The nation of Israel approached God by way of the altar. There were different sacrifices offered at the altars unto God in seasons as was directed by Him. However, the altars Israel built in the North were not commanded by Him. The sacrifices offered on such altars only represented or expressed the people’s selfish ambitions and desires and not the will and glory of God.
For us today, our worship of the Lord must be based on the teachings of scripture and agree with the practices of the New Testament Church. Anything outside that amounts to false worship. False worship may sometimes appear beautiful to our senses and may entertain the flesh, but it is still sinful for it substitutes worldly ways of worship for a “perceived” true worship in the Spirit of God. Such is never acceptable unto God.
Jesus said to the Samaritan Woman, “Ye worship, ye know not what: But the hour cometh and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth”. – John 4: 22-24.
May we never build altars of Sin – Worship that expresses nothing but our selfish ambitions and desires.
May our worship and service to Him be an acceptable one in Jesus name.