The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleExodus 30:20
When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they
shall wash with water…
The laver standing near the door of the
tabernacle, they washed at it as soon as they entered; and no man, we
are told F3, entered into the court before he washed, even though he
was clean; though he had contracted no filthiness, and even though he
had washed his hands and feet at home, he was obliged to do it when he
went into the tabernacle, before he attempted to perform any service.
This intimates to us the necessity as of pure hearts, so of pure hands,
in order to compass the altar of God, to attend public worship, and
particularly prayer, in which holy hands should be lifted up,
(1 Timothy 2:8) (Psalms 26:6) :
that they die not:
sin exposes to death, eternal death; that is the
wages of it, and it is only the blood of Christ, and being washed in
that, that can secure from it:
or when they come near to the altar to minister;
to the altar of
burnt offering to minister there, by laying on the wood and the pieces
in order, and burning them on it, as follows:
to burn offering made by fire to the Lord;
no man was fit for this
service, or might be admitted to it, until he was washed; and it was
usual among other nations to wash before they entered on religious
service F4; even in the East Indies, the priests do not sacrifice to
their idols before they wash in water that is about the temple F5;
which seems to be a satanical imitation of this practice among the
F3 Misn. Yoma, c. 3. sect. 3.
F4 Vid. Outram de Sacrificiis, l. 1. c. 6. sect. 14.
F5 Vartoman. Navigat. l. 5. c. 23.