The Altar of God is Very Low
‘And you shall not go up by steps to My altar, so that your nakedness will not be exposed on it.’ – [Exd 20:26 NASB]
Here we see the difference between God’s way and religion. Ancient pagan altars were built in high places. Modern religions build up requirements that you must strive to achieve.
God’s altar is very low.
The altar is a type of the cross and Christ, who was crucified on it. You do not need to walk up any stairs or achieve anything in order to reach the cross. The crucified Christ is within everyone’s reach.
We just need to offer up Christ as our offering, identifying ourselves with Him in His death and resurrection.
If there were stairs, our nakedness might be exposed. Our nakedness goes back to Garden of Eden, where Adam and Eve sinned. But, God killed an animal and clothed Adam and Eve with its skin. That animal was also a type of Christ, in His death, and as our Clothing.
The nakedness symbolizes our natural self, which was poisoned by sin, and can never please God. But, Christ took our old man on the cross with our sins. Thus, we no longer have to live by the old self because we have a new self, which is just Christ Himself.
God’s altar is within everyone’s reach. When we offer Christ as our sacrifice to God, we are clothed with Him. Praise God! We don’t need to strive to reach Him, for He has brought Himself low for us.