Understanding The Bible
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THE GOLD-OVERLAID ALTAR OF INCENSE (Ex. 37:25-28; 30:1) =
Christ our INTERCESSOR, Heb 7:25b.
Also "the prayers of the saints" (Rev. 5:8b).
It measured 1 cubit by 1 cubit square (c. 2 ft. square) by 2 cubits high (3 1/2 plus ft.). The altar was foursquare, suggesting the universality Christ's prayer (i.e., for Christians everywhere). Likewise our prayers through Him should be for "all saints," The rings, for carrying the altar, suggest that we should take our "altar of prayer" with us wherever we go, and that we have the privilege of praying anywhere (Jn. 4:21-24).
It was also of shittim wood overlaid with gold, showing how the human and divine natures of our Lord combine in making Him the Great High Priest who, as Man, knows the need of man but can meet that need with the wisdom and power of God.