Power of the TONGUE !

If we want to start seeing the power of God manifest in our lives, we will have to start paying attention to what we say!!

Words have power—more than any of us realize, but we often speak them as though they are meaningless. Because of that, most believers at one time or another have been hung by their tongue.

1 Peter 3:10(KJV)

10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

Matthew 12:36-37 says,

“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”

“Every idle word” simply means nonproductive. These are words that you speak but don’t believe. For example, you might say, “I’m dying to see my grandchildren.” You really don’t mean you’re dying, but you say it anyway to emphasize the importance of the relationship.

Every time you say things that you don’t really mean, it begins to numb your heart. Unconsciously, each idle word is making it just a little bit harder to believe what you say will actually come to pass when you mean it and it really counts.

Jesus certainly understood the power of words, and He used them to change the natural things around him.

Mark 11:13-14 and 20-24 say,

“And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it…. And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

I can almost hear the inflections in Peter’s voice when he said, “The fig tree You cursed is withered away.” I am sure it communicated surprise and disbelief. And when Jesus replied to Peter, it probably was not in a monotone voice. It was more like, “PETER! WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU?” Jesus was amazed at his unbelief. He was saying, “It shouldn’t shock you to see this tree withered. Have faith in God.”

Then He went on to explain that this wasn’t limited to a fig tree. He used a mountain as an example, but I believe it could apply to anything. He was making the point that if we say it with our mouths and believe it in our hearts, we can have what we say.

He also made it very clear who qualified to use words in this way: He said, “whosoever shall say.” Are you a whosoever? Because if you are and if you’re breathing, then you’re qualified, and your words can affect the natural as well as the spiritual world.

Jesus is making it clear that words have power. But He also said to have faith in God. The words that have power are words that are filled with faith. And it’s important to understand that the faith they’re filled with is not your human faith.

Galatians 2:20 says,

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

I’m aware that the NIV says faith in the son of God.” But when you study this out, it becomes very clear that it is talking about the very faith of God that He placed in you when you were born again. In fact, you can’t even be born again by your own faith. Romans 10:17 say that faith comes by the Word, and 1 Peter 1:23 says you are born again by the Word of God.

Romans 12:3 says,

Everything we see was created by words, and it is the very Word of God that holds the universe together (Heb. 1:3). Therefore, everything we see will respond to faith-filled words. They have to respond because words are the parent force.

Proverbs 23:7 says that as you think in your heart, so are you, and Luke 6:45 says that what you speak comes from the abundance of your heart. In other words, the way that you think controls the way that you talk. And if you understand that your words have power, then you understand why you can be hung by your tongue.

 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”

It not only says life but death as well. It’s sad to say, but most of the words being communicated today are negative words—words that do not bring about abundant life but cause more problems.

More importantly, if you will get it in your heart (words), you will learn that words can change your life now as well as your future.

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Walking by FAITH

Hebrews 11:1 says,

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Faith is substance. This is saying that faith is real. It is the evidence of things not seen. Notice it didn’t say “things that don’t exist.” They do exist. They just aren’t seen.

Even in the natural world, we’ve come to realize that there are things that do exist that we can’t see. We can’t see television signals, but they do exist. In fact, wherever you are right now, there are television signals right there with you. If you say “No there aren’t” just because you can’t see or hear them, that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. It just means you aren’t very smart. They do exist, they are just unseen. They are unseen realities.

A television set can make unseen signals visible. When we see the images is not when they became real. They were already there. A television set doesn’t generate images. The set just receives the signal and converts it into sights and sounds that we can perceive. But the television signals were already there, before we tuned them in.

Probably every person reading this article has watched television when suddenly the picture went blank. What did you do? I bet you didn’t call the television station and complain about them stopping their broadcast. The first thing you did was check and see if everything was working on your television set. Was the electricity on? Did a tube go out or did some circuit melt? You checked your receiver to see what was wrong with it. You trust that the station broadcasts 24/7. You don’t question that until you eliminate all the possible problems with your set.black-and-white-snooker-tv

Likewise, God is real and does exist. He just can’t be seen. He is broadcasting all His power and blessings 24/7. It’s never God’s transmitter that is broken. It’s always our receiver that is the problem. If we ask God for something and we don’t see it manifest instantly, most people question why God hasn’t answered that prayer yet. They assume that because they haven’t seen or heard anything, nothing has happened. That’s all wrong. We need to have more faith in God than we have in a television station.

