One of the guys at the jail Bible study asked about the burning of incense and it’s significance in worship. I had to admit I didn’t have much detailed knowledge of the practice, but I am sure it points to Christ.
Throughout the Old Testament God was attempting to reveal himself through various means and methods one of them being the Tabernacle. I shared with them how there was the Minorah, or candlestick, the bread of presence, the Ark of the Covenant etc. Then I told them Jesus said, “I am the light of the World” and “I am the Bread of life.” In fact in Romans 3:25 we discover he is our propitiation for the remission of sins. The word “Propitiation in Greek is the same word for “Mercy Seat.” Wow! So Jesus is represented throughout the Tabernacle and all of its utensil’s and materials.
As we talked about the types and shadows found throughout the Old Testament I shared a story with them about music. Years ago I used to hang out in a music store, one that sold cassettes and albums. It was about the time CD’s were starting to catch on and eventually lead to the demise of cassettes all together. To this day I still have hundreds of cassettes just sitting in a closet I will probably never listen. Why, you may ask? Well, CD’s superseded them and now it seems electronic methods such as MP3 players, I Pads, I Pods etc. are pushing them out as well. What I was trying to get at with the guys is the Old Testament was full of rituals and symbolism that was meant to point us to Christ. Now, since we have Christ, we have no need of all the pictures anymore. Since we have Christ himself why spend our time and effort going through all the pointers? Why settle for less than the real thing?