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God's Light For Your Dark Night (7 Of 12)
Series: Victory in the Wilderness
Dr. Stan Coffey
Exodus 30:1 Psalms 141:2
August 7, 1988
INTRODUCTION: We are now looking at each piece of furniture in the Tabernacle and seeing how it relates Christ to our daily life. We saw Christ our sacrifice in the brazen altar and then we saw Christ our sanctification in the brazen layer and then we entered into the inner court called the holy place (not to be confused with the innermost court called the holy of holies. In the inner court there are three pieces of furniture. The table of shewbread which we looked at last week, the lampstand, which we will look at next week and the altar of incense which we see today. The altar of incense or altar of prayer speaks of Christ our supplication.
I. THE PURPOSE OF THIS ALTAR
A. A specific ministry - to burn incense (a perfume that gives off a sweet smelling odor when burned)
B. The symbolic ministry - to illustrate prayer or intercession to God
1. Old Testament examples
a. David compared the burning of incense to personal prayer - Psalms 141:
b. In the Tabernacle the priest would burn the mixture of spices on the altar of incense continually
2. New Testament examples
a. The intercessory work of Christ who continually lives to make intercession for us is pictured - Hebrews 7:25, Hebrews 8:1-5, Hebrews 9:2
b. Just as Christ interceded for his disciples he continuously intercedes for us - John 17:9, 15
c. Th- altar of incense also pictures Christ interceding through the prayer of believers - Revelation 5:8, Revelation 8:1 - incense is seen here as the prayers of the saints
C. The significance of the difference of the two altars in the Tabernacle
1. The brazen altar speaks of Christ in His humiliation but the altar of incense speaks of Christ in His exaltation
2. The brazen altar was for sacrifice but the golden altar (altar of incense) is for supplication
3. You can't come to the golden altar until you come past the bra ...
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