Holy Tent (3)

The first piece of furniture in the courtyard was the altar for burnt offerings. It was made from acacia wood and covered with bronze. It was 7.5 feet by 4.5 feet, and it was the most-used furnishing in the Holy Tent. The priests used this altar every day to offer sacrifices to God.
God wanted to be near the Israelites. But first, the people had to have their sins forgiven. So God required the Israelites to bring animals to be sacrificed on the altar for burnt offerings. Only a perfect animal was good enough to be sacrificed here. God accepted the sacrifice of animals as a way to forgive the sins of the people.
When Jesus died on the cross, His sacrifice covered all sins — past, present and future. After that time, no animal sacrifices were needed. Jesus is our perfect sacrifice. When we follow and obey Him, His blood forgives our sins and brings us close to God.