After pitching his tent at Mamre (see last post), the next thing that Abraham did was build an altar. Reading through Genesis, I am struck by how often his journeyings were punctuated by this act.
The word for altar means ‘sacrifice’. We are no longer called to offer up blood sacrifices; Jesus’ death has taken care of all that for all time. Our sacrificial worship is twofold: to offer ourselves, our bodies and activities to the One who has paid such a price to redeem us; and to offer our praise & thanksgiving, our gratitude for the blessings poured out on us.
to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God –
this is your true and proper worship.
He who sacrifices thank-offerings honours Me,
and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise –
the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.
A 17th century monk said it well:
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