2 Samuel 6:2

Hebrew Bible

1 David again assembled all the best men in Israel, 30,000 in number. 2 David and all the men who were with him traveled to Baalah in Judah to bring up from there the ark of God which is called by the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, who sits enthroned between the cherubim that are on it. 3 They loaded the ark of God on a new cart and carried it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were guiding the new cart. 4 They brought it with the ark of God from the house of Abinadab on the hill. Ahio was walking in front of the ark,

Isaiah 37:16

Hebrew Bible

14 Hezekiah took the letter from the messengers and read it. Then Hezekiah went up to the Lord’s temple and spread it out before the Lord. 15 Hezekiah prayed before the Lord: 16O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, O God of Israel, who is enthroned on the cherubim! You alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You made the sky and the earth. 17 Pay attention, Lord, and hear! Open your eyes, Lord, and observe! Listen to this entire message Sennacherib sent and how he taunts the living God! 18 It is true, Lord, that the kings of Assyria have destroyed all the nations and their lands.

 Notes and References

"... God's Shekhinah rests in the seventh hekhal, thus in the highest, or if we imagine the arrangement concentrically innermost of the seven heavenly "palaces," which themselves are to be found in the highest (= seventh) heaven. Specifically, God sits, or his Shekhinah rests, on the 'throne of glory' (kisse ha-kavod), (In addition the traditional biblical notion of God who 'sits on the Keruvim' - compare section 34; see Psalms 80:2, 99:1; 1 Samuel 4:4; 2 Samuel 6:2; 2 Kings 19:15; Isaiah 37:16; 1 Chronicles 13:6 - or who 'rides' on the Keruvim. The only verse that speaks of God riding on the Keruv is Psalms 18:11 = 2 Samuel 22:11) which itself stands on the Merkavah (the "chariot" of Ezekiel 1), or the 'wheels of the Merkavah.' It is said of Yishma'el, for example, that he enters the seventh hekhal, is led to the 'camp of the Shekhinah,' and presented before the 'throne of glory' to behold the Merkavah; similarly, Meratron serves the 'throne of glory, the wheels of the Merkavah, and the needs of the Shekhinah.' ..."

Schäfer, Peter The Hidden and Manifest God: Some Major Themes in Early Jewish Mysticism (p. 124) State University of New York Press, 1992

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