“The Tabernacle its construction and furnishings”, Part 16

Thus shall thou make a laver of copper, and his foot also of copper, to wash withal: and thou
shall put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and thou shall put water
therein, For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat: When they go
into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water, that they die not; or when
they come near the altar to minister, to burn offering made by fire unto the LORD: so shall they
wash their hands and their feet, that they die not: and it shall be a statute forever to them,
even to him and to his seed throughout their generations
.” (Exod 30:18–21)
























And he made the laver of copper, and the foot (its stand or base) of it of copper also, made
from the looking glasses [mirrors] of the women assembling
at the door of the tabernacle of
the congregation
.” (Exod 38:8)

It should be noted here that the before mentioned “tabernacle of the congregation”, was NOT in
reference to the actual Tabernacle itself, that which Moses had erected according to the pattern shown
him on mount Sinai (
Exod 25:9, 40), no that came later, but rather this tabernacle was in reference to
Moses’ on personal dwelling or tent, which he erected some distance outside the camp of the Israelites,
it was here that those who sought the LORD came, it was here that the woman assembled, here prior
to the erection of the Tabernacle of the LORD, the pillar of the cloud of the LORD descended and stood
at the door of the tabernacle (Moses' tent), and the LORD talked with Moses. (
Exod 33:7-11)

But of course
at a later date, when both the priesthood and its tabernacle service had deteriorated in the
days of Eli, women of questionable character were found assembled at the door of the (actual)
Tabernacle of the Congregation, and Jehovah God was much displeased, as eluded to in
1 Sam 2:22,23

Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the
women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And he said unto
them, why do ye such things? For I hear of your evil dealings by all this people
.”

The Laver well represented the Word of God, for it contained that which symbolized the
“waters of divine truth” made available for the cleansing of God’s antitypical priesthood
.

It is very evident that they, who would bear the vessels of God, or minister in any way in his service,
must be clean. (
Isa 52:11) This is true whether they who serve be either priests or merely Levites,
(
fully justified believers or merely tentatively justified believers) for we are admonished to “cleanse
ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God
.” (2
Cor 7:1
) This, indeed, is the washing to be accomplished daily at the laver. (Notes on the
Tabernacle
”, Page 140)

“The account specifically tells us that the laver was made of looking glasses [mirrors], that is, the copper
was highly polished. It served therefore to reflect the image of anyone who looked into it. What a picture
this was! Who, of the antitypical priesthood has not upon looking into the Word of God, not merely seen
therein set forth the standards of absolute human perfection which so beautifully marked the man Christ
Jesus, but also by the same token, a reflection of his own image with its shortcomings and
imperfections. Such an one, surely, has been called upon to lift up his voice in praise to God for all the
provisions he has made whereby he not only is permitted to see his own need of cleansing; but has also
been provided with the means whereby this cleansing can be accomplished.

Before those called to be priests could be acceptable and serve as such, and thus be privileged
to enter the Holy and the Most Holy of the Tabernacle, they had first to be washed with the
waters supplied by the laver
, and so too, is it with those called to be God’s antitypical priests. Their
cleansing
(represented by the Laver) of necessity must precede their entry into the spirit-
begotten and the spirit-born conditions
(represented by the Holy and Most Holy, respectively).
Notes on the Tabernacle”, Page 138

“A cleansing… of all the filthiness of the flesh and spirit on the part of those in the (tentatively) justified
condition
as preparatory to their entering the Tabernacle itself” (R3054:1)

“After washing at the Laver—
putting away the filthiness of the flesh—the believer (the tentatively
justified
) approaches close up to the door of the Tabernacle and `ties’ (binds) himself there—obligates
himself by consecration vows, devoting himself fully to the Lord and his service, whatever that may be.”
(
R5959:3)

Not only at the time of their inauguration into the priesthood, did the typical priests require to be
washed with the waters from the Laver, but the Word of God tells us, that ever thereafter, having been
accepted as priests, they needed still to wash their hands and their feet before serving the Tabernacle or
its altar. (
Exod 30:20, 21)

If by chance we have allowed the cares and concerns of this world (jobs, family and etc.) to temporally
occupy our time it is a good idea before approaching the LORD’s, dwelling place to once again cleanse
both our minds and bodies through a look into the Word, the “
water of life”, which tends to have a
cleansing affect upon the individual.

“In our studies of the `Tabernacle Shadows of the Better Sacrifices,’ we saw that everyone who
took part in the priesthood was required to wash his hands and feet at the laver. We saw that the laver
represented the Word, or message of God, and that the water, therefore, represented the truth; and
thus
it is the truth which is to cleanse the royal priesthood from the defilements of the flesh. As
a whole we are clean, being covered with the robe of Christ’s righteousness; but in our contact
with the world we are to seek to put away the defilements of earth which come to us in
connection with our daily walk and service, represented by our feet and our hands
(See John
13:10
).” R3267:1

“The Priest did not bathe in the laver, but merely washed their hands and feet (Exod 40:31, 32) from
the water in the laver, so too we cleanse our hands that they being clean, may do the will of God, and
our feet that they might walk in Jesus’ footsteps, along the straight and narrow way in which he walked.
The “
copper pitcher” was of great help and convenience to the typical priesthood for obviously reasons
for naturally the priest could not wash their feet in the Laver, but with the aid of the pitcher both hands
and feet could easily be cleaned.
So too we are greatly aided by those vessels (pitchers, containers)
provided for by the Lord which aid us in getting the water from the laver, the bible, the Word
of God, such as our Concordances, Lexicons, the Volumes, Reprints and etc
.

“Since there are no measurements given for the Laver, may it not be intended to reflect the fact that
God’s provision for the cleansing of his people by the Word (the WORD, and the Word of Truth) is so
great that it may be said to be immeasurable!”

The Laver was never covered (despite what the Septuagint and Samaritan versions may say to the
contrary, See
McClintock & Strong, Cyclopedia, on the “Laver”) whether within the court or
without when it traveled with the camp, because it represents God’s Word, the truth especially
as centered in Christ Jesus
, anyone whether in or out of the courtyard condition, whether tentatively
justified or not
, by looking unto the Word of God (the Bible, the revelation of God, typified by the
Laver
) may see therein depicted the perfection of the Man Christ Jesus, and reflecting upon this will see
his own imperfections and need for cleansing, this is the reason why this vessel, unlike all the rest of the
Tabernacle’s furniture, remained uncovered.”

Now although the Laver was not covered while in transport it is only logical to assume that it was
emptied of its contents before being moved
, thus although the bible itself as pictured in the laver is
visible to the world much of the truths there contained are hidden from their eyes, nevertheless
reflected in its surface is the perfection, the righteousness and goodness of the Savior which only serves
to remind them of how far short they come up to the divine requirements, and of their need for that
cleansing which only the Lord can provide
.  

Thus we conclude our look at thecourtyardof the tabernacle and its furnishings, and will
with our next page take the
second stepand cross over (perhaps I should sayunder”) the
dividing line between the natural and the spiritual, entering God’s sanctuary, the Tabernacle
proper
.


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