The Blessedness Of The Altar Series
"In the Old Testament, worship was not related to praise songs, but to offering up sacrifices (I Sam.1:3, 2 Kings 17:36). In fact, the first mention of worship in the bible related to an act of sacrifice, Abraham’s offering of Isaac (Gen. 22:5). So, in Old Testament terms, a place of constant worship could be found at the altars where the priests were continually offering up sacrifices (Ex. 29:42). And with a continual offering will come a continual release of smoke or “fragrance” from the altar. Not only was death and sacrifice present at the altars, but the air was permeated with the smoke of fragrant “Lamb-life” ascending to God’s throne! Every animal offered on those altars was a picture of God in His eternal Lamb nature manifesting the beauty of His out-poured life. Here, you find a picture of God in His most sacred and eternal nature. To live in such an environment would cause one to become saturated with God in the deepest and most intimate way, in His eternal sacrificial Lamb nature. Here, at the altars, we find the very spirit of God’s enthroned King… a little lamb as though slain (Rev. 5:6). If life only comes of death (John 12:24), then the altars would be the engine, the power-supply of life for the whole temple. At the altars there was a constant demonstration and release of Christ and Him Crucified in type and shadow. The fire was to always be burning at the altar, therefore the altar was a place where the spark of Life never goes out (Lev. 6:13). For a heart that hungers after the living God… the altar would be the height of finding Him in His true Person and eternal image / essence. Here, He is manifesting His glory as He continually pours out His Life for others. Here we find the Cross as the height of communion, where the release of His glory and the wonder of His Person are made manifest. Here, at the altars we find a beautiful picture of God in His eternal essence ever releasing the presence of His eternal nature, a Lamb as though slain."