An altar is a meeting place between spirits and the living. Its a portal into the realm of the spirit. There are altars that honour God and those that honour the devil. In this verse the children of Israel are given instructions on how to construct the temporary altars in the desert. It is significant that they were for burnt offerings and peace offerings. What’s also significant is that God will make His name visible there by blessing the people. Later in the New Testament, an altar was no more just a physical structure, but also wherever two or three are gathered in the name of Jesus( Mat. 18:20 ). Mosy Madugba, a Nigerian minister, says that altars were focal points of worship for those desiring to obey God. So, raising and ministering on altars were prophetic responsibilities that priests were called to fulfill. Pastoral ministry today happens at altars. So altars are places for the conduct of communion, covenants and worship. Whenever you roll off your bed in the morning, and kneel to pray, you have just established an altar.( For more on this, read my book: The Dynamics of the Prayer Altar ). Its significant that this chapter concludes with the creation of altars. Conclude everyday and begin everyday with a visit to your altar. God is waiting for you.
An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee. Exodus 20:24 KJV