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Wednesday, October 08 2008
I have studied the Bible since I was a child and I have come to realize that God is interested in the smallest of details and there are no coincidences in God.  When God spoke a commandment, it had purpose and therefore should be followed to the letter of the law.  The Bible states...

1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

Yesterday, I was teaching a Bible study and a question arose that I could not answer.  I simply did not know, but I promised to find an answer.  The question came from the following scriptures...

Exodus 30:18 Thou shalt also make a laver of brass, and his foot also of brass, to wash withal: and thou shalt put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and thou shalt put water therein.

Exodus 27
1 And thou shalt make an altar of shittim wood, five cubits long, and five cubits broad; the altar shall be foursquare: and the height thereof shall be three cubits.
2 And thou shalt make the horns of it upon the four corners thereof: his horns shall be of the same: and thou shalt overlay it with brass.

The question raised from these scriptures is simple.  Why brass?  Why did God choose brass instead of all the other metals.  Although, the answer is not found readily in the scripture, there are those that have commented and their answers seem reasonable.
  • The altar was brass because it was a metal that could handle the heat from the sacrifices that were burned on it.
  • The laver was brass because it would have been shined to a polished finished.  It would act as a mirror for the priests so they would know where to wash.
I also theorize that brass was used also because it was readily available, but one thing we do know is that God knows what He is doing and brass was the right metal for the right purpose.
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