Church of God, Carmichael, CA
Or the Gospel in Type
Russell R. Byrum, 1922
[Original Page Numbers]
(Exodus 2527, 30, 3538, 40)
The Table of Shewbread
(Exod. 25:23-30; Lev. 24:5-9)
On the north side of the holy place, opposite the candlestick, stood the gold covered table of shittim wood, called the "table of shewbread." It was a table of ordinary size, two cubits (three feet) long, one cubit (eighteen inches) wide, and one and one half cubits (twenty seven inches) high. It was encompassed by a crown and border of gold, and had a golden ring on each leg through which bars were passed, by which to carry it. On the table were placed, each Sabbath day, twelve loaves of bread, as many loaves [49 bottom] as there were gems in the high priest's breastplate, one for each of the tribes of God's people. Six loaves were placed at one end of the table and six at the other end. On each of these rows was laid frankincense. When fresh loaves were brought each Sabbath, the former loaves were eaten, in the holy place, by the priests, while the incense was burned upon the golden altar near at hand.
The Antitypical Shewbread. But what phase of Christ's redemptive work is foreshadowed by this golden table with its twelve loaves and frankincense? The loaves are not to be understood to be symbolic of the tribes, as some have supposed, but symbolic of something for those represented by the tribes, because they are eaten by the representatives of the tribes, the priests, But what is the bread of those in God's church, the "kingdom of priests" who were represented by those who entered into the first room of that ancient tabernacle? Let Jesus answer. "I am that bread of life. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world" (John 6:48, 51).
The loaves of the shewbread typified the same spiritual food as is symbolized by the bread of the communion Supper in the New Testament church. The one pointed forward to it, the other points backward to it. Jesus is the bread on which the soul of the regenerated feasts. He satisfies every hunger of the heart. As natural bread sustains the life of the body, so he sustains the life of the soul. And this bread is for all God's people. There was a loaf for little Benjamin as well as for royal Judah. As all God's people were then represented, so all of them are included in spiritual Israel now. And there is plenty to satisfy their hunger, which was signified by those sumptuous loaves; each one containing twice as much flour as was needed for the food of a man for a whole day.
But God also received a portion from the table of shewbread. The incense that was burned upon the golden altar was a memorial of the loaves that belonged to God. Here at this golden table, then, we feast with Jehovah. We not  only have communion with one another, but we have blessed communion with the Father. There, through the broken body of our Saviour, without which fellowship with our holy Creator were impossible, we have fellowship with Divinity. There he sups with us and we with him (Rev. 3:20). There we tell him our inmost thoughts. There also he reveals to us the indescribable glories of his own perfection. Thank God for Jesus, the true bread; for without him we could never know the blessedness of communing with our Maker. [52 top]
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Carmichael, California USA
5334 Whitney Ave. Carmichael, CA. 95608
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