Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 14, 2023

“You shall put pure frankincense on each row that it may be a memorial portion for the bread, even an offering by fire to the LORD.”

Today’s devotion comes from Leviticus 24:5-9.

“Then you shall take fine flour and bake twelve cakes with it;  two-tenths of an ephah shall be in each cake.  You shall set them in two rows, six to a row, on the pure gold table before the LORD.  You shall put pure frankincense on each row that it may be a memorial portion for the bread, even an offering by fire to the LORD.  Every sabbath day he shall set it in order before the LORD continually;  it is an everlasting covenant for the sons of Israel.  It shall be for Aaron and his sons, and they shall eat it in a holy place;  for it is most holy to him from the LORD’S offerings by fire, his portion forever.”  Leviticus 24:5-9.   


Frankincense was used to make incense, a perfume, for the LORD.  

“Then the LORD said to Moses, “Take for yourself spices, stacte and onycha and galbanum, spices with pure frankincense;  there shall be an equal part of each.  With it you shall make incense, a perfume, the work of a perfumer, salted, pure, and holy.  You shall beat some of it very fine, and put part of it before the testimony in the tent of meeting where I will meet with you;  it shall be most holy to you.  The incense which you shall make, you shall not make in the same proportions for yourselves;  it shall be holy to you for the LORD.”  Exodus 30:34-37.

Frankincense was a soothing aroma to the LORD.

“‘Now when anyone presents a grain offering as an offering to the LORD, his offering shall be of fine flour, and he shall pour oil on it and put frankincense on it.  He shall then bring it to Aaron’s sons the priests;  and shall take from it his handful of its fine flour and of its oil with all of its frankincense.  And the priest shall offer it up in smoke as its memorial portion on the altar, an offering by fire of a soothing aroma to the LORD.”  Leviticus 2:1-2.

Frankincense was also a garden fragrance used to describe the attractiveness of Solomon’s bride, a figurative description of how Christ loves His church.    

“10 “How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride!
How much better is your love than wine,
And the fragrance of your oils
Than all kinds of spices!
11 “Your lips, my bride, drip honey;
Honey and milk are under your tongue,
And the fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.
12 “A garden locked is my sister, my bride,
A rock garden locked, a spring sealed up.
13 “Your shoots are an orchard of pomegranates
With choice fruits, henna with nard plants,
14 Nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon,
With all the trees of frankincense,
Myrrh and aloes, along with all the finest spices.” Song of Solomon 4:10-14.

Frankincense was one of the three gifts presented to Jesus.

“After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother;  and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him.  Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”  Matthew 2:11. 

In summary, the use of frankincense in today’s Scripture and the other Scriptures lead us to meditate on what frankincense, so to speak, do we offer to the LORD. 

How about our repentance and love to the LORD, is it like frankincense to the LORD?

“And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner;  and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume, and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume.


You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume.  For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much;  but he who is forgiven little, loves little.”  Then He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.”  Luke 7:37-38 and 46-48.

How about our prayers to the LORD, are they like frankincense to the LORD? 

“May my prayer be counted as incense before You;
The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering.” Psalm 141:2.

“And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand.”  Revelation 8:4.

How about our presence attracting others to the LORD, is it like frankincense to the LORD? 

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.  For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;  to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life.  And who is adequate for these things?”  2 Corinthians 2:14-16.

How about our love for others, is it like frankincense to the LORD? 

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;  and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.”  Ephesians 5:1-2.


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