Then tidings came to Joab: for Joab had turned after Adonijah, though he turned not after Absalom. And Joab fled unto the tabernacle of the LORD, and caught hold on the horns of the altar. And it was told king Solomon that Joab was fled unto the tabernacle of the LORD; and, behold, he is by the altar. Then Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, Go, fall upon him. And Benaiah came to the tabernacle of the LORD, and said unto him, Thus saith the king, Come forth. And he said, Nay; but I will die here. And Benaiah brought the king word again, saying, Thus said Joab, and thus he answered me. And the king said unto him, Do as he hath said, and fall upon him, and bury him; that thou mayest take away the innocent blood, which Joab shed, from me, and from the house of my father.
(1 Kings 2:28-31)
Today’s Morsel: In scripture, the altar has always been associated with a place of sacrifice and death. And even today in the church, we see it as a place of prayer, re-commitment to God, a place to leave our burdens, and even a place that we can come and die to our sins. The altar is a good place to get direction for your life. When Solomon sent Banaiah to kill Joab, Joab when into the tabernacle and took hold of the horns of the altar and said, I will die here. And when it was told Solomon what he said, Solomon said, then let him die there. What a great place to die from the sins of the world, or to die to the things that have you shackled, things that torment you , have you ensnared, and things that you feel have you trapped. It’s at the altar that life can turn around for you. What better place to die to sin than at the altar of the Lord.
Sing: At the cross, at the cross, where I first saw the light, and the burden of my heart rolled away, it was there by faith I received my sight, and now I am happy all the day!
Thought For Today: What better place to die to sin than at the altar of the Lord?