The key to understanding this is to recognize there is another realm of reality beyond this physical world.

You can get that strong in faith. Your faith is substance and all the evidence you need. Faith is real.

I’m not believing for something that isn’t real to become real. I’ve seen into the spiritual realm by faith, and I’m simply making what I’ve seen in the spiritual world manifest in the physical world. All of the things I’m seeing with my physical eyes now, I have already seen in my heart. I saw it on the inside before I saw it on the outside. This is a wonderful way to live. This is the normal Christian life.

This is walking by faith and not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7).

 

Put these four keys into practice!

†Do you ever feel like you and God have drifted apart and that the love and joy you once experienced with Him has faded? If you do, you’re not alone. Most Christians feel like the experiences they have with God diminish over time and that they need another touch. But that is not what the Bible teaches.

The Bible says God will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5). If that is true—and it is—who moved? As born-again believers, we are all capable of living in the fullness of God every day of our lives. God is continually pouring out His love, joy, peace, revelation knowledge, and every other blessing. But we can get to a point where we’re not receiving and “feel” like He has drifted away.

Romans 1:21 says,

“When they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”

This scripture contains four separate elements, or keys, that can lead us into and keep us operating in the fullness of God. Expressed positively, they are glorify God, be thankful, recognize the power of imagination, and have a good heart. We have the power to control each of these in our lives.

Key 1

Glorify God

In many places throughout the Bible, the word magnify is the same word translated glorify. Therefore, magnify and glorify can be used interchangeably. And magnify means “to make bigger.”

Most of us have become masters at enlarging the problem and minimizing God and His Word. You can magnify the Lord and make Him and His Word bigger than any problem. Do it by glorifying, praising, and thanking Him. Find someone in the Word who overcame a situation similar to yours. Meditate on the Word, and make it more real to you than the problem. You need to get to a place where God’s Word is true and where He is greater than any situation.

“All things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23).

Key 2

Thankfulness

Paul listed un-thankfulness as one of the signs of the end times and put it in the same verse as covetousness, pride, blasphemy, and unholiness (2 Tim. 3:1-2). Not many would argue that we live in a society full of unthankful people, even in spite of the fact that we have more prosperity and opportunity than any people who have ever lived.

The second key to staying full of God is a thankful heart. Glorifying, magnifying, and thanking Him are all interrelated, but to glorify God, you must be thankful. As you are thanking Him, you’re reminding yourself of what He has said and done, which magnifies Him.

“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits”(Ps. 103:2).

Being thankful involves both humility and memory. Humility is the understanding that you didn’t accomplish these things on your own. Then, humbly remembering the good things He has done for you always brings thankfulness. So, it’s important to look back and rehearse your victories and remember whose power brought them to pass.

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations” (Ps. 100:4-5).

Every time you are tempted to gripe and complain about a problem, don’t. Instead, enter into God’s presence and spend ten minutes thanking Him for His goodness. If you will, you’ll find that the natural desire to complain will cease, and the problem will shrink as you begin to see it in the proper perspective.

Key 3

Imagination

Imagination is much more important than most people realize. The Hebrew word that was translated “imagination” in the Old Testament literally means “conception.” Imagination is how new ideas are conceived. Without it, people become spiritually and creatively sterile.

The Word of God comes alive when you can picture what it’s talking about. Let the Word of God control your imagination as you think about scriptures, and you will see things in Scripture that you can’t see with your physical eyes. You see it on the inside…in your imagination.

When the Bible says you’re healed, you’ve got to meditate on that truth until you see yourself healed. Most people allow their imaginations to become vain, and they agree with the image the doctors have painted rather than with the Word of God. They’re told what is going to happen, and they imagine it as truth.

When we fail to be thankful and glorify God, our imaginations automatically become vain. That doesn’t mean they aren’t working; it just means they begin to work against us. Those of us with vain imaginations are pessimists, imagining failure instead of success. We need to use our imaginations to agree with God’s Word and see ourselves the way God sees us: happy, healthy, and prosperous.

Key 4

A Good Heart ♥

The Scripture makes it very clear that the attitude of your heart is far more important than your actions.

Jesus said it this way in Matthew 23:25-26,

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.”

