The brazen altar was placed in the outer court of the tabernacle. As we enter into the opening of the tabernacle, called the way, this would be the first piece of furniture that we would behold. The brass would speak to us of judgment. As we move forward we understand that the layout of the furniture in the tabernacle was in the shape of a cross.
In Genesis 17:15 Moses built an altar and called the name of it Jehovah-nissi or The Lord is our Banner! At this altar we find victory, strength, and the knowledge that we are more than conquerors through Christ who gives us the victory! Israel was fighting Amalek at Rephidim. Moses stood upon the top of the mountain with Aaron and Hur while Joshua was in the valley fighting with the army of Israel against the forces of evil.
And the children of Israel journeyed from Ramases to Succoth about six-hundred thousand on foot that were men not counting the women, children, or the mixed multitude. There were flocks, herds and a vast amount of cattle. They went with shoes on their feet and staffs in their hands. They had jewels of silver and gold and very fine raiment …
Then the Angel of the Lord went forth between the camp of Israel and the Egyptians. It was darkness for the Egyptians and light for Israel. Thus Israel moved forward into the midst of the sea. The waters were walled up on each side. The Egyptians pursued them even unto the midst of the sea