35 “Thus you should do to Aaron and to his sons, according to all that I have commanded you. Through seven days should you ordain them, 36 and every day normally, you should offer a bull as a sin offering for atonement. Also you should purify the altar, when you make atonement for it, and should anoint it to consecrate it. 37 Seven days you should make atonement for the altar and consecrate it, and the altar should be most holy. Whatever touches the altar should be holy. 38 “Now this is what you should offer on the altar: two rams a year old day by day regularly. 39 One ram you should offer in the morning, and the other lamb you should offer at twilight. 40 And with the first ram a tenth seah of fine flour mingled with a fourth of a hin of beaten oil, and a fourth of a hin of wine for a drink offering. 41 The other lamb you should offer at twilight, and should offer with it a grain offering and its drink offering, as in the morning, for a pleasing aroma, a food offering to the LORD. 42 It should be a regular burnt offering throughout your generations at the entrance of the tent of meeting before the LORD, where I will meet with you, to speak to you there. 43 There I will meet with the people of Israel, and it should be sanctified by my glory. 44 I will consecrate the tent of meeting and the altar. Aaron also and his sons I will consecrate to serve me as priests. 45 I will dwell among the people of Israel and will be their God. 46 And they should know that I am the LORD their God, who brought them out of the land of Egypt that I might dwell among them. I am the LORD their God.
I will meet with the people
The altar at the entrance to the tent of meeting was to be consecrated by the priest’s obedience, and it would be sanctified by the LORD’s presence. The LORD desired to dwell among his people, and be their God. But, moreover, he desired to regularly meet with his people, and speak his words to them. The sacrificial system was not the end; it was a means to an end – the regular meetings between Israel and their God.
Today, all of the sacrifices have been fulfilled in Christ. But our LORD still wants to regularly meet with his people, and share his word with us. No, I’m not talking about weekly worship, and neither was the LORD, when he gave these instructions through Moses. The altar was used every day. When Jesus instructed his disciples how to pray, he told them to pray for daily bread.
LORD, grant us the discipline to meet with you regularly, taking advantage of the grace through which you have offered free access into your presence.