What is this coming up from the wilderness
Like columns of smoke,
Perfumed with myrrh and frankincense,
With all scented powders of the merchant?
Song of Songs 3:6
It interests me that here, in the Song of Songs, we see Jesus in His marriage procession and among the many elements we see here, three of them hearken back to the story of the nativity: gold, frankincense and myrrh.
We talked about myrrh in the song a while back. You can read about it here, but the Cliff Notes version is that myrrh points to Jesus suffering and death.
Today I want to talk about frankincense.
Frankincense had two main uses in the Old Testament.
The first time we read of it, is in the making of incense for use when the priest when in before the Lord. It was only ever to be used for this. The priests would come into the tabernacle once a year into the holy of holies, and use this incense as part of their meeting with the Holy One.
If anyone made this same combinations of fragrance for use outside the temple, they were to be cut off from the nation of Israel.
You can read all about it in Exodus 30:34-38
There is one other use that I find in scripture for frankincense. In Leviticus 2 we learn that it was to be mixed with the grain offering. The grain was to be offered as fine flour, and oil was added and then frankincense. This combination was then burnt as “a soothing aroma to the LORD.” Check it out in Leviticus 2:1-2.
So why does this speak of the Lord Jesus?
First it points to meeting with God face to face. Few men had seen God in the Old Covenant, but we have been given Jesus – God with a face we could behold. Can a man know God? Yes indeed, we know God through His wonderful Son, Jesus.
Next we see this idea of incense coming up as a means of soothing God. It is a picture of prayer coming up before the Father. Nothing give the Father greater pleasure than the praise, worship and prayers of the saints (that’s you Christian.) And Jesus is the best example of this.
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The mention of frankincense in this wedding procession and ceremony tells us that the One who ever lives to make intercession for us, is the One calling us to walk the aisle.
The incense is burning because He wants to know us face to face, and because He goes before the Father for us.
Hallelujah, What a Savior!
See you next week.
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