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The scene where Locke entered the Cabin seemed to be deliberately crafted so as to be analogous to the High Priest entering the Holy of Holies in the Ancient Israelite Tabernacle or Temple. Locke only could enter, like Aaron the High Priest (unusual that it is deliberately pointed out that Aaron is missing!), who was miraculously chosen out of the twelve representatives of the sons of Israel (Jacob). He grabbed the lantern and lit it, like the Priest taking the special Golden Censer and filling it with burning coals before entering. He went in with the intention of speaking to God (or Jacob in this case). Everyone else stood back at a distance and watched onward and awaited his return. Some people believe that the Lord did not come personally but rather sent an angel, glory, or presence (shekhinah or bath kol) of some sort to speak to Aaron from between the wings of the Cherubim upon the Ark of the Covenant, and Christian was a spokesman for Jacob in like manner. The mystery of the cabin is similar to the mystery of the Holy of Holies, but in a very dark almost creepy way. The fact that details surrounding Jacob are connected to the Bible, "God loves you as he loved Jacob." Mr. Eko's stick also comes to mind.
- Claire being in the cabin with Christian/Jacob doesn't quite fit this scenario.
- There was a lot of preparation before the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies, not just grabbing a lantern and heading in. The Shekhinah historically is the presence of God inhabiting the space, not an angel etc. Why is it significant that Aaron is missing? The Others didn't "stand at a distance" when the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies, they were nowhere nearby. Why does Eko's stick come to mind? I just don't think there's an analogy here beyond a vague literary allusion.