The Lord is more concerned about your heart than He is your actions.

Matthew 12:35, Mark 7:21-23, and Proverbs 23:7 make it even clearer:

“A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things” (Matt. 12:35).

“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man” (Mark 7:21-23).

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Prov. 23:7).

Our hearts control what we say, and they also control what we do.

All of the above are products of our hearts. The opposite of those can be true also. Love, joy, peace, patience, and the rest of the fruit of the Spirit are also products of what our hearts believe. The reason the heart responds in a negative way is because we allow it to be dominated by external, or physical, things instead of by the Word of God.

Our understanding is then darkened, and we become insensitive to God. We actually cause our hearts to become hardened. The word harden, according to the dictionary, means cold, insensitive, unfeeling, and unyielding. When our hearts become hardened or insensitive to God, they automatically become sensitive, dominated by, and controlled by our physical senses.

So, what do most people do when they realize their actions are being controlled by their hearts and are causing problems for themselves and others? They resort to behavior modification. They try to change their actions without changing their hearts, and that never works long-term. If people want their behavior to change, they must change their hearts. They must make sure that the Word of God is the dominant influence.

If you will put these four keys into practice in your life, you will never be the same. It will change the way you think about everyone and everything around you. It will give you a God perspective.

Blood – A Deeper Meaning

As we look at Genesis 9 in a moment we need to remember that God instituted a plan, called the plan of redemption through the blood, and we are going to begin to see blood all over the Old Testament. Since the beginning there were those that didn’t agree and called it a “slaughterhouse religion” but God’s warning still stands just as he warned Cain.

So throughout the Old Testament blood is everywhere. At certain times during the Passover celebration there were over 250,000 lambs slain with blood everywhere, all over the Temple, with so much blood flowing down the brook Kidron that it was called a “horrifying sight.” Seeing the lamb which had become a household pet for four days, and then watching it kick and scream and be slaughtered in the presence of the family and the children was an object lesson that would forever make your skin crawl.

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It may make us cringe to see an animal’s throat cut but it is our throat that deserves to be cut. That animal was standing in for us. Gods love and grace for us provided a means wherein full justice would be absorbed and not have to be absorbed by us. God had allowed full justice to fall upon it completely, not a little bit, but completely.

The substitute would “stand in” for the judgment that belonged to the sinner and “identify with its condition.” It would stand in because it literally “became sin” God didn’t just make believe that the persons sins were on it but that animal in God’s eyes became the very hated sinful nature and God’s full judgment fell upon it. Remember what the Scripture says of Jesus?

2 Cor 5:21 For He who knew no sin became sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Jesus didn’t just bear our sins, He became the very hated putrid thing within Adam that separated him from God. When Christ became sin and completely and utterly identified with the condition of fallen man He didn’t just bear our sins, He bore the whole sin nature and He stood in for us by identifying completely with our condition and when Christ identified completely with our condition He became the “object of wrath.” All the judgment of God was laid upon Him and it is no wonder that Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” which means “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” because He literally became sin for the world. Every sin, past, present, and future, every sin that ever was or ever will be was in a moment of time laid upon Him.

1 Cor 15:21-22 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

So throughout the Old Testament when they slaughtered a lamb the full penalty would fall upon the innocent substitute and the man who was really guilty was no longer guilty because the sin has been dealt with. He could proclaim that he had been forgiven and that the debt has been paid, until he sinned again and then he would come again at a point in time throughout the year and once per year on Yom Kippur all the sins of the nation were atoned for. Of course this was year by year, every year, until the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ came and took away sin for all time.

Restrictions on Blood

As we examine Genesis 9 we notice that after the flood God allowed man to eat animal flesh. Noah and his family (8 people) had survived the flood. Noah makes an offering and then God spoke:

Gen 8:20-9:3 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma. Then the LORD said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done. “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.” So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. “And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on that entire move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand. “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs.

Notice that God allowed man to eat animal flesh. Up until then they were vegetarians. But notice that God begins to give restrictions concerning blood:

Gen 9:4 “But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.”

Gen 9:6 “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God he made man.”

So now blood could not be eaten, nor could it be shed. Also in Leviticus:

Lev 17:10 “And whatever man of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell among you, who eats any blood, I will set My face against that person who eats blood, and will cut him off from among his people.”

