingly unaware of Ezekiel and unconcerned. Scripture says that they were enormous enough and
powerful enough to carry their Creator on their wings while they flew with the winds.
Where do they come from? They are God’s administrators, God’s governors who are able to tolerate the
consuming fire of God’s very being. The fire around God is so fierce that we would become ashes in an
instant, but not so with the Cherubim and Seraphin. One of the duties of the Cherubim is to turn the
scorching coals in the flames at the foot of the throne. From there they can fly upward and take their place
nearer to God, about half way up the holy mountain (the throne) where the Almighty One resides.
(Isaiah 37:16) Within our limitations we might describe the Cherubim as being God’s eyes and ears
scanning this universe and all the others, keeping watch, flowing in wisdom, dispensing God’s
“The Lord rode upon a Cherub and flew and was seen upon the wings of the wind.” (Psalm 18:10)
That’s what I call awesome transportation.