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Daily manna from the Torah by Dr Ketriel Blad

Trumah 19-6


Exodus 27:1-8

"Build an altar of acacia wood, three cubits high; it is to be square, five cubits long and five cubits wide." 

Ex. 27:1 NIV

 What does the altar symbolize?

The altar is a place of encounter between the Eternal and men. On the altar something valuable is sacrificed for the Eternal. If the body of a righteous person corresponds to the court of the tabernacle, then, what does the altar symbolize? The altar symbolizes the surrender of all the parts of our bodies to full service to the Eternal. Your body was created to serve Him 24/7.

Paul expressed it like this, in Romans 6:12-13 y 12:1-2: "Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness... Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will." (NIV)

The altar also represents our prayer life. There are two altars in the tabernacle; one on the court, which represents prayer life in the body and another one in the sacred place, which represents prayer life in the soul. The one who surrenders his tongue to pray in unknown languages supernaturally by the Spirit of the Eternal, what is commonly known as "speaking in tongues", is offering sacrifices on the altar of the court of his body. The one who prays with understanding his own words or with a prayer book is offering sacrifices on the altar of gold in the sacred place of his soul.

Both kinds of prayer are necessary for the good functioning of our service to the Eternal, as it is written in 1 Corinthians 14:15: "So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind." (NIV)

Dear disciple of the Messiah, let the Eternal fill you with His Spirit and speak in tongues by the Spirit every day. In that way you'll be strengthened in your inner man and your spirit will get strength to take control over your life, so you will have power over the yetser harah, that is, the evil inclination. 

Chazak uvaruch be strong and blessed,


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