THE LAVER

Read Ex 30:17-21; 38:8

Between the Brazen Altar and the tabernacle stood the laver. The laver was not made from the general donation of materials given by the Israelites. It was made from the mirrors of the women who assembled at the door of the tabernacle. There were no specific details given for the laver unlike the other furniture. Some artists sketches show it looking like a "big kettle", others show it looking like a "bird bath". The illustration attached is Darryl's sketch of the new laver for the future temple. We saw it at the Temple Institute in Jerusalem.

The priests were instructed to wash their hands and feet at the laver before performing any of their priestly duties. The punishment for ignoring this command was death.

What does the laver symbolize? Some believe that it represents the baptism of the believer.

I think it symbolizes the "Word of G-d"

Psalms 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

No size is given for the laver, nor do we know how it was carried. We do not know the depth, the scope, nor the value of the "Word of G-d". There is no rule about how G-d's word is to be carried here and there from heart to heart. The laver is a picture of this.

Further more, Yeshua is described as the "Word of G-d"

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with G-d, and the Word was G-d.

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

The word "Dwelt" is translated from the Greek word: skenoo

NT:4637 skenoo (skay-no'-o); from NT:4636; to tent or encamp, i.e. (figuratively) to occupy (as a mansion) or (specifically) to reside (as G-d did in the Tabernacle of old, a symbol of protection and communion): (KJV) - dwell.

(Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright (c) 1994, Biblesoft and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

The laver does not have any supporting utensils just as the Bible does not need any extra books. There have been many great books written by great men of G-d, which aid us in our understanding of the Bible. However, these books are not the inspired, infallible "Word of G-d".

There are serious consequences for those who tamper with the "Word of G-d".

Revelation 22:18-19 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, G-d shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, G-d shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

The laver was to be made of copper. Again copper symbolizes judgment, which is contained in the "Word of G-d" and someday we all will stand before Yeshua in judgment.

Also the water had to be emptied out of the laver at night and refilled in the morning. The standing water would be unfit for use. So too we must share the "Word of G-d" with others, we are not to let it sit in our hearts and stagnate.

We see a picture of this in the difference between the Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) and the "Dead Sea". The Sea of Galilee flows into the Jordan River and is teaming with fish. The Dead Sea has no outlet and is dead nothing can live in it.

Yeshua himself instructed us to share the "Good News" through out the world.

Matthew 28:18-20 And Yeshua (Jesus) came and spoke unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit): Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

John 4:10-14 Yeshua (Jesus) answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of G-d, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Yeshua (Jesus) answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

If we come to Yeshua and accept him as our Mashiach He will give us eternal life.