The Altar of Sacrifice

And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it. 26 Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.

Ex 20:25-26 (KJV)

No hands of mankind were to be used in the construction of the stone altar. To signify there are no hands in the sanctification of the gift offered. This is key of importance in respect to the Lord Jesus. We had nothing to do with the Lords sacntification or acceptance of offering. Remember the rock or stone of our salvation. The modesty of God is well presented here as well on behalf of mankind and God.

And thou shalt cut the ram in pieces, and wash the inwards of him, and his legs, and put them unto his pieces, and unto his head. 18 And thou shalt burn the whole ram upon the altar: it is a burnt offering unto the Lord: it is a sweet savour, an offering made by fire unto the Lord.

Ex 29:17-18 (KJV)

This verse displays the sacrifice of both good and bad being placed upon the alter for total sanctification by fire. God wants all of us to be sanctified in Him, not just the head or feet. All of the body!

And thou shalt take of the blood that is upon the altar, and of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon the garments of his sons with him: and he shall be hallowed, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons’ garments with him.

Ex 29:21 (KJV)

This anointing shown in this verse signifies the covering of the sacrificial Lamb of God for sin. The sanctification of the altar of God in acceptance now returning to the sprinkling of garments with blood and oil of atonement for sin and anointment for holiness.

And thou shalt offer every day a bullock for a sin offering for atonement: and thou shalt cleanse the altar, when thou hast made an atonement for it, and thou shalt anoint it, to sanctify it. 37 Seven days thou shalt make an atonement for the altar, and sanctify it; and it shall be an altar most holy: whatsoever toucheth the altar shall be holy

Ex 29:36-37 (KJV)

Amazing to see the power here displayed by God in the altar to keep it holy. Anything merely touching the altar would be holy. The holiness of the altar sactifies the gift with oil and fire by God.

This shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your generations at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the Lord: where I will meet you, to speak there unto thee. 43 And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory. 44 And I will sanctify the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar: I will sanctify also both Aaron and his sons, to minister to me in the priest’s office. 45 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God. 46 And they shall know that I am the Lord their God, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them: I am the Lord their God.

Ex 29:42-46 (KJV)

God sanctifies the whole tabernacle, congregation and altar. God does not do a partial job, He completely and throughly sacntifies. No stone un turned by His love and care for His creation.

And he set the laver between the tent of the congregation and the altar, and put water there, to wash withal. 31 And Moses and Aaron and his sons washed their hands and their feet thereat: 32 When they went into the tent of the congregation, and when they came near unto the altar, they washed; as the Lord commanded Moses.

Ex 40:30-32 (KJV)

The Lord wanted the priests to be clean from all outside filth before coming to the altar. This all reminds me of how God want’s us to worship Him in spirit and truth. To come clean before Him in repentance and baptism then come to the altar of God tried by fire and recieve sanctification and acceptance. These sacrifices were meals prepared with covenants of promise and blessings from God. How God loved His chosen people Israel and their eyes have lost the meaning of the promise.

And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.

Ex 12:17 (KJV)

With the feasts and sacrifices we see a mention to unleavened bread to be eaten. Leaven represents sin or pride because leaven causes the dough to rise and become puffed up.

How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? 12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Matt 16:11-12 (KJV)

The sin of error in scripture was the problem with the priests at the time of Christ. Beware of the leaven.

Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

1 Cor 5:6 (KJV)Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened.

1 Cor 5:7 (KJV)

Removing the sin and how sin can infect the whole congregation. Everyone partakes of the loaf and everyone contributes to the loaf. Remain in the sanctification of the Lord Jesus.

32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. 34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. 35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life:

John 6:32-35 (KJV)

Jesus telling the people He is the bread of life. Not only is Jesus the Lamb of God but we see Him being the whole meal provided. Not that we eat Him phsically but take in the true meaning of doctrine. Putting on the whole armour of God. Taking up our own cross in Christ Jesus. Living in the new nature of Christ with continued prayer and love.

Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

John 6:53-58 (KJV)

Not that we physically eat of Jesus but through the symbols of rememberance, wine and bread. We recall His doctrine of love conecting man and God through His sacrifice accepted by God. The accomplishments of repaired damage at the cross were numerous, the sanctification full. Nothing was left undone of half way. The full meal has been prepared in love for all those who believe.