Day 104 - Ex. 30, Verses 1-10

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When we finished chapter 27, there were two articles of the tabernacle remaining unmentioned. The golden altar of incense and the brass laver. The previous articles had illustrated how God today can come and meet with us...these remaining articles tell how we can approach God as believers. Chapters 28 and 29 connect the two sections; the priest (Christ) is the go-between (1 Tim. 2:55For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (1 Timothy 2:5)).
V. 1-10 The golden altar of incense. Quite small...about 18" x 18" x 36" high. You will remember that the brass altar was much larger. Because the brass altar is a picture of the cross of Christ large enough to save every person in the entire world. But the golden altar is for believers who worship the Lord. Few believers respond! This altar was not for animal sacrifices, but for burning incense (like perfume). Read 1 Peter 2:3-73If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 4To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 5Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 6Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 7Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, (1 Peter 2:3‑7). How precious! Take a minute to read Rev. 8:3-43And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand. (Revelation 8:3‑4) for some help in understanding a meaning of the golden altar. There it is used by the surviving believers during the tribulation ("D" on your chart), as lifting up, with their prayers, the incense. Notice how high it went! Christ is the sweet incense which we offer to God.