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Your Inner Self--the Soul
The Inner Court was also called the Women's court in ancient times because women weren't allowed any further into the sanctuary. There were several balconies that could be accessed from this court and women would watch the sacrifices or their husbands going into the holier parts of the Temple. Many of them would sing and dance with tamborines. In memory of these beautiful women of ancient days, this page is dedicated to all women. In Ezekiel's vision, there is no Women's Court, again showing that the division between men and women no longer exists. It seems that this future Temple will be for everyone (Gal. 3:28), and it may very well be that this will be the New Temple, spoken of in Revelation 22, located in New Jerusalem.

The Inner Court represents the desires of your flesh, just as the Outer Court is a symbol of your physical body. Often these desires and lusts conflict with the will of G-d, as we'll discuss further in other rooms of the Temple (Ez. 14;1-5). The Inner Court also contained a lot of bronze items, indicating that it is a carnal part to our nature and is not as pure or good as the deeper parts of each of ourselves. Only from the Outer and Inner Courts may the hidden chambers be accessed, which we'll talk more of on the hidden chambers page.

This court, though not as holy as some parts, is one of the most important. We must go through it in order to 'get to G-d' so to speak. The Inner Court was considered a place of preparation for being in G-d's presence. In it you would find the Bronze Laver, used before and after a sacrifice to cleanse the body and soul. You'll also find the Altar of Burnt Sacrifices. Making a sacrifice was considered to bring people closer to G-d (the Hebrew word for sacrifice 'korban' means 'to approach' or 'come close to'), so it is easy to see why this court was a prerequisite for entering the holier parts of the Temple. Here is also where you would find spiritual leaders teaching about the Torah. "The Ruach haKodesh lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Adon filled HaMikdosh. Then I heard Him speaking to me from haMidash, while a man stood beside me. And He said to me, 'Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Yisrael forever. No more shall the house of Yisrael defile My holy name, they nor their kings on their high places." Ez. 43:5-7

Weekly Yeshiva: Come back here each week to study haShem's Word with us. If you wish to see past Yeshivas, simply email me with the week you would like to see at Miryam@lesmess.2itb.com. The Yeshiva for the week of Dec 10, 2003: Intuition and Peace. When I was a little kid, I used to think those so-called psychics on TV were faking their skills just to make money, and there was no such thing as a true psychic. I was probably right about the people on TV, but there are in fact real psychics. All of us actually have some psychic abilities, although some more than others.

Most of all, when I was young, I doubted that I had any psychic powers. Since then I've discovered that my "woman's intuition" was quite the thing to behold if I do say so myself. I have been learning how to develop and hone it, and everything that's been happening has been pretty impressive. I predicted the successful completion of a project of a friend of mine, plus many other events/happenings. And when this same friend was bitten by a Native pre-teen for whom she was taking care at a group home, I also knew he hadn't given her any sort of illness. I in no way mean to imply that all Natives are disease-ridden, I am speaking about a specific community that has a high rate of unemployment, intravenous drug use, and crime. This specific community is well-known as a sess-pool of disease, and I ask you to pray for those unfortunate folks having to live there simply because of their race and bank balance. My announcement that everything was going to be fine with her health-wise did a lot to reassure her because she knew I was apt at using my third eye.

The reason I'm telling you this is not to toot my own horn, but to show this is something that can bring a tremendous amount of peace to your own life and possibly someone else's as well. When I "know" something will or won't happen, then I have time to prepare for it, good or bad. If it is good news, just knowing it will all work out in the end just gives me courage to press on in the meantime. However, I don't always "know", and sometimes my third eye needs glasses! Does that mean I don't have peace during those moments? No, because I've learned something from the moments when I DO experience pre-cognition.

Things will always work out for the good, no matter what. Even if it is lifetimes from now, you as a soul will "get it", reach enlightenment, find yourself, whatever you want to call it. Even if you aren't as psychic as Shirley MacClaine doesn't mean you have to fret because you have no idea about the future. The outcome is a given. "Then Yeshua said to his disciples: 'Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: they do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet G-d feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?' " (Luke 12:22-25).

