The book of Exodus is an amazing story of two things. The first half describes God’s deliverance of the Israelites. The second half describes His dwelling place among His people, we call it the sanctuary. It’s fairly common knowledge that the appeal for building materials met with unprecedented generosity. The people gave so much that they had to be refrained from giving. But tucked away in this narrative of beneficence is a story that doesn’t make as many headlines. It’s the story of the most beautiful women in the world.
Fresh from slavery the ladies of Israel had acquired from the Egyptians ornaments and jewelry that in their previous estate they could only dream of. Combs of sandalwood, hair pins, and ear rings were now a part of their wardrobe. Imagine the luxury of perfume and new clothes, it must have been wonderful! But what good would all of these things be to a woman if she couldn’t see the final product of her primping? Yes, we take our mirrors for granted. If one breaks it’s not bad luck, just a simple inconvenience. We move to another mirror in different room and keep on going. But what if you were limited to one mirror for your entire life? And what if that one mirror was given you in the second half of your life. This was the case for a select group of women who ministered in the developing temple precincts.