A Jewish rabbi recently taught me the other thing about this
passage. In Jewish tradition, cherubim are angels with child-like faces. Art has followed that tradition, creating hundreds of sculptures and paintings depicting cherubim as these little angels with the faces of children. Notice that God spoke to Moses above the mercy seat and between the two cherubs. Jewish tradition taught that God spoke to Moses between these two cherubs to teach us that if we want to hear from God, we must become like little children.
|Artist’s depiction of the Big Bang|
I love teaching my grandchildren about God and about science. On New Year’s Eve we have a tradition of taking the grandchildren for the evening. This past New Year’s Eve I happened to mention the Big Bang and found that they didn’t know what it was. They thought it was a TV show. Over dinner, this idea that there was a beginning of the universe captured the curiosity of my 12 year old grandson. He peppered me with questions about what we know of the Big Bang. One thing children are is hungry for learning. Are you hungry for getting to know God better? It is out of that child-like hunger and curiosity that God speaks.