Shekinah Glory

<<presence of God>>

This Hebrew expression denotes the divine presence of God with people.  It suggests ‘dwelling’ or ‘settling with’ rather than just a passing contact. It was seen when the Israelites travelled across the desert, Moses experienced it on the mount, and for a time when he had been in God's presence with his face radiating the glory, it pervaded the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle and later Solomon’s Temple (Ex 13:20-22, 24:16, 34:29-34, 40:34; 1 Kgs 8:11). The manifestation of the glory of the Lord literally shone on the shepherds at Jesus’ birth (Lk 2:9). Artists have sometimes attempted to portray it by painting figures with halos.

In Christ, all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form (Col 2:9). Jesus said the glory that He was given from the Father, has also been given to His followers (Jn 17:22,23). This is the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit in believers’ lives (1 Cor 6:19). How much He shines forth from our lives is dependent on our desire, openness and purity of heart.

Do people recognise the presence                            of God in our lives?

See also: glory, presence of God.


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