True Baptism Reveled In The Reflections Of The Laver
Our purpose here is to correlate the attributes, functions and purpose of the items found in the Tabernacle of Moses to the life and words of Jesus. In achieving this we build a case that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Tabernacles’ prophesies and therefore the Christ. In addition, as we learn more about the Tabernacle and how it foretells the coming of Jesus, we will find that we gain a better understanding of the heart of God and the nature of His love.
Our post today will take a look how Jesus’ provision of the Grand Commission fulfills one of the prophesies of the Brazen Laver. So let’s look deeper into the scriptures relating to the Brazen Laver prior to our look into this subject. This information can be found by simply follow this link:
After Jesus’ death and resurrection, Jesus visited the disciples several times prior to His ascension into heaven. On one such occasion, He gave His disciples what many call the grand commission. The interesting part of this is that baptism is a very significant part of the grand commission and this in turn brings us back to the Laver once again. Let’s start by looking at the scripture.
Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:16-20)
As stated in previous postings, the purpose of the Laver is to provide a place of cleansing prior to a priest entering into ministry. For example, the Tabernacle priests were required to purify themselves prior to entering into ministry inside the Holy Place (requiring a much closer relationship with God).
However, when we look closer at the cleansing process at the Laver we find that there is much more going on here that simply cleansing the body. What we find is that the priest would bend over the Laver and look into the water while washing. Since the inside surface of the Laver consisted of a highly polished brass, the priest was able to see his own reflection as he washed. Legend has it that the priest would see a reflection of how he appeared to God. This being the case, then the priest would have had to contemplate their readiness to enter into a closer relationship with God (in ministry in the Holy Place of God) based on what they saw. He certainly would now have the motivation necessary to initiate the permanent changes necessary to serve in a Godly ministry.
So this is one of the secrets revealed by the Laver. The symbolic cleansing of water represents a deeper more profound change in the character and nature of the person. It represents the change necessary to develop a closer relationship with Him. This change and closer relationship with God is required for effective ministry.
So if Jesus is our Laver, how is it that we can look into Him and see how we appear to Him? This is critical because successful ministry is dependent upon it.
Jesus is our Laver when we read scriptures pertaining to His words and deeds. When we do so we come to examine how our actions of love compare to those of our Lord. The words of Jesus are the vehicle through which we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to see ourselves as we truly are. His words convict us in our heart to change our nature. By reading about His life and His words, we become purified and are empowered by the Holy Spirit and to change. We are changed in body, mind, heart and spirit into a new creation[i]. We seek a deeper relationship with God and the desire for evil is removed from our nature.
Once this is discerned we are called to the grand commission, which is to bring all of this to the nations.
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[i] 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.