Looking Into The Mirror Of The Bronze Laver

In Exodus 35, Moses was given the commandment to assemble the Tabernacle (מִשְׁכַּן‎, Mishkan meaning “residence” or “dwelling place”) after returning from the Mount Sinai. The scripture testifies that Moses’ face was shinning while he speaks to Aaron and the children of Israel. In the building of the Tabernacle, Betzalel and Aholiav were appointed in whom the LORD has put wisdom and understanding, to know how to do all manner of work of service of the sanctuary, shall do according to all that the LORD has commanded. The items for the construction of the Tabernacle includes; the tent curtain, the covering (roof), the veil separating the holy place from the inner chamber, the Holy Ark and Mercy Seat, the Table with the Bread of Presence, the Menorah lampstand, the altar of incense and the altar of sacrifice. Every item in the sanctuary is meant to teach us something.  

Interestingly, one item in particular, which is the Bronze Laver, was made from mirrors of women in the community who contributed them to help built the sanctuary. Exodus 38:8 “He made the basin of bronze and its stand of bronze, from the mirrors of the ministering women who ministered in the entrance of the tent of meeting.” This basin was place by the entrance to the tent of meeting for the people to wash their hand in preparation to come into His presence.

In the ancient time, mirror had not been invented. Basin was typically used as a mirror with the method of filling in clean and still water. In spiritually term and understanding, the mirror speaks of the transformation from where we encounter our own image to a place where we encounter God. Thus, this is a “new self” cleansed by His word reflecting His radiance presence. Before entering into the holy presence of God daily, it is our duty also to come with a clean hand and a pure heart, by putting on the new self, in the likeness of Christ before the presence of God. 2 Corinthians 3:18 “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

The material of the basin itself was made of bronze/copper (which in Hebrew is nehoset, נְחֹשֶׁת). In biblical term, it is a symbol of God’s Righteous Judgment. According to Psalm 89:14, since righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne, let us to draw close into His daily presence with humility. Allowing the Holy Spirit to search and examine our heart (as to judge oneself), so that we may remove the plank that is so visible in front of our own eyes before our brethren. Luke 6:42

Therefore, as we stare into the mirror every morning, may we be reminded of His words and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:24

Shalom