Sacrificial Offerings 7 - The Altar of Burnt Offering

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T he Altar of Burnt Offering


Exodus 38:1-7 And he made the altar of burnt offering of shittim wood: five cubits was the length thereof, and five cubits the breadth thereof; it was foursquare; and three cubits the height thereof. And he made the horns thereof on the four corners of it; the horns thereof were of the same: and he overlaid it with brass. And he made all the vessels of the altar, the pots, the shovels, and the basins, and the fleshhooks, and the firepans: all the vessels thereof made he of brass. And he made for the altar a brazen grate of network under the compass thereof beneath unto the midst of it. And he cast four rings for the four ends of the grate of brass, to be places for the staves. And he made the staves of shittim wood, and overlaid them with brass. And he put the staves into the rings on the sides of the altar, to bear it withal; he made the altar hollow with boards. 

Shittim wood portrays the humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Five is the number of blood, grace, the atonement. 

Four is the number of the earth. 

Horns speak of power. 

Overlaying with brass reveals three layers, typical of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. 

The five vessels shadow the five-fold ministry projecting the message of the cross.