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THE LAVER (Part 1 of 2)
"The LORD spoke to Moses saying— Make a laver of copper and a stand of copper for it, for washing; and place it between the Tent of Meeting and the altar. Put water in it." [Exodus (Shemot) 30. 17 - 18 Tanakh, Torah]
This article of furniture, the Laver, is mentioned in connection with another, the Altar of Incense. [Exodus/Shemot 30. 1] However, not one without the other. The Laver is for cleansing, it must be appropriated before the Golden Altar of Prayer & Praise can be approached. The priests must be clean before there could be any Fragrance of Worship to OMNIPOTENT HOLY GOD.
The copper of the Laver was obtained from the Jewish women who donated their looking-glasses to the service of the LORD MOST HIGH. They were willing to give up their prized possession which they had taken for a spoil from the Egyptians before they left the land of bondage. These looking-glasses revealed to them their natural beauty. How they delighted to see their reflection in these highly polished copper mirrors!
Copper is a symbol of judgment for sin; they judged their outward appearance here. Yet, they gave up that outward judging for the spiritual judging when they turned over these mirrors for the work of the Tabernacle. Now, they were used in the construction of the Laver for the washing of the priests. In other words, they gave up the desire for natural beauty, the outward adorning, in preference for that beauty which comes from within. [1 Peter 3. 3-5] Man's mirror shows and judges spots on the outward appearance, but GOD'S Mirror reveals and judges the blemishes of the heart.
The looking glasses of Egypt tell us of the intense desire of mankind to appear beautiful outwardly to impress others and attract attention to self. But, this is all changed when redemption is applied to the soul. Then, the primary, highest and most important desire is the adorning of the inner-man and the beauty of the LORD OF HOSTS to shine forth from the life which will attract the attention of on-lookers to HIM WHO is altogether lovely.
Twice in the NEW COVENANT the Laver is referred to for a spiritual washing or cleansing. Paul speaks of the LORD JESUS having cleansed the Church "by the Laver of water by the WORD." [Ephesians 5. 26] Then again of ALMIGHTY GOD having "saved us through the Laver of regeneration and renewing of the HOLY SPIRIT." [Titus 3. 5] We are born-anew (regenerated) by the INCORRUPTIBLE SEED, the WORD OF GOD (the LAVER) through the power of the HOLY SPIRIT (the WATER in the LAVER).
The Copper Altar of sacrifice has already been built and is for the Sinner. The Laver is for the Saint. We meet the SOVEREIGN LORD GOD first at the Cross and are cleansed by the blood of the LAMB OF CALVARY. Then, we must come daily for cleansing by the WATER OF THE WORD. The Altar is for saving us and shows us what the ANOINTED MESSIAH is. The Laver is for keeping us saved and shows us what we are. At the Altar, we learn that what YESHUA ha'MASHIACH has done meets the need of the sinner. At the Laver we learn that what the LORD JESUS is meets the needs of the CHRIST-like-one.
. . . to be continued
Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
O LORD GOD Almighty, YOU direct the destinies of men and nations according to YOUR wisdom and justice. Happy and most blessed is the man who forgets YOU not, for he who seeks YOU will not stumble, and he who trusts in YOU will not be put to shame.
May you receive blessings in abundance as you wholly trust and fellowship with the GOD your LOVING CREATOR & SUSTAINER.
Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes. Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace.
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