Followers of ‘the Way’ (Part 3) – The Table of Showbread
Jesus identified Himself as ‘the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’, He said (Jn 14:6). At the altar of sacrifice we are reconciled to God through Jesus blood and forgiven of our sins (Col 1:14). At the laver of washing we are renewed in mind and heart to love God and keep His commandments by the Holy Spirit (Tit 3:5; Rom 2:14-15).
With our sins washed, and our iniquities purged, we are no longer excluded from God’s presence (Isa 59:2). We are now ready to enter within the veil, into the presence of God.
In the Holy Place, the presence of God is manifested more fully. Here believers experience communion with God more intimately. This fellowship is symbolized by the table of showbread. The words used for ‘showbread’ in Hebrew literally mean ‘the bread of the faces’. These words have been translated as ‘the bread of the presence’, or in the old English, ‘the show-bread’, indicating the place the priests came to ‘show’ or present themselves before the presence of the Lord. It symbolizes our fellowship with God the Father and with Jesus His Son (1 Jn 1:3).
“It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’” (Mt 4:4). This bread, if we will receive it and obey it, will transform our minds and hearts (Heb 4:12; Jam 1:21-22). If we receive God’s word with meekness and His law with joy, it will keep us from sin and guide us in His path (Ps 119:11; Ps 40:8; Jer 31:33).
If we will daily spend time ‘eating’ God’s word (Jer 15:16), God promises that His word will not return to Him void, but will accomplish what pleases Him (Isa 55:10-11). Just as wholesome food imparts life and strength to the body, so also our spiritual lives will be nourished if we partake of what the King has supplied. If we would continue to grow, let us ask God, ‘give us this day our daily bread’ (Mt 6:11) and for His abiding presence with us (Jn 5:37-38; Jn 8:31)