Moreover he made an altar of brase1. The altar of brass. Larger than that in tabernacle. When God enlarges our borders and business we should increase our gifts.
2. The sea of brass. God requires sanctity in all that approach Him (James 4:8).
3. The ten layers. Not only the priests, but the sacrifices, must be washed. We must purify our persons and performances. Iniquity cleaves to our holy things.
4. The ten golden candlesticks. One in tabernacle. Light increases.
5. The ten tables.
6. The golden altar. Christ makes atonement and intercedes for ever in virtue of that atonement.
Also he made a molten sea of ten cubits
Homiletical Commentary.I. ITS USE. Suggests purification for God's service.
II. ITS SIZE. Suggests abundant provision for purification. A type of the "fountain opened."
III. ITS CONSTRUCTION.
1. The material precious and durable.
2. The oxen, sacrifices of priests, emblems of strength and patience — looking all ways. The blessings procured by a holy priesthood would be universally diffused.
And the entry of the house.
I. ACCESS TO GOD IN CHRISTIAN WORSHIP.
II. ACCESS TO SYMBOLIC BEAUTY IN CHRISTIAN WORSHIP.
1. Perfection of gold, or material prosperity given to God.
2. Palms — growth and fruitfulness in Christian life.
3. Flowers — beauty and fragrance in Christian character.
4. Cherubims — alacrity in God's service.
(J. Parker, D.D.).