The first place you come to, before you can travel any further into the outer court, is the Altar… This is a lot like the Christian life… we can go to Church all of our lives, or read the Bible from cover to cover, but until we go to the Altar, where Christ gave His life, until we confess our sins and Receive His Sacrifice and forgiveness, believing in our heart that He died for us and that He was raised from the dead… we can’t go very far into Salvation or Faith…
The Brazen Altar is where the sacrifices were made… the people brought their animal sacrifice, laid their hands on the animals head and confessed their sins... then the animal was slaughtered… but remember, these people visiting the Tabernacle had to come back again and again to make sacrifices, year after year, but Jesus was the perfect sacrifice, once and for all… Hebrews 10:10 says, "... we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all."
Jesus was the perfect Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of this world…. John the Baptist says, in John 1:29, “Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.”
We no longer have to make animal sacrifices, and we no longer confess our sins while holding the head of an animal… Instead we confess them, through humbleness and prayer, directly to God... I John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
The scripture says that Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law... and that "we were not redeemed by corruptible things, as silver and gold... but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot..." I Peter 1:18
When you talk about “blood” some people get squeamish… but listen…. Blood is AWESOME… it flows through your body carrying oxygen and nutrients… it carries LIFE through your body.
God is a Spirit... And as it says in Genesis, we were created in the image of God... So the real us is spirit... We just live in these bodies, they are our earth suits... and just as our physical blood carries life to our bodies, the shed blood of Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God, the Son of the Spiritual Father, HIS blood brings LIFE to our spirit being... it brings eternal life to us…
And Blood also carries away impurities, it cleanses our bodies, just as the Blood of Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God, cleanses our spirit from sin.... (and this idea had to come from God, because this was spoken and written thousands of years before man knew, medically, about blood circulation.)
The Lord started the first fire in the Altar, but after that, the Priests had to keep the fire going... that sounds like our Christian life, doesn't it? Work out your salvation with fear and trembling... He Who Endures to the End will be Saved….