Lev 7:26-27 ‘Moreover you shall not eat any blood in any of your dwellings, whether of bird or beast. ‘Whoever eats any blood, that person shall be cut off from his people.’

Why did God make strict commands about not eating or shedding blood? Because blood was the instrument of redemption. It was holy, it was set apart. God literally had to say that He would kill anyone that eats blood. He sanctified blood made blood so off limits that everyone would treat it with reverence. Even during a woman’s menstrual period she was considered unclean and could not be touched even by her husband until after her purification. Even after giving birth there were restrictions because of contact with the blood.

So why did God put such a ban on blood? Why did He put such a hedge around every possible contact with it? Because blood was the vehicle of redemption. Blood could not be handled in any other context except sacrifice. God set blood apart as a holy thing.

Faith and the Blood

It wasn’t enough just to bring a substitute. It wasn’t enough just to shed its blood correctly and properly place its fat upon the altar. Remember Cain and Abel? Cain was upset because he clearly thought that he was a better person than his brother and yet God accepted Abel’s sacrifice. Let’s suppose that Cain was much better of a person than Abel in every way, after all, he did show up first to bring an offering. He showed the first act of religious devotion.

But Abel crying out to God of his unworthiness and approaches Him with the blood of a substitute. Which one would be justified? Which one would God accept? Cain brought the fruit of the ground. Cain brought the best of his good works and God was repulsed. There are no good works in man apart from Jesus Christ. Abel knew that he was unworthy and that is why in faith he brought a substitute. Notice what it says in Hebrews 11:

Heb 11:4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.

It wasn’t that he ritually brought the right thing the right way but it was his attitude. Notice it says, “By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice,” he knew that he deserved to die and that the Lord in his mercy provided a substitute for him. It was the condition of the heart. It was never just the ceremonial act in the Old Testament that brought forgiveness and acceptance but ceremony plus faith.

Ceremony alone with the wrong attitude was never accepted. Remember when Jesus condemned the ceremonies and traditions of the Pharisees? Imagine that the long awaited Messiah had finally arrived in Israel and the leaders of Judaism were so hardened and blind in their ways that they completely missed it all. Jesus said to them, “You will not see Me again till you learn to say, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”

It’s always hard for the religious person who is severely devoted to his rituals and good works to tolerate how God can accept the most wretched who would come with a good heart, a heart of faith. God’s love covers a multitude of sins.

Throughout all of history and even today it is the attitude of faith that the Lord wants. It is a heart that truly believes in the promises of God no matter how bad he might have been. No matter what depth of sin he had fallen to.

When a common Israelite brought a lamb, God never wanted just the ceremony. He never just wanted a proper ritual. He wanted a heart with full assurance that God keeps His promises. That is why praise was always a part of sacrifice. You could not truly praise God from your heart unless you knew you were forgiven.

If you were to tap the shoulder of one of the common Israelites at the altar and ask him, “Why are you here?” If he was a man of faith he would say, “because I am a sinner and I deserve to die, but the Lord my God, blessed be He, has given me a system and it’s called His Law, and according to ceremonial law this animal, when I press my hand upon its head, becomes me and I become as innocent as it is, its innocence is mine, my judgment is his, and as I kill it I realize that I should be slain but because God says so I am forgiven.”

There were always those people who just went through the motions and never grasped the mercy of God. They would take the animal just right, put their hands on it just right, slit its throat just right, put its pieces on the altar just right, and looked just like the guy next to him but his heart was wrong and he was rejected by God. The naked eye will only reveal two identical people; we look on the outsideand God sees the inside.

Jesus spoke about two men. One built his house on a foundation of rock and the other built his on a foundation of sand. They both had houses, yet they were built on two different foundations. But you don’t know that until judgment comes.

Faith is simply acting on the promises of God. I believe what You said and I receive Your forgiveness.

♦Heb 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

 

 Jesus in the ‘The Bronze Laver’

‘The Bronze Laver’ (Ex 30:17-21)

What is the bronze laver? It was here at the bronze laver that the priests washed their hands and feet before entering into and coming out of the holy place. (Tabernacle of Moses) The laver was made from the bronze mirrors of the women and filled with water for the continual cleansing of the priests as they ministered in the work of the Lord.

