Saturday, March 22, 2003

A Meditation on Shekinah-I've gotten a couple of Google hits on "shock and awe shekinah" and realized that I didn't do the subject justice Thursday. This web site has a good description of the Holy of Holies, where the Ark of the Covenant was located.
The inner room was where YHWH made His presence known. Theologians call that presence the SHEKINAH, which is a noun form of the Hebrew word SHAKAN (to dwell). God said He would dwell in the tabernacle and when it was dedicated YHWH's glory filled it. Only the high priest could enter the awesome inner room and only once a year.- the Day of Atonement. Then he had to take with him the blood of sacrificed animals both for his own and the people's sins.
Only the high priest could enter into His presence and then only once a year. However, when Jesus was crucified, the veil between the Holy of Holies and the rest of the temple was both figuratively and literally ripped in two; now everyone can enter into God's presence and not just the high priest. One thing that struck me was how nonchalantly I took that presence. The Holy Spirit gives us a controllable 24/7 version of that presence of God. The full treatment can kill an unworthy soul, but a lower-dose treatment can help guide people to where they should go.

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