After the earth swallowed Korach and his followers, the people came complaining to Moses and Aaron saying “You have killed the people of YHVH” as they saw no fault in the behaviour of Korach.
Moses and Aaron looked at the Holy Tabernacle, expecting answers, and God appeared in a cloud telling them (Numbers 16:10) “”Get away from among this congregation, that I may consume them instantly.” Then they fell on their faces.”
At that moment Moses knew that God’s words already manifested and he sent Aaron immediately to remedy the situation.
“וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה אֶל-אַהֲרֹן, קַח אֶת-הַמַּחְתָּה וְתֶן-עָלֶיהָ אֵשׁ מֵעַל הַמִּזְבֵּחַ וְשִׂים קְטֹרֶת, וְהוֹלֵךְ מְהֵרָה אֶל-הָעֵדָה, וְכַפֵּר עֲלֵיהֶם: כִּי-יָצָא הַקֶּצֶף מִלִּפְנֵי יְהוָה, הֵחֵל הַנָּגֶף.”
“Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer and put in it fire from the altar, and lay incense on it; then bring it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them, for wrath has gone forth from the LORD, the plague has begun!””
The Zohar explains that the incense is ‘inner’, which means secret that was given to the high priest. The priest himself is also ‘inner’ and has the ability to connect to the Tree of Life that is concealed.
“וַיִּקַּח אַהֲרֹן כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר מֹשֶׁה, וַיָּרָץ אֶל-תּוֹךְ הַקָּהָל, וְהִנֵּה הֵחֵל הַנֶּגֶף, בָּעָם; וַיִּתֵּן, אֶת-הַקְּטֹרֶת, וַיְכַפֵּר, עַל-הָעָם”
“Then Aaron took it as Moses had spoken, and ran into the midst of the assembly, for behold, the plague had begun among the people. So he put on the incense and made atonement for the people.”
“וַיַּעֲמֹד בֵּין-הַמֵּתִים, וּבֵין הַחַיִּים; וַתֵּעָצַר, הַמַּגֵּפָה”
“And he stood between the dead and the living, and the plague was stopped”
Aaron, the high priest, stood between the tree of ‘death’ and the tree of life. With the power of the incense he made a connection to the Tree of Life and brought it to stop the plague. The Zohar explains that the Left must submit to the Right and when the Right is included with the Left then there is peace.
Read more about the power of the incense and how we can use it for our protection.
The eleven incense