The Shekinah Glory
by Wayne D. Turner
From BibleTrack
Copyright 2004-2008

What is that big funnel-looking cloud visible during the day that glows like fire at night preceding Israel? That's what we call the "Shekinah Glory." Actually, you won't find the words "Shekinah Glory" written in our English Bibles anywhere per se. The Hebrew word "shaw-kan´" literally means "to inhabit or dwell." It is used in Exodus 40:35, "And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle." The Hebrew word used in that verse for "abode" is "shaw-kan´," hence, "Shekinah Glory."

Some have suggested that this pillar of cloud by day and fire by night was actually a fiery banner carried by the standard bearer in front of Israel. Look at the following scriptures and see if that feeble explanation makes sense to you:

To top it off, let's take a look at what took place at the new temple on the day that Solomon dedicated it:

1Kings 8:10 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD,
1Kings 8:11 So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD.
1Kings 8:12 Then spake Solomon, The LORD said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.
1Kings 8:13 I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide in for ever.

Based upon these scriptures, I think we can conclude with confidence that the term "Shekinah Glory" is an accurate description of the supernatural presence of God among Israel during their wilderness wanderings.