By: Tim Sader
Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God. (Psalm 43:4)
Last week we learned about the living Spirit of our God who gives us life and a reason to live. We praised Him with the song Spirit of The Living God by Vertical Church Band. We should go to the altar of God because we joy and delight in Him. This is the attitude we should have when we praise Him with our songs. Our song today will be O Come to The Altar by Elevation Worship. The link to this song is https://youtu.be/ycWDFd0yCHA or search for the song title and artist on YouTube. In what way are we hurting and broken within? Are any of us feeling overwhelmed by the weight of our sin? Jesus is calling us to Come to The Altar. If we feel like we are at the end of ourselves or simply thirst for a drink from the well; Jesus is calling out to us. At the altar the arms of God are open wide because forgiveness of sins was bought with the blood of His Son Jesus. Christ restored the means of communication between us and God so we can boldly approach His throne. The altar of God is that place we go to meet with Him to have a one on one encounter that will make a change in our lives. Many of us take our problems and concerns to the altar but this is because we don’t realize going to the altar is about making a sacrifice. I think this is also why initially we are unhappy with the results of close encounters with God and feel like the rug has been pulled out from under us. But many believers have stories that the greatest glory comes out of surviving the greatest challenges. The Father’s arms are open when we Come to The Altar because of Jesus sacrifice. But what are we willing to give on the altar to resolve our issues according to His plan?
When Aaron went to the altar it was to make sacrifices for many reasons; one of which was to make atonement for the sins of Israel (Leviticus 9:7). This was accomplished by the continual sacrifice of livestock so blood could be shed for the forgiveness of their sins. This was still inadequate because only the high priest could come into the Holy Place once a year to make petitions for the sins of the people. By this the Spirit was showing that there was no way into the Most Holy Place while the temple was functioning. When Christ became high priest He went through the tabernacle not made by man and He made atonement once for all by shedding His own blood for our eternal redemption (Hebrews 9:7-12). Without the shedding of blood there would be no forgiveness. The tabernacle on earth was a replica of the one in heaven so when Christ died and entered into heaven to be He presented Himself to God as our everlasting sacrifice (Hebrews 9:22-25). We need not be carried away by strange teachings but to accept the grace we’ve been given and not by eating ceremonial food, which is of no benefit to them who eat. We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat (Hebrews 13:9-10). We can Come to The Altar at all times because Jesus saved us from sin once and for all. Abraham was considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar. His faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did (James 2:21-22). Since Abraham took action and was willing to make such a sacrifice we must be willing to do something before, at or after we go to the altar. When we offer a gift on the altar if we have unforgiveness toward anyone we are instructed to make reconciliation first (Matthew 5:23-24). Since our high priest has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. We can Come to The Altar of God with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:15-16).
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16