Have you been altar-altered? I was. In 1992 I came up off my knees and never looked back. After years of mud baths and prodigal living, and then a couple of years of playing church, Holy Spirit invaded my life and convicted me of several things and, as they say, the rest is history!
The Bible is full of altar alterations.
Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order, and he bound Isaac his (only) son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. Genesis 22.9
Then the account reads that Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But, wait, is that the bleating of a sheep in the brush and a voice speaking from the clouds?
“Abraham and Isaac, look up, your redemption draws nigh!”
They were radically altar-altered!
Then King (David) said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy (the threshing floor to build an altar) from you for a price; I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God with that which costs me nothing.” … And David built there an altar to the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the Lord heeded the prayers for the land, and the plague was withdrawn from Israel. 2 Samuel 24.24-25
David and all of Israel were immensely altar-altered!
Altars and sacrifice go together like milk and cookies – you cannot have one without the other. There are many accounts of unholy and pagan altars of sacrifice (King Jeroboam, King Ahab, King Ahaz and peoples such as Israelites and Athenians). Take some time and do a word search of “altar” and read the testimonies – some of them are pretty gruesome.
Then came Jesus! The sacrificial Lamb of God, slain on the altar of Calvary. His one-time sacrifice cost Him His earthly life and offers us eternal life!
THAT is the kind of altar-altered we can jump up and down about – have you experienced it?