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)
The Laver that was in the court of the Sanctuary was where washing and cleansing would occur as the priests readied themselves to perform their duties. It was also used for other purposes including playing a significant role in resolving marital issues by providing proof of guilt or innocence when a woman was accuse of adultery (Numbers 5:17, 28). Taking this into consideration, it is interesting that the laver and its base were made exclusively from sheets of copper that women used as mirrors.
Jewish tradition teaches that Moses was, at first, reluctant to use these bronze mirrors because they promoted self-aggrandizement. The idea of using something that had once served to reflect the image of a person seemed to clash with the notion of glorifying God. However, the fact that these ladies wished to rid themselves of these mirrors actually speaks in concert with the reason for the Sanctuary — mankind humbling himself before the Almighty.
In the book of Revelation, the 24 elders who had been given crowns, cast their crowns before the Throne saying, “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created” (Revelation 4:11). The point is, that which had been given them as a reward, and which would to some degree, call attention to them, was given back to the Creator in acknowledgement of His glory. In other words, those who truly regard Him as King will not do anything to promote their own glory, especially in His Presence. And so, let us all strive to serve Him in humility and not draw attention to ourselves but in every way acknowledge His greatness and sovereignty.
Blessings and Shalom,