The Anointing Oil

 The Anointing Oil

The anointing oil pictures the Holy Spirit. The sweet smelling formula used to create the mixture speaks of the personality and presence of Christ in the believer produced by the Holy Spirit. The formula was not to be altered. It was also not to be poured out upon the flesh. Man in the natural state (the flesh) is not compatible with the Holy Spirit. 

Works Of The Flesh

Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.


The Bronze Laver

The bronze laver was located after the alter but before the door. The priests had to wash their hands and feet before entering the tabernacle. This pictures the washing of water by the word. The laver pictures Christ who washes us.

1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 

We need daily forgiveness and cleansing from our sins. The Lord's prayer is a daily prayer. Forgive us of our sins just as we have forgiven others of their sins is an important part of this daily prayer. We need to come to the alter of sacrifice on a daily basis and appropriate the ultimate sacrifice. That of God our Savior, our Prophet, Priest, and King. 

An attitude of repentance is required on a daily basis. We're forgiven because of what He did at the cross and on His account. Because His blood is the ultimate sacrifice which cleanses us from all sin.

When Jesus was washing the disciples feet, Peter had a problem with it. He said Lord, not just my feet but all of me. Jesus responded not all of you needs to be washed, just your feet. After initial salvation, we are forgiven and cleansed. But then we need continual cleansing on a daily basis. True worship requires continual cleansing from daily defilement.



Ransom money in the Old Testament was collected when a census was taken. It was for the service of the tabernacle of the congregation. The deeper meaning is that it cost something for our salvation. God paid a price to ransom us from our sins. He gave His very own Son!

Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

The debt has been paid. The Creator has paid the price to bring us back to Himself! 


The Altar of Incense

This altar was positioned just before the Holy of Holies. It was the way to this most blessed place. It was built with acacia wood which represents the humanity of Christ. It was overlaid with pure gold which pictures His deity. Horns on the altar represent God's power and ability to save us from our sins. 

Luke Chapter 1:67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, 1:68 Blessed [be] the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, 1:69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;

Incense was continually burnt on the altar. Again, the altar represents Christ through whom our prayers and praise are continually being offered up to the Father. 

No strange incense was to be offered. Only God prescribed incense. No one was to cook up their own formula for worship. It was to be God's way only. God inspired. See Leviticus 10:1-3.


The Sin Offering

 In the Old Testament, the sin offering dealt with the forgiveness of sins and restoration of relationship with God. The priest would lay hands on the head of the animal. This would in effect transfer his sins to the beast. As the throat was slit and the life blood ran out, guilt was transferred. The act depicts the awful procedure required to free one from the guilt of their sins.

This was a picture of things to come when Jesus would give His life for the forgiveness of sins of the whole world. His sacrifice, however, is perfect. It only happened once and is eternal. The sacrifice of animals had to happen over and over again. These sacrifices merely foreshadowed what was to come. 

Hebrews chapter 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.  7:26 For such an high priest became us, [who is] holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; 7:27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. 7:28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, [maketh] the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.   


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