Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Day 3: West Papua Delegation Donates Gold For Holy Temple

So now we are at Day 3 of A Week of Positive Blogging. This day deals with something positive that has happened where you live in the last 3 months. Living in Israel we are used to being the center of bad news for the outside world. There are many who know of the wars, the terrorism, the failed negotiations, etc. but most people don't know about the good and even amazing things happening here all the time. There are many positive things of a spiritual nature that take place here all the time, but are never reported on by Western media. I am going to try and put up several posts today of positive news in Israel.

West Papua Delegation Donates Gold For Holy Temple
by Ezra HaLevi

(IsraelNN.com) On Wednesday, the last day of the Sukkot festival, a 34-person delegation from West Papua presented a large amount of gold to be used in the building of the Holy Temple.

The delegation, including representatives of the nation’s government, explained that they study the Bible regularly and recently came upon a verse in Zecharia (6:16) reading “And the distant ones will come and build the Temple of G-d.” They discussed the passage among themselves and decided that their faith obligates them to fulfill the verse.

Artist rendition of Israelites heading to the Temple in Jerusalem

West Papua, located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, is rich in gold mines, so the delegation thought it natural to donate gold for the Holy Temple. The Holy Temple will be built in the place where the First and Second Temples once stood – on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

The group heard of the Temple Institute in Israel, which deals with advancing the building of the Temple, and on Hoshana Raba the delegation arrived at the Institute's headquarters in Jerusalem’s Old City and presented the gold to Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, a founder of the institute, and Yehuda Glick, its director.

Figure 1: The delegation from West Papua presents the gold for the Holy Temple to Rabbi Yehuda Glick, director of the Temple Institute on Hoshana Raba.

The group presented a kilogram of gold and a large sum of money. They requested that the gold be used to construct vessels for the temple and the funds be used by the institute for any purpose it sees fit. The institute has a fund set aside for exclusive use in the actual construction of the temple, as well as funds for building the vessels and engaging in educational projects.

Rabbi Ariel said the episode was emotional as it constituted the fulfillment of the words of the prophets that nations will come from afar to help build the House of G-d in Jerusalem. “There is no doubt that this is a sign that the rest of our prophets’ prophecies will soon be fulfilled as well.”

Delegation members said that although this is their first contribution for the temple, it will certainly not be their last. “They said that in Papua there are fine trees that they hope to one day bring aboard a ship to Israel in order to be used in the building of the Holy Temple.”

The Temple Institute was established twenty years ago, and deals with research and education about the Holy Temple. The institute has published dozens of books and has prepared more than 70 of the gold, silver and copper vessels needed for Temple service.

Just two weeks ago, the institute completed a large “King David’s Lyre.” Its craftsmen are working now on the golden headpiece worn by the high priest.

Some of the vessels prepared by the institute for use in the Temple include the golden menorah (candelabra), the show-bread table, the golden altar, Levite musical instruments and priestly clothes. The vessels are on display at the institute's headquarters on the Old City’s Misgav Ladach street.

Artist Drawing of the Jerusalem Temple Built By Solomon

In order to understand the Biblical and spiritual issues revolving around the Jewish Temple that once stood in Jerusalem on the Temple Mount the Temple Institute of Jerusalem is a good resource. The Temple Mount has always been the holiest site in Judaism and is it is currently surrounded in a lot of political strife, but I have hope that one day it will be a place of prayer for all nations as Solomon asked from God.

"Halleluyah. Praise G-d in His sanctuary; Praise Him in the firmament of His power." Psalms 150:1

"Thus all the work that king Solomon wrought in the house of the L-rd was finished. And Solomon brought in the things which David his father had dedicated, the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, and put them in the treasuries of the house of the L-rd." Kings I 7:51

"And, behold, I purpose to build a house for the name of the L-rd my G-d, as the L-rd spoke unto my father David... " Kings I 5:19

Artist depiction of King Solomon praying to God during the dedication of the 1st Temple

"I have surely built thee a house of habitation, A place for Thee to dwell forever." Kings I 8:13

Jerusalem is the light of the world... and who is the light of Jerusalem? The Holy One (i.e. God), blessed be He." Bereshit Rabbah 59:8

"If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I remember thee not; if I set not Jerusalem above my chiefest joy." Psalms 137:5-6


ChrissyJo said...

It's great to hear good things like this once in a while. You are definitely a talented writer!

Miriam said...

wow! That certainly didn't get reported by the mainstream.

It was refreshing to read!

Ehav Ever said...

Thanks Chrissyjo, the same goes to you.

Miriam - Yeah, I miss the Arutz 7 section of Good News. Without it, it is easy to miss out on the good stuff that is happening here.