THE TABERNACLE 9
The Brazen Altar and Laver of Brass
Exodus 27:1-2 and 30:19-21
We will consider these together in this writing. Brass was more valuable
then than now, and must have been valued like gold and silver. It likely was
brought out of the treasure houses. Pithom is said to be a city in Goshen, where
the Israelites were. Modern brass is a combination of copper and zinc; but we do
not know that they knew that art. In fact, the same Hebrew word is translated both
brass and copper. Ezra 8:27 says it is "precious as gold".
The altar of brass was made of a shittim wood base and overlayed with brass,
Exod. 27:1-2. A grate would be made to be in the midst of the altar, vs 5. Staves
would be made to carry it as they moved, vs 7-8. This will undoubtedly be the busiest
item in the structure. Brass is associated with judgement and this portrays Jesus'
death upon the cross for sinners. It is the case of a substitute for sinners. It
portrays Jesus' death upon the cross for sinners (of which we who write or read
this are one of them). A substitute dies for one who deserves to die.
The brazen laver was, crudely speaking, a basin on a stand
with a base called a foot. It is described in Exod. 38:8 and 30:
18. It was of solid brass and it's purpose was for washing thier
hands and feet, 30:19-21. The paralell is that with Jesus' death
we are washed: "Unto him that loved us, and washed us from
our sins in his own blood.", Revelation 1:5.
This is the second of seven pieces of 'furniture' in the tabernacle when it
was set up for service. It was made of the looking glasses of the women, Exod. 38:8.
This speaks of the quality of the brass. Looking up on this arrangement from above
(heaven) - - - it forms a cross. This arrangement is the preaching of the gospel to
the Hebrews of old, Hebrews 3:8; and those of New Testament times. It was preached
to Abraham, Galatians 3:8; and unto us after the fulfilling of it all, at the cross
of Calvary. We may resume the subject later. DDH.
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