Jer. 10:10-11, “But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.” When it comes to judging idols, God expects us to apply maximum force and not to be sentimental. Why? The reason is not far-fetched. Any evil you tolerate will eventually contaminate and destroy. Evil has the ability to destroy itself. Evil, ultimately, will destroy those who condone it. Evil contaminates in order to consume. Everything is subject to the law of seed time and harvest. When evil is planted like a seed and it manifests as a harvest, it is always very dangerous. The seed is always smaller than the harvest.
To the glory of God, the greatest altar ever raised was the one at Calvary over 2000 years ago; that was where the greatest altar was raised and the impact of that altar is still as strong as it was over 2000 years ago. Heb. 13:10 tells us that we have an altar, “We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.”
Altars have their origin in heaven. In heaven, there is an altar called “the golden altar”. Rev. 8:3-6, “And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.” All the prayers we utter in our individual altars are processed through the golden altar in heaven and from there, there will be impact. Altars are for impact, the measure of the strength of an altar is the impact it creates not the size.
According to Exo. 25:22, altars are meeting places between human beings and spirit beings. “And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel”. God said, “there I will meet with thee”. God wants to have fellowship with man and he has given us a blueprint on how that can be done. In the Old Testament, you don’t just stroll anyhow into the presence of God; there was a blueprint. Everything that was in the tabernacle was pointing to the mediating and redemptive ministry of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
TO BE CONTINUED.