The Brazen Laver

Exodus 30:17-21
Author: Caleb Adams
Topics: Atonement, Baptism, Laver, Tabernacle
Series: The Tabernacle


Last week in our study of the Tabernacle we entered into the gate of the Outer Court and approached the brazen altar of sacrifice…

  • This altar of bronze was a type of Christ substitutionary sacrifice in which he received upon his body the penalty of our sins. Jesus was the supreme sacrifice, the spotless Lamb of God which took away the sins of the world.
  • This altar was also a type of the believer’s need to repent when coming to God. Repentance is the dying of our self-will. We cannot enter into any deeper experience with God until we have first repented.
  • The next piece of furniture situated in the Outer Court was the Brazen Laver.

I. The Laver and its function.

  • His hands splattered with blood from the sacrifice and his feet soiled from the dust of the Tabernacle court, the priest moved quickly but reverently to the brazen laver to wash…
  • The words of Moses were never far from his mind each time he was called upon to serve: “they shall wash with water that they die not.” This laver was not merely for ritual or for hygiene; it was the difference between life and death.
  • Each year on the Day of Atonement the high priest would wash his entire body at the laver before donning the holy garments and proceeding into the tent to make atonement.

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