Altar of Incense

“You shall make an altar to burn incense on. 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.  You shall overlay it with pure gold, its top, its sides around it, and its horns; and you shall make a gold molding around it.  You shall make two golden rings for it under its molding; on its two ribs, on its two sides you shall make them; and they shall be for places for poles with which to bear it.  You shall make the poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold.  You shall put it before the veil that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with you.  Aaron shall burn incense of sweet spices on it every morning. When he tends the lamps, he shall burn it.  When Aaron lights the lamps at evening, he shall burn it, a perpetual incense before Yahweh throughout your generations.  You shall offer no strange incense on it, nor burnt offering, nor meal offering; and you shall pour no drink offering on it.  Aaron shall make atonement on its horns once in the year; with the blood of the sin offering of atonement once in the year he shall make atonement for it throughout your generations. It is most holy to Yahweh.”  Exodus 30:1-10

Yahweh said to Moses, “Take to yourself sweet spices, gum resin, and onycha, and galbanum; sweet spices with pure frankincense: there shall be an equal weight of each;  and you shall make incense of it, a perfume after the art of the perfumer, seasoned with salt, pure and holy: and you shall beat some of it very small, and put some of it before the testimony in the Tent of Meeting, where I will meet with you. It shall be to you most holy.  The incense which you shall make, according to its composition you shall not make for yourselves: it shall be to you holy for Yahweh.  Whoever shall make any like that, to smell of it, he shall be cut off from his people.”  Exodus 30:34-38

Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people. Their voice was heard, and their prayer came up to his holy habitation, even to heaven.  2 Chronicles 30:27

Yahweh, I have called on you. Come to me quickly! Listen to my voice when I call to you.  Let my prayer be set before you like incense; the lifting up of my hands like the evening sacrifice.  Psalms 141:1,2

Now while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his division, according to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to enter into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.  The whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense.  An angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense.  Luke 1:8-11