by Wayne Blank
The most common form of vessels were cups, bowls or jugs used for storage of liquid or dry consumer goods (see also Biblical Weights and Measures). During Bible History, vessels were made from stone, pottery, wood (barrels), straw or reeds (baskets), leather or metals ranging from copper and bronze to silver and gold. There were routine household vessels and there were holy vessels used in the Tabernacle and the Temple. A few examples from the hundreds found in the Scriptures:
"And The Lord [see also YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD] spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone" (Exodus 7:19 KJV)
"Vessel" was also used figuratively for humans who also exist in a great variety as they were created:
"But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work." (2 Timothy 2:20-21 KJV) (see also Works Means Obedience)
Fact Finder: Are Christians "vessels," or "temples," of the Holy Spirit?