God had commanded two altars be placed within the Tabernacle. As we contrast these two altars, we see the importance of a relationship with God as well as fellowship with God.
1. The Bronze Altar - The place of sacrifice
Ex. 27:1-3 “And thou shalt make an altar of shittim wood, five cubits long, and five cubits broad; the altar shall be foursquare: and the height thereof shall be three cubits. And thou shalt make the horns of it upon the four corners thereof: his horns shall be of the same: and thou shalt overlay it with brass. And thou shalt make his pans to receive his ashes, and his shovels, and his basons, and his fleshhooks, and his firepans: all the vessels thereof thou shalt make of brass.
2. The Golden Altar - The place of prayer
Ex. 30:1, 6-8 “And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: of shittim wood shalt thou make it.
And thou shalt put it before the vail that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with thee. And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it. And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations.”
LESSON - The Bronze Altar was placed in the courtyard of the tabernacle, just inside the only entrance of the court. You see within this placement the exclusivity of Jesus Christ (THE SACRIFICE) being the only way to God. The sacrifice was necessary to allow the priest to approach the Altar of Incense. The fire and blood from the Bronze Altar were used for the purification of the Golden Altar and the burning of incense. The first alter was necessary for the second altar to be utilized. Without the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we are unable to approach God and prayers are empty words. But once a person receives Christ as their Savior, God desires “perpetual” fellowship with His people. If we are not striving for perpetual fellowship with Him, we take His sacrifice for granted. I encourage you to maintain your walk the Lord!