Leviticus 24 is an unusual chapter, being sandwiched between the Holy Convocations and the year of Jubilee, with little relation to either the preceding or following chapters. Its content is unusual for the first verses deal with tabernacle service, and the rest a seemingly unrelated incident of blasphemy.
Something is unusual about the tabernacle instructions; something is missing! Let us search for the missing piece. The tabernacle had an outer court- about 150 x 75 feet.
Inside and towards the rear was the tabernacle proper, about 45 X 15 feet. It was divided into two sections: the larger sanctuary and the smaller Holiest of all, where resided the Ark of the Covenant and the mercy seat.
In the sanctuary were three pieces of furnishing: 1)The Table of Shewbread, which pictures the Church Profiting, feeding on the Living Bread, Jesus Christ. We must read and study the Word. 2)The Candlestick, which portrays for us the Church Preaching holding forth Jesus Christ, the Light of the world, by the power of the Holy Spirit. We must preach the Word. 3)The Altar of Incense, or Golden Altar, is the missing ingredient of Leviticus 24.
The Golden Altar typifies the intercessory ministry of Christ and the Church Praying.
Sadly, the Church Praying is often the missing ingredient in many assemblies today. Power has ebbed away because there is little or no prayer. Is the Altar of Incense missing from your life today? Your feeding and profiting on Christ, and your preaching and witness for Him, will be much more effective if they are sanctified by prayer.