Bible Saints & Incense: Aaron, Moses, David, Zechariah, and Others


This stained glass window keeps calling me, prompting me to ponder the connection between saints in the Bible and incense …

St. Aaron
Exodus 30 explains the details of an altar to be crafted specifically for burning incense … 

On it Aaron shall burn fragrant incense.  Morning after morning, when he prepare the lamps, and again in the evening twilight, when he lights the lamps, he shall burn incense. 

St. Moses
God gave very specific directions to Moses on how to make and where to put the sacred incense …

Put this before the covenant in the tent of meeting where I will meet you. This incense shall be treated as most sacred by you.   

St. David the King
In Psalm 141, King David paralleled incense with prayer …

Let my prayer be incense before you; my uplifted hands an evening offering.

St. Zechariah
Luke shares how the father of St. John the Baptist, Zechariah, was doing his priestly service of burning incense in the sanctuary of the Lord in the Temple (seemingly following the regulations given to Aaron) ...

Once when he (Zechariah) was serving as priest in his division’s turn before God, according to the practice of the priestly service, he was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of the Lord to burn incense.  

Un-Named Saints
In the Book of Revelation, incense is presented as a symbol of prayer …

Each of the elders held a harp and gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the holy ones (saints).

Incense Being Burned in the Sanctuary of the Lord