Picture an Old Testament priest shuffling his feet in the dust and sand as he makes his way to the portable worship facility God instructed Moses to build in the Sinai desert. He goes to work everyday at the tabernacle to serve the Lord and represent God’s people in worship.
Before he enters the holy place, he stops off at the bronzer laver located in the outer courtyard. He leans over the mirrored basin filled with water and sees his own reflection as he washes his hands (Exodus 30:17-21).
No doubt James had this in mind when he compared the Word of God to a mirror, and encouraged us to be doers of the Word and not just hearers (James 1:22-25).