As the altar points to the death of Jesus, so the laver points to the life of Jesus. Blood speaks of a life taken and water speaks of life given. The water in the laver speaks of Jesus, the living Word of God that enters us and gives us eternal life.

Jesus said that we are clean because of His Word and that the knowledge of God that comes through His Word is eternal life and is described with the exact same terminology in the Hebrew as the sexual union of a man with his wife.

As the priest would wash his hands and his feet while coming into the Presence of God (gold) and back out into the world (bronze) so we are continually being cleansed from the corruption of this world by the Word of God. When the Jewish leader named Nicodemus came to Jesus to inquire from Him about the kingdom of God Jesus replied, “unless one is born of the water and the Spirit (Hebrew idiom – “born from above”) he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” Water brings life to the physical world and so spiritual water (the Word of God) brings Gods spiritual life to us.

When Jesus met the woman at the well he said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” When Jesus stood and cried, “If any man thirst let him come to Me and drink,” it was on the great day of the feast of tabernacles when the Jewish leaders were pouring the water from the pool of Siloam (Heb. Sent) onto the pavement of the temple symbolizing that someday God will pour out the real water from heaven on His people as promised through the prophet Ezekiel.

Ezek 36:25-27 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.”

 Eph 5:25-26 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,

NOTE: The Greek word for “washing” here means a laver.

Jn 15:3 “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.

Tit 3:5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration (spiritual rebirth) and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

Heb 10:22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Jn 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

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Tabernacle BRONZE LAVER

The laver was made from the bronze mirrors of the women

It was here at the bronze laver that the priests washed their hands and feet before entering into and coming out of the holy place. The laver was made from the bronze mirrors of the women and filled with water for the continual cleansing of the priests as they ministered in the work of the Lord.

Exod 30:17-21 “Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 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, for Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet in water from it. When 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. So 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.”

Its Name

The word “laver” means a bath or wash basin containing water for the purpose of washing. The Jewish priests were commanded to continually wash their hands and feet during tabernacle service.

Its Position

The laver was placed between the door of the Holy Place and the altar.

(1) It came after the altar (sacrifice first)

The appointed priest, as he entered the gate of the outer court, faced the altar, where he made a sacrifice for himself like any other Israelite. Once beyond the altar he was ready to act as a serving priest and so at the laver he prepared himself for the further service of God. He could then minister at the altar or in the Holy Place because he washed at the laver.

The altar always came first for the priest. Salvation and then service. God was approached by way of the blood and the water.

(2) It came before the door (wash before entering)

Within the door of the Holy Place were vessels that represented God Himself. No priest dare enter with any trace of uncleanness. “Be holy as I am holy” was commanded to the priests.

(3) It came after leaving the Holy Place (wash before going out)

In the outer court everything was bronze. Inside the Holy Place everything was gold. As the priest came out of Gods Presence and back into service he washed at the laver.
Notice the Laver at the Entrance to the Holy Place

 (1) It had no staves

How the laver was carried we are not told. The altar and other vessels had staves and rings by which they were carried but nothing is mentioned about the laver. Maybe there was a lip around the top edge as in the illustration.

NOTE: The Greek word for “washing”  means a laver.

It was here that the priests washed their hands and feet

Its purpose

The laver served one great purpose, the washing and cleansing of the priest from all defilement.

(1) It was for priests only

No one in Israel or the rest of the world for that matter could wash from the laver. What a privilege for the tribe of Levi.

(2) Moses washed Aaron and his sons only once:

Ex 40:11-16 “And you shall anoint the laver and its base, and consecrate it. “Then you shall bring Aaron and his sons to the door of the tabernacle of meeting and wash them with water. “You shall put the holy garments on Aaron, and anoint him and consecrate him, that he may minister to Me as priest. “And you shall bring his sons and clothe them with tunics. “You shall anoint them, as you anointed their father, that they may minister to Me as priests; for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.” Thus Moses did; according to all that the LORD had commanded him, so he did.

Here the word “wash” means to wash all over. This washing was done by Moses and it was once and final. There bodies were washed first, then their clothing.

(3) The priests were to wash only their hands and feet.

Ex 30:19-20 “for Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet in water from it. “When 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.

Certainly the hands of the priests would immediately get dirty after washing and then ministering at the altar. And so also their feet (since they were barefoot) would immediately get dirty the moment they touched the ground after washing (since there was no carpeting). Then what was the significance of just the feet and hands being washed?

