2015 WT Message Six


Crystallization-Study of Exodus (3)

Message Six

The Altar of Burnt Offering

Opening Word of the Prophesying Meeting

Readingthe verses in each day.

Reading the main points in the outlines.

Pray-reading the verses:

And you shall make the altar of acacia wood, a length of five cubits and a width of five cubits; the altar shall be square; and three cubits, its height. And you shall make its horns upon its four corners; its horns shall be of one piece with it, and you shall overlay it with bronze — Exo. 27:1~2.

And you shall make a grating, a network of bronze for it; and on the net you shall make four bronze rings at its four ends — Exo. 27:4.

We have an altar from which they who are serving the tabernacle have no right to eat — Heb. 13:10.

Word of Appetizer

With the altar of burnt offering, what can we have a picture of the entire New Testament?The picture of the altar portrays the redeeming Christ, the all-inclusive Spirit, and the church.

According to the New Testament, in this Spirit, the church, the Body, bears Christ and His cross.

Spiritual Burden

” With the altar of burnt offering, we have a picture of the entire New Testament—the redeeming Christ, the Spirit, and the church; the Body of Christ bears the testimony of Jesus throughout the earth by the all-inclusive Spirit; this is the revelation of the New Testament.”

Concluding Word of the Prophesying Meeting

The Revelation of the Truth

The two altars—the altar of burnt offering and the golden incense altar—are for the carrying out of God’s economy.

The altar of burnt offering was made of acacia wood overlaid with bronze.

The grating is the most important part of the altar, for it depicts the mystery of Christ’s redemption. The four rings of bronze at the four ends of the grating typify the eternal Spirit.

The poles upon the two sides of the altar signify the move of the cross by the coordination of the believers as a testimony.

With the altar of burnt offering, we have a picture of the entire New Testament—the redeeming Christ, the Spirit, and the church.

The Experience of Life

In His economy God gives us one person—Christ—and one way—the cross; the acacia wood overlaid with bronze signifies that Christ became a man to die on the cross to bear the judgment of God for us; God’s judgment upon Christ as our Substitute was not merely outward but reached the inward parts of Christ.

Practice and Application

If we are living persons preaching the cross by bearing a testimony in coordination, we will be qualified to carry the altar in its journey on earth; the Body of Christ bears the testimony of Jesus throughout the earth by the all-inclusive Spirit.

Using Key Verses to Have a Bird’s-Eye View over the Whole Outlines

Key Verses (1)

We have an altar from which they who are serving the tabernacle have no right to eat—Heb. 13:10.

And you shall make the altar of acacia wood, a length of five cubits and a width of five cubits; the altar shall be square; and three cubits, its height. And you shall make its horns upon its four corners; its horns shall be of one piece with it, and you shall overlay it with bronze—Exo. 27:1~2.

The Two Altars, the Altar of Burnt Offering, Acacia Wood Overlaid with Bronze.

I. The two altars—the altar of burnt offering and the golden incense altar—are for the carrying out of God’s economy—the altar of burnt offering is related to God’s judicial redemption; the golden altar of incense is related to God’s organic salvation

II. The altar of burnt offering typifies the cross of Christ; the cross is the center of God’s operation in His economy

III. The altar of burnt offering was made of acacia wood overlaid with bronze; the acacia wood overlaid with bronze signifies that Christ became a man to die on the cross to bear the judgment of God for us.

Key Verses (2)

And you shall make a grating, a network of bronze for it; and on the net you shall make four bronze rings at its four ends—Exo. 27:4

The Bronze Grating, the Rings of Bronze

IV. The grating is the most important part of the altar, for it depicts the mystery of Christ’s redemption:

The grating signifies Christ the Redeemer in His redemptive work.

That the grating was within the altar . signifies that God’s judgment (bronze) upon Christ as our Substitute was not merely outward but reached the inward parts of Christ.

V. The four rings of bronze. at the four ends of the grating typify the eternal Spirit.

The all-inclusive Christ died an all-inclusive death through the eternal Spirit .

The rings forming one piece with the grating indicates that the redeeming Christ issues in the Spirit.

Key Verses (3)

And you shall make poles. for the altar, poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with bronze. And its poles shall be put . into the rings., and the poles shall be on the two sides of the altar whenit is carried.—Exo. 27:6~7.

The Poles upon the Two Sides of the Altar, a Picture of the Altar of Burnt Offering

VI. The poles upon the two sides of the altar signify the move of the cross by the coordination of the believers as a testimony.

VII. With the altar of burnt offering, we have a picture of the entire New Testament—the redeeming Christ, the Spirit, and the church The Body of Christ carries the redeeming Christ throughout the earth by the all-inclusive Spirit .

Prophesying Topics—Twelve Topics per Week

D1
T1 The two altars are for the carrying out of God’s economy (Exo. 27:1-8; 30: 1-10; Outline I)

(Please try to narrate that the two altars—the altar of burnt offering and the golden incense altar—are for the carrying out of God’s economy.)

T2 The two altars are related to God’s complete salvation (Rom. 5:10; Outline I, B)

(Please use the book of Romans to explain that the two altars are related to God’s complete salvation.)

D2
T1 The cross is the center of God’s operation in His economy (Exo. 40:29; Heb. 13:10, Outline II)

(How does the altar of burnt offering signify the cross of Christ as the center of God’s operation in His economy?)

T2 All spiritual experience begins from the cross (1 Cor. 2:2)

(Please narrate that all your spiritual experiences begin from the cross.)

D3
T1 The spiritual significance of the altar of burnt offering overlaid with bronze (Exo. 27:1-2)

(Please explain the spiritual significances of the Ark overlaid with gold and the altar of burnt offering overlaid with bronze.)

T2 (What should be our knowledge and attitude concerning that in His economy God gives us one person—Christ—and one way—the cross?)

D4
T1 The significance that the bronze grating signifies (Exo.27:4 and footnote 1; Psa. 22:14)

(Please narrate how the bronze grating depicts the mystery of Christ’s redemption.)

T2 The saving element is not in the cross as a thing but in a person, in the One who was crucified for us (Gal. 2:20)

(Please narrate your knowledge and experience of this word: “The saving element is not in the cross as a thing but in a person, in the One who was crucified for us”)

D5
T1 The efficacy of Christ’s redemption depends upon the eternal Spirit (Heb. 9:12, 14)

(As what the four rings of bronze at the four ends of the grating typify, please explain that the efficacy of Christ’s redemption depends upon the eternal Spirit)

T2 Using the Spirit to make Christ’s redemption efficacious (Heb. 9:14)

(How should we exercise to make Christ’s redemption effective as we preach the gospel?)

D6
T1 The contents of the altar of burnt offering reveal the entire New Testament (John 1:29; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 12:12-13; 2 Cor. 4:5, 7; Outline VII)

(How do the contents of the altar of burnt offering—the grating, rings, poles reveal the entire New Testament—redeeming Christ, the Spirit, and the church?)

T2 Applying the principle of “its poles shall be put into the rings” (Exo. 27:6-7)

(How can we apply the principle of “its poles shall be put into the rings” that we may have a proper experience as we preach the redeeming Christ?)

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