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An Altar of Natural, Uncut Stones

God said to Israel, “If you use stones to build my altar, use only natural, uncut stones. Do not shape the stones with a tool, for that would make the altar unfit for holy use.” (‭‭Exodus‬ ‭20:25‬)

God had just led Israel out of Egypt and to establish them a holy nation under Him. To protect them from spiritual and moral deprivation of the world, God instructed them to worship and honor Him as their God and leader who could protect them and provide for them. The first thing God wanted them to do was to build an uncut stone altar to offer their sacrifice to Him as to a way to have communion with Him

Why use an altar of natural, uncut stones? Because God did not want His people to worship idols as the  pagan who made altar with hewn stone and images carved with tools.

Since Israel had  just left Egypt, the land of idolatry; they did not have the Bible to teach them how to worship God. To  prevent idolatry and pagan practice from seeping in their worship, God spoke to Moses to tell Israel to build an altar of  natural, uncut stones to offer their sacrifice to Him as their way of communion with God.

God is the creator of artistic creativity; He endows us with artistic creativity; however, He forbids us to express our artistic creativity in making idols and images.

An altar of natural, uncut stone represents our natural spiritual honesty, purity in unity and undivided attention in offering ourselves to God, without hiding our weakness, faults, shame and defeat.

“You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but He was chosen by God for great honor. And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. ” (1 Peter 2: 4-5)

We are the natural, uncut living stones. Our even edges, cracks and  faults may easily provoke each other, but we are unified in the spirit of God: forgive, support and build up each other to grow in harmony. And since we are also God’s holy priests; it is our duty to offer sacrifice and intercede for the people so that they will have God’s mercy and allow the Holy spirit to lead them to repentance.

Dear friends, it your eyes cannot see the immense magnificent night sky, then let me tell you the countless stars of God twinkle above. The writer accepted the Lord since 1996. She likes to paint, read, design, travels, and gardening. Most of all, she enjoys observing God's creation.
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