The Ark, the Table, the Lampstand and the Altar of Incense – all have great symbolical importance and can teach us much about the person and work of Jesus Christ. The very word Ark should alert us to start with Noah. Inside the Ark is safety from judgment! The Atonement Cover exactly covered the box – atonement is only for those inside the Ark. None inside shall be missed! Jesus is the DOOR!
The altar was a place where sacrifices were brought.
Bezalel built an altar that was used for the different offerings as prescribed in the law God handed down to Moses.
After he sinned in rejecting God’s wisdom regarding numbering Israel, we read in 2 Samuel 24 that David built an altar to the Lord and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings.
The altar was where sacrifices were brought.
We read of David’s offerings,
“So the LORD responded to the plea for the land, and the plague was averted from Israel.”
In Jesus we see God sacrificing Himself in a response to our own plight, the plague of sin.
In Jesus we see God offering Himself in a deep and lasting, once-for-all way, that could never be replicated by human means, that could not be achieved by the blood of bulls and rams.
In Jesus we have our perfect Saviour, our Servant King who bore on Himself the punishment for the entirety of His people.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!
* Almighty God,
Bless Your Name, You have saved us from our sin into life eternal.
Praise Your Name, You offered up Yourself as the once-for-all sacrifice for Your people.
Hallowed be Your Name, You work within us, calling us to present ourselves as living sacrifices, a holy and acceptable spiritual worship to You.
Thank You merciful Lord.