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The Table of Show Bread                    



The Table of Show Bread speaks of “Christ the Bread of Life”

The Table of Show Bread was made of Acacia Wood and was overlaid with gold.


The table measurements were

 2 cubits long x 1 cubit wide X 1.5 cubits high


The table had a golden moulding and a golden rim around the edge, which was 1 handbreadth wide (8cm)


The table had 4 golden rings, fastened to the four corners of the table, on its four legs.


These rings were inserted with 2 poles of acacia wood, overlaid with gold for carrying the table.


The table was very ornate.


The table was decked with plates, dishes, pitchers and bowls of pure gold.


Bread indicates spiritual nourishment

Water indicates spiritual thirst


John 6:35

“Jesus said, I am the bread of life, He who comes to me will never go hungry, and He who believes in Me will never thirst.”


Prophesy regarding the Messiah, the Anointed One, “The Bread of Life”


Prophecy Deuteronomy 18:18
I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him


Prophecy fulfilled: John 1:1 & 14

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning


Prophecy fulfilled: 1 John 1:1

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have toughed, this we proclaim concerning the Word of life”


The Key Word is Truth – Jesus is The Truth


John 14:6

Jesus said “I Am The Way, The Truth and The Life”


The Bread of The Presence sat on the table


Each Sabbath, 12 specially prepared loaves sprinkled with frankincense were placed on the table in two rows of six.


The frankincense demonstrated Christ as the bread of life, and was of great value to God. When the bread was changed on the Sabbath the incense was placed on the incense alter producing a very pleasant fragrance.


This bread symbolised God’s provision for the priests.


The loaves were made of fine unleavened wheat flour baked in twelve cakes, using 0.2 Ephahs (4.5ltr) of flour per loaf. The loaves weighed were 53Kg in total.


The loaves were replaced every Sabbath with freshly made loaves. The loaves that were taken away were as fresh as the week before. The priests ate the bread in the Holy place indicating fellowship with God firstly, and then with each other.


This was just like the elders of Israel having fellowship, eating and drinking in the Lord God’s company, on the mountain.

Exodus 24:9-11


1 Samuel 21:6

David legally eats the bread of the presence because He was the anointed one and His followers could do the same, just like the disciples did when they picked and ate ears of wheat in Matthew 12:1


The loaves were prepared by the Levites

1 Chronicles 9:32

The replaced loaves were eaten only by the priests, in the Holy Place



Jesus said


John 8:58

“Before Abraham was born, I Am”


John 14:11

“I Am in The Father and The Father is in Me”


John 9:5

“I Am The Light of The World”


John 10:11

“I Am The Good Shepherd”


John 10:9

“I Am The Gate”


John 15:5

“I Am The True Vine”


John 8:23

“I Am not of this world”


John 16:32

“I Am Not Alone”


John 16:28

“I Am leaving the world and going back to The Father”


John 14:6

“I Am The Way, The Truth and The Life”


John 11:25

“I Am The Resurrection and The Life”



“When I Am lifted up from the earth”


John 8:50

“I Am not seeking Glory for Myself”


John 14:3

“I will come again and receive you to myself, that where I Am where you will be also”


The challenge to the Church


Deuteronomy 8:3

“Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God”


2Timothy 3:16

“All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the Man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”


Hebrews 4:12

“The Word of God is alive and powerful, sharper than any double edged sword, piercing even to the divining asunder of the soul and the spirit, joints and marrow and is a critic of thoughts and intents of the heart”


Colossians 3:16

“Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly”


Ephesians 6:17

“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Holy Spirit, which is the Word of God”


2 Timothy 2:15

“Do your best to present yourselves to God as one approved, a workman that doesn’t need to be ashamed, and who correctly handles the Word of Truth.”


James 1:22

“Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says”


1Timothy 4:16

“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save (deliver) both yourself and your hearers.”



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