(Lesson 3 of 6)
Now that we have gone through the door (got saved) and made our sacrifice unto the Lord on the Brazen Altar (gave something up in order to grow closer to God). We are now ready for the next step in our journey to being in God’s presence. Keep in mind, that although the tabernacle is a place where they worshipped God in the Old Testament, it is also symbolic in how it can apply to our lives today. So, the next piece of furniture we will come across in the outer courts of the tabernacle is the Brazen Laver.
“And he made the laver of brass, and the foot of it of brass, of the lookingglasses of the women assembling, which assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.” – Exodus 27:1
Just like the door and the brazen altar, this laver was designed and used in way that we can still benefit from today! In the tabernacle, this was where you would clean yourself off after your sacrifice to God. Although we no longer offer physical sacrifices to God like they did in the Old Testament, the laver’s purpose remains the same today! Although you are saved at this point (entered through the door – Lesson 1), you still can’t experience the true power of God without using the laver to wash away the world in preparation to meet with God. For us, the laver is a perfect picture of God’s word and how we can benefit from it today!
1. It is a place of cleansing – The laver looks similar to a birdbath (comparison to help picture it during this lesson). The Bible says that the laver was made with “lookingglasses of women” (mirrors). These mirrors would line the bottom of the of the bowl that contained the water so that you could look through the water (the Bible is living water) and be able to see where we are dirty and defiled so that we can clean ourselves and get where we need to be. Just as we would look into a mirror today to clean mud off our face, Christians are to look into the Bible and it will show you the areas in your life that need to be cleaned up!
“Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.” – John 15:3
2. It was made of brass – In the Bible, brass represents divine judgement.
“And he made the laver of brass, and the foot of it of brass” – Exodus 27:1a
3. There is no size mentioned for the laver – When dimensions are given to an object, it gives the object limitations. You cannot limit God’s word!
4. It was anointed with oil – Oil in the Bible represent the Holy Spirit! This is a picture of the Holy Spirit being used in the inspiration of the Scriptures!
“And Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was therein, and sanctified them.” – Leviticus 8:10
Application – If you notice, the laver is inside of the tabernacle, which means that it is intended for God’s children (saved people). Once you have left the altar (Lesson 2), you need to make sure that you take the time to clean up your life so that you can get closer to God (God and sin are completely opposite of each other)! God doesn’t expect the lost world to start living right and lose their desire for sin… but He has provided a way for His children to start cleaning up their lives! We need to make sure that we allow time in our schedule to read our Bible daily! Too many Christians only hear God’s word at church a couple times each week. God has given and preserved His word so that we can use it to improve our Christian lives!
Do you desire to grow closer to God? Reading your Bible is a requirement for Christian growth… not just an option!
To be continued…
The next lesson will be about the Inner Court of the Tabernacle and how we can benefit from it today!