THE BRONZE LAVER
Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “You shall also make a laver of bronze, with its base also of bronze, for washing. You shall put it between the tabernacle of meeting and the altar. And you shall put water in it, for Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet in water from it. When they go into the tabernacle of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister, to burn an offering made by fire to the Lord, they shall wash with water, lest they die. So they shall wash their hands and their feet, lest they die. And it shall be a statute forever to them—to him and his descendants throughout their generations.” (Exodus 30:17-21).
The scripture above is so spectacular that if we look at it literally, we mill miss the point. The scripture says whenever they come into the tabernacle of meeting they shall wash their hands and their feet otherwise they will die. What are they washing away? Are they coming from the muddy ground that they need to wash off the dirt. Apparently the dirt they need to wash off from their hands and feet is the sin that they have committed. Psalm 15 says “Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly,
And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart; He who does not backbite with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor,
Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend; In whose eyes a vile person is despised, But he honors those who fear the Lord;
He who swears to his own hurt and does not change; He who does not put out his money at usury, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved. (Psalm 15:1-5). These verses addressed those things in our lives that can make us dirty and not qualified to stand in the presence of God All these are the works of flesh that needed to be ridden off to make us qualified to worship God. During the tabernacle days in the life of the children of Israel , washing of hands and feet symbolized the washing away of these dirt from them. Can we see how merciful God is to his children, that just washing their hands and feet was acceptable to God for cleansing.
What an awesome God we serve? So we should know today that there is nobody that can worship God when he or she is cumbered with this baggage. Our God is a holy God and cannot entertain unrighteousness before Him. Hebrews 4:13 says “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account’ We must remember that one day we will stand before the Lord to give account of what we did on earth. We should daily make effort to walk uprightly, watch what we say, or let our speech be seasoned with grace, and be not carrier of evil report and also not backbite or hurt our neighbors. All these amount to washing all our filthiness, and I thank God today that the blood of Jesus washes away all these uncleanness if we genuinely confess our sins to Him and ask for His empowerment. . We know that flesh wrestles against the Spirit, but if we allow the Spirit of God to indwell us, we will be able to overpower the flesh and walk in the Spirit. My prayer today is that after our sojourn on this earth, we will be able to stand before God blameless and spotless in Jesus Name, Amen. Be blessed!!