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The Altar (3 of 5)
Series: The Source
When you have a baby, you experience love and responsibility in a way that you never have before. You are suddenly the source to meet every need for that child – food, cleanliness, education, entertainment, etc., just as God is our sustainer.
But your child can also be a source of joy back to you. The altar is a place where we become a source of something to God, a place where God expects us to give something back to Him in an expression of love and adoration that no other living creation can give.
Abraham built many altars as recorded in the Old Testament:
Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. Genesis 12:7
And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord. Genesis 12:8
And he went on his journey from the South as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, to the place of the altar which he had made there at first. And there Abram called on the name of the Lord. Genesis 13:3-4
Then Abram moved his tent, and went and dwelt by the terebinth trees of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and built an altar there to the Lord. Genesis 13:18
Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order. Genesis 22:9a
Establish an altar in your life—a place to meet with God.
Throughout the Old Testament, God’s people built altars for sacrifice in places where God had appeared or where they had an expectation of meeting God. We don’t have physical altars now as we acknowledge that God is everywhere, but if you take anything from today’s teaching, let it be an encouragement to establish an altar in your life ...
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