The hidden chambers in the Temple were (in my opinion) the most fascinating part of it--especially when comparing the Temple in Jerusalem to our Temple bodies. Whole sermons and books have been written about these small rooms, so I hope you'll take the time to explore this page now and in the future.
These small rooms in the Temple were where the priests would keep their illegal idols and would worship them in secret. This is symbolic of the things that are hidden deep within us that we keep hidden from others, sometimes even ourselves. They are "secret" sins or desires that we don't talk about, but they are very much a part of us. Many Christians today do not want to believe that there are "hidden chambers" of our psyche and claim this is all hogwash that today's psychologists have come up with. However, this concept is nothing new, and is taught extensively in Scripture. Use the following passages a an interesting Bible study sometime in the future. Meditate and study the following verses: Ps. 16:7, 19:12-13, 44:21, 51:6, 139:23-24, Prov. 7:27, 18:8, 20:27,30; 24:4, 26:22, Jer. 17:9, Ez. 14:1-6, Dan. 2:30, IIChr. 18:24, Acts. 8:21-23, ICor. 14:25, Heb. 12:15. Look deep within yourself and see if there are any "roots of bitterness" in your hidden chambers. Ask G-d to slowly surface all of these "secrets" so that you may deal with them in a healthy manner.
In the Temple, these little rooms could only be accessed by the Outer or Inner Courts, not the holier parts of the Temple. This is significant, because haShem wanted to show everyone that "secret" idolatry could not be practised, and then one can simply walk into the presence of G-d. You had to first go through the inner court and be cleansed.
This little fact brings hope for me, a sinner. Firstly, I know that when I do wrong I can still enter the mikvah, make a sacrifice (my acceptance of Yeshua's death and resurrection as my ticket to cleanliness), and finally enter the holy place and holy of holies. Praise the L-rd, I'm not just struck with a bolt of lightning, but I'm given a way out, a way that leads to G-d. Bear in mind that this does not leave room for blatant sin and 'false' teshuvah or repentance. If you are sinning on purpose and don't stop yourself, simply because you know that tomorrow you can be forgiven, then you've just defeated the purpose of forgiveness (Rom. 3:5-8). That is called quenching the Spirit, and you'll be on very shaky ground if you adopt this way of life.
Another important observation we must make is this: the courts were fixed with bronze, the hidden chambers were made of wood, a much more corruptable material. If the courts were not as pure as the holier parts of haMikdosh for having bronze fixtures, think about how worldly the hidden chambers were for being made with wood. In fact, the wooden planks weren't even attached to the Temple, but were supported independently. It was as if G-d, the architect, was making a statement. Not only can these rooms not be accessed from the holy place, they aren't even going to be attached to it. Indeed, we are to separate our true selves from our sin nature.
The Hidden Chamber is very poignant for the GLBT community because it is symbolic of being "in the closet". Everyone who is homosexual knows what I'm talking about because they've all been in the closet at some point, and some for longer than others. While your in you 'hidden chamber' don't confuse it with being an actual hidden chamber of your Temple, as being something dirty and repulsive. Many refer to this as having and internal homophobia that you have of yourself. Take time to recognize that who you are is not about being gay, but that is rather just a part of you, and there is nothing disgusting about it (no matter what some will tell you).
In a way I should call this my Rosh Hashanah page because it is where we can come and reflect on all the things we've done (good and bad), many of them we may have forgotten because we stored the memories away in a hidden chamber of our heart. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year (for the civil calendar, the first day of the religious calendar is 1 Nisan), and though it's a day of joy, it is also a solemn day. The reason for this is that it begins the Ten Days of Repentance before Yom Kippur--The Day of Atonement. We are reminded on Rosh Hashanah, that we are terrible sinners, and worthy of death. Praise G-d, that instead of us dying, it was His Son, Yeshua, who paid this price. It has actually been calculated by some that Yeshua was actually born on Rosh Hashanah, or very near to it. On this holiday, be reminded of your past sins and ask those whom who've hurt for forgiveness if possible. Thank haShem for giving you eternal life and for paying the ultimate price. Here the sound of the shofar (Rosh Hashanah is the Feast of Trumpets) and repent.
I drew this picture of a Star of David being made up of the pink and black triangles. These were originally symbols of pain for the gay community, but have since been reclaimed as a source of strength. They were used to indicate a gay man (pink), or a lesbian (black) in Nazi Germany, much like the yellow star of David indicated a Jew. In a sense, this symbol brought people who were in their 'hidden chambers' out to the public. While this was no doubt painful, and eventually deadly for the wearers of these symbols, now it has been made a symbol of joy, pride, and identity in our community.