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Shekinah fills the Holy Temple

 

The inspiration for today’s post comes from Angie Smith’s blog:  http://angiesmithonline.com/2012/06/the-robe/

Bear with me on this post, it is going to be amazing.

I Cor. 19,20  “Or don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?  You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a big price.  So you must honor God with your body.” —

I have read that verse many times before and always thought, or perhaps was taught, that this verse had to do with taking care of yourself.  –Don’t smoke, don’t drink or use drugs, eat right, take care of your sexual purity, exercise, etc.  Basically, to take pride in your body, and handle it with care.  It is the temple of the Holy Spirit.  But oh, it is so much more!

I was reading Angie Smith’s blog this morning and she used this verse, “Isaiah 6:1  . . “In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord.  He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple.  Hovering around him were mightily seraphim. . .In a great chorus they sang, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord Almighty.  The whole earth is filled with his glory!””

Angie went on to talk about how the train of His robe filled the Temple.  I started to meditate on those words.  I tried to visualize the train of God’s robe filling the Temple.

This led me to think on words I seldom think of:  The Shekinah Glory.  Wow.  Can you imagine being able to see the Shakinah Glory like Isaiah or Moses?  Simply put, the Shikinah Glory is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit.  It is a Hebrew word poorly translated into English as the Holy Spirit or God’s Spirit.  But it is so much more.  It is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit dwelling among us.  Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia.  It explains it better than I can and gives you a bit of history as well:

From  wikipedia.org (I encourage you to read the whole article at:) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shekhinah.  ShekinahShekinahShechinahShekinaShechina, or Schechinah, (Hebrewשכינה‎) is the English spelling of a grammatically feminine Hebrew word that means the dwelling or settling, and is used to denote the dwelling or settling divine presence of God, especially in the Temple in Jerusalem. . . .

The Talmud reports that the Shekinah is what caused prophets to prophesy and King David to compose his Psalms. The Shekinah manifests itself as a form of joy, connected with prophecy and creativity: Talmud Pesachim 117a) The Talmud also reports that “The Shekinah does not rest amidst laziness, nor amidst laughter, nor amidst lightheadedness, nor amidst idle conversation. Rather, it is amidst the joy associated with a mitzvah that the Shekinah comes to rest upon people, as it is said: ‘And now, bring me for a musician, and it happened that when the music played, God’s hand rested upon him’ [Elisha] [2 Kings 3:15]” (Pesachim 117a). Thus the Shekinah is associated with the transformational spirit of God regarded as the source of prophecy.

Wow.  There are so many places I want to go with this.

Not only does Shekinah fill the Temple but if I understand correctly, (I am not a Bible Scholar, much less one on languages), it fills people as well.  It is what made David such a good musician, lyric writer, and the composer of Psalms.  The Shekinah was upon David.

In Christianity it is believed that the scriptures are divinely inspired.  Here, if you study the word, seems to at least hold true to David and the story of Elisha.

I recently was engaged in a conversation regarding art.  The person talking was saying that, “as an artist, you feel that something beyond yourself has inspired your artwork, down to the last brushstroke.”  Shakespeare and Homer talked about the Muse as an entity.  So do poets.  But beyond being an artist, what does Shekinah do?

But what else does the Bible say about the Shekinah?

 Exodus 40:34  “Then the cloud covered the Tabernacle, and the glorious presence of the Lord filled it.  Moses was no longer able to enter the Tabernacle because the cloud had settled down over it, and the Tabernacle was filled with the awesome glory of the Lord.”

I Kings 8:10 “As the priest came out of the inner sanctuary, a cloud filled the Temple of the Lrd.  The priest could not continue their work because the glorious presence of the lord filled the Temple.”

Shakinah Glory is so powerful that the priest can no longer enter the Temple!  It is so powerful that Moses could no longer enter the Tabernacle.

Does Shekinah happen today?  We often talk about God moving in the church or how you can feel the “Spirit move” during worship.  But is there more?  Let’s go back to the first verse I quoted.

I Cor. 19,20  “Or don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?  You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a big price.  So you must honor God with your body.”

O.K. so here is the leap I am making here and what I find amazing:  If Shekinah filled the Temple in the Old Testament, and 1st  Corinthians says that our body is the Temple, then does it not stand to reason that the Shekinah fills you, your body and your spirit?  That you in and of yourself are a tabernacle for the Holy Spirit.  You have the Shekinah Glory within you?  Is that not what we pray for when we are baptized?  “In the name of the Father, the Son and for the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Go back to the visual of God’s Robes filling the Temple from Isaiah.  Imagine God’s Robes filling your own spirit.  His Shekinah is filling you.  He chooses to do that despite that we are a fallen human race.  —-   I don’t know that I have ever felt so Beautiful.