The Patriarchs Built Altars and Offered Sacrifices of Animals

 Adam

“Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them” (Genesis 3:21).

Noah

Noah’s first act after exiting the ark was to build an altar and offer sacrifices and shedding of blood of animals:
“Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar” (Genesis 8:20).

Abraham

God made a covenant with Abraham, promising him that he would be the father of a great nation (Genesis 17). God tested Abraham’s faith by commanding him to offer his only son Isaac (Genesis 22).
Abraham built an altar, took wood for the burnt offering, and began to offer his son as a sacrifice, a type and foreshadowing of God’s sacrifice of His only Son:

So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!”
And he said, “Here I am, my son.”
Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”
And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.
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 son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!”
So he said, “Here I am.”
And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided” (Genesis 22:6-14)

Isaac

God appeared to Isaac and told him that He would bless him and multiply his descendants:
And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham’s sake.” So he built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord, and he pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well (Genesis 26:24-25).

Jacob

After Jacob came to the city of Shechem, in Canaan, and after he built his dwelling place, he built an altar:

Then Jacob came safely to the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padan Aram; and he pitched his tent before the city. 19 And he bought the parcel of land, where he had pitched his tent, from the children of Hamor, Shechem’s father, for one hundred pieces of money. 20 Then he erected an altar there and called it El Elohe Israel (Genesis 33:18-20).

Later, after God appeared to Jacob, he built an altar:
And he [Jacob] built an altar there and called the place El Bethel, because there God appeared to him when he fled from the face of his brother (Genesis 35:7).

Moses

So Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all the judgments. And all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words which the Lord has said we will do.”
Exodus 24 contains truly glorious revelations as well as one of God’s glorious visitations with man.
After Moses and a group went up to the mountain as God told them to do, Moses told the people the Lord’s words and judgments and wrote the words of the Lord. The next day, Moses built an altar:

So Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all the judgments. And all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words which the Lord has said we will do.” And Moses wrote all the words of the Lord. And he rose early in the morning, and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars according to the twelve tribes of Israel. Then he sent young men of the children of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the Lord. And Moses took half the blood and put it in basins, and half the blood he sprinkled on the altar. Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the Lord has said we will do, and be obedient.” And Moses took the blood, sprinkled it on the people, and said, “This is the blood of the

covenant which the Lord has made with you according to all these words” (Exodus 24:3-8)

David

And David built there an altar to the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called on the Lord; and He answered him from heaven by fire on the altar of burnt offering (1 Chronicles 21:26).

 

 

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The Patriarchs Built Altars and Offered Sacrifices
of Animals

 

Adam

“Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them” (Genesis 3:21).

Noah

Noah’s first act after exiting the ark was to build an altar and offer sacrifices and shedding of blood of animals:
“Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar” (Genesis 8:20).

Abraham

God made a covenant with Abraham, promising him that he would be the father of a great nation (Genesis 17). God tested Abraham’s faith by commanding him to offer his only son Isaac (Genesis 22).
Abraham built an altar, took wood for the burnt offering, and began to offer his son as a sacrifice, a type and foreshadowing of God’s sacrifice of His only Son:

So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!”
And he said, “Here I am, my son.”
Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”
And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.
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 son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!”
So he said, “Here I am.”
And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided” (Genesis 22:6-14)

Isaac

God appeared to Isaac and told him that He would bless him and multiply his descendants:
And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham’s sake.” So he built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord, and he pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well (Genesis 26:24-25).

Jacob

After Jacob came to the city of Shechem, in Canaan, and after he built his dwelling place, he built an altar:

Then Jacob came safely to the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padan Aram; and he pitched his tent before the city. 19 And he bought the parcel of land, where he had pitched his tent, from the children of Hamor, Shechem’s father, for one hundred pieces of money. 20 Then he erected an altar there and called it El Elohe Israel (Genesis 33:18-20).

Later, after God appeared to Jacob, he built an altar:
And he [Jacob] built an altar there and called the place El Bethel, because there God appeared to him when he fled from the face of his brother (Genesis 35:7).

Moses

So Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all the judgments. And all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words which the Lord has said we will do.”
Exodus 24 contains truly glorious revelations as well as one of God’s glorious visitations with man.
After Moses and a group went up to the mountain as God told them to do, Moses told the people the Lord’s words and judgments and wrote the words of the Lord. The next day, Moses built an altar:

So Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all the judgments. And all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words which the Lord has said we will do.” And Moses wrote all the words of the Lord. And he rose early in the morning, and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars according to the twelve tribes of Israel. Then he sent young men of the children of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the Lord. And Moses took half the blood and put it in basins, and half the blood he sprinkled on the altar. Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the Lord has said we will do, and be obedient.” And Moses took the blood, sprinkled it on the people, and said, “This is the blood of the

covenant which the Lord has made with you according to all these words” (Exodus 24:3-8)

David

And David built there an altar to the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called on the Lord; and He answered him from heaven by fire on the altar of burnt offering (1 Chronicles 21:26).