We will become a community of faith, ready to change the world. “You shall make four gold rings for it and put rings on the four corners which are on its four feet. Everything in the tabernacle was portable, carried through the wilderness by Levites – stopped things falling off and getting jumbled together. And He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;] – it was something Jesus longed to do. They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?” they went back to the disciples in Jerusalem and: began to relate their experiences on the road and how He was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.] 30 And thou shalt set upon the table shewbread before me alway. His earthly life was like fine flour, perfect in its whiteness. As fine flour He was tested and tried- tempted at every point by God, and men, and devils, but all and everywhere He was the same. It may also be considered as typical of communion with Him. Prayer is reminding God of His promises, calling Him to fulfil His Word. We naturally infer from this that the twelve tribes were represented in them. It kept everything on the table. Sometimes we hold Jesus off at a distance and revere Him, but we don’t partake of Him. That is the place of fellowship. These cakes were placed on the table hot, each Sabbath day ( Leviticus 24:8; 1 Samuel 21:3-6; Matthew 12:3-4 ), arranged in two piles, six in a row, with pure frankincense on each row ( Leviticus 24:6-7 ). That He may touch my eyes and make me see; Show me the truth concealed within Thy Word. Christ is the "Bread of God" (Isa_6:33). They may be blessed of God but they are only to help us in our understanding of God’s Word they don’t take the place of it. No sifting, pressing, or bruising can alter its character. John loves surfing; I’ve never even tried it. Sermons Live Calendar Bible Studies Blog Inspirational Quotes. 28 And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold, that the table may be borne with them. The gold represents the divine (golden) nature of YEHOVAH God. I’ve read many books, men of God have helped me greatly in my understanding, but sometimes I get tired of them – I can’t know that they are true, can’t absolutely depend upon them. It is not enough to know about Jesus by studying the written Word, He must be in us: “Christ IN YOU, the hope of glory” Colossians 1:27. The bread was presented to יְהוָה, after 7 days it was replaced with fresh bread – only then did the priests eat it. I. This pure incense covering the loaves speaks to us of the righteousness of God-or the merit of Christ’s atoning work-imputed to us as we stand by faith upon redemption ground. It must be pure and it is memorial before God. 3. Jesus – always beholding the face of the Father. We need to “Internalize” Him – just as Paul tells us about his own experience in Galatians 2:20; “I am crucified WITH CHRIST: nevertheless I LIVE; yet not I, but CHRIST LIVETH IN ME: and the life which I NOW LIVE IN THE FLESH I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” His life is the life we now live. There is a great need today to come back to the Word of God alone. It alone is a sure foundation. Bread pictures the body of Christ. Overlay it with pure gold and make a gold molding around it. All God’s people stood before Him in these loaves, and stood on one that was well able to bear them up-the golden table. Here He is telling us that the “Living Bread” is a type, or symbol, of His flesh – which He did give for the life of the world. BEFORE GOD’S FACE: [P] Jesus’ work done to God primarily, when we focus on our needs, place ourselves first; then we become selfish and everything turns sour. Amazing! Wondrous grace, Christ satisfies both God and man, meets all the claims of the one, supplies all the needs of the other. Denomination: Baptist. Fellowship is associated with breaking of bread, communion. RIM: [P] Jesus having the pre-eminence. Alas! Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; ….. I must admit I am very uneasy with these churches where you wander around in the service and grab yourself a cup of coffee – it’s too laid back and distracting from God. Make four gold rings for the table and fasten them to the four corners, where the four legs are. It is a picture of wonderful closeness with God. It is the mystery of God revealed, the love of God mad known and the power of Go. The Table Of Shewbread The Tour of the Tabernacle Mt. Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:14-17. When other things get put on the same level as Jesus division and dissention enter, fellowship is destroyed because the One we have in common is no longer central. BREAD: [P] Jesus, the Word become flesh. We have been looking at the tabernacle, getting closer to where יְהוָה is: first we approached the tabernacle where יְהוָה’s presence dwells [P]; came to the court of righteousness, through the door that is Jesus, to the bronze altar which is His sacrifice for sin [P]; then we came to the laver where we as priests were cleansed by the washing of the water of the word [P]; then we came to the tabernacle itself [P] which is Jesus – last time we looked at getting to know Him deeper. Men can help, given of God for that purpose, but we must keep them separate, keep the distinction clear. This is the Table of Shewbread. POLES: [P] we are pilgrims. Yes! 24:5–9), probably to signify God’s generous provision of food and other necessities for the twelve tribes of Israel. COMMUNION: [P] Feeding on Jesus, His life. And thou shalt set them in two rows, six on a row, upon the pure table before the LORD. Pilate testified to this when he said, "I find no fault in this Man" (Luk_23:4). It was made out of wood, so all the carpenters got busy sanding and filing and shaping and spinning to make the wood. That is why there is fellowship. The table of shewbread was the center of fellowship for the priests, which is a type of New Testament believers. That’s what we are going to look at today – the table. Everything connected with Him is deeply interesting to those who love Him with all their heart. “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. “You shall overlay it with pure gold and make a gold border around it. I took exception to a chorus we sang – that’s me, a prickly character. The bread was the "Bread of God," yet it was to be eaten by the priests. THE TABLE OF SHEWBREAD (Exodus 25:23-30; 37:10-16; Leviticus 24:5-9) The table of shewbread stood on the north side of the holy place A table always speaks of fellowship One day, on the plains of Mamre, Abraham invited three strangers into his home and gave them a meal at his table. “You shall put pure frankincense on each row that it may be a memorial portion for the bread, even an offering by fire to יְהוָה. In Ezekiel’s vision in Ezekiel 1, the picture of the Holy Ghost is one with eyes all over, depicting the spirit quality of seeing or discerning. "Unto all, and upon all them that believe" (Rom_3:22). Jesus is who we have in common. Meetings. “You shall set them in two rows, six to a row, on the pure gold table before יְהוָה. 2. We have been called into fellowship with Jesus: [1 Corinthians 1:8-9 God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.] 29 And thou shalt make the dishes thereof, and spoons thereof, and covers thereof, and bowls thereof, to cover withal: of pure gold shalt thou make them. Well, let’s think this through together. To the Holy place – we are “in Christ” – right in the place that He dwells what do we find? What do people do at a table? What the NT calls “reclining at table”. There are some Christians who are like inferior flour, they don’t bake well. The bread of the Presence was put on this table regularly (v. 30) — twelve loaves laid out in two piles of six loaves each (Lev. The table pictures Security... V. 25 tells a border the size of a hand breadth. The table was made of wood [P] – the humanity of Jesus [P]. The Lord wants to share a meal with us – be with His people, fellowship around the table together. 1/ Do you remember David? Bless Thou the Bread of Life to me, to me. Don Fortner The Table of Shewbread The human body of Jesus Christ may be seen here. The Frankincense. 2. The fourth step is the table of shewbread which represents God's word. The written and the Living Word are intimately linked – it is the same “Word of God”. After the bread had been before יְהוָה on the table for a week it was eaten by priest – which we are. The Table of Shewbread. They don't just, "Thou preparest," so the table had to be made. The table of showbread, on which the loaves were presented before YEHOVAH God, was of acacia wood, overlaid with pure gold (Exo. The bread of His presence must be ever fresh. He says it again: [John 6:48-58 “I am the bread of life. I read it through each year, besides my daily study of it – they laugh at me at work and say – don’t you know it off by heart by now? Jesus alone satisfies and sustains. Now we will pass through the door of the tabernacle and enter the holy place. His Divinity – He is God! It’s not theory. We have fellowship with both aspects of Christ’s life, the wood and the gold: 1/ the wood of His human life and sojourning among men, a life of humiliation and suffering – we share this [Philippians 3:10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death]. "In me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing" (Rom_7:18). There were great differences among the people in the camp outside; inside they were all alike before God. Brown.) A line in it said: “You took the fall and thought of me above all else” No! Now it is dangerous to get too specific about their use and about what the individual vessels represent – the Bible doesn’t interpret that for us. What do we have in common? If we want to know someone we might ask them over for a cup of tea. The bread was ever on the table before the Lord. Luke 22, Jesus said there’s a table in glory where we will eat and drink at the marriage supper of the