SYMBOLS OF THE BIBLE
In what room of the temple was the Table of Shewbread? The Holy Place
Who was allowed to eat this bread? The priest.
How often was the bread replaced? Every Sabbath
Why is bread one of the objects in this important room? Its symbolic value.
What did the Shewbread symbolize? Jesus Christ, His Words, The Bread of Life.
How is bread beneficial in our diet?
When you eat a healthy diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, you usually get most of the fiber you'll need, which means you'll also be lowering your risk of diabetes, heart disease, diverticulitis, and constipation. Does that sound like a good reason to have fiber in your diet?
Whole wheat bread or whole oat bread, made without the added sugars and fats, is a good source of fiber. The more calories you eat each day, the more fiber you need each day. Most Americans have a diet which is high in calories and low in fiber. It is a proven fact that America is full of sick people because they do not eat a proper, balanced diet.
For thousands of years, the grains humans ate came straight from the stalk. That means they got a carbohydrate package rich in fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, plant enzymes, hormones, and hundreds of other phytochemicals.Even after we learned how to grind grain, we still got all of the goodness that grains pack in their three layers. Whole grains have a tough, fibrous outer layer called bran that protects the inside of the kernel. The interior contains mostly the starchy endosperm. Its job is to provide stored energy for the germ, the seed's reproductive kernel, which nestles inside the endosperm. The germ is rich in vitamins, minerals, and unsaturated oils.
Healthy whole grain bread is part of what makes a healthy, strong body.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Living Bread, is more essential to your spiritual strength than bread is to the body.
Leviticus 24:1-91 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
2 Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamps to burn continually.
3 Without the vail of the testimony, in the tabernacle of the congregation, shall Aaron order it from the evening unto the morning before the Lord continually: it shall be a statute for ever in your generations.
4 He shall order the lamps upon the pure candlestick before the Lord continually.
5 And thou shalt take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes thereof: two tenth deals shall be in one cake.
6 And thou shalt set them in two rows, six on a row, upon the pure table before the Lord.
7 And thou shalt put pure frankincense upon each row, that it may be on the bread for a memorial, even an offering made by fire unto the Lord.
Frankincense is a fragrant gum resin used in making perfumes.
Frankincense is edible in its pure form.
8 Every sabbath he shall set it in order before the Lord continually, being taken from the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant.9 And it shall be Aaron's and his sons'; and they shall eat it in the holy place: for it is most holy unto him of the offerings of the Lord made by fire by a perpetual statute.
The Old Testament Tabernacle was one of the most important structures ever built by man. It had a table made of pure gold, upon which sat twelve loaves of bread. There was a loaf of bread for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. There was bread for everyone; for all of God’s people.
The bread in the temple was unleaven bread. It did not have the spoiling influence of leaven. Leaven is a Bible word used for yeast. Yeast will cause fermentation. The Bible refers to sin as leaven because of its characteristic nature of spreading throughout the whole body (the whole loaf). Therefore leaven is used as a symbol for sin. Notice what the Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the church of God at Corinth.
1 Corinthians 5:6-86 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Does your bread have leaven in it? Does your gospel and your doctrine allow for works of sin to be mixed in with your good works?
The value of this object lesson, using bread as a symbol of Jesus Christ and the Word of God, is so important that God commanded twelve loaves of bread be put in the Tabernacle. Jesus Christ is not only our Passover Lamb, He is also our unleaven bread.
Exodus 25:23-3023 Thou shalt also make a table of shittim wood: two cubits shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.
24 And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, and make thereto a crown of gold round about.
25 And thou shalt make unto it a border of an hand breadth round about, and thou shalt make a golden crown to the border thereof round about.
26 And thou shalt make for it four rings of gold, and put the rings in the four corners that are on the four feet thereof.
27 Over against the border shall the rings be for places of the staves to bear the table.
28 And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold, that the table may be borne with them.
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.
30 And thou shalt set upon the table shewbread before me alway.
Why is bread one of the objects in this important room? It is because of its symbolic value. Whole grain bread is high in fiber. Fiber is essential to sweep the impurities out of your colon. A healthy colon is as important as a healthy heart. The Gospel Bread will sweep out the harmful elements in your life.
Exodus 35:10-1610 And every wise hearted among you shall come, and make all that the Lord hath commanded;
11 The tabernacle, his tent, and his covering, his taches, and his boards, his bars, his pillars, and his sockets,
12 The ark, and the staves thereof, with the mercy seat, and the vail of the covering,
13 The table, and his staves, and all his vessels, and the shewbread,
14 The candlestick also for the light, and his furniture, and his lamps, with the oil for the light,
15 And the incense altar, and his staves, and the anointing oil, and the sweet incense, and the hanging for the door at the entering in of the tabernacle,
16 The altar of burnt offering, with his brasen grate, his staves, and all his vessels, the laver and his foot,
1 Chronicles 9:32And other of their brethren, of the sons of the Kohathites, were over the shewbread, to prepare it every sabbath.
God instructed the Israelite priests to maintain this fresh bread in the temple. It was bread which is called “shewbread”. The name implies that it was bread that was properly turned while baking so that it was perfectly cooked on all sides. It was turned. The name also implies that it was bread to be displayed, to be seen. The prophet Hosea used the metaphor, “a cake not turned” to teach the unacceptable condition of not being cooked properly.
Hosea 7:8, “Ephraim he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned.”
If a person does not submit to the purging of the Holy Ghost fire, he will be as a “cake not turned.” I don’t like my biscuits not cooked right on one side. I don’t like my biscuits not done in the middle. I like them golden brown on both sides.
Are you a cake not turned? Is your salvation experience like unleaven bread?
Hebrews 9:1-91 Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary.
2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary.
3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;
4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;
5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.
6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:
8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
When we come to the New Testament, we continue to see the reference to the shewbread. The symbolic value has not been omitted. Christians must be partakers of the shewbread and representatives of the shewbread. We must be without leaven. We must be without the corruptible influence of sinful works.
John 6:30-3530 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?
31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
Jesus is the Bread of Life and we must also bring this bread to the hungry soul.
Every object in the Old Testament Tabernacle has its own important meaning. Not one object was without useful symbolic meaning. In the House of God, the Shewbread is still there. Come and dine.
John 6:41-5141 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.
42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?
43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.
44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.
47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
48 I am that bread of life.
49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
Are you bringing people to the Table of Shewbread?Are you a representative of that bread which came down from heaven?
Matthew 14:15-2115 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.
16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
18 He said, Bring them hither to me.
19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
Is the number twelve coincidental? Both 12 and 7 are used to convey the meaning of perfection and completion.
Were the people filled and satisfied with what Jesus provided?
Matthew 15:32-3832 Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.
33 And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?
34 And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes.
35 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.
36 And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
37 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full.
38 And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children.
Is the number seven coincidental? No, it implies that there was sufficient bread for all to eat and be satisfied.
Are you filled and satisfied with what Jesus has provided?
Which symbol bests typifies your life?
A cake not turned
Or, unleaven bread
Many are hungry for the truth of the gospel.Can you give them that Bread from heaven, which satisfies the soul?