Metaphysical meaning of Shimshai (mbd)
Shimshai, shim'-shai (Heb.--sunny; bright; glowing; astonishment; wonder; reverence; Jah is splendor. Another idea developed from this word is stupor, dread, terror, from gazing upon the full-orbed sun.
A scribe who, with Rehum the chancellor, wrote to Artaxerxes, king of Persia, against the rebuilding of Jerusalem by the Jews. This caused the work on the house of God in Jerusalem to be discontinued until the second year of the reign of Darius, king of Persia (Ezra 4:8-24).
Meta. A degree of light, understanding, based on belief in Jehovah (sunny, bright, Jah is splendor), but more of a carnal or sense intellectual understanding. The spiritually unawakened intellect of the sense man cannot contain the full light of spiritual understanding. It cannot perceive and will not accept spiritual Truth relating to the actual renewing and spiritualizing of the body (the renewing and spiritualizing of the body is symbolized by the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem and the Temple by the Jews after their return from the Babylonian captivity); therefore the phase of thought that Shimshai signifies works to hinder the individual in the immortalizing of his entire being--which includes his outer organism.