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Zacharias was burning incense… What was he REALLY doing and how do it apply to my life?

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Zacharias was burning incense… What was he REALLY doing and how do it apply to my life?

Zacharias was burning incense before the Lord when an angel of God appeared to him. However, Zacharius was not just burning incense before God, he was having communion ( an intimate time) with God.
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The room where Zacharias was when the angel appeared to him was the holy place. In the holy place was a golden lampstand, an altar of incense (golden altar) and the table of shewbread. On the table of shewbread sat wine, bread and frankincense.
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In the holy place the priest would sprinkle frankincense on the golden altar. This physical act represented prayer, praise and worship to God. He would then go back to the table of shewbread and eat some of the bread and drink some of the wine. The eating of the bread and drinking of the wine represented the communion elements. The priest continually repeated this process the entire time he was in the holy place – burn incense on the golden altar, eat the bread and drink the juice from the table of shewbread. The actions of the priest are a pattern for communion. Prayer, praise, worship (incense) then the receiving of the communion elements (bread and juice.)
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Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth had no children. The Bible refers to Elizabeth as being barren.
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Luke 1:5-22 NKJV
“There was in the days of Harod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. but they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years. So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division, according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense. Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth: For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the father to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.’ ”And Zacharias said to the angel, ‘How shall I know this? For I am old, and my wife is well advanced in years.’ And the angel answered and said to him, ‘I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.’ And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he lingered so long in the temple. But when he came out, he could not speak to them; and the perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he beckoned to them and remained speechless.”
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As Zacharias was burning incense before God and receiving communion (bread and wine), he was having an intimate relationship with God. And he was ministering to God. It was during this time that God sent an angel to tell him that his wife would have a baby. God had heard their prayer. God was going to provide healing, victory, and restoration. He meet Zacharias’ need during communion. God can and will do the same thing today.
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Luke 1:23-25 NKJV
“So it was, soon as the days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house. Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying, ‘Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.”
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God wants to minister to us just like He did Zacharias. God wants to meet our needs, but first, we must minister to Him.

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