Why was it good for Noah and the patriarchs (before the Tabernacle), and for judges, David, and Elijah (after the Tabernacle or Temple) to build altars to God (often on high places) when Israel was condemned continually for sacrificing at the high places?
- In Genesis 8:20 Noah built an altar to God and sacrificed animals on it. God was pleased.
- In Judges 6:24, Gideon built an altar to the Lord in Ophrah.
- In 1 Samuel 9:13, Samuel blessed a sacrifice at a "high place."
- In 1 Chronicles 21:26, David built an altar and sacrificed to the Lord at the site of Araunah's threshing floor.
However, in Leviticus 17:3-5, Moses commanded that all sacrifices were to be done at the tabernacle of God. Plus, in the Kings and Chronicles, Israel is often condemned for sacrificing on the high places.
Why was it sometimes okay to sacrifice to God at one's own high place, but generally wrong to do so?