The Altar

Part of the tabernacle was the altar. The Lord said, “You shall make an altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits wide–the altar shall be square–and its height shall be three cubits” (Exodus 27:1).
Remember a cubit was at least 18 inches. Therefore, multiple those figures by 1.5. The altar was at least 7.5 feet long and 7.5 feet wide and 4.5 feet high.
Why did the Lord want them to use acacia wood? If we studied the acacia tree, we might discover something that would help us answer that question. However, I suspect that if we studied any kind of tree, we would discover good reasons why He may have chosen another kind of tree. Perhaps the acacia was readily available. Then again another kind of tree may have been in abundance in that area.
Is it possible that was what He wanted. Why do you choose the things you choose? If you had a choice between oak or black walnut living room furniture, which would you choose? Why did you make that choice? You might give both practical and aesthetic answers. You might just say you like the wood you chose.
Can God be that way? I hear many people question God’s choices. However, does He not have the right, even more than we do, to make choices simply because that was what He wanted?

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