When Bezalel was building the items that God told Moses to make for the Tabernacle, one of the items was a “laver”. Some modern depictions of the bronze laver look something like a large commercial coffee urn with multiple spigots. The laver was part of the process the priests would go through each time they served, each time they would approach God. The laver provided water to wash what was dirty. It’s not that God is a germaphobe, there is a deeper kind of cleansing that God is interested in when we draw near to Him. Moses recorded that Bezalel made it … from the bronze mirrors of the serving women who assembled at the door of the tabernacle of meeting (Exodus 38:8). Ancient mirrors weren’t made of glass, but of finely polished bronze. With a laver made of mirrors, I imagine the priests could see themselves when they washed.
James tells us a little something about another mirror when he writes, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does” (James1:22-25). Beloved, when you open God’s Word, do you see yourself in the reflection? Do you know what needs to be washed? Take a look in the mirror. Be careful to do what it says.