The Bronze Altar: Tabernacle Series Part 1.

Psalm 26:6-7

“I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O Lord: That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.”

(The Bronze Altar.)
In these two short verses, David is talking about the Bronze Altar.  God gave him such a wonderful revelation of it that, when you see what he saw, it will truly bless you.  It will make you, as a believer, both a winner and an overcomer!
So come on. Let’s study every facet of it so that we can get a glimpse of his vision!
Four Corners.
David said, “I will compass thine altar.” What he is saying is that every side of it is rich with meaning.  These amazing and beautiful pictures that the Holy Spirit has drawn demonstrate our Father’s great love for us and show us more about Jesus.
The altar was located in the outer court of the Tabernacle.  Notice that it is shaped like a cross, which is what it represents. The four corners:  North, South, East, and West point to fact that the cross is effectual for all the four corners of the earth. It is for all nations and ALL peoples.  It also depicts how we approach God:  BY THE CROSS.  When we come to Him in our sins, we are cleansed of them ONCE AND FOR ALL!
The North Side.
Leviticus 1:10-11
“And if his offering be of the flocks, namely, of the sheep, or of the goats, for a burnt sacrifice; he shall bring it a male without blemish. And he shall kill it on the side of the altar NORTHWARD before the Lord: and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall sprinkle his blood round about upon the altar.”

(Four horns or corners of the altar.)
The altar itself was made of a kind of copper that is much more sturdy than anything we have today.  It was so durable that it could never be burned up.  Sacrifices were offered continually upon it and arose as a sweet smelling savor to the Lord, reminding Him of His beloved Son.  Even the four corners have meanings and speak of our Christian life.
Imagine us having to what they did in ancient Israel:  Kill a cute, innocent little lamb every time we sin today.  I’m sure our understanding of how horrific they are to God would rise to a whole new level!
The lamb was always killed on the North side. Why? Because for Israel, evil always came from the North.  The North wind, for instance, is a destructive wind.  Draw a straight line Northward from Jerusalem and what do you hit?  Moscow.  Who is behind and funding terror attacks on Israel?  Russia, ultimately, through its proxies.

The sacrificial Lamb that the offerer brought to the North side of the altar was slaughtered there by the man who brought it.  He would lay his hands on it’s head, his sins would pass to the innocent lamb and the representative righteousness of the lamb would pass to the man in a Divine exchange.  The innocent was slain for the guilty.

(For more on the topic of the Levitical offerings, you may follow the link below:

https://emmausroadministries.international/2017/01/21/the-five-offerings-of-leviticus-part-1-of-10-introduction/)

That’s how our Christian life begins:  With the cross and the death of Christ. The innocent Lamb of God was slain for guilty man.  His ETERNAL righteousness passed to us as our sins were laid on Him and the Divine exchange took place.  The righteousness of Christ that we receive is ETERNAL, not temporal, as under the Old Covenant.  We only need cleansing from sin ONE TIME for our entire lives.
Isn’t God good?  He put His Son right at the place where evil would come into your life:  On the North side.  THE CROSS HAS STOPPED IT! 
The answers to all our problems are found in the cross of Jesus Christ.  Any physical or financial need, any lack, worry, or concern of any kind, the answer is always the cross!  Jesus took all of it upon Himself so that you and I could have His COMPLETE SHALOM:  Wholeness in every area.  AS HE IS, SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD! 🙌🏻
The East Side.
Next we come to the East side.
Leviticus 1:16 “And he shall pluck away his crop with his feathers, and cast it beside the altar on the EAST part, by THE PLACE OF THE ASHES:”
(Priest carrying ashes away.)
The East side of the bronze altar is the place of ASHES.  Once you are born again, you approach the Cross no longer from the North side but, ever after, FROM THE EAST!
The East side of the bronze altar, being the place of ashes, reminds us that ALL OUR SINS WERE (past tense) REDUCED TO ASHES.  There is no more judgment for our sins because they have all been judged!   Jesus consumed in His body ALL the Father’s wrath, ALL the indignation and ALL the righteous anger for all our sins on our behalf.  We all stand before God completely free of all sin because of the cross!  HALLELUJAH!!! 💖🙌🏻
That is why David declared:  “May He (God) remember all your offerings, And accept (reduce to ashes) your burnt sacrifice. Selah. May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, And FULFILL ALL YOUR PURPOSE.” Psalms 20:3-4

