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Applying the Attributes of Jesus our Table of Showbread
In our previous posting we presented the correlation between the attributes of the Table of Showbread and the words and actions of Christ Jesus.
To summarize, the bread placed on the Table of Showbread represented the twelve tribes of Israel, and symbolically represented an offering of God’s people to God. The bread on the table suggested an intimate relationship with God, one in which the people would commune with God just as they did with their family over a meal.
The Showbread would be displayed for seven days after which it would be replaced with fresh loaves. The removed bread would then be eaten by the priests who perceived it to be spiritual food.
We then correlated the above attributes of the Table of Showbread to the words and actions of Jesus. We used Jesus’ statement, “I Am the Bread of Life” as a key connection to the Table of Showbread. We then introduced the scriptures of the multiplication of the loaves and fish as a validation to His claim to be the Bread of Life.
Next we introduced the scripture in which Jesus proclaimed that anyone who ate the Bread of Life would live forever. This statement was later validated when Jesus was raised from the dead and ascended into heaven.
Therefore, Jesus the Bread of Life has the power to overcome death and live with God forever. This was also proved when Jesus raised Lazarus from the grave.
Consequently, He is certainly a spiritual food, just like the loaves eaten by the Tabernacle priests were.
In the Lords prayer, it states that the Lord’s will be done, on earth as it is in heaven[i]. Therefore, lets do as our Lord Jesus has commanded us to do by eating His body and drinking His blood by partaking in the bread and wine as they did at the last supper.
And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” (Luke 22:19)
We should honor Jesus by doing as He requested in remembrance of Him. We should take His real body and real blood in the communion as He prescribed, eating the bread and drinking the wine of the new covenant, knowing that we are eating spiritual food, and knowing that we are taking Jesus into ourselves in the process.
More that this however, through this physical act we must seek to develop the spiritual body and blood of Jesus in ourselves. This is because our spiritual body needs both nutrition and exercise to properly develop, just as our physical bodies do. We can accomplish this by reading the words of Jesus, and making them a part of us. We can then use His words by asking the Holy Spirit to make them alive in our hearts, so that the Word of God becomes a part of us. By doing this we will have achieved the communion with the Lord that was prophesied at the Table of Showbread. The body and blood of Jesus will have set us free[ii] and therefore shown us the “Way” to God, the “Truth” regarding God and in addition, placed us on the path to “Life” with God eternally. Lets us therefore seek Him will all of our heart, with all of our soul, with our entire mind, with all of our strength, and with everything that we are.
[i] Matthew6:9-11 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
[ii] John 8:35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.