There are few questions I need help with about Jewish tradition.
“according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense.” Luke 1:9
-What was this custom exactly?
-What was the purpose of burning incense? Was it to purify the temple from evil spirits? If so then is that why we burn incense at Mass?
“The people were waiting for Zacharias, and were wondering at his delay in the temple.” Luke 1:21
-Why were the people supposed to wait outside?
Thank you all. God bless.