The wash basin (brazen laver) of the tabernacle
is symbolic of separation unto God.
tabernacle altar was available to everyone, for the atonement of
but the wash basin was only for the priests. They had to be
ritually clean before
they could perform any duties in the tabernacle of Moses, including
"Aaron and his sons are to
use the water to wash their hands and feet
before they go into
the Tent or approach the altar to offer the food offering. Then
they will not be killed." (Exo 30:19-20)
priests had to use the wash basin to cleanse their hands and feet
before they could do ministry in the tabernacle, implying both a
purity of walk and a purity of deeds.
"They must wash their
hands and feet, so that they will not die." (Exo
of the wash basin speaks of the word of God.
"You have been made clean
already by the teaching I have given you." (Joh 15:3)
the Word of God.
"The Word became a human
being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us.
We saw his glory, the glory which he received as the Father's only
Son." (Joh 1:14)
Everything in the tabernacle speaks of Jesus. He
represents the wash basin where we can wash ourselves from
basin of the tabernacle is where
you must reflect on your life.
basin used in the tabernacle was manufactured out of
"He made the bronze basin and
its bronze base out of the mirrors belonging to the
women who served at the entrance of the Tent of the LORD's
presence." (Exo 38:8)
message that this sent out is clear.
"You should not use outward
aids to make yourselves beautiful, such as the way you fix your
or the jewelry you put on, or the dresses you wear. Instead, your
beauty should consist of your true inner self, the ageless beauty
of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of the greatest value in
God's sight." (1Pe 3:3-4)
"The things that come out of
the mouth come from the heart, these are
the things that make you ritually unclean." (Mat 15:18)
message taught by the wash basin of the tabernacle is therefore
that you must look into the
word of God and compare your
life to it.
"If you look closely into the
perfect law that sets people free, and keep on paying
attention to it and do not simply listen and then forget it, but
put it into practice---
you will be blessed by God in what you do." (Jam
underestimate the power
of the wash basin of the tabernacle!
took to the water and was cured from leprosy.
"So Naaman went down to the
Jordan, dipped himself in it seven times, as Elisha had
instructed, and he was completely cured. His flesh became
firm and healthy like that of a child." (2Ki 5:1-14)
that was born blind also got cured when he washed.
He answered, "The man called
Jesus made some mud, rubbed it on my eyes, and told me to go to
Siloam and wash my face. So I went, and as soon as I washed, I
could see." (Joh 9:11)
Symbolically therefore, the application of the truths of
the wash basin in the tabernacle will have a healing effect on your
- Pieter de
True holiness is not about your ability to do right ,
but about God's
ability to work
the cleansing in you.
The sick man answered, "Sir,
I don't have anyone here to put me in the pool when
the water is stirred up; while I am trying to get in, somebody else
gets there first."
Jesus said to him, "Get up, pick up your mat, and walk."
Immediately the man got well;
he picked up his mat and started walking. (Joh
"Let God transform you
inwardly by a complete change of your mind." (Rom 12:2)
Note that even a single wrong act can defile us
and make us unfit for duty in the service of God.
If you don't carefully heed the lessons of the wash basin of
the tabernacle it can easily turn from cure to
prophet Elisha knew that the healing was a gift from God. He
therefore refused to take any money for the healing of
Elisha answered, "By the
living LORD, whom I serve, I swear that I will not accept a gift."
Naaman insisted that he accept it, but he would not. (2Ki
servant Gehazi thought this was silly and
followed Naaman to collect the money from him.
"Please take six thousand
pieces of silver," Naaman replied. He insisted on it, tied up the
silver in two bags, gave them and two changes of fine clothes to
two of his servants, and sent them on ahead of Gehazi. (2Ki
did he take the money, he even lied to Elisha about
"When they reached the hill
where Elisha lived, Gehazi took the two bags and carried them into
the house. Then he sent Naaman's servants back. He went back into
the house, and Elisha asked him, "Where have you been?" "Oh,
nowhere, sir," he answered. (2Ki 5:24-25)
stupid can you get? Don't ever try to lie to a
Elisha said, "Wasn't I there
in spirit when the man got out of his chariot to meet you? This is
no time to accept money and clothes, olive groves and vineyards,
sheep and cattle, or servants! (2Ki 5:26)
consequently reaped the fruit of his sin.
"And now Naaman's disease
will come upon you,
and you and your descendants will have it forever!"
When Gehazi left, he had the disease---
his skin was as white as snow. (2Ki 5:27)
notice that there is only one letter difference between
cured and cursed?
cured because he believed, and demonstrated his faith
through his actions. Gehazi was cursed because he sinned.
Someone will say, "One person
has faith, another has actions."
My answer is, "Show me how anyone can have faith without
I will show you my faith by my actions." (Jam 2:18)
Never take the credit for God's work for
- Pieter de
Never wash with
priests of the tabernacle always had to wash themselves with
The base of the wash basin (brazen laver) was the receptacle for
the water that was
spilled during the washing process.
You must continually seek God
for a fresh word.
The word that you need to
cleanse your life is not a general truth from the bible,
but a specific word from a living God that is factual, true and
relevant to your current situation.
Those in God's service in the tabernacle had to cleanse
at the wash basin every time they reported for duty. So must