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Shmos 25 (6) lists amongst the materials needed for the mishkan "oil for lighting, spices for the anointing oil and for the incense" which seem to be consumables and not for the building of the mishkan. The Daas Zekainim points out the incongruity especially as the wheat for the Shewbread the lambs for the daily sacrifice and the wood for the altar are not mentioned.

He and the Chizkuni answer that it is customary to perfume the palace and light lights (even though He does not need the light) before the King comes to palace. In the mishkan too, G-d could not, so to speak, dwell there until there was perfume and light.

Therefore these materials were essential to the construction of the mishkan. Without them G-d could not have, so to speak, dwelt there.

I clearly do not understand the answer sufficiently because the question still seems to me to be better than the answer.

Can someone please explain or quote another answer?

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As I understand your presentation of the answer, what they are saying is that the oil and spices are used to prepare the Mishkan for God to "dwell there"( because they beautify it), whereas the wheat for the show-bread, the animals for the sacrifices, and the wood for the alter are used in serving God in the Mishkan. What exactly is your problem with the answer? – Tamir Evan Jan 26 '14 at 13:15
@TamirEvan The idea that we need light and perfume for the King to enter the palace is not mentioned anywhere else. – Avrohom Yitzchok Jan 26 '14 at 22:09
Why is that a problem? – Tamir Evan Jan 27 '14 at 4:28
@TamirEvan An answer is more acceptable if it builds on a previously known and accepted principle. But I do like your restatement of the answer "to prepare the Mishkan for God to "dwell there" because they beautify it" and barring any new contributions will be happy to leave it at that. – Avrohom Yitzchok Jan 27 '14 at 13:56
@TamirEvan These Rashi references to kings and the mishkan fit the comparison of the mishkan and Hashem to palace and the King. I am happy. 25 (24) “a golden crown: symbolic of the crown of kingship, for the table represents wealth and greatness, as they say, “the royal table.” - 26 (31) “a dividing curtain: a word denoting a dividing curtain. In the language of the Sages פַּרְגוֹד something that separates between the king and the people.” 29 (43) “There I will arrange meetings: I will arrange to speak with the children of Israel, as a king who arranges a place to speak with his servants.” – Avrohom Yitzchok Jan 28 '14 at 19:59

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