There is so much included in the all-inclusive life-giving compound Spirit, which is THE SPIRIT today! We are used to “read the Bible” and then just take things for granted as we read them; but if we exercise our spirit and pay attention to what the Bible really says, putting the glasses of God’s economy on, and even looking into the details and why they were mentioned, we will be filled with light and revelation concerning God, His economy, and His Person! In the Old Testament there’s the type of the compounded ointment with specific spices, measurements, and ways of compounding and applying. In the New Testament we see the reality and the fulfillment of this type in the process Christ went through – to become the all-inclusive life-giving compound Spirit of Jesus Christ as the compound ointment to be applied to us as the church, the house of God! This ointment is compounded of a hin of olive oil(God Himself as the base) and four spices – myrrh(the precious death of Christ), cinnamon(the sweetness and effectiveness of Christ’s death), calamus(the precious resurrection of Christ), and cassia(the repelling power and the effectiveness of Christ’s resurrection). But this is not all – there are specific measurements and numbers being mentioned – what do they signify? This morning I enjoyed some of these deeper details that give a richer meaning and understanding of the compound Spirit and the ingredients we have in the Spirit! Here’s what Exo. 30:23-24 says again,
You also take the finest spices: of flowing myrrh five hundred shekels, and of fragrant cinnamon half as much, two hundred fifty shekels, and of fragrant calamus two hundred fifty shekels, And of cassia five hundred shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and a hin of olive oil.
- In the compound Spirit we have the unique God – the Only God, the Creator, is signified by the one hin(a complete unit) of olive oil(1 Tim. 1:17; Rom. 16:27). The base of the oil and the element that helps all the ingredients to blend together is the olive oil. The fact that God is the base and there are spices added to Him shows us that our God is not merely God with the element of divinity – He has been mingled and blended with other elements. Our God is a compounded God, a God who passed through a process and “picked up” some ingredients – God became a man, He put on human nature, He had a perfect human life, He died on the cross, He was resurrected, and He was ascended. After passing through this process of blending, compounding, the Spirit is no longer just “divine” – He also has the element of humanity, human living, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension added to Him! The base is God, but all these elements are added to Him – He’s an “enriched God“, a processed and consummated God, a “compound Spirit”!
- In the compound Spirit we have the Triune God! How do we see this? There are four spices – the first and the last were each 500 shekels while the second and the third were 250 shekels. The measure of these spices show that although there are four spices, there are three complete units: the myrrh(500 shekels), the cinnamon + the calamus(250 + 250 shekels), and the cassia(500 shekels). The fact that the second unit was “split in half” is fulfilled / pointed out in the process Christ went through in His crucifixion – on the cross He was “split in two”, He was cut for us. The first unit typifies God the Father, the second unit God the Son(who was cut on the cross for us), and the third unit God the Spirit. How wonderful – the entire Triune God is included in the compound Spirit!
- In the compound Spirit we have MAN, the creature – more specifically, we have the humanity of Jesus, the man Jesus. How can we see man here? There’s no mention of man! Well, the fact that there are FOUR spices indicates that man is present(as typified by number four)! Four in the Bible signifies God’s creation, of which man is the head; in Ezekiel and Revelation we see the four living creatures who have the one with the face of a man being the leading one. Man is typified by the four spices of the plant life – so man, the man Jesus with His perfect humanity, is included in the compound Spirit!
- In the compound Spirit we see the mingling of divinity with humanity – we see this in the blending of the olive oil with the four spices(Rom. 8:16; 1 Cor. 6:17). God (as typified by the olive oil as the base) and man (as typified by the four spices) is mingled and blended together to form a compound ointment – The Spirit! In this Spirit we have both God and man, both divinity and humanity – which are mingled!
- In the compound Spirit we have the power for responsibility – signified by number five(Matt. 25:2). Four spices PLUS one hin of olive oil equals five – a number which signifies responsibility for God’s purpose.
- In the compound Spirit we have the building element – as signified by numbers three and five(see Gen. 6:15-16; Exo. 26:3). In the tabernacle most measurements are either three or five, or multiples of three and five. It is NOT coincidental that in the compound ointment these numbers are used again – the building element is included in the compound Spirit!
Praise the Lord for such an all-inclusive compound Spirit! The above elements are included in the Spirit – and so much more! What a rich meaning and what a rich enjoyment of the Spirit – when we know these matters! [portion inspired from the life-study of Exodus, messages 159 and 164, as quoted in the HWMR on The Central Line of the Bible]
Hallelujah for such a rich compounded Spirit! Thank You Lord for being the Spirit with divinity, humanity, God, man, the power for responsibility, and the building element! Lord, keep us turning to You in our mingled spirit to enjoy Your constant application of Yourself with all Your ingredients to us! Bring us into the experience of all these things, Lord, as we enjoy You and spend time with You! Even open our mind further to understand the deeper meaning and the richer significance of Your Word! Save us from skating on the surface – we want to really dive into the deeper truths in the Bible!