Exodus 30:22 Moreover the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 23 Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels, 24 And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: 25 And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil. 26 And thou shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony, 27 And the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick and his vessels, and the altar of incense, 28 And the altar of burnt offering with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot. 29 And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy.
The Tabernacle received by Moses from God on Mount Sinaii was given to him with specific detail Exodus 25:8, 9, 40. It was a portable Tent where God’s glory would be revealed. It was exact in its detail because it foreshadowed Jesus Christ, the Anointed One, Who God would provide redemption through. The Tabernacle was to be anointed and in Exodus 30:22 – 30, God gives a description of the specific elements Moses was to make the holy anointing oil from. It had five principle spices: pure myrrh; sweet cinnamon; sweet calamus; cassia,; and oil olive. Five is often used as the number of grace in Biblical numerology. The anointing oil was to be poured on the 6 pieces of furniture (6 is the number of man or flesh; God covers all of man’s flesh with grace). Each piece of furniture was situated in different places in the Tabernacle of Moses. They can also symbolize PLACES of different spiritual activities we participate in as Believers and that we can find more grace and anointing from Jesus:
- Ark of the testimony – The place of worship.
- Table of Showbread – The place of fellowship.
- Candlestick – The place of the Word.
- Altar of incense – The place of prayer.
- Altar of Burnt Offering – The place of spiritual sacrifices/praise.
- Laver – The place of cleansing.
Since the holy anointing oil of five principal spices (grace) was poured upon these pieces of furniture and places, they can be seen as places where we can find more grace and anointing in our lives. As we give place to these in our lives more anointing and grace is poured into us. James 4:6 says, “But He giveth more grace; wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth more grace to the humble.”