A few weeks ago I spoke at Trinity Baptist Church on the subject of the Shekinah Glory of God. The Shekinah Glory being “the radiance, glory or presence of God dwelling in the midst of his people.” according to the New Bible Dictionary. Basically the talk became a walk through of five passages in the Bible that talk about God dwelling with his people.
I called the talk Two gardens, two mountains and a city. The two gardens being eden and gethsemane. In Eden God walks in the garden in the cool of the day. God dwells with his people but when mankind sin they’re banished from God’s presence. However in Gethsemane Jesus says: “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death“. This time God is in effect banished from the garden, from the presence of God so that we could come back in.
The two mountains were Sinai where God appeared before Moses and the Israelites in terrifying glory and the mount of the transfiguration in the Gospels where Jesus appears with similar power. The contrast there, is that while God demonstrated his transcendance to the Israelites (God is holy), in the person of Jesus, God demonstrates his immanence. A touchable God now dwells with his people. The city points to the New Jerusalem in Revelation when God finally dwells with his people permanently.
If you want to listen to the talk, you can download it here:
If you’re a visual learner, here’s a word cloud:
I read C.S. Lewis’ sermon/essay The weight of glory for the talk and throught I’d post that on here as well.
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