Chapter 86




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(Exo 25:23-30)  Thou shalt also make a table of shittim wood [man]: two cubits shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. And thou shalt overlay [Heb: cover] it with pure gold [covered with the glory of God], and make thereto a crown of gold [symbolizing the Son of God] round about. And thou shalt make unto it a border of an hand [i.e., a human attribute] breadth round about, and thou shalt make a [another] golden crown [symbolizing the Son of Man] to the border thereof round about. And thou shalt make for it four rings of gold, and put the rings in the four corners that are on the four feet [i.e., a human attribute; symbolizing the Son of God and the Son of Man united as one God Man] thereof. Over against the border shall the rings be for places of the staves [Heb: separation] [representing the Nazirites separated from the world] to bear the table. And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold, that the table may be borne with them. 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. And thou shalt set upon the table showbread [Heb: the bread of faces, the bread of presence] before me alway.

1.       Commentary: shittim wood = Shittim wood is the symbol of man. Shittim wood is derived from a tree of the Acacia species. Shittim trees thrive in dry areas, and were then abundantly found in the Sinai peninsula and the wilderness country east of the Jordan river. Shittim translates from Hebrew into “thorny; scourging thorns.” It is a very hard, densely-grained tree, large, with thorny rough gnarled bark. It was the only wood used in the construction of the Tabernacle of Moses.

2.       Commentary: gold = Gold is the symbol of God. The word means “to shimmer” in Hebrew; that brings Shekinah to mind. Gold is a soft, bright yellow metal. It can be found and used in its pure state, without smelting. Gold never tarnishes. It is extremely malleable which means that it can be easily formed into thin strips, delicate objects, and coverings. Gold is too soft a metal to be used for tools or weapons.



(Lev 24:5-9)  And thou shalt take [unleavened] fine flour [Heb: meal (ground up seeds)], and bake twelve cakes thereof [representing the Word of God issuing forth from the 12 tribes]: two tenth deals shall be in one cake. And thou shalt set them in two [ascending, vertical] rows, six [symbol of man] on a row [the first row representing the man of Old Testament; the second row representing the man of New Testament - ascending], upon the pure table before the LORD. And thou shalt put pure frankincense [the vocal gifts: 1 Cor 12:10: prophecy, divers kinds of tongues, the interpretation of tongues] upon each row, that it may be on the bread for a memorial [Heb: a reminder; spec. a remembrance-offering], even [as] an offering made by fire [i.e., fully consumed] unto the LORD. Every sabbath he shall set it in order before the LORD continually [Heb: forever], being taken from the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant. And it [the showbread] shall be Aaron's and his sons' [the High Priesthood – the Melchizedek Priesthood]; and they shall eat it [the spiritual food, the bread of life] in the holy place [illuminated by spiritual light]: for it is most holy unto him of the offerings of the LORD made by fire by a perpetual statute.

1.       Commentary: frankincense = Frankincense is the symbol of vocalization. Frankincense is an aromatic gum resin obtained from the Boswellia tree native to Arabia, India, and Africa that was used on both altars of the tabernacle of the congregation. Frankincense was used on the brazen altar, which in itself signified salvation and sacrifice, and frankincense was used on the golden altar of incense, which in itself signified prayer, praise, and worship. In this regard, frankincense is particularly appropriate when applied to the showbread.

2.       ( John 6:35)  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.

3.       (John 6:48)  I am that bread of life.

4.       (John 6:51)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.

a.       (John 1:14)  And the Word [of God, the Bible] was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

5.      (John 6:58)  This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.


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