No where in the temple design do we see God's heart for mankind displayed more vividly than with the table of Showbread. This small table of acacia wood which was overlaid in pure gold stood on the right side of the Holy Place. On it stood 12 loaves of bread representative of the 12 tribes of Israel. The bread lay before the Lord for a week and then was eaten by the Priests in the Holy Place on the Sabbath.
Showbread was also called bread of presence and represented God's presence and willingness to commune with man. In John 6 Jesus tells us that He is the bread of life. Jesus exemplified this when he ate with tax collectors, prostitutes and sinners, because He came to call sinners so that they could walk in relationship with God.
The most important life that Jesus desires for us to have is eternal life and this is where the beauty in the bread analogy lies. In Matthew 26 when Jesus broke the bread and shared it with His disciples He said, “Take eat, this is my body.” In the table of showbread, started thousands of years before Christs birth, God showed His intent towards man that He would one day send His Son to die for our sins and restore us to ever lasting relationship with Him. Isn't that Awesome!
Jesus broken body gives us access to fellowship with God. We celebrate communion to remember this truth. Let us never forget Jesus wonderful invitation to us:
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelations 3:20)
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