There was a chamber and its entrance by the gateposts of the gateway, where they washed the burnt offering. 39 In the vestibule of the gateway were two tables on this side and two tables on that side, on which to slay the burnt offering, the sin offering, and the trespass offering. 40 At the outer side of the vestibule, as one goes up to the entrance of the northern gateway, were two tables; and on the other side of the vestibule of the gateway were two tables. 41 Four tables were on this side and four tables on that side, by the side of the gateway, eight tables on which they slaughtered the sacrifices. 42 There were also four tables of hewn stone for the burnt offering, one cubit and a half long, one cubit and a half wide, and one cubit high; on these they laid the instruments with which they slaughtered the burnt offering and the sacrifice. 43 Inside were hooks, a handbreadth wide, fastened all around; and the flesh of the sacrifices was on the tables.
There is nothing pretty about sacrifice. Many turn from pictures like this and wish to only focus on the good; but this is an integral part of the whole of the nature of God and the sin condition of His creation. And so we can conclude there is nothing pretty about sin for which these sacrifices were required. A parallel picture comes to mind. There is nothing pretty about the slaughter of the unborn. And we can also say this occurs as a result of sin. Worship of self over God’s laws is paramount. There is nothing pretty about the sacrifice of Christ, which occurred as a result of sin to pay for all sin for all time. The blessed part of this picture is the salvation that comes from the sacrifice. Can we truly sense the horror of it and the mercy and love that drove it? Ho much does God love a sinful creation? Enough to die a horrible death for it.