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Summary: The Altar of Incense

I. Description

A. Acacia wood covered with gold

B. 19 inches square and 3 feet high

C. Rim around outer edge

D. Rings and staves for carrying

E. Special incense made for the purpose (Exodus 30:34-38 (quickview) )

F. Placed before the veil

II. Significance

A. Burning incense (smoke) typifies prayer going up before God

1. Psalm 141:2 (quickview) , “Let my prayer be set before You as incense, The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice”

2. Revelation 5:8 (quickview) , “Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.”

B. The incense was to be burned morning and evening (verses 7-8)

1. Nehemiah 4:9 (quickview) , “Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night.”

2. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (quickview) , “Pray without ceasing”

3. Romans 12:12 (quickview) , “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer”

III. Worship

A. Prayer is the most intimate way we enter into God’s presence

B. We are commanded to pray

1. Hebrews 4:16 (quickview) , “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

2. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (quickview)  (above)

3. Colossians 4:2 (quickview) , “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;”

4. Philippians 4:6 (quickview) , “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”


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