Icense Alter with the High Priest behind
Incense Alter with the High Priest behind

Continuing through the Holy Place, we came to what is known as the “golden altar”,”incense altar” or the “inner altar,” this three foot high altar was the location of regular incense offerings.  Every morning and evening when tending the light of the menorah, the priests would offer a mixture of frankincense and other aromatic gums.  On the Day of Atonement, the high priest would sprinkle blood on the horns of this altar.

The incense 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.

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