(a) The Hands

The hands speak of what they did, their service, their work, everything they put their hands to was important and so their hands needed to be cleansed always, and daily. The initial cleansing was done only once, the daily cleansing was done continuously.

(b) The Feet

The feet represented where they went, their lives and ways. Their walk had to be a holy walk, so their feet were washed always, everyday.

 

 

Put your faith in God’s grace!

Romans 4:16

Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all…

When you believe that the favour of God is on you because of Christ’s finished work, His promises of provision, healing and restoration become sure to you. They are not just sure to the Jews, but also to you and me because we are “of the faith of Abraham”.

Ruth was a Gentile widow who put her faith in God’s grace. She believed and declared that God’s favor would lead her to the right field in which to glean, where she would find favor in the owner’s sight. (Ruth 2:2) Because she depended on God’s unmerited favor, God not only placed her in wealthy Boaz’s field, but also in the genealogy of Jesus! (Matthew 1:5)

Ruth’s faith in God’s favour opened up a whole new world for her. She went from poverty to supply, widowhood to marriage, and from being childless to having a complete family. She also became a respected member of the community. (Ruth 4:13–15)

If Ruth, a Gentile who was under the old covenant, enjoyed God’s favour, how much more will we who are under the new covenant of grace enjoy the blessings that the unmerited favour of God brings! In fact, because God sees us in the Beloved today, we enjoy the same favour that Jesus has! (Ephesians 1:3–6)

When you believe that you have the same favor that Jesus has, a whole new world will open up to you—a world where all of God’s promises are “Yes” and “Amen” in Christ! (2 Corinthians 1:20)

Faith

Imagine you are going into Canaan and in Canaan there are giants. Let’s just assume they are not your friends yet they have what belongs to YOU and you have got to take it by FAITH. The only faith that will give you what belongs to you is going to be strong faith.

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Romans 4:17-20

17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb:

20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

Remember we don’t start out with strong faith! If we look at Romans 4:19 it says: Being not weak in faith. It is possible that someone can be weak in faith. Abraham didn’t start out in strong faith!

Paul talks about the faith and that faith growth exceedingly. So whatever measure faith God gives you He is counting on you to grow that faith. God does not want you to stay weak.

How do you grow in faith? Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the WORD of GOD!

God is also explaining faith in the Armor of GOD- Shield of Faith

Ephesians 6:16—“above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one”. At first, I thought of a Roman soldier’s wooden shield. But three words kept repeating themselves in my mind: “quench” and “fiery darts”. If it is a wooden shield, the fiery darts will burn it up.” I think it is a watery shield instead, one which was able to quench the fiery darts.

You may ask, “Why WATER”? Remember that Jesus said, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38) The next verse says, “But this He spoke concerning the Spirit…” (John 7:39)

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Jesus was speaking about the Holy Spirit, which He likened to rivers of living water flowing out of us. So when we pray in the Spirit, rivers of living water will flow, quenching the devil’s fiery darts thrown at us!

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 says – Resist him in the faith

You cannot resist the devil if you don’t have faith!

Believing first before seeing the evidence of what we are believing for is called faith. Faith is like a spark and Jesus is the dynamite powder.

In the story of the healing of the woman with the issue of blood, there were many people who touched Jesus (Mark 5:31), but nothing happened to them. They didn’t touch Him in faith. But when the woman who had been bleeding for 12 years came to Him and touched Him in faith, He felt power leave His body (Mark 5:30), and it sparked off an explosion of healing in the woman’s body!

Hearing about how good, kind and loving Jesus was fired her faith to believe that He could and would heal her. So convinced was she (even when the condition in her body was still evident) that she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” Did she experience her healing first before she believed? No, she believed first in Jesus’ goodness and power, acted in faith and only then felt the healing in her body.

In the same way, God wants you to believe in His goodness and love toward you. He wants you to know how willing He is to act on your behalf to bless you heal you guide you, protect you, and how, with Christ, He will freely give you every good thing. (Romans 8:32)

He wants you to declare by faith that all is and shall be well with you, and to expect to see just that. And then, no matter how long you have had the problem, no matter how bad the experts say it is, an explosion of healing and restoration will take place, and you will receive what you are believing for!

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