“Take your bath, Ronnie, and wash behind your ears!” I can still hear my mother’s words to me when I was a young boy. She taught me the importance of good hygiene.
Good spiritual hygiene is important, too. The bronze laver in the Old Testament tabernacle is a place of ceremonial washing before the priest entered the holy place on behalf of worshippers. The mirrored basin full of water pictures the cleansing and sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in cooperation with our daily reading of the Word of God (Exodus 30:17-21).
God invites us to enter into His holy presence and enjoy fellowship with Him, but not before we first wash away our sins (2 Corinthians 7:1).