What is the Shekhinah Glory?

While it’s not actually in the Bible, the description of the Shekhinah Glory is. Found in ancient  and classical Hebrew and Aramaic texts. It is derived from the original Hebrew word Shākan which means “to reside, or permanently stay”

The first biblical account of Shekhinah Glory is recorded in Exodus after the Moses took the Israelites from the shackles of Egypt to the red sea. God appeared as a cloud and a pillar of smoke during the day (Zechariah 2:5; Exodus 3:2) and a fire and a burning bush at night. Zechariah 2:5; Exodus 3:2).

“By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.” (Exodus 13:20-22)

In the New Testament, Jesus’ ministry is the ultimate encounter of Shekhinah Glory that God has ever had with man on Earth. 

“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.” (Colossians 2:9-10)

So how can we experience the Shekhinah Glory today? Upon the death of Jesus, whereHe paid the ultimate price for our sins with His blood on the cross of Calvary, the veil separating the holiest of holies (the sanctuary) in the Temple was torn, enabling us to abide eternally in God’s presence with a brand new covenant, and that is the Holy Spirit that resides within us.


biblestudytools.com Hebrew definition of “shekinah.”