Yesterday, we mentioned that the incense represented the prayer of the saints. Today, there is a caveat. Any fire for the burning of the incense was to come from the altar; no where else. Its easy to read that and pass it by casually. That is until we find out that Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, Priest Assistants died for this caveat in Leviticus 10. Witness Lee says that the strange fire the two offered came from man, from the earth, with no expiation. If we offer prayers from just our natural strength, abilities, and enthusiasm, we’ve just offered a strange incense. Witness Lee says it brings death to the prayer meeting. There are examples of these from revivals that died. Here is Lee again: ” The incense typifies the resurrected and ascended Christ. To burn incense is to pray Christ, to pray in Christ and with Christ as the incense’ ”. Prayers like this can not be selfish. Its intention is to accomplish divine administration. Someone says that to offer corrupt prayers to a Holy God is an unspeakable horror. Every time the incense was opened in Revelation, there was silence. Its about time we get back to a Holy God, with holy prayers.
And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the Lord throughout your generations. Ye shall offer no strange incense thereon, nor burnt sacrifice, nor meat offering; neither shall ye pour drink offering thereon. Exodus 30:8-9 KJV