Here is the handout for the brazen altar…….
The first piece of furniture that you see, in fact the first thing you come into contact, upon entering the tabernacle courtyard is the brazen altar. The wood over layed with the bronze is representative of judgement. The altar of burnt offering. This altar is not to be confused with the altar of incense. (Lev 4:7) We reach an understanding that the brazen altar is a type of Christ who is the sacrificial lamb. sacrifice is to prepare something for a higher purpose. We are wanting to see it as total destruction devastation. As though in giving of oneself in sacrifice’ is to totally be lost and be no more. However, nothing could be further from the truth. For in losing oneself can you truly begin to live and know freedom , power and might. To walk in the fullness of who you were created to be.
This altar was to be anointed with the holy anointing oil. This altar was to show the sacrifice (substitutionary in this context) for the covering of the sins of man. Thereby making man acceptable to God. Hebrews 9:22 tells us that without the shedding of blood there can be no remission of sin.
Exodus 27:1-5 Build an altar of acacia wood, three cubits high; it is to be square, five cubits long and five cubits wide. Make a horn at each of the four corners, so that the horns and the altar are of one piece, and overlay the altar with bronze. Make all its utensils of bronze — its pots to remove the ashes, and its shovels, sprinkling bowls, meat forks and fire pans. Make a grating for it, a bronze net-work, and make a bronze ring at each of the four corners of the network. Put it under the ledge of the altar so that it is halfway up he altar. Make poles of acacia wood for the altar and overlay them with bronze. The poles are to be inserted into the rings so they will be on two sides of the altar when it is carried. Make the altar hollow, out of boards. It is to be make just as you were shown on the mountain.
Altar -Hebrew root -to slay or slaughter
5 cubits sq
3 cubits high
Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.
Understand that apart from the bronze altar there was no approach to God.
*Notice that it was the largest vessel. Understand that this is what made the rest possible. The altar was big enough to contain the rest. Just as our giving of ourselves before the Father accepting Christ as our sacrifice, it makes the rest possible before Him. Christ, as the altar, was able to take on all our sin and makes it possible now to approach the Father’s throne.
The acacia wood speaks to man once born lives eternally. Yet in that living he lives in judgement which is represented by the bronze. Exodus 20:24
There were no steps up to the altar. Why? It was 4 1/2 feet in height. The height was within reach of man so why then were there no steps?
You will note that there were 4 horns; one on each corner. The horn symbolized strength of animal, person or nation. It was representative of God’s limitless power over all.
Psalm 89:17 ; Lam 2;3
The altar and the horns The altar and the horns were fashioned in one piece. There was purpose in this. There is no limit to God’s power when you give yourself to him. His person and His power are inseparably connected.
The altar was a place refuge….. Ex 21:12-14 Adonijah – 1 kings 1:50 1 Kings 2:28
Why was there care as to the removal and placement of disposal of the ashes? (had to be on clean ground)
Were not the ashes simply that ….ashes? What would you suppose the symbolism is to the ashes?