How is the number 5 represented in God's tabernacle?
The 'tabernacle in the wilderness' profoundly reflects God's grace in its use of the number 5. This tabernacle, whose design was given directly by God, contained five curtains (Exodus 26:3), five bars (Exodus 26:26 - 27), five pillars and five sockets (Exodus 26:37) and an altar made of wood that was five cubits long and five cubits wide (Exodus 27:1). The height of the court within the tabernacle was five cubits (Exodus 27:18).
The Holy anointing oil (Exodus 30:23 - 25), the ingredients of which were given directly by God, was used to consecrate the furniture of the tabernacle. It was comprised of five parts, for it was a revelation of pure grace. The proportion of spices used in making the oil were a multiple of five, which then had a hin of olive oil added to it.
Pure Myrrh, 500 shekels
Sweet cinnamon, 250 shekels
Sweet calamus, 250 shekels
Cassia, 500 shekels
Additional information on the Biblical Meaning of 5
There are five books in the Bible that contain only one chapter (2John, 3John, Philemon, Jude and Obadiah). Moses wrote five books, the most of any Old Testament writer. In the New Testament, the apostle Paul wrote fourteen books.
Babylon's King Nebuchadnezzar was given, by God, a dream where he saw a giant statue of a man. This statue, according to the interpretation given by the Eternal to Daniel, represented 5 periods of world-ruling empires.
The statue's head of god represented Babylon (Daniel 2:32, 38)
The Chest and Arms of Silver symbolized the Persian Empire (Daniel 2:32, 39)
The Belly and Thighs of Bronze (brass) represented the Macedonian Empire under Alexander the Great
The Two Legs of Iron symbolized Rome's Empire (Daniel 2:33, 40 - 43)
The Ten Toes of Iron mixed with Clay are the successors to the Roman Empire (Daniel 2:41 - 44)