The sexual intent of the Old Testament is throughout the manuscript, as the Prophet Isaiah continues to reference the LORD’S marriage with His people by further declaring, The reference to ‘land’ repeatedly describes a person’s being or body as its actual meaning. Hephzi-bah, in Hebrew means ‘my delight is in her’ and Beulah means ‘husband/married. ’ Again, this clear expression of land meaning wife or married transpires in the book of Jeremiah, saying,
Ultimately, could the “Promised Land” in the Old Testament that the LORD appears to be leading the Israelites to obtain; in essence, also be their sexual bodies (their land within) – to lead them back to their “Godly sexual beings within? ” This beautiful possibility perhaps is likely. Deeper Meaning of Sexual Worship During the time of King David and King Solomon evolves as the golden age of Israel. Manifestly, David stands as being, ‘after God’s own heart;’ which his writings romantically suggest.
On occasions for the duration of worship the radiance of the LORD became extremely bright overflowing the vicinity, often it required the worshippers to back away from its magnificence. David’s devotion to the Divine inspires us through his psalms and poetry, occurring full of picturesque charm; his lifelong mystical love encompassed the LORD. In his early manhood, King David’s son, Solomon, exhibits the same passionate love and also became romantically in-love with the Divine.
This demonstration of affection exists in his elegant writings; such as Ecclesiastes, and the majority of the Book of Proverbs, along with the beautiful Song of Solomon that exists as a rapturous love letter. Its inclusion in the Biblical canon endures in large part to Rabbi Akiva, a Father of Rabbinic Judaism, who at the Council of Jabneh of A. D. 90, declared that “All the writings are holy; however the Song of Solomon, remains the Song of Songs that existed as the Holy of Holies.
It designates intimacy between a man and a woman; still, its deeper meaning refers to the sexual love between the Divine and his chosen people, a poetic celebration of marriage with God. In the Hebrew language, ‘tabernacle’ means a residence, habitation, tent, or dwelling place. This existed where the LORD mainly communed with the Israelites on their wanderings in the wilderness traveling to the land of Canaan. This gave the people a tangible structure to solidly relate too.
Nevertheless, in the Book of Revelations after the end of time, it maintains this presence has nothing to do with a constructed building; but endures as a existence within God’s people that are adorned as a bride for her husband (Rev 21:2). Numerous Christian’s believe within the State of Israel, the Temple in Jerusalem essentially needs to be rebuilt before the end of time. Then again, if the temple of God occurs within people, then ‘rebuilding’ people’s awareness of their true state of the LORD within may be God’s true intentions of the “Promise Land” (within) for His people.
As Revelation’s reference above supposedly indicates that in Heaven (just as presently), God will dwell in men and not in a mere building; unquestionably tells us that we will permanently join the LORD as His bride in eternity. Perpetually, one of the main fascinating truths I experienced during my in-depth study of the Old Testament became how important and sacred human sexuality exists to God. There are different references describing the relationship with the LORD, proclaiming, “Our Maker is our husband” (Isa 54:5), with the acknowledgement of “marriage” being mentioned various times by the Prophets.
It became evident one of the reasons the Jewish people develops into being ‘the chosen people of God,’ (Deu 7:6) transpires due to their acquiring divine knowledge and realization of human’s original sexual relationship with their Maker. Essentially, this connection with God became what Adam and Eve had turned away from in the beginning, by allowing their eyes to focus on bodily lust and not the sexual illumination of God. Effectively the Israelites years of journey into the wilderness, develops an intense rapport with God that had been previously suppressed and dormant.
They recognized an ongoing, loving sexual reality that could be worshipped and understood for its true identity; whereby, fundamentally becoming an adoring relationship for God to relate too. Even though people had been worshipping the phallus since early times, knowing of its divine nature and union, they still customarily worshipped a ‘physical image’ that remained far from God’s original creation.
However, the Jewish people finally ‘got it’ and became a reasure for God to protect and love, the same type of love that evolves in a human marriage to honor and exalt one another. (This is gone into greater detail in Part II. ) Through time, King David, King Solomon, and the Israelites truly experienced the golden age of Israel, as the bride of the LORD. Yet sadly, this beautiful time did not sustain. For although God had warned the Hebrew people in (Deut 7:1-5) not to intermingle or marry the pagan heathens belonging to other tribes that worshipped and served other gods, this commandment was not respected.
Consequently, even King Solomon corrupted his being by allowing his pagan wives to turn away his heart from God (I Kings 11:1-11); which can happen to anyone if not safeguarded. Regrettably, due to the Israelites involvement with pagan idolatry and other practices, invited numerous years of sorrow and heartache for the people. Although, God still tried relentlessly to guide the Israelites, this enormous challenge of love and renewing of God’s sexual truth, required an astronomical occurrence to reclaim its beautiful truth; which, ultimately God delivers through His/her best – God’s Beloved Son.