DID YOU KNOW that the person you see reflected in your bathroom mirror may not be the real you?
Then, who are you? Is your spirit the real you, or is it the body of flesh that everyone sees walking around?
Actually, there is an old 1945 movie that explains it rather well, The Picture of Dorian Gray. It is the story of a very handsome young man whose youthful appearance never changes, but a portrait of him continues to change and show the real person he is -- corrupt and evil.
That’s the way it may be with some of us. We look beautiful and successful to the world, but to YHVH we may look like the portrait of Dorian Gray. How can we know what He sees when He looks at us?
We have had the only reliable method for approximately 3,500 years! It is described in Exodus 38:8 according to the instructions from the mouth of YHVH to Moses: “And he made the laver copper, and its base copper, from the mirrors of the serving women, those assembling, who served at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.”
• Easton’s Bible Dictionary (1897)
Copper: Heb. nechosheth , in the Authorized Version always rendered "brass," except in (Ezra 8:27) and Jere 15:12 It was almost exclusively used by the ancients for common purposes, and for every kind of instrument, as chains, pillars, lavers and the other temple vessels. We read also of copper mirrors, (Exodus 38:8) and even of copper arms, as helmets, spears, etc. (1 Samuel 17:5,6,38; 2 Samuel 21:16)
Copper is the metal of judgment, as 1 Corinthians 11:31-32 explains. “For if we discerned ourselves, we would not be judged. But being judged, we are corrected by YHVH, that we not be condemned with the world.”
If you have not been reconciled to YHVH through Y’hoshua the Messiah, you will never be able to see your true likeness in the copper mirrors of the laver.
Because the copper mirrors are only for His family – those who belong to Him, or those who are turning to Him in trust through the Messiah’s atonement.
In this application, we must look through the water in the laver to see our true reflection in the mirrors. To look into the mirrors through an empty laver will show us the way we want to appear, but it is only through the water – the Water of the Word – that we can see the portrait that YHVH sees, the one that shows our sinful thoughts and deeds!
How, then, do we use the copper mirrors and the laver filled with water to cleanse ourselves on a day-to-day basis?
In Ephesians 5:25-27, where the Messiah is giving instructions to husbands about how to treat their wives, He gives a clear picture of what it means to wash yourself in the water of the Word: “Husbands, love your wives, even as the Messiah also loved the Assembly (of called out ones) and gave Himself up on its behalf, that he might sanctify it, cleansing by the washing of the water in (the) Word that He might present it to Himself the glorious Assembly (of called out ones) not having spot or wrinkle, or any such things, but that it be holy (set apart) and without blemish.”
The water in the laver is the Torah, the instructions for having life. When we look into the copper mirrors of judgment, it will be through the Torah. And, since Y’hoshua the Messiah was the Torah made flesh, when we look into the copper mirrors, it is to look into the face of Y’hoshua and compare our image with His. That’s how our spots and blemishes (transgressions/sins) are made visible to us. Then we can repent of them and replace them with the appropriate actions from the Torah, our instructions for having life.
However, when we willfully reject obedience to the Word, we are called bastards, not sons (or daughters), because we belong to the world, not YHVH! Hebrews 12:8, “But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are bastards and not sons.”
YHVH chastens us the same way we are supposed to chasten our children, training them in the way they should walk (the course of life), not only for their time on earth, but training them for everlasting life as well. To know the Torah is to know both YHVH and the One whom He sent, “And this is everlasting life, that they may know You, the only true Elohim, and Y’hoshua the Messiah, whom You have sent.” John 17:3
We and/or our children will never find the real persons we were created to be unless we are willing to disregard the ways of the world and the traditions of men, building solely upon the foundation of the Word, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with YHVH, and the Word was YHVH . . . And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us . . .” John 1:1, 14
YHVH kept His promise to His people, as reported in Ezekiel 16:62-63, “And I, I will establish My covenant with you. And you shall know that I (am) YHVH, so that you may remember and be ashamed. And you will not any more open (your) mouth, because of your humiliation, when I am propitiated for you for all that you have done, declares Adoni YHVH,”
Who is the real Messiah? He will be found in the Torah, the Psalms and the Prophets when we search for Him there with all our hearts. And, as we search, He will open up our minds to understand the Scriptures the same way He did for His disciples. (Ref. Luke 24:44-45)
Consider this: Don’t you agree that you have nothing to lose and everything to gain?
For only when you find the real Messiah, will you find the real you!