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We continue in the book of Exodus with the focus on a basin of bronze. All we know is that the bronze basin was meant to hold water for washing the hands and feet of the priests. God deliberately left out any dimensions or specific descriptions because He wants us to focus on the washing.
Before the priests were allowed to do any kind of service for God they were required to stop at the bronze basin and wash their hands and feet. What couldn't they do? The priests needed to be washed and cleansed before they could do any of their priestly duties.
Moses emphasizes that the bronze basin was between the Tent of Meeting and the altar of burnt offering. Remember the purpose of the altar of burnt offering? It was used to make atonement for sins. It was used so the sinner could be forgiven. So, then, that makes me ask: Why the bronze basin and its washing? Why do forgiven people need to be washed and cleansed?
Aaron and his sons are considered clean in God's sight. Their sins have been forgiven at the altar. However, even the holiest of saints still has the stain of sin and they need purification before they can serve the Lord. So, Aaron and his sons washed whenever they entered the Tent of Meeting or approached the altar, as the LORD commanded Moses.
The washing that was done once points to justification by the blood of Christ. The washing that is done daily points to sanctification. Or, to put it another way, the altar points to forgiveness and the basin points to sanctification. The bronze basin, then, points to sanctification. People need to be holy and set apart. As the people of God we need to align our lives with the Kingdom of God and not of this world.
The bronze basin stands for our constant need as Christians to really search our hearts and make sure that we are continually pursuing God and the things of God and if we are not, that we repent and make the necessary changes in our lives to be made right with God again.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for washing us by the blood of Jesus that we can have right standing with you. Help us to walk in your ways and to and to pursue holiness in our lives as you are holy. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen
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