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The Bronze Laver



The Bronze Laver speaks of Christ our cleanser and purifier


No dimensions were given for the Bronze Laver indicating that there is no dimension to the forgiveness of God. All can be cleansed!


The Bronze Laver was positioned between the “Bronze Altar” and The “Entrance to The Holy Place” indicating the need for cleansing before offering up service in the Holy Place and Holy of Holies to God.


Psalm 139:23-24

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”


The Bronze laver was made of brass plates, which the ladies used as mirrors, reflecting the need for self-examination before coming into God’s presence, and offering any kind of service to God.


God searches us, and we should and examine search ourselves.


When a person looked into a mirror, it reminded them of their fallen condition before God.


Below are the scriptures demonstrating what Jesus has done to heal our condition before God.


Prophecy: Isaiah 53:5

“He was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him and by His wounds we are healed.”


Prophecy fulfilled retrospectively Romans 5:8

“God demonstrates His own love for us in this way, while we were still sinners, Christ died as a substitute for us”


The Key Word is Forgiveness, which means to blot out and remember no more.


The Key Word is cleansing, which means to make clean, when soiled.


We are all born under this unclean condition, as the scriptures demonstrate.


Romans 5:12

“Just as sin entered the world through one man and death through sin and in this way death came to all men, for all have sinned”


Romans 3:23

“All have sinned and come short of the Glory of God”


Isaiah 64:6

“All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteousness are like putrid rags in His sight. We all shrivel up like a leaf and like the wind our sins sweep us away”


Jeremiah 17:9

“The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked who can know it (without cure).”


The High Priest and Priests had to wash their hands and feet before entering either “The Holy Place”, or before entering “The Holy of Holies” to perform their service to God. Anything that had contact with the earth (World) needed cleansing.


Only the high priest was allowed to enter the Holy of Holies. If either of these principles were neglected, the high priest or priests would die instantly. Forget to wash and they died!


The Glory of The Lord (The Shekinah Glory) in The Holy of Holies would kill the individual! Fire would come from The Holy of Holies; from the Lord who resided there between The Cherubim, which were on the Ark of the Covenant. Every act came under God’s close scrutiny.

Leviticus 10: 1-2


When offerings were made to the Lord, certain inward parts needed to be washed and cleansed before they were burnt on the altar, namely the inner parts and legs.


The laver was used for the cleansing act of priests. These were ceremonial acts, but the believer could simply name His violation to God and he would receive forgiveness, as David did.


Psalm 32:5

“I acknowledged my sin to you and you I did not cover up my iniquity. I said, I will confess my transgression to the Lord and you forgave the guilt of my sin.”


Psalm 51:4

“Against You and You only have I sinned, and done what is evil in you sight.”


The believer periodically had to appear before the Lord and go through the ceremonial act of individual or national sacrifice.


The verses of scripture related to cleansing.


Psalm 38:18

“I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin”


Psalm 51:1-4

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love, according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions and my sin is always before me. Against You and You only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge”


Isaiah 43:25/#


“I even I, Am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”


Past SINS      Present SINS       Future SINS

All sins have been judged in Christ



The Nazarite Vow


In the time before Christ Death, “The time of Israel”, people had to ask Gods forgiveness and could follow a very expensive ritual and ceremony.

Matthew 6:9–14 & Numbers 6:2 & Acts 21:24


Now that Christ has “Paid the Price” for all of our sins, we are now free from all law, which was a great burden to the Israelis at the time.

Acts 15:10 – 11 & Matthew 11:28 –30


With regards to sin, now that Christ has paid the debt of our sin to God, we simply tell God what He already knows.


The challenge to the Church


Hebrews 9:14

“How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God.”


1John 1:9

“If we name our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all wrong doing”


Romans 8:4

“For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so He condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be full met is us, who do not live according to the sinful nature, but according to the Spirit.”


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