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The Bima of Yeshua
A Bima is the platform on which we rest the Torah scroll, and also the place from which the Rabbi or elder will preach or give a D'var Torah homily. This part was also called the Mercy Seat, which is what the Ark of the Covenant was. The concept of the "Bima of Yeshua" goes back to the gospels, but the "Bima of Moshe" goes back further than that. The High Priest used to serve from the 'Bima' or seat of Moshe. This is considered the focal point of the entire synagogue, just as the Holy of Holies was to the Temple.

It was in this room that the spirit of G-d dwelled and was physically manifested in a cloud by day and fire by night in the days of Moshe. This room contained the Ark of the Covenant, which in turn contained a pot of manna, Aaron's budded staff, and the 2 tablets on which haShem wrote the Law. Everything in the Most Holy Place is covered in gold, like in the Holy Place.

Just like the Outer Court is our flesh and the Holy Place our renewed heart, the Most Holy Place is our new spirit. It is the most important part of you. A new spirit is born which is joined with G-d's once you become Her child. Just as this was where the Spirit of G-d rested in the Temple in Jerusalem, this is where the Ruach haKodesh sits inside your Temple (ICor. 3:16).

Yom Kippur

The Day of Atonement is the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, and many choose to fast on this day. I chose to include it here because this was the one day of the year that the High Priest would go into the Holy of Holies (or Most Holy Place), which was separated from the Holy Place by a strong curtain or veil. You will recall that at the moment Yeshua gave up his spirit, the curtain in the Temple was completely torn in two, from top to bottom (Mk. 15:38). This was a sign from G-d that there was no longer a barrier between G-d and mankind; Yeshua acted as a bridge (Eph. 2:14). Again, there is no veil in Ezekiel's vision of a future Temple, which makes sense because there will be nothing to separate us from the L-rd. On Yom Kippur, remember the sacrifice of haMoshiach. He died so that we don't have to, praise G-d.

The Tabernacle
Here is a picture of the Tabernacle, more specifically the Holy Place and Most Holy Place. Note the priest offering incense on the Altar, and the Ark in the next room.
The Golden Censer
This beautiful peice was used to burn incense to the L-rd. The text listed is difficult to read; you can find it in Lev. 16:12-13. I encourage everyone to read the entire chapter because it's a fascinating account of what had to be done before, and during the time spent in the Holy of Holies. Thank G-d that He provided Yeshua so that we can be presented before G-d simply because of His sacrifice!
Shalom v'Chesed
In an age where we are tempted to be militant, I believe we must adopt the Spirit of haShem and that of Moshiach. We he was on the cross he said, "Father forgive them, for they do not know what they do." Luke 23:34 Let's be the same way toward Christians and others who fight us, because they don't realize they are wrong.


Shalom Aleichem!