And you shall make the altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits wide; the altar shall be square, and its height shall be three cubits. You shall make its horns on its four corners; its horns shall be of one piece with it, and you shall overlay it with bronze. You shall make its pails for removing its ashes, and its shovels and its basins and its forks and its firepans; you shall make all its utensils of bronze. You shall make for it a grating of network of bronze, and on the net you shall make four bronze rings at its four corners. You shall put it beneath, under the ledge of the altar, so that the net will reach halfway up the altar. You shall make poles for the altar, poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with bronze. Its poles shall be inserted into the rings, so that the poles shall be on the two sides of the altar when it is carried. You shall make it hollow with planks; as it was shown to you in the mountain, so they shall make it. Exodus 27:1-8
And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors. NASB
- Now we have a perfect sacrifice. It was done once and for all. Christ does not have to do it for us daily.
- We must, however, die daily to ourselves. We have to make a decision every day to fellowship with God and to walk the walk He called us to.
- The altar was not inside the tabernacle but inside the gate. The gate of repentance. We cannot assume fellowship with God stops here. We cannot accept the sacrifice Jesus made for us and turn and walk out of the gate. We now have to walk through the Tabernacle into fellowship with God.
- the lamb
- turtle dove.
- The burnt offering
- The grain offering
- The peace offering
- The sin offering
- The trespass offering.
Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised ;) Hebrews 10:19-23
The shed blood is the basis for all—that we have reconciliation and salvation.
A Journey In The Wilderness: A Woman’s Walk Through The Tabernacle
By Piper Green © 2003-2015
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As I come, I can see oh God, I can see Your gate,
I see the altar to lay down all that You hate
It is at this Bronze Altar I come to pray
And to hear all You have to say
My eyes look upon it with holy fear
I look and see, and long to draw near
The Lord said I too long for you to come and see
But I will not take parts of you one, two or three
I want your whole life consecrated it must be
I tried to make my way past this Bronze Altar
To only find that in my struggle falter
Because in my heart was a secret box
It could not be opened with a Lamb, a goat or an ox
Just as Christ His precious life he gave
I too have a life, which has to be laid
My life is but a lump of clay
I would rather be placed in the Potter’s hand
Then let all my efforts sink in the sand
A better path I am not able to find
I give you it all none of it I deem lost
As I release it I will not count it a cost
It could not be possible lest Christ suffered in pain
I will lay it all down for you, every last thing
I will do it in worship and with a praise I will sing
By Piper Green © 2003
Chapter 2 The Bronze Altar of Sacrifice
Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness….She makes an effort to smile, though her own sin stifles the attempt. “How did you know I wanted to see this place?” Again, he smiles, “We have more to see.” He took her hand and they walked toward the Bronze Altar. As they approach, Sarah notices the four corners of the altar and a horn fastened on each one; a ram is tied to one of the horns. The Altar is stained with blood; on the outside and all around it. Suddenly hundreds of people appear. They came out of nowhere; their faces are downcast, and they seem lost and hopeless. They wander around the altar, fixing their eyes on it wanting to approach it; though they did not. Some approach and want to give a sacrifice, but are discouraged because they do not have one.
She remembers the joyful ones; they did not have a sacrifice. Why did they not have the sense of despair of the others? He again perceives her thoughts and says, “There is now only one sacrifice—look.” He points to the Bronze Altar, and above it appeared a bright light. She wants to hide her eyes, but she cannot help but look. Suddenly before her appears an enormous cross. Upon the cross hung a man; badly beaten and bleeding profusely. The people surrounding the altar fell down and wept at his feet, crying for him. Sarah watched him as he hung there with his head drooped low; he lifts his head, cries with a loud voice, and dies. Sarah could not believe it! She was shocked! She started to cry and fell to her knees screaming “No! No!” She frantically reaches for the man on the cross; she hears a voice, “Sarah! I Am here!” She twirls around to look at him, dismayed, “Who was that man? Why did he have to die?!” She thought at first she was seeing the bronze serpent on a pole Moses lifted up to save the people from the snakes’ venom, but her eyes deceived her. He answers, “There he is.” Again, pointing to a bright light. Sarah sees a grave and two angels rolling away a stone from in front of the grave; the man that was on the cross walked out alive. Capturing her attention with his soothing voice, he explains the scene unfolding before her eyes. “The man you saw die on the cross is alive; he rose from the dead.” Sarah had to collect her thoughts for a moment and catch her breath. Once able to speak she asks, “Who is he and what does all this mean?” “I will show you all things, but we must keep going.”
By Piper Green © 2003-2015