When God commanded Moses to build the Tabernacle in the desert, He was specific about the details of each utensil so that everything went according to His Will. Among the many important utensils of the Tabernacle, God ordered a Bronze Basin to be built, though its dimensions were not mentioned in Holy Scriptures. It was located between the Bronze Altar and the Tabernacle. It was not for offering sacrifices; it was for the priest to wash his hands and feet.
He made the laver of bronze and its base of bronze, from the bronze mirrors of the serving women who assembled at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. Exodus 38.8
This verse tells us the Bronze Basin was made from the bronze mirrors of the women who served at the entrance to the meeting tent. These women forfeited something that was once an object used for their vanity, thus revealing the importance of being unattached to everything when the time comes to approach God.
When the priest approached the Bronze Basin to wash his hands and feet, he would contemplate his reflection in the bronze and water. There, he would meditate about everything he had done with his hands and the paths in which his feet traveled until then. If the priest entered the Holy of Holies with his conscience tainted because of a sin, without remitting them, he would drop dead immediately before the Glory of God.
In the Bible, Bronze symbolizes God’s Justice; this is, God is good, merciful and gracious, but He is also Justice and does not accept those whose lives are on the Altar to walk in corruption. This is why the Lord warns in His Word:
Now, the Lord of Hosts says this: “Think carefully about your ways”. Haggai 1.5
Today, the Bronze Basin is our consciousness and also our heart, because they reveal our situation before the Lord and the light of God’s righteousness in our lives, like the polished bronze reflected the image of the priest.
After all, one day, we will all stand before Him and have the image of our consciousness reflected before the Justice of His Glory.
Always on the Altar.