The Bronze Wash Basin
Made entirely from brass – Brass in Scripture always indicates judgment.
“It is a picture of of the believer being cleansed from the sins he commits after he is saved”
“While the brazen alter is associated with a person receiving Christ and becoming saved, the laver [wash basin] is associated with cleansing for the sins he commits after salvation.”
“The laver was made from the brass looking glasses [polished brass mirrors] of the women… (Exodus 38:8)…To give up their mirrors and not worry about outward looks represented real sacrifice to the Israelite women.”
The place of the laver
“The laver was “between the tabernacle of the congregation and the alter”(Exodus 30:18)
“One of the first things a believer needs to learn is what to do when he sins after he is saved.”
“At the brazen alter we see Christ judged for our sins, which brings us into an eternal relationship with the Lord through salvation. At the brazen laver we judge ourselves for our daily sins, and this restores the fellowship with the Lord, broken by those sins.”
“In the short distance from the alter to the tabernacle, the priests would get their sandal-shod feet dirty and would need them washed before entering into the holy place to minister. In our walk we sin and get our feet dirty and need them cleansed, so we need the laver.”
The NT parallel to this is John 13 where Christ washes, not their whole body, but the feet of the disciples.
This series on Christ in the Tabernacle is based on C. Sumner Wemp’s outstanding book Teaching from the Tabernacle Moody Press 1976