“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.” Exodus 30:17-19
I remember one day, when I was not more than five years old, when my mom let my brothers and me play for hours in a giant mud puddle in the driveway in front of our house. We had so much fun. We rode our tricycles through it, dragged a small, plastic, toddler’s slide into the middle of it and would slide down into it. We’d pour buckets of that muddy water over our heads and just laugh. We had so much fun.
At some point a UPS delivery man stopped with a package for my mom and the only thing he had to say was that we three were the dirtiest little boys he’d ever seen.
My mom’s response was to tell him that we were also happy to be playing outside, which made it quiet inside, and that we were having so much fun that she didn’t have to worry that we’d be doing anything else.
The fun continued all afternoon until it was time for dinner. There was no way mom was going to let us through the front door so it was round to the back of the house we went for a very thorough washing down with the garden hose.
WOW, was that water cold!
Washing up was no fun at all but we had to get clean before we could go into mom’s house.
By the same token, the priests had to wash themselves before they could enter God’s house, the tabernacle, or approach the altar of sacrifice, when they were serving at the sanctuary.
This washing was to impress the priests, and the people, that God is holy and that nothing that defiles can approach him. It was also to remind us that we’re sinful and that it’s only by being washed clean that we can ever become clean.
When it comes to salvation water is frequently used as a symbol for the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It’s through him that we receive the forgiveness and cleansing purchased with the blood of Jesus, and we need the cleansing he offers if we’re ever going to approach God or serve him in the ministry of the gospel.
The laver stood between the altar of sacrifice and the tabernacle as a reminder of our need for cleansing but it was more than just a reminder it also supplied the water needed for cleansing in just the place where it was needed.
The Holy Spirit’s always there when you need him. His presence and his cleansing, both given to us by Jesus, are always there ready to make you clean.
NOTE: Today’s post is the 365th devotional I’ve posted. Its taken me about a month longer than a year to reach this milestone and I hope that you’ve been blessed reading them half as much as I’ve been blessed writing them.
Ever since I began writing I’ve been curious how many people read the post. I only know if you’ve read it if you actually respond to it in some way. So today I’m asking that you leave a brief comment if you’ve read the post. It be easy to count those comments.