Lamb. Some would confuse things and mix the Divine and human elements – accepting man’s word as authoritative as Jesus, but God holds His word above. In Jesus there is provision, feeding on Jesus – He satisfies; is all we need. It is called shew-bread (KJV) – bread of the presence (“of the face”), bread that is before the face of יְהוָה – who is that? We depend upon eating that Living Bread. Are we the same joyful, trusting Christians in adversity as in prosperity? Break Thou the Bread of Life, dear Lord to me. Jesus! “The rings shall be close to the rim as holders for the poles to carry the table. We adults are far more reserved and careful. The idea expressed by Paul when he said, “So then faith cometh by hearing, a… It is an invitation given to a church, to believers. I recall a godly pastor in our church went to Australia – several members of the congregation, went there too, following him. He was without spot. Flour is the product of earth, and the necessity of man. The greatest, closest, fellowship I’ve ever known was in the closeness of prayer I had in the Elim church with a small group who prayed in the Spirit together. Almost universally those difficulties arose because the attention was on man, our attention was no longer on Jesus. It was located in the tabernacle on the right hand side just across from the candlestick. In the holy place Christ is crowned by God and by the worshippers. It was made of acacia wood overlaid with pure gold. Leviticus 24:5–7 describes this bread: “You shall take fine flour and bake twelve loaves from it; two tenths of an ephah shall be in each loaf. Bible > Sermons > Exodus 25:23-30. You fellowship with those you share at the table with, are joined with them – you can’t be in fellowship with both. "Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart." The Bible is a book we can trust. "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me" (Psa_51:10). My spirit longs for Thee, Thou Living Word. As a kid I’d hear of showbread and get the impression that this was put on the table for display and that was it. And thou shalt make the dishes thereof, and spoons thereof, and covers thereof, and bowls thereof, to cover withal: of pure gold shalt thou make them. "Make a table of acacia wood — two cubits long, a cubit wide and a cubit and a half high. “This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. It was made of acacia wood overlaid with gold and was 3 feet long one foot six inches wide, and two feet three inches tall. He is not here. I was brought up being taught that bread was God’s Word – you feed on God’s Word. This sacred joy is ours. Again referring to the Lord’s supper [Luke 22:14 When the hour had come, He reclined at the table, and the apostles with Him. “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. “You shall set the bread of the Presence on the table before Me at all times] [P] So, what does the concept of table signify? When we get absorbed in worldly material things then there is room for division, fellowship is destroyed. 24 “It shall be for Aaron and his sons, and they shall eat it in a holy place; for it is most holy to him from יְהוָה’s offerings by fire, his portion forever.”] Bread was the staple of the diet – bread is what nourishes, what satisfies, what sustains, what maintains our basic life. The first border kept the bread on the table, the second prevented things falling off the rim. Vessels: [P] On the table there were vessels – they held liquid and were used for pouring out drink offerings: wine – there was bread and wine – foreshadowing the table in which we share of the bread and wine – that is where we have fellowship with the LORD, feed on Him, draw on His life. “Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. Why seek the living Saviour among these dead forms and symbols? So these four terms are used interchangeably: “BREAD, FLESH, BODY, WORD.” In John 6 the Jews were alluding to the manna that God provided; in [Deuteronomy 8:3 “He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of יְהוָה.] What have we in common? Judah may go first and Dan last while on the march in the wilderness, but such distinctions vanish on the table. The frankincense is more than human goodness, it is divine worthiness, something that rises unto God with a sweet, soul-pleasing savour. But there are many aids we have for helping us take in the Word and come to know Jesus: commentaries, books, preachers, videos, ministers, men of God – they help, they must be of pure gold, of God – but they are just aides – they are not on the same plane as Jesus. As Thou didst bless the loaves by Galilee; Then shall all bondage cease, all fetters fall. If there is a hunger for the things of God, it will be the thing that makes the most difference in our relationship and service to God. We have vessels, these aids that help us serve the food. So the table speaks of fellowship – κοινωνια, having things in common.
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