The Lord of the Harem is Omnipresent

GalaxyOmnipresence is one of the four non-moral attributes of God. The others are Omniscience, Omnipotence, and Immutability. If you ever take Theology 101 all this will be on the test.

Omnipresence means that He is everywhere at once. We have an idea that God lives in heaven. However heaven cannot contain Him. God lives everywhere. There is nothing in Human language that is large enough to contain this concept. Immense, Huge, Large, just don’t get to how big this big is, Ginormous doesn’t even come close. Our minds can barely perceive the size of the Universe. However since God is its creator He is yet bigger.

As David tell us there is no way to remove ourselves from His sight:

7 Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? 

Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 

8 If I ascend to heaven, thou art there! 

If I make my bed in Sheol, thou art there! 

9 If I take the wings of the morning 

and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 

0 even there thy hand shall lead me, 

and thy right hand shall hold me. 

11 If I say, “Let only darkness cover me, 

and the light about me be night,”

12 even the darkness is not dark to thee, 

the night is bright as the day; 

for darkness is as light with thee. Psa. 139:7-12

There is a certain amount of fear that comes from this realization, that nothing is out of His sight. However there is also great comfort in that His eyes are never off of His children. Whatever our plight or triumphs we are forever before Him, always in His hands.

“Am I a God at hand, says the LORD, and not a God afar off?  24 Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? says the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? says the LORD. Jer. 23:23   

27 . . . that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after him and find him. Yet he is not far from each one of us,  28 for ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your poets have said, ‘For we are indeed his offspring.’ Acts 17:27-28

 6 But the righteousness based on faith says, Do not say in your heart, “Who will ascend into heaven?”(that is, to bring Christ down)  7 or “Who will descend into the abyss?”(that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).  8 But what does it say? The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart (that is, the word of faith which we preach);  Rom 10:6-8

 13 And before him no creature is hidden, but all are open and laid bare to the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Heb 4:13

Places were He Manifests

Over the millennia there are times and places in which God has choose to manifests Himself. These are the mo’ed i.e. appointed place, and the mo’adim i.e. the appointed times.

The tabernacle and the temple were such places. The festivals were such times.

And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst. Ex. 25:8

. . . “These are the appointed feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim as times of holy convocation, for presenting to the LORD offerings by fire, burnt offerings and cereal offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings, each on its proper day; 38 besides the sabbaths of the LORD, and besides your gifts, and besides all your votive offerings, and besides all your freewill offerings, which you give to the LORD. Lev. 23:37 -38

Later Solomon built a permanent dwelling in Jerusalem

30 And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant and of thy people Israel, when they pray toward this place; yea, hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place; and when thou hearest, forgive. 1 King 8:30

9   “And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father, and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will cast you off for ever.  10 Take heed now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong, and do it.” 1Chr. 28:9-10

FYI: In Dan 12:7 the “time, times, and a half time” is not the normal word for time. It is Mo’ed, Mo’adim and a half.

We are a Temple

He also chooses to manifest Himself to our hearts and minds. Even though we often think we need a place to meet with God. He does not. For we are His temple and He can meet with us at His will, in any place of His choosing.

And Moses said, “I will turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.” Ex. 3:3

2 Thou knowest when I sit down and when I rise up; thou discernest my thoughts from afar. Ps 139:2

11 the LORD, knows the thoughts of man, that they are but a breath. Ps 94:11

39 then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and act, and render to each whose heart thou knowest, according to all his ways (for thou, thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men);  1 King 8:39

21 would not God discover this? For he knows the secrets of the heart. Ps 44:21

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you for ever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you. John 14:15-17

Holy Ground

If any one destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and that temple you are. 1Cor. 3:17

We are all little temples. Our sacrifices are no longer the blood of bulls and goats. Our sacrifices are to be living for our King.

I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Rom. 12:1 

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; 1Cor. 6:19

I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord. 1Cor. 7:35

In the Harem

It is God’s omnipresence that allows us to look deeper into The Song of Songs. The standard teaching has been that this book is an allegory of God’s love for His people or Messiah’s love for His congregation, depending on whether one is looking at Jewish teaching or church teaching. All that is fine, good and true. However since God is omnipresent it can also be looked at a typology. Because God is everywhere at once, He is with us all individually at the same time. We are, each and everyone of us, His one true bride. His love is completely monogamous, there are no others. We each individually have as much of His time and attention as we need and/or want. Time and space do not restrict Him in anyway.  He is not a philanderer, He is faithful to each and every one of the harem, loving us individually all at the same time.

God may refer to us corporately but His love is individual. Everyone is His favorite.

He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. Song 2:4

 

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3 thoughts on “The Lord of the Harem is Omnipresent

  1. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; 1Cor. 6:19

    When I looked closely at this verse, the temple is the corporate body of the church, not individual Christians. Would this change your conclusions?

    • According to the resident Greek scholar, either interpretation works within the perimeters of the Greek language.
      However there are some logic problems with a “corporate only” temple. If the temple is never the individual, then how are we saved? If the temple is never individual, then all those faithful fathers before us, the ones that face fire, dungeons, and sword, went to the lions or the stake alone and without access to the Throne? Because that it what a temple it for. It gives the worshiper the right to come before God.
      We are MANY mansions not just ONE. (See Also: Many Mansions)

  2. Pingback: Substitutes for God’s name in the New Testament – The Song of Songs

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