The doors (1 Kings 6:31-6:36)

“For the entrance to the inner sanctuary he made doors of olivewood. The lintel and the doorposts were a five-sided pentagon. He covered the two doors of olivewood with carvings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers. He overlaid them with gold, and spread gold on the cherubim and on the palm trees. So also he made for the entrance to the nave doorposts of olivewood, in the form of a square, and two doors of cypress wood. The two leaves of the one door were folding, and the two leaves of the other door were folding. On them he carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers. He overlaid them with gold evenly applied upon the carved work. He built the inner court with three courses of dressed stone and one course of cedar beams.”

The entrance door to the inner sanctuary was made of olivewood, also a hard wood. There were other doors made of cypress as the entrance to the inner sanctuary. This continued with the carvings of cherubim, palm trees, and flowers on these doors and the other doors. They also used gold overlay all over the place. The door posts were either a pentagon shape or a square shape.

The cherubim (1 Kings 6:23-6:30)

“In the inner sanctuary he made two cherubim of olivewood, each ten cubits high. Five cubits was the length of one wing of the cherub, and five cubits the length of the other wing of the cherub. It was ten cubits from the tip of one wing to the tip of the other. The other cherub also measured ten cubits. Both cherubim had the same measure and the same form. The height of one cherub was ten cubits, and so was that of the other cherub. He put the cherubim in the innermost part of the house. The wings of the cherubim were spread out so that a wing of one touched the one wall, and a wing of the other cherub touched the other wall. Their other wings toward the center of the house were touching wing to wing. He also overlaid the cherubim with gold. He carved the walls of the house all around about with carved engravings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers, in the inner and outer rooms. The floor of the house he overlaid with gold in the inner and outer rooms.”

These cherubim are holy winged figures who represented a messenger from God just like the guardians of Eden as in Genesis, chapter 3. Thus these cherubim will guard the holy of holies. They are extremely large, 10 cubits high or 15 feet high with wings that were 5 cubits or 7 ½ feet wide or a wing span of 10 cubits or 15 feet. These giant cherubim touched both sides of the walls. They touched each other in the middle with each 10 cubits high and 20 cubits spread out. They overlaid these cherubim with gold.  On the walls there were carvings of cherubim, palm trees, and flowers. Gold was overlaid all over the place. These cherubim were the center of this ornamentation.