Exodus 25:20 The Cherubim in the tent or tabernacle
The cherubim shall have their wings spread upward, covering the mercy seat with their wings and facing one another; the faces of the cherubim are to be turned toward the mercy seat.
2 Chronicles 3:11-13 The Cherubim in the temple
The wingspan of the cherubim was twenty cubits; the wing of one, of five cubits, touched the wall of the house, and its other wing, of five cubits, touched the wing of the other cherub. The wing of the other cherub, of five cubits, touched the wall of the house; and its other wing of five cubits was attached to the wing of the first cherub. The wings of these cherubim extended twenty cubits, and they stood on their feet facing the main room.
The cherubim have changed! From gazing at the mercy seat to looking east toward the holy place, its veil and the door and the gate. Also from wings that covered the mercy seat in the tent now spread from the center of the room to the wall of the holiest of holies. Perhaps the original cherubim are still on the mercy seat also still gazing down also.
The symbolism changes from tent to temple. The temple does not move with the people of God. The tent moved with God's people in their journeys in the wilderness. The temple looked ahead to the second coming of Jesus Christ to reign in one place on earth and the tabernacle (tent) looked forward to the first coming of Christ tenting among his people. Jesus says, "And, lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
In the tent, the eyes of the each cherub are occupied with the blood on the seat and marveling at the redemption of God in the blood of Jesus Christ. Today all the angels crowd around the Mercy Seat (1 Peter 1:12) to learn and marvel at the grace of God. Christian should do the same. We also should remember our Savior and be always wondering at the redemption in His blood. It is our main job in life.
In the temple the cherubim look to the coming king. In symbol redemption is complete, and now the king is ready to reign. The King will return from the east and rule from His temple in Jerusalem. His glory and holiness now touch not only the mercy seat but the entire house of God from wall to wall. Indeed His glory will overspread not just His temple, but the entire earth (Isa 6:3)!
"Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts,
The whole earth is full of His glory."
Our main job today is to marvel at the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, His work, His blood! In the bread and the wine we have the symbols of his death. There is no crown set on the remembrance table. But how can we not look ahead to His reign, because we will reign with Him?! One day we will see the King in His glory and we will share in His glory.
For me to live is Christ.