“And you shall put this altar in front of the veil that is near the ark of the testimony, in front of the mercy seat that is over the ark of the testimony, where I will meet with you.” (my highlight) Ex. 30:6
I didn’t want to go, yet, I did. Something, Someone drew me back to the last night of the old fashioned, week long (two weeks if the Spirit’s presence moved among us)revival service. The visiting evangelist preached of sin. Until this point I didn’t know I was a sinner. I didn’t know Jesus died to forgive my sins. I knew He died to forgive sins, but mine? The Father’s love drew me to the altar. There I truly met Him for the first time through receiving the gift of forgiveness that Jesus purchased for me by His death.
As scary as the altar appeared that night, it became the place my heavenly Father removed my fear and gave me His peace. It has become a place I love, for there is the place I meet the One who loves me with an everlasting love.
In the Old Testament the high priest would enter once a year before the altar of incense and sprinkle it with the blood of the sacrifice. Altar is translated from a word meaning “a place of slaughter or sacrifice.” This was done on the day of atonement. The day God provided the way for us to be at one with Him. This altar foreshadowed the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who through His death has made those who receive Him at peace with God. Romans 5:10 calls us enemies of God. But through Christ’s death we were reconciled to Him and saved by His life.
Jesus is the altar spoken of in Hebrews 13:10. We can meet God only through Him. He is the door and no one comes to the Father but by Him. He is the way, there is no other. He took on our sin that we might take on His righteousness and be able to enter the Holy of Holies where God resides on the mercy seat. We are granted mercy and given grace. Now, we can come boldly to His throne without fear.
Do you have an altar in your church? Is it used? An altar is not found only in the church building. Your altar can be anyplace you meet with the heavenly Father through Jesus Christ his Son.
Think about it. God invites us to meet with Him, have fellowship with Him, to come into His holy Presence. Wow! How blessed we are.
Praying today that you find everlasting peace and joy as you meet with your heavenly Father.