Thursday, February 23, 2017

Law - The Temple's Outer Court (SD15)

Exo 40:29-30  And he put the altar of burnt offering before the door of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, and offered upon it the burnt offering and the grain offering, as the Lord had commanded Moses. He set the laver between the tabernacle of meeting and the altar, and put water there for washing;

The Outer Court of the Temple houses the bronze 'Altar of burnt offerings' just after the entrance, and also the bronze 'Laver of water' for the washing of the  priests. Both these vessels were outside but just in front of the door of the 'Tabernacle of meeting' or Holy Place.   (See picture)

Altar of Burnt Offerings

Gen 8:20  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.

Man is created in the image of God, so God used the deluge to kill all the corrupted descendants (human hybrid - no longer the image of God) of women fathered by the fallen angels (sons of God). After Noah had built the Altar, God only accepted the sacrifices of clean animals and clean birds as burnt sacrifices.

Lev 7:37  This is the law of the burnt offering, the grain offering, the sin offering, the trespass offering, the consecrations, and the sacrifice of the peace offering, (For full details read Lev 1-9)

God instructed the priesthood in great details how to prepare and offer the various types of sacrifices. The two sons of Aaron disobeyed and were killed by God.

Lev 10:1-2  Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. So fire went out from the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the Lord.

Heb 3:11-13  For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach.

At the Altar, the priest accepted the sacrifices of the Israelites and then prayed for them for redemption of sin, thanksgivings, healings, blessings, requests, etc. which is outside the Holy Place.

John 19:20  Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.

Our Lord Jesus (Lamb of God ) was offered on the cross just outside the walls of Jerusalem (the holy city of God) fulfilling the 'Altar of burnt offerings.' So whosoever believed in Jesus as the Lamb of God shall be saved.

The Laver of Water

Exo 40:30-32  He set the laver between the tabernacle of meeting and the altar, and put water there for washing; and Moses, Aaron, and his sons would wash their hands and their feet with water from it. Whenever they went into the tabernacle of meeting, and when they came near the altar, they washed, as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Before the priest could enter the Holy Place, he must first washed himself at the laver and then put on the priesthood garments in the Holy Place.

Having been saved and cleansed by the blood of Jesus, let us allow the Holy Spirit to lead us to holiness through the washing with pure water (laver) by obeying the word of God.

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.