Something In The Water
Saturday, October 31st, 2015
The Bronze Laver
17 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 18“You shall also make a laver of bronze, with its base also of bronze, for washing. You shall put it between the tabernacle of meeting and the altar. And you shall put water in it, 19for Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet in water from it. 20When they go into the tabernacle of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister, to burn an offering made by fire to the Lord, they shall wash with water, lest they die. 21So they shall wash their hands and their feet, lest they die. And it shall be a statute forever to them—to him and his descendants throughout their generations.” Exo 30:17-21.
In the passage above the laver mentioned is made of bronze and always filled with water. Bronze means the judgment of all the sins of mankind. To bear the condemnation of all the sins of mankind, Jesus came by the water (baptism) and took the sins of the world upon Himself by being baptized by His cousin John. As such, the meaning of the laver is that we can be washed of all our sins by believing that all these sins of ours were passed onto Jesus with the baptism. In the OT the priest that served in the tabernacle also washed their hands and feet at the laver before entering the tabernacle in order to avoid the wrath of God. The laver refers to the baptism of Jesus and is the place where we confirm our faith that Jesus bore all our sins once and for all.
There is something in the water
The laver was filled by water. The water in the NT signifies the baptism of Jesus. The baptism and the death of Jesus are two indispensable components that fulfills the righteousness of God. The water (baptism) releases 3 characteristic which is essential to be a disciple of Jesus.
1. Boldness of faith
True faith is established when we place our faith in the baptism of Jesus. Just like the laver that is filled by water, it is the place where we remind ourselves that we have received the remission of sin and affirm its reception by faith. It is the affirmation of the fact that God has cleansed away all the sins of believers. Our deeds cannot always be perfect but the salvation that God has given us is perfect because God has washed away all our sins by the way of Jesus’ baptism. Now, we can boldly enter into His presence by faith.
2. Boldness to witness
The baptism of Jesus by John is the beginning of the Gospel. One is qualified to become a true witness according to Acts 1:21-22 only if one has accompanied the Lord Jesus beginning from the baptism of John to that day when Jesus was taken up. Jesus declared only those who abide in His Word can become His disciples. As such, recognising the power that is released through the water (baptism) is indispensable for true witness. To be effective witness, we need to be well equipped with the Word of God beginning from Jesus’ baptism to His ascension.
3. Boldness to serve
The truth implied in the water (baptism) is revealed in John 13 for effective ministry. During the Passover, after having the Last Supper with His disciples, Jesus began to wash their feet. When it came to Peter’s turn, he declined saying, “I should be washing Your feet, how can You, Lord, wash my feet?” What Jesus then responded to Peter is of great importance to us for effective service. “What I am doing you do not understand, but you will know after this.” John 13:7. This is what Jesus meant, that as long we are in this world in the human flesh we are bound to sin all the days of our life. However, Jesus’ baptism and death has destroyed the power and penalty of sin. We must therefore know and believe that the Saviour has taken care of even our sins of the future. As our Lord said, Peter did not understand any of this at the time but after the resurrection of the Lord, he came to realise it. He believed that the washing of his feet by the water has blotted out all his sins and there is no more condemnation in Christ. This enabled Peter and all believers to serve Jesus even in our weakness and shortcomings.
At NCCkl, we must first know the will of God and the spiritual meanings manifested in the water (baptism). Anyone who wants to believe in Jesus as his/her Saviour must believe in His baptism and the blood of the cross. Salvation belongs to those who accept the Word of God in their hearts.
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