THE BRAZEN ALTAR
THE BRAZEN ALTAR
THE BURNT OFFERING - A VOLUNTARY OFFERING
of sacrifice & death to flesh and self, the PRICE paid by Jesus Christ for us, fulfilling our responsibility, thus we can by faith appropriate the PRICE paid by Jesus Christ, coming to die for our sins
The pattern: - Exodus 27:1 - 8.
"Build an altar of acacia wood, three cubits high; it is to be square, five cubits long and five cubits wide. Make a horn at each of the four corners, so that the horns and the altar are of one piece, and overlay the altar with bronze. Make all the utensils of bronze--its pots to remove the ashes, and its shovels, sprinkling bowls, meat forks and fire pans. Make a grating for it, a bronze network. Put it under the ledge of the altar so that it is halfway up the altar. Make poles of acacia wood for the altar and overlay them with bronze. The poles are to be inserted into the rings so that they will be on two sides of the altar when it is carried. Make the altar hollow, out of boards. It is to be made just as you were shown on the mountain."
Symbology as follows: -
altar = place of slaughter, sacrifice, death, or incense [prayer]. Can be of earth, stone, brass or gold.
* acacia wood = incorruptible wood, non decaying wood, humanity of Christ. Root out of dry ground, Stem of Jesse.
* bronze = judgement against sin of disobedience. three = number of Godhead, number of divine completeness, perfect testimony.
* square = four = earth, world, four corners, 4 winds, 4 seasons.
* five = grace, offerings, ministry.
* horn = power, strength, defense.
* its position is directly in front of the entrance, we become aware of our of our sinful condition, after seeing Jesus as He is.
*it was made from wood=(flesh) covered with brass=(suffering) 3 cubits high, length & breadth 5 cubits. Grate 1/2 cubit high.
*its purpose is for sacrificing of our sins, as salvation is the only entrance to God's presence.
* the Power of the Blood is our experience here, the Blood takes care of our
Past: - "In Him we have redemption [deliverance and salvation] through His Blood, the remission [forgiveness] of our offences [shortcomings and trespasses], in accordance with the riches and the generosity of His gracious favour......"
Present: - "But if we [really] are living and walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses [removes us from all sin and guilt - keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations."
1 John 1:7.
Future: -"Therefore, since we are now justified - acquitted, made righteous and brought into right relationship with God - by Christ's blood, how much more [certain is it that] we shall be saved by Him from the indignation and wrath of God."
*it is the experience of salvation, the ministry of the evangelist, the Fire initially comes from God's Presence.
"And when He comes, He will convict and convince the world and bring demonstration to it about sin and about righteousness - uprightness of heart and right standing with God and about judgement."
thereafter the priests maintain the Fire.
"Go then and make disciples of the nations, baptising them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit; teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you, and lo, I am with You all the days - perpetually, uniformly and on every occasion - to the very close and consummation of the age. Amen - so let it be.
Matthew 28: 19:20.
The longer you stay in prayer, the more the flesh is crucified, and the Spirit becomes alive, and every part of you surrenders.
"As the hart pants and longs for the water brooks, so I pant and long for You, O God."
"O God, You are my God; earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for you, my flesh longs and is faint for You, in dry and weary land, where no water is......."
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Jesus Christ as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
Ephesians 2:19 - 22.
`......It is a burnt offering, an offering made by fire, an aroma pleasing to the Lord.'
The New Testament equivalent is found in the scripture: -
`...to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship...'
We find that the brazen altar was made as follows: -
# 3 cubits high; 3 = Godhead, wholeness
# 5 cubits length and breadth; 5 = Grace, offerings
# Grate: 1/2 cubit high; halfway to oneness, wholeness
Made from wood [symbolizing our flesh] covered with brass symbolizing judgement and suffering]
The burnt offering of our lives finds its expression in the dross of our lives being consumed `in the fire of the Holy Spirit' as we travel life's journey - our brazen altar.
It was called a burnt offering because the whole sacrifice was burnt inside and outside:
# outside - our actions, appearance, etc.
# inside - our mind it also speaks of the Apostle because
unless the will, intellect and emotions, as well as flesh, have become a burnt sacrifice before the Lord, there is no way anybody in ministry can function in the demands of the Apostolic function.
It is a completely voluntary offering of oneself; from where one is in life's walk.
There were three types of offering
(a) bullock - expensive
(b) sheep or goat - average
(c) pigeons or dove - inexpensive
We give God what we have.....
The offering had to be unblemished; now it needs to have the right internal motives for our external actions.
Hands were laid on the sacrifice; thus there needs to be identification with the offering.
The person killed the sacrifice themselves - not the priest; we have to take action against the idols in our lives; our minister can't do it for us.
The priest (a) arranged the wood and the fire
(b) laid out the sacrifice on the wood
(c) burnt it all
- thus, as we are priests in the order of Melchizedek, we have to sacrifice our flesh in the fire of the Holy Spirit; until the flesh is in total submission
Therefore, as we grow into a full and complete `COVENANT' relationship with God, we enter into complete communion with Him, hence our commemoration of our Lord Jesus with the breaking of bread; to symbolise His body, and wine to symbolise His blood. In this act of communion we truly acknowledge that we are part of His Body, we are an inseparable part of Him in doing the same as He did `to offer our bodies a living sacrifice...our spiritual act of worship.
The brazen altar’s position was directly in front of the entrance at the east gate; thus is in the forefront of the Christian walk, both initially when we are saved, and when we enter into full maturity of Christhood. This is because the Holy Spirit comes to be with us when we worship Jesus; to enable us to more fully worship Him. We cannot die to selfishness unless we are introduced to Jesus in ever-larger measure. The fire of God's Presence was initially from God, but thereafter was maintained by the priests. Likewise as Christians God gives a new zeal; but we need to maintain it.
Thus the Word of God cannot wash us until we die to selfishness, so that we can establish a covenant relationship with our God.
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