The Brazen Laver
Fellowship is a word of intimacy. It means: partnership, participation, or social sharing between close companions.
What does this have to do with the brazen laver?
Because it was at the Laver, that the priests washed their hands and their feet before going into the Holy Place….the place which spoke of fellowship with God.
1 Peter 2:9 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should show forth the praises of Him Who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light:”
In the Holy Place the priests ministered at the altar of incense (picturing our prayers ascending to God) or the table of shewbread (picturing our feeding on the Bread of Life—Christ Jesus).
All those things, were things of partnership, participation or sharing with God….in other words they pictured the fellowship we should have with God in prayer and communion.
Fellowship, which could only be entered into by washing outside the Holy Place…..at the Laver.
(It is interesting to note, that at the beginning of their ministry as priests, they were to be given a complete bath, and given the garments for their work. This was not to be repeated! It was a picture of our regeneration….being born again. Exodus 29:4-5)
In our daily walk, as Christians, in this world, we come into contact with trespasses and sins…..in our lives and in the lives of others….and we are in need of cleansing.
Exodus 30:18-19 “Thou shalt also make a laver of brass, and it’s foot also of brass, to wash withal: and thou shalt put it between the Tabernacle of the congregation and the Altar, and thou shalt put water therein.
For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat:”
So the Laver was put between the Altar, dealing with sin; and the Holy Place, speaking of fellowship.
The blood and sacrifice of the Altar deals with sin, and the water of the Laver cleanses from defilements which working and walking in this world, brings us into contact with.
Their hands—their service; and their feet—their walk; was to be cleansed before fellowship with God could happen.
1 John 1:7, 9 “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Ephesians 5:25-26 “….Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it;
That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word.”
The Brazen Laver represents Christ’s ability to meet every need we have…..for our continual cleansing.
The Laver was not silver or gold….but brass, which represents judgement.
(The Lord judges His people according to the Word He has given them, and what they did with it. Jesus is seen in Revelation 1:13-16 as having brass feet….judging the walk of His church.)
The Lord tells us, now, to judge ourselves in the water of the Word, that we might have fellowship with Him….in all our days through this world.
1 Corinthians 11:31 “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.”
The priests were to wash their own hands and feet in the provision of the Laver and the water….that they might enter into the Holy Place and have the fellowship provided by the bread and in prayer.
Remember, fellowship is intimate partnership, participation, and social sharing between close companions.
Are we having this for ourselves?
Do we see ourselves as “with Christ” in all His works?
Peter learned a great lesson about this when Jesus was washing the disciples feet at the Last Supper:
“Lord, doest Thou wash my feet?” Peter asked.
Jesus explained that this was one of those things that Peter might not understand now, but would afterward…”
But Peter often jumped in, where he did not need to….
John 13:8 “Peter saith unto Him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.”
Jesus did not say, “in Me”, but “with Me”. “In Christ” has to do with Salvation…..”with Christ” has to do with fellowship and communion with Him.
Peter was saved….all he needed was his feet washed by Jesus….to have the fellowship and instruction which they had as they went to the garden of Gethsemane. (John 14-17 amazing chapters for Christians)
But again Peter jumped in….
John 13:9-11 “Simon Peter saith unto Him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.
Jesus saith unto him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.
For He knew who should betray Him; therefore said He, Ye are not all clean.”
Christ Jesus washed the disciples feet to show that fellowship with Him requires His cleansing….the cleansing of our walk before Him.
Again, I ask, are we having this fellowship—this partnership, participation, and social sharing between Jesus and us?