Exodus (Program #108) – The Altar of Burnt Offering (5)
The record of the Passover given in Exodus gives us a detail account of Christ’s redeeming death. But another picture in Exodus also touches redemption and that picture is the altar of the burnt offering in the tabernacle. These Old Testament pictures unveil redemption in its thorough and wonderful details. To see redemption and to see the redeeming Christ in the picture of the altar will make a deep and lasting imprint upon any lover of Jesus.
We come today to our 5th program dealing with the altar of burnt offering that was in the Outer Court of the tabernacle. It may seems to a lot of people, like this is too much time to spend on such an Old Testament item as the altar. But what we’ve really been spending our time on is the redeeming Christ. How is the altar a clear type of redemption and the redeemer?
Matthew (Program #18) – The Decree of the Kingdom’s Constitution (6)
Matthew 5:17 says “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have not come to abolish, but to fulfill.” Yet in other places in the New Testament we are told that the law has been done away with. This has made the subject of the law a subject of great controversy and debate on Christians for hundreds of years. In the Old Testament it was clear that God dealt with His people through the principle of the law. But in the New Testament that principle has been replaced by the principle of faith. So does that mean that the believers now has no obligations to conduct themselves according to the high standard of Scriptures?
Exodus (Program #107) – The Altar of Burnt Offering (4)
The first item that a person encountered when entering the outer court of the tabernacle in the Old Testament was the altar of burnt offering. It was here that he brought an offer, his offering to Jehovah on account of his own sins and trespasses. Bible teachers have long realized that this picture of the altar points to the very cross of Jesus Christ, where Christ offer Himself up to God for the sins of the people. But within the altar was a grate, a bronze where the fire was burn, where the offering was actually consumed. What does this grate represent and how about the four bronze rings on the corners of the grate? If the altar is a clear type, so are these inner components, a much more mysterious type of Christ’s redemption.
Today we want to come back to this matter dealing with the altar and particularly this bronze grate that was the inner component of the altar.
Matthew (Program #17) – The Decree of the Kingdom’s Constitution (5)
The teaching and preaching in the gospel of Matthew concerning the kingdom begins with repentance; “Repent for the kingdom of the heavens is drawn near”. To repent is to have a complete change of mind. After dealing with our mind however, the kingdom then becomes a matter of our spirit; “blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of the heavens” and finally “blessed are the pure in heart”.
Exodus (Program #106) – The Altar of Burnt Offering (3)
Just like the law of life produces peaches, what doe the law of the divine life produce? The law of the divine life produces the sons of God.
Perhaps no richer picture of the reality of the Christian life is present in Scripture than the type of the tabernacle. This Old Testament structure reveals untold insights into the reality of our experience of Christ.
Matthew (Program #16) – The Decree of the Kingdom’s Constitution (4)
We’ve often heard a person described as the salt of the earth. It’s become a very common term use to describe someone of solid and dependable character. Actually this term comes from the New Testament gospel of Matthew and it along with it’s companion verse “you are the light of the world” are used specifically to describe not just people of character but actually those people who are fit to inhabit the kingdom of the heavens.
Exodus (Program #105) – The Altar of Burnt Offering (2)
Of all the items associated with the tabernacle in the Old Testament, the altar is the most easily identified with its New Testament counterpart, where the altar is a clear type of the cross of Jesus Christ. It was here the offerings for God’s people to satisfy His righteous demands were made. Nearly all Bible teachers and most Christians understand this parallel. But this picture is only the beginning of all that the altar represents. The details shows much much more. How we thank the Lord for the picture and the ministry that we have today to unveil the picture.
To most people, the altar may seem to be, may be the easiest to understand of all the items that we’ve looked at in the tabernacle. It is a very clear picture of the cross. Christians probably feel by enlarge that they have a reasonably good understanding of the cross. But our listeners are going to be a little bit surprise today by some of the things they hear.
Matthew (Program #15) – The Decree of the Kingdom’s Constitution (3)
Any nation or kingdom can only be as strong as its citizens. The kingdom of God or the kingdom of the heavens as it is described in Matthew is no different. So what are the people that inhabit this heavenly kingdom like?
Exodus (Program #104) – The Altar of Burnt Offering (1)
The tabernacle of the Old Testament is a wonderful and vivid picture of God and His fellowship with man. It was a structure with two ends; at one end was God Himself dwelling in the inner chamber, the Holy of Holies as it is called in the Bible. AT the other end is the Outer Court, where even the common people can come and go. As you enter into this tabernacle, the first thing you encounter is the altar of burnt offering. It no doubt is meaningful that this first item confronting man as he approaches God is the altar.
This is a life study. A life study really differs from a traditional or typical bible study. These messages from Exodus probably demonstrates vividly as any that has been covered in these programs. Today’s message dealing with the brass altar or the altar of burnt offering is particularly indicative of this principle. Why is simply studying this matter academically and doctrinally not as relevant as looking at it in the way of life and according to our own experience?
Exodus (Program #103) – Genesis Program 102, Life-study of Genesis 88
You may think I should ask God for things like patience or love or joy. But we have to realize that God doesn’t desire to give you just little packages; love, joy, peace these things. He desires just to give us Himself.
We have something a little different today, as we are going to take a departure from our life study of Exodus. In this life study we’ve come to the curtains in the tabernacle. They are a wonderful picture of Christ. But these curtains were hung on the pillars. Pillars, as we’ve seen many times are mentioned throughout the Bible, both in the Old and New Testament. Pillar are always related to the building of God’s dwelling place, the church.