22 And the Lord said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.
23 Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.
24 An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.
25 And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.
26 Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.
K.J.V. Bible Text
In Exodus 20 vs. 22, when Moses was on the mount talking with the Lord, the Lord told him to tell the people that they had seen the Lord talking to him from heaven. He then begins to lay out the basic foundation of the law by which he expected the children of Israel to live.
He told them not to make gods of silver or gold. He told them to make altars where they were to sacrifice to him with burnt offerings. Those altars, He specified, were not to be reached by steps, because he did not wish the nakedness of the people to be displayed. (My assumption is that people of the day were wearing garments that were either robes or short toga like garments and that when they walked up a stairway others could see beneath the garment, which would bring indecency to the altar of God. If there are any Bible Scholars that believe or know this is incorrect, please leave a comment and set me straight.)
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