The Tabernacle its construction and furnishings”, Part 28
It is worthy of note that the Word of God, the Truth (the Bible), is represented in both the Laver
in the Court (R3267:1; R2671:5) and in the Golden Candlestick in the Holy (T22). The difference?
The Laver was made of polished copper (Exod 30:18; 38:8) and contained water for the cleansing of
the priesthood that served the Tabernacle (R2671:5), whereas the Candlestick was made of beaten
gold (Exod 25:31; 37:17) and its lamps contained oil for the enlightenment of those who served
within the Tabernacle of the Congregation.
As will be seen from the foregoing, there is however a corresponding difference with regard to the
particular aspects of the Truth, reflected in these two furnishments, respectively. The one in the Court—
the Laver, made of copper—bespeaks the basic elements of the Truth, never hidden from those of
humankind who would “see” (comprehend) the perfections of the man Christ Jesus; and in their own
need of cleansing, ere they would be able to follow in His footsteps into the Sanctuaries of God.
The elementary aspects of the Truth are such as the Apostle Paul designated “first principles of
the oracles of God”—the “milk” of the Word. (Heb 5:12, 13) These involve repentance from dead
works, faith toward God, baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, eternal judgment
(Heb 6:1,2), all of which center in the ransom sacrifice of the man Christ Jesus; and where there is faith
there is a consequent justification. The Laver stood in the Court. It is by or through means of these
elementary truths, these first principle doctrines, the “milk of the word” that we as prospective
members of the bride of Christ have come to be sanctified, begotten of the Spirit.
“The Laver which stood in the Court full of water, at which the priests washed their hands and feet...is a
symbol of the cleansing effect of the truth upon the outward conduct of believers in general. It symbolizes
the putting aside of filthy practices—lying, stealing, etc., and the putting away of filthy communications
out of our mouths—slanders, envy, strife, backbiting, etc., a cleansing as proper for the natural man as
for the consecrated saints.” (R1543:6)
On the other hand, the Candlestick, made of beaten gold, bespeaks the deeper, diviner elements
of the Truth, to those only who by consecration of their justified alls unto the Lord have “died” to
their human hopes, interests and ambitions, and, as sanctified and anointed “priests,” are now in the
light of the Candlestick privileged to fellowship and communion with God as is suggested by the golden
Table of the Showbread (R2670:3), and as “priests” to offer sweet incense unto the Lord, as is
suggested by the golden Altar of Incense. (T120, 22)
The deeper aspects of the Truth are such as the Apostle Paul designated “Strong meat” (Heb 5:
14), and involve membership in the (royal) priesthood with a recognition of Christ Jesus as the High Priest
(Heb 3:1), membership in the “Seed of Abraham” (Heb 6:12–17; Gal 3:29), membership in the “body
of Christ” (1 Cor 12:13), the sharing of Jesus’ cup in a communion of saints (1 Cor 10:16), and the
hope of glorification with Jesus (Heb 6:12,19) which belongs only to the predestinated, foreordained
responders to the high calling (Rom 8:24,29; Phil 3:14; Heb 3:1). Thus does this deeper aspect of
the Truth involve sanctification (a setting apart) by God’s Holy Spirit. The Candlestick stood in the
Holy of the Tabernacle of the Congregation.
Let it be further noted that no ordinary Israelite (typical of the non-believer in the worldly or “camp
condition”), nor even the ordinary Levite (tentatively speaking, the believer in the “courtyard
condition”), ever saw the lighted Candlestick. When the Camp traveled, it was covered, outwardly with
a seals’ skins covering (Num 4:9, 10) so that not even its gold was visible to the people. How significant!
And let it also be remembered that no one, not even a priest, had the privilege of being enlightened
by the golden Candlestick within the Holy unless he had first been washed with the waters at the
Laver in the Court. (Exod 30:19–21)
“And Moses brought Aaron and his sons, and washed them with water.” (Lev 8:6—See also Exod
29:4) “Notes on the Tabernacle”, Page 141,142
That is to say that not only were the priestly class to be washed at the laver prior to their consecration
as priest, but likewise following this installation all throughout the “Day of Atonement”, i.e. the entire
Gospel Age they were always to stop at the laver for cleansing prior to entering the Holy of the
Tabernacle, prior to serving in the priestly office (Lev 16:4) Therefore "Let us...come boldly unto the
Throne of Grace,(that we may be cleansed from all unrighteousness) that we may obtain mercy, and
find grace to help in time of need (which for us is always while yet we remain in these broken vessels)."
-- Heb 4:16.
“Having taken the “Second Step” of a full and complete consecration, renouncing our justified human
wills, and all our human aspirations and hopes, we pass the First Vail, or Vail of human-mindedness—
counting the human will as dead; henceforth consulting not it, but the will of God only. We now find
ourselves as `new creatures‘ in the `Holy’—in the first of the `Heavenlies’ or Holies (Eph 2:6—
Diaglott), and begin to be enlightened by the `Golden Candlestick’ (God’s Word) respecting spiritual
things—`the deep things of God’—and to be refreshed and strengthened daily with the truth, as
represented in the `show-bread,’ lawful for only the Priests to eat. (Matt 12:4) And thus enlightened
and strengthened, we should daily offer up sacrifices at the `Golden Altar,’ acceptable to God through
Jesus Christ—a sweet perfume to our Father. (1 Pet 2:5)” T22
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