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Summary: In a continuing series about the different furnishings of the wilderness tabernacle; we now come to the bronze laver. This sermon looks at its use in the day of Moses, and what it means metaphorically for us today.

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Introduction

The Tabernacle was a beautiful place...

many of the furnishings adorned with gold...some with bronze...

The beautiful colorful fabrics...

I’m sure it must have been a sight to behold...

however, the beauty of the tabernacle is not found in the precious metals or the colorful fabrics...

The beauty of the tabernacle is because it was the place where the presence of God dwelt...

The Children of Israel KNEW that God was with them...

that He was in their midst...

And that is what the tabernacle signified...

For us...

we no longer have the tabernacle...

although we have our church buildings which might bear some rudimentary resemblance to the tabernacle...and later the temple...

But we have something even better...

we can enjoy the presence of God dwelling within US!!

We are God’s tabernacle...

Like the song says, “Lord, prepare ME to be a sanctuary...

I’ll be a living sanctuary for You”1

The tabernacle stands as a model...

a portrait...

or a picture...

we look at the tabernacle...

and in it, we see the deep meaning for us even today.

Last, week, we entered the outer court of the tabernacle...

and stopped at the altar of sacrifice...

the altar of sacrifice was where the people would bring an animal to sacrifice...

the people realized that sin had a very steep price...

the shedding of blood and the death of the animal...

And that animal that they brought became the substitute for their sin...

Jesus Christ stepped in and became the ultimate sacrifice...

He was the substitute once and for all for OUR sin...

He was pure and holy, “without spot or blemish” to use the terminology of the Old Testament reserved for the lamb or goat that would be sacrificed...

And now, the next item of furniture that we come to is the bronze laver...

or wash basin.

Read Text: Exodus 30:17-21

The Use of the Bronze Laver2

The Bronze Laver was used for Purification before and during and after the use of the altar.

Of all the furniture that God told Moses they should make...

there were no specifications for the wash basin.

It would likely have been a good size since it would have been used quite a lot...

Some commentators indicate that it might have been fed by some water source...

allowing it to be filled and emptied...

If not, the water would have to be changed frequently throughout the day...

Before the priest would sacrifice the animal that a family had brought...

he would cleanse himself in the wash basin...

After the sacrifice...which, as you might imagine, would have been dirty work...

He would clean again...

He would definitely clean himself before entering the Holy Place or The Most Holy Place.

Also, the brass basin would be used to clean the inner parts of the sacrificial animal...

The symbolism here shows us that we need to be more than just clean on the outside...

we need to be cleansed and holy on the inside as well.

The bronze basin was used as part of the Ordination into Priesthood

When a man would have been ordained into the priesthood...

he would be cleaned in the laver as a means of ordination...(Exodus 29:4)


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