Incense had been used for centuries, Moses was instructed to build an altar for incense. Exodus 30:1-10 and it was placed before the veil of the temple. In Numbers 17:13-17, it is used as an offering of thanksgiving. Catholic priests have used it since the Middle Ages, and it is to represent the prayers of the saints. Purification and sanctification, though Jesus does that at salvation. And it is an ongoing process.
Even the gospels mention it and it developed over a period of time and Christian tradition changed over the years. The Psalmist prays, “Let my prayer come like incense before you; the lifting up of my hands, like the evening sacrifice” Psalm 141.
Revelation describes heavenly worship, “Another angel came in holding a censer of gold. He took his place at the altar of incense and was given large amounts of incense to deposit on the altar of gold in front of the throne, together with the prayers of all God’s holy ones. From the angel’s hand, the smoke of the incense went up before God, and with it the prayers of God’s people” Revelation 8:3-4.
Now, as believers, we must realize that Jesus was our propitiation, our complete sacrifice, once and for all. He literally absorbed our punishment in our place.
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? 2 Corinthians 2:14-16.
Wow, we should smell good to those who want to know Jesus, and well your read it, those who choose to serve death rather than life, They feel the gloom and doom, so sad since Jesus is the Good News. And while many fail into ruin,….. you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings, and the Son, Jesus, figuratively, in His arms.