You are the anointed cherub that covers, I have set you so Ezekiel 28:14
Anointed Cherub – Ezekiel’s prophetic announcement to the king of Tyre describes more than we might think. Ezekiel provides us with a midrash on Adam. We need to pay close attention to the prophet’s words since they tell us a great deal about God’s intention for creating human beings. “You were in Eden, the garden of God,” Ezekiel writes. This is certainly not historically true of the king of Tyre, but it is true if we look at the general pattern of human behavior as seen in our progenitor, Adam. The prophet tells us that Adam had it all. Everything was prepared for him. He was placed on the holy mountain of God, blameless from the moment of his creation. He was anointed cherub.
Now what does that mean? What do the cherubs do? The word kerub isn’t used very often in Scripture. Our English word cherubim is a transliteration of the Hebrew kerubim (plural), not a translation. Why? The root word kerub is supposed to be the past participle of the verb karab (according to the way Hebrew nouns are formed), but this verb does not exist in Hebrew. The word does occur as a noun in other places, some of which are quite interesting: Genesis 3:24, Psalm 99:1 and Psalm 18:10. The design of the cherubim above the ark is similar to the description found in the vision of Ezekiel (1:4-14). Ezekiel adds to the picture in 10:18-22. You can compare this with John’s vision in Revelation 4:6-8. The kerubim were assigned the task of keeping sinful Adam and Havvah out of the Garden. Their images also guarded the ark of the covenant, standing on both sides of the mercy seat covering. In other words, they are guardians of God’s purposes for righteousness. Now Ezekiel tells us that Adam was supposed to play that role. He was anointed to guard (cover) the Garden, the representation of God’s good creation.
But something happened.
Ezekiel’s prophetic word describes the tragic event of Adam’s sin as idolatry. Adam served the serpent rather than YHWH. Adam listened to the voice of the serpent rather than the voice of YHWH. Adam remembered the words of the serpent but forgot the words of YHWH. Adam, not Eve, made the deliberate choice to serve himself and someone other than YHWH. Adam was created for leadership (mashah – anointed – is often used to describe a ceremonial ritual designating a leader). What kind of leadership? The leadership of the kerub, the guardian of God’s Garden, the protector of all that is good in the eyes of the Lord. But Adam took care of himself. He became the guardian of his own interests. That made him an idolater and required God to remove him from the Garden of Good. By the way, Havvah was also appointed a guardian – the guardian of Adam.
Men, do we want to recover the role YHWH gave us when we were created His image bearers? Then guard what He says is good. Guard His righteousness. Guard His name. Protect His creation against the sedition of the enemy. Become the anointed kerubim that He made us to be. The objective is crystal clear. God leaves no doubt about what He says is good. Our job is to protect His order of creation. In doing so, we will ensure the well being of every worshipper. A little less than angels? You bet! And for very good reasons. Will you take up the angelic role God assigned?
Oh yes, this anointed role is not accomplished alone. Women have a covenant relationship with the Lord to protect their men and bring blessings into their lives by making sure we men protect God’s good. It’s a big job, especially since men have a propensity to act like Adam.
Topical Index: Adam, Ezekiel 28:14, kerub, mashah, anointed, cherub, leadership