Vases and Lavers 1Ki 7:27-39
In addition to the great molten sea, described in the previous verses, there were ten portable vessels, or vases, that ran on wheels, so that they could be pushed across the level marble floor to any part of the court where fresh cleansing water was required. Five of these lavers were placed on the right, and ten on the left, of the great brazen altar. Such things as belonged to the burned-offering they washed in them; but the sea was for the priests to wash in, 2Ch 4:6 .
We should carefully note the large provision made under the old Covenant for ceremonial washings. How precise is this account of these vessels! Does it not give weight to that injunction: “Be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord”? Isa 52:11 . This passage reminds us of the infinite purity of God, who charges His angels with folly, Job 4:18 , and in whose sight the heavens are not clean, Job 15:15 . As our Lord said to His disciples: “He that is clean needs… to wash his feet,” Joh 13:10 . Every act of ours, even though we are priests unto God, needs to be cleansed and sanctified by the Word of God and prayer, Act 6:4 .