“We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat. For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp.”
The altar symbolizes the place where the atoning sacrifice for sin was made. There is a similarity to the two offerings; both take place outside the camp. But there is a big difference in the outcome of the sacrifice. The better sacrifice, the death of Jesus on the cross brings holiness and an end to sacrifices.
The idea of eating is also being used in a symbolic way, denoting that those who still serve an earthly altar cannot partake of the grace of Jesus. Christians, on the other hand, have access to the goodness of Christ and can partake of His holiness. While those Hebrew priests could eat of the offerings, they made it only took care of physical hunger. Christians can eat of Christ, told to eat of Christ because it satisfies spiritual hunger.
Task for Today: Why would anyone desire going back to the old animal sacrifices which at best had so little to offer? Today is the right day to go to the altar of Jesus and partake of Him. He will fill your soul and cleanse your heart. Come to Jesus today!