Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Altar of Incense
As our Bible Study Teacher at Open Door Church began the Morning Lesson,
she suggested that we consider various places where we strongly sense the
Presence of the Lord.Some students
said, driving in their car, or while walking in their garden, or in the shower.I took notes and present an edited message
here for you to enjoy.
Our teacher mentioned last night while viewing the heavens and the crescent moon with the
evening star close by, caused her to be aware of God’s mighty presence.
Psalms 8:3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy
fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
The heavens are filled with billions of stars and planets.Beyond the veil of the sky we can only
imagine God dwelling there.
Isaiah 40:26Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that
brings out their host by number: he calls them all by names by the greatness of
his might - - -
Jacob dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and
the top of it reached to heaven: and the angels of God ascending and descending
on it.God gave him a promise of
blessing, and Jacob said. “Surely God is in this
Job declares: Job 25:5God is more
glorious than the moon; he shines brighter than the stars.
In the Tent Tabernacle we will consider another piece of furniture;
the altar of incense.
Exodus 30:1-10 And you shall make an altar to
burn incense upon: of acacia wood shall you make it.Overlay it with pure gold, the top of it, and
the sides of it round about, and its horns; and you shall make unto it a
molding of gold round about.
The altar was
to be placed before the veil that is by the ark of the testimony, in front of
the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where God promised to meet with the
was to burn this sweet smelling incense on the altar every morning: and every evening
when he tended to the lamps. Once a year on the day of
atonement, the priest sprinkled blood on the horns of the altar of incense.
that no strange incense was to be offered on this altar.Two of Aaron’s sons disobeyed this
instruction and were struck dead when they offered strange fire before God.
of Solomon 1:3Because of the fragrance of your good
ointments your name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love
incense burnt on the altar was a symbol of the prayers and intercession of the
people going up to God as a sweet fragrance. God wanted His dwelling to be a
place where people could approach Him and pray to Him.