Bazelel made the altar of incense. According to Exodus 37:25, he even made the “pure fragrant incense” itself. It was the item that stood just outside the Holy of Holies. Of all the items in the Holy place it was closest to God.

The burning incense represented the prayers of God’s people. It was never to go out and the whereas the people could not enter into the Holy of Holies, their prayers did. The fragrance filled the space in which God chose to dwell.

Max Lucado writes about this: You can talk to God because God listens. Your voice matters in heaven. He takes you very seriously. When you enter his presence, the attendants turn to you to hear your voice. No need to fear that you will be ignored. Even if you stammer or stumble, even if what you have to say impresses no one, it impresses God—and he listens. He listens to the painful plea of the elderly in the rest home. He listens to the gruff confession of the death-row inmate. When the alcoholic begs for mercy, when the spouse seeks guidance, when the businessman steps off the street into the chapel, God listens. Intently. Carefully. The prayers are honored as precious jewels. Purified and empowered, the words rise in a delightful fragrance to our Lord. “The smoke from the incense went up from the angel’s hand to God” (Rev. 8:4). Incredible. Your words do not stop until they reach the very throne of God.