So really, while I find intuition brings peace of mind in knowing what will happen and having reassurance, what I've learned most from having intuition is that I don't need it to bring peace. Even those without a clue will have inner peace because of the blessing of those who do "have a clue". After all, the people apt at pre-cognition can teach those without much of the gift that there is no need to worry.

Of course if you are looking to increase your psychic powers, I can give you a few pointers, but I'm not the one to talk to. You'd be better off going to a New Age bookstore and reading one of the plethora of books on the subject. But if you want pointers on what to do with your sixth sense, you've come to the right place. Whatever you do, use it to help people. When you meet those who disagree with you, gently guide them to see your point of view. Even if they don't agree with you, at least they can appreciate where you're coming from. If they still don't accept you, walk away without hard feelings or bitterness.

That's what Yeshua did. He used his pre-cognitive powers (being G-d has its perks!), and foresaw his own death and resurrection (Luke 18:31-34). Of course, other people weren't so sure, and even said he was the son of the devil (Luke 11:14-20). "Yeshua answered them: 'Destroy this Temple and I will raise it again in three days' " (John 2:19). When Moshiach was simply feeding the hungry, healing the sick, and helping the poor, everyone wanted to believe Yeshua was the Son of G-d. But as soon as he began teaching a different tradition than the other rabbis--that wasn't so cool with the crowd. When he started preaching the truth, people were pushed out of their comfort zones and wanted to push Yeshua off a cliff (Luke 4:18-30)! The worst was when he got political at all the wrong times in prophetic ways. "As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another, every one of them will be thrown down" (Luke 21:6). The Temple was destroyed in 70 A.C.E. as you know. True to Yeshua's prediction, the Romans did not leave one stone upon another because the inside of the Temple was plaited with gold. They overturned all the stones to remove the gold!

Not only did people not believe Yeshua, they usually didn't understand him. In Luke 18:31-34, his disciples heard what Yeshua had said, but didn't register it. When he discussed the rebuilding of the "Temple", people couldn't see at the time that Yeshua was speaking of himself. There are going to be many times when you, too, will make a prediction and few will even understand what you mean, and the ones that do won't believe you. As with Yeshua's case, these reactions are nothing new. As long as you understand that when you move to the frontlines and start helping people, that is when a good number of them will lash out at you. Don't stop loving them but be as Yeshua and say, " Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing" (Luke 23:34).

Simchat Torah

I've included this short but sweet holiday on this page because the inner court was known as a place to study the Word of G-d. Simchat Torah is not a mandated holiday spoken of in Scripture, but was developed later. Basically, when D'var Torah portions were devised, synagogues began reading through the entire Torah in a year (some still use the older portions which have a 3 year cycle). The Torah scroll was finished on Simchat Torah and they needed to reroll the scroll back to Bereshit (Genesis). If you've ever seen this done, it takes a while and people probably devised ways of amusing themselves while doing all that rockin' and rollin'! I'm sure they had a blast singing praise to G-d for giving them the Law, as well as danced up a storm (never trust a person of G-d who can't dance:). Eventually it became what it is today, a joyous occcasion where we celebrate having the Torah and loved ones in our lives. Not only that, but we as Messianic Jews can also thank haShem for the LIVING WORD, Yeshua HaMoshiach. On Simchat Torah, make sure to read John 1!

Here are some pictures of the Temple and Tabernacle and some accesories, as well as some rather colorful symbols of gay pride. I chose to place them here to inspire you to take a good look at your Inner Court. Are your wants and desires consistent with HaShem's, or do you fight with Her for control? Do you sometimes do things and then later ask yourself, 'Why did I act so childishly?' Do you live in shame for being gay and think of yourself as a sinful person? Before you go to the Mikvah, think about what has caused you to become 'dirty' in the first place. (A mikvah is a place for washing, to become ritually clean) Also, as you enter the Altar of Burnt Offerings page (after the Mikvah), ask yourself what you can bring to the L-rd as your sacrifice. I think an important sacrifice (besides that of Adonenu, of course), would be to do your part in the gay community. There are many people with AIDS (gay or str8) who could use your help and support. Also, peaceful gay rights activism is something to consider. Whether your time, money, other resources, talents, kind words and deeds to others, etc., it doesn't matter. What the Divine Power cares about is what is in your heart.