Sh'mot (Exodus) Chapter 30

Sh'mot 30:1-8 "Moreover, you shall make an altar as a place for burning incense; you shall make it of acacia wood. Its length shall be a cubit, and its width a cubit, it shall be square, and its height shall be two cubits; its horns shall be of one piece with it. And you shall overlay it with pure gold, its top and its sides all around, and its horns; and you shall make a gold molding all around for it. And you shall make two gold rings for it under its molding; you shall make them on its two side walls-- on opposite sides-- and they shall be holders for poles with which to carry it. And you shall make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. And you shall put this altar in front of the veil that is near the ark of the testimony, in front of the mercy seat that is over the ark of the testimony, where I will meet with you. And Aharon shall burn fragrant incense on it; he shall burn it every morning when he trims the lamps. And when Aharon trims the lamps at twilight, he shall burn incense. There shall be perpetual incense before the L-RD throughout your generations.

The incense represents prayers to HaShem.

Tehillim (Psalms) 141:1-2 O L-rd, I call upon Thee; hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to Thee! May my prayer be counted as incense before Thee; the lifting up of my hands as the evening offering. NAS

Revelation 8:3-5 And another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel's hand. NAS

The altar of incense made of gold and wood represents our Messiah Yeshua who prays for us continually and makes intercession for us.

Luke 22:31-32 "Shim'on, Shim'on, look, Ha Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.

Hebrews 7:22-25 Yeshua has become the guarantee of a better covenant. And the former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers, because they were prevented by death from continuing, but He, on the other hand, because He abides forever, holds His priesthood permanently. Hence, also, He is able to save forever those who draw near to G-d through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

Yeshua is the Holy living altar of Incense above offering prayers for us to the Father.

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Chet-new beginnings; new life; a metaphysical letter above this existence.

The fire for the altar of incense comes from the bronze altar in the outer courtyard where the sacrifices are made. This teaches us that in order to have an acceptable prayer to G-d we must first have a sacrifice made for our sins. That sacrifice is through the death of Yeshua.

Tehillim (Psalms) 66:18 If I regard wickedness in my heart, The L-rd will not hear; NAS

This verse is not implying that HaShem cannot hear prayers, but that He will not listen to the prayers of the unrepentant. The first prayer that He listens to is the prayer of repentance. Turning from sin and turning to G-d. We do this by accepting Yeshua as our Messiah. He is the atonement for our sin.

See THE ALTAR OF INCENSE

Sh'mot 30:9-10 You shall not offer any strange incense on this altar, or burnt offering or meal offering; and you shall not pour out a libation on it. And Aharon shall make atonement on its horns once a year; he shall make atonement on it with the blood of the sin offering of atonement once a year throughout your generations. It is most holy to the L-RD."

Aharon, the type, would make atonement once a year on the horns of the altar. Our Messiah would later only have to offer Himself once and not daily or even yearly.

Hebrews 10:1-10 The Torah is only a shadow of the good things that are coming-not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. If it could, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins, because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore, when Messiah came into the world, he said: "Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, `Here I am-it is written about me in the scroll- I have come to do your will, O G-d.'" First he said, "Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them" (although the Torah required them to be made). Then he said, "Here I am, I have come to do your will." He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Yeshua HaMashiach once for all.

Sh'mot 30:11-16 The L-RD also spoke to Moshe, saying, "When you take a census of the sons of Israel to number them, then each one of them shall give a ransom for himself to the L-RD, when you number them, that there may be no plague among them when you number them. This is what everyone who is numbered shall give: half a shekel according to the shekel of the sanctuary (the shekel is twenty gerahs), half a shekel as a contribution to the L-RD. Everyone who is numbered, from twenty years old and over, shall give the contribution to the L-RD. The rich shall not pay more, and the poor shall not pay less than the half shekel, when you give the contribution to the L-RD to make atonement for yourselves. And you shall take the atonement money from the sons of Israel, and shall give it for the service of the tent of meeting, that it may be a memorial for the sons of Israel before the L-RD, to make atonement for yourselves."

This points us to the money offered for betraying the Messiah so that He would become atonement for our sins.

In the following passage we see the sons of Aharon not following G-d instructions and attempting to use fire that did not come from the brazen altar. We must approach G-d in the manner that He deems appropriate not by our own methods. When we take matters into our own hands the consequences are deadly. Eternal death and separation from HaShem are the result. Don't let this happen to you.

Vayikra (Leviticus) 10:1-3 Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the L-RD, which He had not commanded them. And fire came out from the presence of the L-RD and consumed them, and they died before the L-RD. Then Moses said to Aaron, "It is what the L-RD spoke, saying, 'By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy, And before all the people I will be honored.'" NAS