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Then the LORD said to Moses, “Make a bronze basin, with its bronze stand, for washing. Place it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it. Aaron and his sons are to wash their hands and feet with water from it.”
Exodus 30:17 – 19

In Old Testament times, serving God was serious business. The priests and Levites, God’s appointed ministers to the Israelites, were given specific instructions as to how to approach God. The Hebrew word for minister, meshereth, means one who serves a superior. Aaron and his descendants understood that what was required of them was humble service to God.

God’s directions to the priests and Levites were in two areas: how to minister to the Lord and how to be holy as God is holy. To be a servant required holiness.

In this passage, God gives Moses instructions regarding how the washbasin was to be used in the tabernacle. The washbasin represented the importance of holiness in God’s presence. Positioned in front of the Holy Place, it was a reminder of the cleansing process necessary for worshiping God. When the priests and Levites cleaned their hands and feet, their actions represented spiritual cleansing before ministering.

God’s Word reveals to us that he delights in both spiritual and physical worlds, and he’s willing to use physical symbols like the washbasin to remind us of spiritual realities. God calls us to holiness. Are you living out that spiritual reality?

Cleanse my heart, O God, …

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