Monday, July 23, 2012

The Chuppah

When Jewish couples get married they will usually stand underneath what is known as a chuppah (pronounced hoop-ah), which is canopy supported by four poles. This canopy was modeled after Abraham’s tent, which was open on all sides for hospitality.

This ancient practice is done to symbolize two things: the couple starting their new home together, and that God’s presence will be hovering over their marriage. In the books of Exodus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy we see that God led the nation of Israel through the wilderness by appearing to them in the form of a giant cloud and a pillar of fire. That is how Israel knew that God’s presence was with them—He literally hovered over them.

Have you been under a chuppah? You don’t have to be Jewish to invite God’s presence into your life; in fact, God’s presence is everywhere (Psalm 139:7-8). But there is a difference in God’s mere presence and the power that can come with it. Acts 1:8 shows that we have been given power through God’s Holy Spirit, but when we choose to live a life of sin we quench that Holy Spirit power (I Thessalonians 5:19).

If you have been quenching His Spirit, get back under the chuppah.

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