“Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your offspring I will give this land.’ So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him.” – (Gen 12:7)
After the flood, Noah built an altar to the Lord and the Lord found the aroma of the sacrifice “pleasing” (Gen 8:20,21). After David sinned he built an altar on the threshing floor (2 Sam 24:10-25).
After the exile, the altar was the first thing built in the temple (Ezra 1:1-6:22). Throughout the bible, heroes of the Old Testament built altars to God marking an intervention with God Himself.
Altars were placed where the divine and human worlds interacted. Sacrifices were made because the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, “and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness,” (Heb 9:22).
Jesus became that perfect sacrifice and we are no longer bound by that Old Testament law. Though we don’t see Christians erecting altars, we ought to be building altars in our hearts.
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,” (1 Cor 6:19)
Our bodies are temples. Let’s build an altar of praise there! Praise is remembering in joy what God has done for us, and He is worthy of our praise.
Remember what Christ has done for you – in big things, and also the things we have started to take for granted. Do you allow God to have a hand in the place you are living?
Look back at the destiny of your life and go to the altar as David did, in 1 Chronicles 21:26: “And David built there an altar to the Lord and presented burnt offerings and peace offerings and called on the Lord, and the Lord answered him with fire from heaven upon the altar of burnt offering.” (1 Chro 21:26)
God is worthy of our praise. Let us continually offer our sacrifice of praise (Heb 13:10,15).
© Wisdom from Above 2021
Rev. Bobby K. Ndung’u
📢 Christian Missionary
Day’s Prayer Emphasis
Today we commit to pray for the Church, for revival, for her ministers and her ministry.
TODAY’S BIBLE IN ONE YEAR
Day 167 – Psalms 62-68