#117

                                                                             (Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks)

In Exodus 29: 10-12, we read that a bullock was slain and its blood was applied to the horns of the Brazen Altar.  After the application of the blood the remainder was poured beside the bottom of the altar.  The Altar had roots, so to speak, or a foundation of blood.  There are four types of offense, directed at the LORD, that mankind exercises in his fallen state:  iniquity, transgression, sin, and trespass. Each one of these types fits with a horn on the Altar.  As the blood dripped off the end of the priest's finger and made its way toward the base of the horn; when it finally dropped to the bottom of the Altar, it cleansed the offense and deposited it into a pool at the bottom.  Thus, Israel's iniquities, transgressions, sins, and trespasses went into a no-form sea of blood.  This word "bottom" in verse 12 is a Hebrew word yaw-sad.  In English, it is tranlated "counsel".  

Please read Proverbs 15:22.  Counsel is the same word for bottom in Exodus 29:12.  Counsel can or can not be established.  It is possible to have counsel but it not come from the bottom of the Altar.  Disappointment comes when we counsel ourselves with advise not established in the bottom of the Altar.  In other words, counsel that doesn't come from the pool of blood after iniquity, transgression, sin, and trespass has been washed away.  Sweet counsel, unity, truth, comes when all offenses are in the no-form sea at the bottom of the Altar.  There is no true unity other than at the bottom of the Altar.  Desiring unity with the brethren is good and right but, it comes after spending time at the horns of the Altar.  Iniquity, transgression, sin, and trespass can be turned into sweet unity and counsel.  

Please read Psalm 55:12-14.  David is speaking of Ahithophel.  When David approached the house of God, being King, he was before everyone else.  Being out in front was natural and appropriate given his position.  But there was one man who was his equal, guide, aquaintance.  In 2 Samuel 15:12 we see that Ahithophel was David's counsellor.  Ahithophel walked with David shoulder to shoulder on their way to the house of God.  As they walked in tandem they enjoyed sweet counsel.  They were able to share and receive the deep revelations of the Word that came from the bottom of the Altar as they walked in unity.  Their counsel was established because it originated from repentance of iniquity, transgression, sin, and trespass.  2 Samuel 16:23 gives us another clue about the counsel of Ahithophel: "it was as if a man had enquired at the oracle of God: so was ALL the counsel of Ahithophel".  As long as Ahithophel and David regularly visited the Brazen Altar and made their wheel around the horns, the power of  the bullock blood cleansed their offenses as they disappeared into a sea of forgiveness.  Sweet counsel and unity with each other was the fruit of their repentance.