Eat the Bread

New JerusalemWe are on a journey through the Old Testament, looking at physical pictures of our spiritual eating. In 1 Corinthians 10:3, Paul, speaking about Israel eating manna, said, “all ate the same spiritual food.” Today we New Testament believers should daily eat our spiritual food.

In my sequence of posts I forgot to include the table in the tabernacle on which the “bread of the presence” (or “showbread”) was placed. The table is described in Exodus 25:23-30. The designation of this bread (v. 30) indicates that it is related to God’s presence with us.

Leviticus 24:5-9 speaks about preparation of the bread and placement of twelve cakes/loaves on the table. Twelve is a sign of eternal fullness; the twelve loaves signify the Triune God as our eternal nourishment and satisfaction.

Leviticus 24:9 says that the priests should eat this bread. In this age, Jesus Christ has made us priests (Revelation 1:5-6) and we will be priests both in the kingdom age (20:6) and in New Jerusalem (22:3 + God’s Slaves Serve in New Jerusalem). Therefore, we are qualified to eat and we should eat this bread. The best way is to take the Lord’s word as food for our life supply.

In the tabernacle the table and the lampstand are closely related (Exodus 40:22-25; Leviticus 24:2-9). The more we eat the word of God as our bread of the presence, the more we have His presence and the more we have the divine light portrayed by the lampstand in the tabernacle. The reality is in John 1:1, 4 – “In the beginning was the Word…In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” The Word is a living Person whom we contact through the Bible. He gives us life, nourishes us and enlightens us. Let us be people Eating the Word of God.

More about the lampstand and the bread in Leviticus 24 may be read online in Life-Study of Leviticus chapter 55.

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