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THE JEWISH TRADITION:

In the Jewish tradition, there is a saying that the Shekinah glory of God hovers over the marriage bed when a husband and wife sexually unite. The Shekinah glory represents the presence of God. It is His indescribable beauty, bright light, or radiance. It is a taste of heaven here on earth.

THE "SHEKINAH GLORY" THROUGHOUT SCRIPTURE:

Many places in scripture discuss the Shekinah glory. For example,

  • Adam and Eve were enveloped with Shekinah glory as they walked with the Lord in the garden.
  • When Moses descended from Mount Sinai after the presence of the Lord passed by him, his countenance took on a radiance that reflected God's glory. His face was so bright he had to cover it with a veil (Exodus 34:29).
  • The Lord's presence led the Israelites by day in a pillar of cloud and by night in a pillar of fire (Exodus 13:21). His Shekinah glory protected them and was visible evidence He was there. After the tabernacle was erected, the glory appeared over it, and it filled the tabernacle.
  • And when Solomon built the temple, the Lord's Shekinah glory filled the Holy of Holies.
  • The transfiguration of Jesus is another time the Shekinah glory of God was manifested. The appearance of Jesus' face was altered and His robe became white and glistening (Mark 9:2).
  • Jesus talks about Himself being the Shekinah glory of the world (John 9:5).

THE SHEKINAH GLORY IN THE NEW COVENANT:

In the New Testament, Paul tells us the glory of Moses' face faded away, but all believers because of Christ's death and resurrection now behold the glory of the Lord continuously (2 Corinthians 3:18). We no longer have to work to merit His favor. Because of Jesus' death and resurrection, those who believe in Him have received the Holy Spirit and now the Shekinah Glory of God lives in them continuously, and will never be separated from them (Romans 8:39).

"ONENESS" IN A CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE:

When a Christian husband and wife make love the Shekinah glory does not just hover over them any longer, the Holy Spirit actually gets into bed with them in the bodily form of their partner. As image bearers of God a Christian man and woman bring the Lord into bed with them, whether they are cognitively aware of His presence or not. There is nothing as intimate and spiritual as becoming one spiritually, physically and emotionally with our mate.  

If we understand that the Lord had to shield man from His glory because they would be consumed by it (Exodus 19:21, 24:17), then we will understand the glory and sacredness of Christian married love. Perhaps our society likes to reduce sex to a physical act because we are uncomfortable with the spiritual aspect of beholding the Shekinah glory of the Creator of the universe in lovemaking.

The Two Shall Become One Flesh

OUR BODIES - THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:

Finally, I would like to stress the sacredness of sex within a Christian marriage between one man and one woman. There is nothing as delicate or holy as a body of a woman (her female hormones are intricately balanced and she brings new life into the world). There is a parallel between the Old Testament temple and the sacred body of a woman.

  • No person could enter the Holy of Holies of the temple but one man, the high priest.
  • The temple is a picture of the body of a woman; no man should enter her, but the man who was chosen for her by God.
  • Our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit, we have been bought with a price, therefore we are asked to glorify God in our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19 - 20).
  • Only the one man that God has ordained for her should be able to pull back her veil in a marriage covenant, minister his love and cherishing of her, and to see her glory manifested in their sexual union.
  • If another man enters her temple who is not chosen by God her temple will be desecrated and unholy.
  • And if the Levite priest did not minister in the temple according to God's will, he was struck down on the spot and had to be pulled out by a rope.
  • The temple of his wife is so sacred and so precious that he must treat her with tenderness, holiness and respect.
  • He would never go into his temple to use her for his own pleasure, but to minister to her so that she will be washed with the water of the word and able to glorify the Lord with her dignity.
  • If a Christian, single woman understands that her body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, she will realize that she cannot get into bed with a man who has not been chosen by God in a marital covenant and allow him to come into her.
  • Neither a man or a woman can separate their bodies from the Spirit living inside them.
  • The Spirit goes with them into every sexual encounter whether holy or unholy. 

THE COMPLETED IMAGE OF GOD IN A CHRISTIAN MARITAL UNION:

It was not an accident that the Lord created a man and woman's sexual organs to compliment one another. When a man cultivates a relationship with his wife that moves toward her by serving and cherishing her she can then receive him in a trusting, open manner. This is the essence of their masculine and feminine souls when male and female come together to bring the completed image of God in sexual union.

THE WORLD'S VIEW OF SEX DIFFERS FROM A CHRISTIAN VIEW:

This is the beauty of Christian married love, and unfortunately it is also the area where our society has misused sex for physical gratification outside the bonds of marriage. Many men and women today hurt deeply when a sexual relationship is broken; a part of their heart has been ripped away with every sexual encounter outside the covenant of marriage. Our society encourages having sex before marriage, but when it breaks apart it's uncool to grieve. "A man shall leave his mother and father and the two shall become one." Another term for becoming one is sticking like glue. You cannot rip apart something that has been glued without causing some damage. This is why the Lord says, "Let no man put asunder what God has joined together."

OUR PRAYER FOR YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE (OR IF SINGLE, YOU AND YOUR FUTURE ADAM OR EVE):

Our prayer is that you will be open to what the Lord is doing in you as you meet with us. Allow the Holy Spirit to show you any wounded areas in how you view sex. He desires to bring healing to those areas so that your marriage can glorify Him spiritually, emotionally and physically. Only then will you both experience the kind of sexual intimacy that many Christians have beheld; sensual transcendent moments of ecstasy where we glimpse the beauty of God.

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