Come Worship at the Altar

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“Finding God at the Altar.”  The altar was where men presented themselves before God with an animal sacrifice that atoned for (covered) their sins.

The animal sacrifice opened the portal to heaven and the way to God. Many wonder why an animal sacrifice is needed. Even Cain asked that question (Gen. 3:3-5) He offered vegetables; his brother on the other hand offered an animal sacrifice. God had respect for the Able’s offering but not Cain’s offering.

Offering a blood sacrifice goes back to the garden. The innocent animal was taking the place of guilty. When Adam and Eve sinned they saw that they were naked and were ashamed. The sentence of sin was death.

They tried their best to cover their naked bodies and convicted consciences. They sewed fig leaves together; a representation of man’s work. However that was not enough to satisfy the fact that they had now become sinners, transgressors, criminals in the court of heaven. Something had to die. They lost there connectedness with God they were bound to sin. They were now separated from God for eternity, the sentence to their crime was death (Genesis 2:17).

The only way that God could stay in limited communication with man was through the animal sacrifice. The guilty sinner is now covered with animal skins. An innocent life paid for the guilty. The guilty is no longer guilty, his sins are covered by sacrifice and now can present himself to God.

This was limited however. The animal sacrifice could only cover sins for a year and then they had to present it again. It did not remove sin it just covered it.

Jesus is called the Lamb of God. He is the one that takes away sins of the world (John 1:29). Jesus is the perfect sacrifice; as God dies on the cross to redeem man with His own blood He pays completely for man and for all of creation. That is unthinkable that God paid the price for sin with his own life.  

This is why you see the altar as a central theme in the Bible; from Genesis to Revelation. When you come to God we must enter in through the blood of the Lamb. We are encouraged to come boldly to the throne of grace to find help in the time of need (Hebrews 4:16). We now have the heavens opened to us. They are no longer closed.

When we worship God let us come through faith in redeeming power of Christ, His blood and filled with the Holy Spirit; who lives in us and guides us into worship. 

Oh, come let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our God our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of His hand (Psalms 95:6-7).

Understanding why and how we come to God is the first step in worship. How does knowing why worshipping at the altar and the significance of the sacrifice, change your view of worship?

Leave a comment below and let me know.

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