Leviticus 8:15 KJV
And he slew it; and Moses took the blood, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about with his finger, and purified the altar, and poured the blood at the bottom of the altar, and sanctified it, to make reconciliation upon it.
So far as I know I have no reason to doubt that this is the very altar where
Adonijah found mercy; 1 Kings 1:50-51
And Adonijah feared because of Solomon, and arose, and went, and caught hold on the horns of the altar.
And it was told Solomon, saying, Behold, Adonijah feareth king Solomon: for, lo, he hath caught hold on the horns of the altar, saying, Let king Solomon swear unto me to day that he will not slay his servant with the sword.
And Joab was slain; 1 Kings 2:28-31
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.
Oh, if Moses could have looked forward!
What events would take place near the horns of this altar! The future of Israel, her kings and her heritage were wrapped in the sacrifices offered right here.
If only Adonijah and Joab had considered the:
· construction and
of the altar they may have never placed themselves in position of such desperation. This was s symbol of the reconciliation of man to God through the sacrifice of Jesus. When real reconciliation to God happens then change in life happens.