2 Chronicles 7
The Shekinah Glory
Now when Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the house. 2 The priests could not enter into the house of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled the Lord’s house. 3 All the sons of Israel, seeing the fire come down and the glory of the Lord upon the house, bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave praise to the Lord, saying, “Truly He is good, truly His loving kindness is everlasting.”
The dictionary defines Shekinah as the presence of God on earth or a symbol or manifestation of His presence (Dictionary.com). In his book, The Shekinah Glory, George L. Miller explains the visible manifestation of God and the presence of God is known as the Shekinah. Shekinah is the Hebrew word to express the presence of God on earth.
During their time in the wilderness, God was visibly present with the Israelites. He appeared as a cloud and a pillar of fire (Exodus 13:21), as fire on Mount Sinai (Exodus 19:18), and as a cloud over the Tabernacle (Exodus 40:34–38). The last reference to the Lord appearing in this form is near the end of Moses’ life, recorded in Deuteronomy 31:15, when God brought the Israelites to the edge of the Promised Land. The Lord was visibly present with the Israelites for forty years! God continued to be present in the lives of the Israelites as we see from Solomon dedicating the Temple (2 Chronicles Chapters 5-7).
In the New Testament, we find Jesus with the same attributes found in the God of the Old Testament:
For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form
Jesus tells us what He is:
Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
God is still with us today. Jesus promised to send us the Holy Spirit. God is still present in our daily lives. We must simply be open to experiencing Him.
26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
My prayer for you is that you will constantly experience God’s light and presence in your life.
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