“When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood." Genesis 22:9 ESV
During the Mountain Top sermon series we have been taking a thorough look at the story in the Bible of God's call for Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac as a burnt offering on Mount Moriah. This Sunday we take a closer look at verses 9-14.
According to the text, Abraham built an altar in preparation for his act of worship. Have you ever wondered why OT worshipers built altars? Why is that important for those of us living in modern context under the covenant of Grace?
An Altar (from the Hebrew word, mizbe'ah, meaning, "to slay") is simply a structure of earth or stone on which sacrifices were offered. The first one of note in the Bible was built by Noah (Genesis 8:20). There are scriptural guidelines for how altars were to be built (Exodus 27:1). and for the different kinds of sacrifices to be offered.
While the blood of Jesus Christ once and for all satisfied the requirements for atonement for sin under the new covenant of grace, there is still significance for us today to understand what it means to come to the altar and worship the Lord. We will take a look at this Sunday during our morning worship hours (8:30 and 11:00).
Come worship with us. Learn what it means to have an "altared" life!