Life’s greatest motivations come from the Holy Spirit and the Shekinah Glory.


February 17, 2021

Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
021721
The results of the Shekinah Glory and the graciousness of the divine blessings and rewards.

In our study of the “Shekinah glory,” we have established the fact that the “Shekinah Glory” is one of the two major guarantees that God has provided for every believer their very own predesigned plan from eternity past and your escrow blessings within that plan.

The whole reason for this is found in a chapter four of the book of Revelation verses 10-11 having to do with the glory of God.

REV 4:10 , the twenty‑four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne,

And they will sing and shout and present spiritual gifts unto the Lord for they have learned to use the “Shekinah glory.”

And because of that they are able to impart blessings and rewards to our Lord as a reflection of their worship toward Him and toward His people as He portrays REV 4:11  ”Worthy art Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou didst create all things, and because of Thy will they existed, and were created.”

The main purpose, therefore, for the ”Skikinah Glory” is for believers to have glory from using the “Skikinah Glory” in this life. Let’s remind ourselves of the word Shekinah first.

“Shekinah” is derived from the Hebrew noun SHAKAN, meaning to dwell.  It refers to the fact that Jesus Christ indwelt certain sacred buildings in Israel.

The phrase the “Shekinah glory” refers to a passage in the Bible. When King Solomon offers a sacrifice to God at the Temple in 2CH 7, a fire descends from heaven and burns up the sacrifice, preventing the priests and the people of Israel from coming near.

The fire is referred to in the Bible as the “Glory of the Lord,” but was later known as the Shekinah. The word “Shekinah” traditionally referred to the active presence of God. Actually, the word shekinah came to mean “the fire.”

The word is related to the Hebrew language word “shakan”, which means “to dwell” or “to reside” with the added emphasis of being a permanent resident in a community. In the Bible, this display of God’s dwelling among human beings is described as His “glory.”

What the Bible says about God’s glory (the Shekinah)?

It was used to express the invisible presence of God with Israel. On the other hand, Glory” is the Hebrew Biblical word KABODH, used for the visible manifestations of Jesus Christ as a Theophany.

A Theophany is a manifestation of the person and work of Jesus Christ in His preincarnate state.  This is a theological category for the appearances of Jesus Christ before the First Advent.

So that, especially with the root words, Shekinah itself represents the invisibility of Christ, the God of Israel, Who was known for indwelling three sacred buildings during the age of Israel; the Tent, than the Tabernacle, followed by Solomon’s Temple, and Zerubbabel’s Temple.

And so the “Shekinah Glory” represents the invisible manifestation of the Lord in a Theophanic form. And there was rarely a generation of OT times when Jesus Christ did not appear. Now, in the Old Testament, not only did our Lord appear as an angel in a theophanic form, usually for the purpose of teaching and communicating doctrine but sometimes He appeared as a man. For example, He wrestled with Jacob and permanently injured Jacob, GE 32:24.

Look and watch the wording behind GEN 32:24-30, Then Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. And when he saw that he had not prevailed against him, he touched the socket of his thigh; so the socket of Jacob’s thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking.” But he said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” And he said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked him and said, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And he blessed him there. So Jacob named the place Peniel, for he said, “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been preserved.”

Jacob was one of the greatest wrestlers in his day until he took on the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, when our Lord finally body slammed Jacob, that was the end of his wrestling career. The Lord also appeared to Abraham in his tent as a man, accompanied by two other men and he announced that Sarah, who was past the menopause, was going to become pregnant, GEN 18.

There are also inanimate Theophanies of our Lord such as the cloud over the tent or the tabernacle, which was the visible sign that Jesus Christ was dwelling inside of the holy of holies as the Shekinah glory. Or the burning bush, or the pillar of fire at night.

The point is there were many different manifestations of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament and these manifestation were to teach, instruct, to guide and direct the people of God.

In fact, there are two verses that tells us that Jesus Christ was a Theophany in His birth; MAT 1:20-24; But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for that which has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.” Now all this took place that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, ”Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” And Joseph arose from his sleep, and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took her as his wife,

Visible manifestations most often involve the Angel of the Lord appearing in human form, but could also include other visible encounters such as the fire and smoke on Mount Sinai.

EXO 19:18, Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the Lord descended upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently.

Auditory manifestations are indicated by the many “and the LORD said unto…” statements found throughout the Old Testament, but also include unique encounters like the “still small voice” that spoke to Elijah in the cave; 1KI 19:12, And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing.

JOH 1:18 tells us that “no one has seen God at any time.”

Does this contradict the many visible manifestations mentioned throughout the Old Testament? Not at all, for John also explains in the same verse that “the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” In other words, whenever the omnipresent, invisible God has chosen to appear to people, He has done so in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ.

The Lord Appears to Abraham with two angels; GEN 18:1-15. Note Abraham’s immediate reaction. He looked and saw three men standing near him. He “ran…to meet them, and bowed himself to the ground” (GEN 18:1-2.)

Only one of these men—the Lord Jesus—spoke with authority. Not only does He prophesy that Sarah will have a son in her old age (v. 10) but He knows that Sarah privately laughed in her tent when she overheard the news. He responds by asking, “Why did Sarah laugh?…Is anything too hard for the LORD?” (vv. 13-14).

Jacob spent the night alone as he was waiting to meet his displeased brother, Esau. The passage says “a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day” (Vs 24).

GEN 32:24-25, Then Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. And when he saw that he had not prevailed against him, he touched the socket of his thigh; so the socket of Jacob’s thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him.

When Jacob continued fighting after long hours of struggle, the Man touched the socket of Jacob’s hip and instantly wounded him. Still, Jacob refused to release Him, even while experiencing excruciating pain.

Jacob yelled out, cried out, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!” (v. 26).

GEN 32:26-30, Then he said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking.” But he said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” And he said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked him and said, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And he blessed him there. So Jacob named the place Peniel, for he said, “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been preserved.”

Then, of course, there is the fact that Jesus Christ came in the flesh. The Bible actually says in Joh 1:14. He Tablenacle’d or he Tented before us.

The Greek verb is skenoo which is close to the Hebrew verb shachan from which we get the word Shekinah from.