The Unsearchable, Exhaustless Life Supply

New JerusalemThe “bread of God’s presence” was twelve cakes/loaves on the table in the tabernacle. Later the tabernacle was replaced by the temple. For the temple, “Solomon made all the vessels that were in the house of Jehovah…the golden table upon which the bread of the Presence was put” (1 Kings 7:48).

Although 1 Kings mentions one table, 2 Chronicles 4:8 says Solomon “made ten tables and placed them in the temple, five on the right and five on the left” and verse 19 speaks of “the tables upon which the bread of the Presence was put.” The one table with its nourishing bread has been multiplied tenfold!

The life supply from the bread brings us the light. Jesus, as the “light of life” (John 8:12) is both our life and our light. Similarly, in the tabernacle and temple the table for the bread is closely related to the lampstand with its shining. Therefore, in the temple the lampstand is also multiplied tenfold (2 Chronicles 4:7, 20).

The multiplication of the table and the lampstand parallels the expanding holy of holies. Its dimensions are 10 cubits in the tabernacle and 20 cubits in the temple. Ultimately, the entire New Jerusalem is the eternal holy of holies of an immensely greater size.

Three facts:
• There are twelve loaves, and twelve is a number related to New Jerusalem.
• The multiplication of both the table and lampstand from tabernacle to temple.
• The enlargement of the holy of holies from tabernacle to New Jerusalem.
Together these suggest that the life supply signified by the loaves will be tremendously increased in New Jerusalem.

This marvelous increase shows that we will fully partake of the unsearchable/exhaustless/ untraceable/incalculable/unfathomable* riches of Jesus Christ as our eternal life supply in New Jerusalem.

* These five words are from various translations of Ephesians 3:8, “the unsearchable riches of Christ.” Thanks to Bible Hub.

Photo courtesy of NASA GSFC-METI-ERSDAC-JAROS and U.S.-Japan ASTER Science Team.

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