Proper Use of Alters
Exodus 20: 22-25
The LORD told Moses, “This is what you are to say to the Israelis, ‘You have seen for yourselves that I spoke to you from heaven. You are not to make gods of silver alongside me, nor are you to make for yourselves gods of gold. You are to make an altar of earth for me, and you are to sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and peace offerings, your sheep, and your cattle. Everywhere I cause my name to be remembered, I’ll come to you and bless you. If you make an altar of stone for me, you must not build it of cut stones, because if you strike it with your chisel, you will profane it.
When reading this scripture, I often wondered why God gave such specific instructions on the use of His alters. In this time, the people did not have the Bible and few religious ceremonies to learn from. God gave His people specific instructions to control the way they made sacrifices to Him. God did this so that His people would please Him correctly. But have you ever wonder why He wanted stones that were natural from the earth? God knew that if the chosen people could carve the stones they would start to make idols and worship them instead of Him. This also allowed God to instruct the proper ways of worshiping Him so people could not change or modify how He wanted things done. God was not against human creativity, He just did not want His people creating new religions.
From the beginning, God has always watched over us and guided us to praise Him. He deserves all the glory for everything He has created and done in this world. The reason the Bible was created was because His people needed something in writing to follow. A standard operating procedure (SOP) so to speak. It is human nature to be disobedient and from the times of Exodus to now many continue to disobey God’s word. So please take some time today to reflect that we are God’s temple. The strictness of the sacrifices of the times of old should still reflect the sacrifices we make today to follow Him correctly. So please meditate on this word and have a blessed day!