Not Made With Hands

One might wonder what was the problem with using stones that were shaped with tools; but in fact, this verse says the alter stones made by man’s hands were a defilement (made them filthy and unfit for use). Natural stones—void of man’s effort—were made by God, and thus, acceptable for the purpose of worship.

This brings to mind the biblical view about circumcision: The circumcision made of the flesh by man’s hands described in Genesis 17 was to be a sign of the covenant made between Abraham and his descendants; however, in the New Testament, the true circumcision is now described as a supernatural occurrence by the Holy Spirit that takes place in the hearts of believers. This circumcision is not made by man’s hands, but by the Spirit and is therefore acceptable and undefiled:


Finally, we read in Acts 17: 24 that God does not dwell in temples made with hands (by men); but instead, true believers are the temple of God, where the Holy Spirit dwells (1 Corinthians 3: 16). The point is, it is not the works of mere human beings that can change the hearts of men and make their service and worship genuine and pleasing to the Lord, but the supernatural work of Jesus through His Holy Spirit.