In Judges 6:24 Gideon built an altar unto the Lord and called it Jehovah-Shalom, meaning the Lord is my peace, or serenity. Gideon was afraid, filled with fear, unbelief and doubt. Gideon spoke” If the Lord is with us then where are all of His miracles? Why then is all of this befallen us? But now the Lord has forsaken us.” The Lord looked upon him and said, “Go in this thy might and thou shalt save Israel from the hands of Midian. Have not I sent thee?”
At this altar Gideon learned that “If God is for us than who can be against us?” Gideon also learned about the ordination of God. “This is thy strength,” saith the Lord, “have not I sent thee, have not I given thee a charge, and not only this shall I not go with thee.” Not only was God sending him, but he was going with him. At this altar Gideon would learn there is peace in God.
The Lord said all that all that keep their minds on thee shall be kept in perfect peace. Beloved, at the altar of God we can get all that we need all of our provisions are met. In His presence there is peace of mind, joy unspeakable and full of glory! Whether it is Jehovah-Jireh (the Lord is our provider), Jehovah-Rapha (the Lord who heals), Jehovah-Raah (the Lord our shepherd), Jehovah-Tsidkinu (the Lord our righteousness) which we receive from being with the Lord and it frees us from guilt, shame and condemnation, or Jehovah-Shammah (the Lord is present). We all need this reality to stand firm!
In Genesis 17:15 Moses built an altar and called the name of it Jehovah-nissi or The Lord is our Banner! At this altar we find victory, strength, and the knowledge that we are more than conquerors through Christ who gives us the victory!
Israel was fighting Amalek at Rephidim. Moses stood upon the top of the mountain with Aaron and Hur while Joshua was in the valley fighting with the army of Israel against the forces of evil. Moses held up the rod of God with Aaron on each side of him helping him to hold up his hands during the battle. When his hands dropped down Amalek would begin to win. At this altar we see and image of Christ on the cross with two malefactors on either side of Him. Moses, Aron and Hur. As long as the cross is exalted we win the battle. Any time that it is not, we lose.
This is what is meant by Jehovah-nissi. Our banner, our flag, our rallying point. Our flesh is weak, but our spirit is willing. The battle is not ours, it is His. We are not fighting against flesh and blood, but against powers, principalities, the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against wickedness in high places. As the Lord said, “It is not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit saith he Lord.”
At this altar we find strength to stand and to withstand. At this altar we learn to take on the whole armor of God. At this altar we learn to be strong in the power of His might. At this altar we come to know that there is no weapon formed against us that shall prosper. That every conversation spoken against us the Lord shall condemn. That our righteousness if not of ourselves, but of God!
Moses said “This is the thing which the Lord commanded that you should do and the glory of the Lord shall appear unto you. Go to the altar!” (Lev. 9:6-7) If you want a visitation from the Lord go to the altar. The Lord said, “The place where I record my name there is where I will meet with you.” The altars were called by the name of the Lord. (Gen 22:14) And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-Jireh: as it is said to this day “In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.” This altar is called the Lord will provide!
And Issac spake unto Abraham, his father, and said, “My father.” His father said, “Here am I my son. Behold the fire and the wood.” Isaac responded, “But where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering.” So they went both of them together and they came to the place which God told them of. Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac, his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
As we take a deeper look into this altar we can see far into the future. We see God, so loving the world that one day He would give His only begotten Son as a sacrifice for us all. One day it would be Christ that would be bound to the wood of an old rugged cross. This altar speaks of provision. All of our needs are met. Propitiation. All of our sins are covered with His blood. Yes, the altar is the place where God’s glory would be revealed. This is the altar you come to for all of your needs to be met!