Podcast #185: “O Come To The Altar” by Elevation Worship

Searching in the Shadows to Reveal the Realities of Two Altars

Old Testament Scripture is full of models and examples of the things to come — things that are ultimately fulfilled in Christ. Hebrews even says they are “a shadow” not the “realities.” Elevation Worship’s song “O Come To The Altar” sent me on a journey to discover the significance of two altars found in the tabernacle of old.

Come with me as we peek into the old covenant to better understand the new. I have a feeling it will affect the way you “come to the altar” in the future.

On this episode I discuss:

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
    • Consider a topic
    • Historical context
  • How bit by bit God is revealing the severity of sin to me
  • God’s charge to build a tabernacle for his dwelling among the people – Exodus 25:8-9
  • God’s current dwelling place – 1 Corinthians 3:16
  • A description of the brazen altar – Exodus 27:1-8
  • A description of the animals to be offered on the brazen altar – Leviticus 1:1-9
  • How the brazen altar and the sacrifices there were designed to show the Israelites that the first step for sinful man to approach a holy God was to be cleansed by the blood of an innocent creature
  • That the brazen altar was a place of forgiveness
  • The sacrifices made on the brazen altar were incomplete, but Jesus’ sacrifice was final and complete – Hebrews 10:1-18
  • The altar of incense and the specific instructions for that altar – Exodus 30:37-38
  • Incense as a representation of prayer
  • Like the incense, our prayers should be continuous – Luke 18:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:17
  • The altar as a picture of the intercession of Christ on our behalf – Hebrews 7:25
  • Coming to the altar with confidence and a sincere heart – Hebrews 10:19-23, Hebrews 4:16

 

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This Week’s Challenge

Read all about the tabernacle in Exodus 26-31. You can learn about the specifics of the sacrifices and the law when you continue reading in Leviticus. Then head over to Hebrews. If you start in chapter 7 and read through chapter 10 you will see the references to the old covenant and a detailed description of the new.

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