Yesterday’s post was “PRAYER – THE TABERNACLE, PART 3” and it was about the Brazen or Bronze Altar. The Altar was the first thing you saw as you walked through the Gate at the entrance of the Outer Court of the Tabernacle. This was the first place you had to go to offer your sacrifices. The video I include in yesterday’s post was very good in that it explained the process quite well. It is a video of Dr. Terry Harman and he is teaching a group of people about the entire process of the Tabernacle worship and sacrifice. If you did not view the video, I encourage you to do so.
Here is a quote from the website BibleHistory.com.
“The word “laver” means a bath or wash basin containing water for the purpose of washing. The Jewish priests were commanded to continually wash their hands and feet during tabernacle service.”
Let’s begin with the scripture.
17 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 18 “You shall also make a laver of bronze, with its base also of bronze, for washing. You shall put it between the tabernacle of meeting and the altar. And you shall put water in it, 19 for Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet in water from it. 20 When they go into the tabernacle of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister, to burn an offering made by fire to the Lord, they shall wash with water, lest they die. 21 So they shall wash their hands and their feet, lest they die. And it shall be a statute forever to them—to him and his descendants throughout their generations.”
I would say that this step in the process is quite important for the priests. “…they shall wash with water, lest they die. 21 So they shall wash their hands and their feet, lest they die.” Emphasis mine. This was a continual thing for the priests. The sacrificing was a continual thing so was the washing. The priests would begin with washing of the hands and then the sacrifices continually and they would return to the laver to wash before going into the Holy Place. The priests would enter the Holy Place regularly but the Holy of Holies was to be entered only once a year. That is another post, though, and I won’t go there right now. Here is another quote from BibleHistory.com.
“Certainly the hands of the priests would immediately get dirty after washing and then ministering at the altar. And so also their feet (since they were barefoot) would immediately get dirty the moment they touched the ground after washing (since there was no carpeting). Then what was the significance of just the feet and hands being washed?
The hands speak of what they did, their service, their work, everything they put their hands to was important and so their hands needed to be cleansed always, and daily. The initial cleansing was done only once, the daily cleansing was done continuously. (if you click on the picture above it will enlarge in separate window.)
The feet represented where they went, their lives and ways. Their walk had to be a holy walk, so their feet were washed always, everyday.”
And as far as the symbolism goes, the same website said it best…
“As the altar points to the death of Jesus, so the laver points to the life of Jesus. Blood speaks of a life taken and water speaks of life given. The water in the laver speaks of Jesus, the living Word of God that enters us and gives us eternal life. Jesus said that we are clean because of His Word and that the knowledge of God that comes through His Word is eternal life…”
I know you remember the story about the Woman At the Well. Jesus was there when she came to draw water and He told her about “Living Water”. Here is the scripture.
13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
Water is symbolic of life and Jesus certainly offers that. Have you received this Living Water? If you have not and want to know more about this Living Water, click on this link. It will take you to the website Bible.org and The Simple Plan of Salvation. This will help you understand what it means to be a Christ follower and help you receive the Living Water that I mentioned earlier. God loves you so much and is waiting to hear you call out to Him.
I am going to wrap this post up and I look forward to telling you about the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies next. Thanks for joining me on this journey. Remember, God Loves You and He calls you His beloved.
The Song – God So Loved The World – Charles Billingsley