Our Bible Study teacher had prepared 12 flat loaves of bread in the shape of 8 inch pancakes, to illustrate the show bread that was placed on the Table of showbread in two rows of 6 and represented the 12 tribes of Israel. At the end of class she offered us small cups of grape juice and a piece of the bread she had broken. We celebrated the reminder of Jesus body and His blood and being in His presence.
It was called the Bread of “His Presence.” This bread was a Spiritual invitation for man to enter into God’s presence and to fellowship with Him.
I took notes and present an edited lesson.
The table of Show Bread sat to the right in the Holy Place, and was anointed twice daily morning and evening with frankincense. Our prayers are likened to incense as we pray to the Father.
Each Sabbath day, the twelve flat loaves were replaced with fresh loaves and the priests were to eat the old bread while standing in the Holy place. Everything was done while standing. There was no place to sit down and rest.
When Jesus made the final sacrifice; He sat down. Hebrews 10:11-14 "But Jesus after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God - -
The Table for the Showbread Exodus 25:23-30 You shall also make a table of acacia wood; two cubits shall be its length, a cubit its width, and a cubit and a half its height. And you shall overlay it with pure gold, and make a molding of gold all around. You shall make for it a frame of a handbreadth all around, and you shall make a gold molding for the frame all around. And you shall make for it four rings of gold, and put the rings on the four corners that are at its four legs. The rings shall be close to the frame, as holders for the poles to bear the table. And you shall make the poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold, that the table may be carried with them. You shall make its dishes, its pans, its pitchers, and its bowls for pouring. You shall make them of pure gold. And you shall set the showbread on the table before Me always.
Jesus said He is the Light of the World as the Lamp Stand represents, and the Table with the bread is a symbol of Jesus the Bread of Life.
The Table was made of hard acacia wood that has large thorny spikes, and is thought to have been the thorns that were used to make the Crown placed on the head of Jesus when he was crucified.
His Body was broken by whipping and beating and as we partake of the Lord’s Supper we are reminded of His broken Body and of His Blood shed for our salvation.
Pure Olive oil was beaten for the lamp in the Holy Place to burn continually. We are reminded to not allow our light to go out, but to keep our light burning always.
Jesus had fed a multitude with loaves and fishes, and went to the mountain to pray, but told his disciples to get in their boat and go back to the other side. The people walked around the lake to reach the other side, and knew the disciples had left without Jesus. But here Jesus was with them. How could this be?
They really were not interested, but wanted Jesus to give them more physical food. Jesus told them that Moses gave them manna in the wilderness, but He said, “I am the Living bread.” As he explained in spiritual too deep for their understanding - - many left him. May we understand Jesus has much for us in the Spirit and we can feast at His table anytime? He supplies living bread and living water that we shall never hunger and thirst again
1 Corinthians10:14-17 Therefore my beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.
We are many, but we are one. Our actions speak for us.
How can we change a culture? By our example; may we walk the talk?