THE ALTAR


I will praise the lord with all my heart… Psalm 86:12a.

In the dispensation of the law and prophet, whenever they want to seek the face of God, they erect an altar and make an appeasing sacrifice that turns God’s attention to them. 
The aroma of the sacrifice entices the presence of God. So, we can say; An Altar serves as a connection between Humanity and Divinity

An Altar could be a state of fellowship.When man erects the right altar, the presence of God is invoked. An altar could be best described as a meeting point between the Supernatural and the natural. A state where man ‘come up on’, God descends, worship is made, sacrifices are offered, and converts are established.
                                                                                                                               
     An altar is not just physical nor spiritual, it intermingles between both! 
     Thus, it can bring the Celestial into the Natural and takes up the Natural into the Celestial. A meeting Point!

During the time of old, Altars were built, either with wood or stove and always at a location. It could either be in the temple or an isolated place or amidst the congregation of people. Altars are mostly raised.          
Now in our dispensation, we see raised platform in our churches as an altar and sarcastically, a man can sleep with a lady on a dais of a church and nothing will happen for he is not defiling anything because an altar never existed there in the first place. He is only dishonouring an assumed place of honour.                                   
We can look at the story of the sons of Eli in 1 Samuel 2:22-35. They were sleeping with the women in the temple, but God’s anger was kindled when they started tampering with the sacrifices on the physical altar. An Altar is never a place. Though every Temple needs an altar and every altar requires a temple. The function of an altar is not restricted to a temple.     
                                                                                               
An Altar is not of this world, it is not a fixed location. It is a meeting point!

The men of Old erected altars of Stones and wood whenever they need to worship or fellowship with God, because that was how much they understood it. If God had told them that an altar is not a place but a state. I am sure they would have been totally confused and God is not an author of confusion. So, he had to relate to them in manners they could understand.

You will make the altar of acacia wood…. You will make the altar in the form of hollow chest of planks. It should be made just as He showed you on the mountain’ Exodus 27:1,8.

-        But in the dispensation of Grace; Grace made us understand what an altar is. 
       It is not a place!                         
       It is not in heaven, it is not on earth, it’s in you!
Do you know that your body is the temple of the Holyspirit (the Spirit of God) within you which you have from God…? I Corinthians 6:19.
If our body happens to be the temple of God (and every temple has an altar) where is this altar of the temple of God in us?
-        We understand that the altar is the most important part of the temple, right? 
      So, what is the most important part of the body?
The Heart.

In the dispensation of the Law and Prophets; the altar was a place, 
In the dispensation of Grace, the altar is you!

And they said to each other: were not our hearts burning within us as he was speaking to us on the road, as he was fully opening the scriptures to us? (Luke 24:32).
Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God…. build ye the sanctuary of the Lord God…. And the holy vessels of God into the house that is to be built to the name of the Lord. (I Chronicles 22:19).

The Lord told David that He doesn’t live in a house made by hand. So, when God in person of the Holy Spirit comes upon us and resides, He is dwelling in a house(Temple) He made Himself. Most times the sacrifices of praises and prayers we offer from our lips to God are not what get his attention, but the ones the ones that rise from our heart. – This is what He sees. 
……For Jehovah sees into the heart. (I Samuel 16:7)

No wonder Apostle Paul admonished the Romans in (Romans 12)
‘I beseech you therefore brethren by the mercies of God that ye present your bodies a living sacrifices, holy, acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service’.
You can only offer yourself as a sacrifice to God on the altar of your heart, and its only acceptable if your altar is Holy. It is true ‘Salvation’ is from Christ, but ‘Sanctification’ starts from your Altar.                                               
If your Altar is Holy the presence of God floods your temple. The fire falls on the altar first before enveloping the temple. The voice of God is heard on the altar.

‘who may ascend to the mountain of Jehovah… anyone with clean hands and a pure HEART’ (Psalms 23:3,4).

An Altar is personal, it is a meeting point between you and God not us and God.During the time of old, there was an altar for the people of God, yet everyone brings his sacrifice to God via the priest. It was personal. Though the priest would still make a general offering for the entire community, there was always a personal time.                                  
An altar is your business with God not our business. Your altar is different from mine as we operate under different graces, but the offering made on it is to the same God. Thus, you approach your altar, meet with God and offer your sacrifice. It is a personal thing, and it is more than a fellowship it is a Journey!

Written by: Oguntolu Oluwatomisin(Will you like to connect with him? Click his name)
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