(King David wrote much of the Psalms. )
The word in Hebrew for “accept” in this verse is “deshen,” which also means “fatness.”  It is in the “ashes” that you find the “fatness.”  The knowledge that all your sins, not just your past up to now, but all of them for your entire life gives you a clear conscience devoid of the fear of punishment.  NO MORE CONDEMNATION.  NO MORE SIN CONSCIOUSNESS.
Therein is the FATNESS:  Knowing that you stand before God completely clean.  This was David’s greatest dream which, because of the cross, is our reality!
When the sun rises in the morning, what part of the altar would it illuminate first?  The East side! ☀️ That’s how God sees your sins.  They have all been burned up to ASHES!  That’s why He can fulfill all your purpose! 😍
The South Side.
The prophet Ezekiel has something to say about this side of the altar:

Ezekiel 47:1-2  “Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was WATER, FLOWING from under the threshold of the temple TOWARD THE EAST, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, SOUTH of the altar. He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and THERE WAS WATER, RUNNING OUT ON THE RIGHT SIDE.”

Remember what happened after Jesus died?  The Roman soldier came to check and see if He was really dead.  He thrust a spear into His right side and there flowed out blood and water.  Water is a picture of the Holy Spirit.  This shows us that the mature Christian life can only be lived successfully when we are flowing in the Spirit.

How To Flow With The Spirit.

The Bronze Altar gives us clues as to how true flowing in the Spirit is accomplished.  First we come to Christ by the North side of the altar with our lamb that was slain in our place –the innocent for the guilty.  Then we come upon the East side to the place of ASHES where we come to understand the there therefore is no more condemnation.  We shed sin-consciousness here, or at least we’re supposed to.  Then and only then can we proceed to the South side where we can truly be lead by the Holy Spirit.

👉🏻 If you try to bypass the place of ashes and jump to “following the spirit” you will not succeed because you will still have sin on your consciousness and project that onto others.  You will see them through the lens of judgment because you lack the assurance that YOUR SINS have all been reduced to ASHES!  👈🏻

Here’s an example of attributing things to “the leading of the Holy Spirit” that are, in fact, not Him at all: “The Holy Spirit in me is grieved over sister so-and-so because she wears too much makeup;” or that “brother (or sister) so and so is dressed so inappropriately.” This is most likely the spirit of jealousy ’cause it sure ain’t the Holy Spirit being “grieved.”
ONLY WITH A GOOD–not an evil–CONSCIENCE CAN THE HOLY SPIRIT LEAD YOU ACCURATELY. 💖 If you are lead by sin consciousness or what Paul called “an evil heart,” you will inadvertently  misrepresent God to other people.  You will see sin in other people instead of ashes. Pastors pay particular attention to this.

(For more on the topic above, you may follow the link below:  https://emmausroadministries.international/2016/07/23/an-evil-heart/)

DO NOT BYPASS THE PLACE OF ASHES.
The West Side.
What is on the West side of the altar?  The Mishkan: Tabernacle.  The house of God where His people dwell together.   That is where we gather together as a people to worship Him.
Here is where the corporate anointing flows from God to His People as a body.  There is strength in numbers.  Sheep were made to dwell in flocks. We don’t necessarily need to be doing “holy” things.  It is just good to be together and fellowship with others of like precious faith where there is mutual encouragement, understanding, and strength.

That’s why Psalm 26 ends like this:
“I will wash my hands in innocence; So I will go about Your altar, O LORD, That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, And tell of all Your wondrous works. LORD, I have loved the habitation of Your house, And the place where Your glory dwells……
My foot stands in an even place; In the congregations I will bless the LORD.”
Psalms 26:6-8, 12
That is what David meant by compassing the altar.  He went around all four sides of it in admiration of all it signified.  They really do tell of His marvelous works:
#1-Our salvation.
#2- Our sins being reduced to ashes.
#3- The precious, sweet leading of the Holy Spirit.
#4- The sweet company of believers in the house of God.
That’s our wonderful Abba!  He loves us so much that He painted us beautiful pictures in the description of the Bronze Altar.
You may follow the link below to Part 2 to continue this series:

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