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Be a sweet smell to the L-rd your G-d
This was another fixture in the Holy Place besides the Table of Shewbread and the menorot. Twice daily the priests offered incense to G-d. Interestingly enough, in Ezekiel's Temple, there was no Altar of Incense. This makes sense, since it is said that our deeds become a sweet smell unto the L-rd. Pray that your life will become an Altar of Incense for haShem.

Shavuot

Shavuot, or Pentecost, is a wonderful holiday for remembering the gifts with which G-d blesses us. The day after Passover begins the Feast of Unleavened Bread (7 day celebration), but it also begins the Counting of the Omer (Sefirot haOmer). This is a counting of 7 weeks plus a day, or 50 days. Traditionally, people like to give a little extra each day as an offering to the L-rd; personally I like to give a dollar a day to the JNF. The 50th day is called Shavuot (weeks). Legend has it that it was on this day that Moshe was given the Law on Mount Sinai, and we know for sure that it was on this day that believers in Yeshua were first given the Holy Spirit, or Ruach haKodesh. Use this time of year to celebrate the gifts of G-d by giving an extra amount to the poor and thank Her for everything she does for us. By the way, did you notice that "Ruach haKodesh" is a feminine form? That's right, the Holy Spirit is considered 'female' (though we know that G-d is genderless). Don't forget to celebrate the gifts of the Spirit on this day:-)

You and your salvation are to the glory of G-d
"To who G-d wanted to make know the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of our glory." Col 1:27

Incense Chalice
This is a replica of the chalice used by the priests, much like the censer for incense was used. Again, the altar of incense as well as the other fixtures in the holy place, were constucted of pure gold, indicating their purity and worth spiritually.




Baruch ha ba, Melekh haMashiach!