The Brass Laver
The second article in the courtyard is a solid brass laver made from the looking glasses of the women of Israel. This is the only solid piece in the court yard, and is not measured. There are three solid pieces in the entire structure and they always show that the work therein was all God and does not include the humanity of Jesus Christ, only His Godliness.
The Laver sits on His foot and is filled with water ( the source was probably from the Rock Moses had struck and water was supplied for Israel). ( Later in the scripture this Rock is called Jesus). Here the High Priest and his sons washed their hands and feet before entering into the enclosed or hidden area of the Tabernacle. This Laver denotes the Water of the Word and also the Spirit. After the initial application of blood, all need to wash their hands (work) and feet (walk) daily. This so very important Laver was a place of sanctification. We move on after blood cleansing to the Word for application and enlighten. This is made clear when Jesus spoke to His followers saying " Now you are clean by the Word I have spoken". When we are cleansed by he washing of the Water of the word, we can also be filled with the Spirit at this same source. This is made clear in James when we do not just " observe" the Word... we must partake to grow up in the stature of Jesus Christ.
The major reason the Laver was unmeasured is because God's Word and Spirit are limitless. Just as Salvation is accomplished by the Blood shed at the Altar of the Cross, sanctification is accomplished here, through the application of the Word and being filled with His Spirit. Jesus made this clear in John 17:17. Sanctification is simply to be cleansed and set apart. Paul mentions in his letter to the church at Rome that we are separated unto gospel. After this application of the Word and Spirit, we are then ready to proceed into the tented structure.
The work done in the outer court is our visitation and we must experience these cleansings to enter into a place of revelation. The natural sunlight ( or man's natural understanding) enables all who come to this place of cleansing and setting apart should keep[ in mind that this is the " common salivation" spoken by Jude 1:3 and we are exhorted there to contend for the faith once delivered to the saints.
When Jesus washed His disciples feet, He was cleansing them as His Sons, just as Moses, ( delivered in the day tabernacle) washed Aaron and his sons ( old covenant priesthood) here ONE time and thereafter Aaron and his sons washed themselves daily. This is why John Baptist baptized Jesus publicly. John was a son of the high priest of the Levitical order that was to be replaced by the Melchesdek Priesthood of Jesus Christ. It was vital for John to fulfill all righteousness.
Here is where the children of God cleansed themselves of all filthiness of the flesh. At the Brass Altar the judgment of God was the Lamb for me. There at this Brass Laver, as I look into the Word and judgment is by me and I must wash and partake of His Spirit here... for my perpetual cleansing. We must be clean who bear the vessels of the Lord.