(The brazen altar, bronze altar, or altar of sacrifice was situated right inside the courtyard upon entering the gate to the tabernacle. The Hebrew root for altar means “to slay” or “slaughter.” The Latin word alta means “high.” An altar is a “high place for sacrifice/slaughter.” The altar stood raised on a mound of earth, higher than its surrounding furniture. This is a projection of Christ, our sacrifice, lifted up on the cross, His altar, which stood on a hill called Golgotha.
The altar was made of wood from the acacia tree and overlaid with bronze (usually symbolic of judgment on sin in the Bible), measuring 7.5 feet on all four sides and 4.5 feet deep. Four horns projected from the top four corners and a bronze grating was inside to hold the animal.)
Psalm 118:27 Jehovah is GOD and He hath given us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, up to the horns of the altar.
1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen race, a kingly priesthood, a holy nation, a people for a possession, that ye might set forth the excellencies of Him Who has called you out of darkness to His wonderful light.
Lately I've been sensing the Father saying to me, "Lay it on the altar of sacrifice." This dying to the world and dying to ourselves is an ongoing process that I believe will continue until we shed this flesh and the soul-the soul that would do what thou wilt, not Thy will be done.
Daily I try to surrender to the Holy Spirit living in my spirit. It is surrender that I must do, not try and live in this world. Surrender to His will be done, not what my vain imaginations can come up with.
This world right now is so very dark. I've heard three people say in just this week, "I wish I could crawl in a hole (or a cave)." And amen. The Spirit-filled man or woman would want to 'hide' in the LORD right now and hide you should.
(At present it is 12:20am on Jan 11, 2013. In Chattanooga the weather is unseasonably warm and the winds are high which leads most of us to wonder if we will experience a tornado.)
As I listen to the wind blow and having been through a few tornado's in my life, I ponder the strength of the wind. Nobody sees wind. No one sees the Holy Spirit, yet its strength and power are most evident.
The world is a nasty place and getting nastier. However YAHWEY is still our GOD and His Word has not changed, neither has His love for us.
Remembering how much Jesus/Yahshua laid down for us, will we not do the same?
What is it that is still pulling at your heart/soul? Is it your finances/lack there of? Is it your inability to overcome some addiction? Is it your longing to be accepted? Is it the sheer loneliness that accompanies this walk with Yahshua?
Lay it on the altar of sacrifice. Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice holy and pleasing unto the Lord. Wash yourself in the Water of the Word.