Tuesday, June 19, 2007


The Table Of Shewbread. Christ Meets Your Deepest Soul Needs.

Don’t Let The Devil Rob You Of Christ’s Soul-Filling Sufficiency!
Exodus 25:23 “You are to construct a table of acacia wood, 36 inches long, 18 inches wide, and 27 inches high. 24 Overlay it with pure gold and make a gold molding all around it. 25 Make a three-inch frame all around it and make a gold molding for it all around its frame. 26 Make four gold rings for it, and attach the rings to the four corners at its four legs. 27 The rings should be next to the frame as holders for the poles to carry the table. 28 Make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold so that the table can be carried by them. 29 You are also to make its plates and cups, as well as its pitchers and bowls for pouring drink offerings. Make them out of pure gold. 30 Put the bread of the Presence on the table before Me at all times.

I SUSPECT that to many the term ‘shew-bread’ conveys little more meaning than if the Hebrew words had been lifted over into our version. The original expression, literally rendered, is ‘bread of the face’; or, as the Revised Version has it in the margin, ‘presence bread,’ and the meaning of that singular designation is paraphrased and explained in my text: ‘Thou shalt set upon the table, bread of the presence before Me always.’ It was bread, then, which was laid in the presence of God. The directions with regard to it may be very briefly stated. Every Sabbath the priests laid upon the table which stood on one side of the Altar of Incense, in the Inner Court, two piles of loaves, on each of which piles was placed a pan of incense. They lay there for a week, being replaced by fresh ones on the coming Sabbath.

The Tabernacle in the wilderness Pictures the Tri-unity of God, Father Son and Holy Spirit.
Tabernacle Pictures the triunity of the Person 1Thess 5: 23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
And the temptations On The Wilderness
Tabernacle Pictures Christ’s sufficiency for our souls.
Light of the world John 8:12
Table of shewbread Jesus as bread of life.
To right opposite lampstand the table of shewbread.
In order to enter Holy Place through tent brazen altar place of sacrifice, atonement.
The laver. Cleansing, regeneration
Light of Glory and character of Saviour reflected in his Light

The Pattern For The Table
It typifies His life and ministry
Materials: Acacia wood, hard and incorruptible desert wood.
Overlaid with pure gold,
Continually set before the Lord. Bread, 12 loaves, twelve tribes,

Shewbread.. the bread of the face, or bread of the presence, set before the face of God who dwells in the Holy of Holies. Bread.. staff of life. Foreshadowing the true bread.

It reminded the jewish people of a very important event
Then the whole congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. And the children of Israel said to them, "Oh, that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."
They're hungry. Five weeks into a journey, their knapsacks, their lunch pails are empty and they are complaining, and they said, "Moses, you brought us out here to die."
Then the Lord said to Moses, "Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not. And it shall be on the sixth day that they shall prepare what they bring in, and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily."
In other words, they're not to gather on the Sabbath so the day prior to the Sabbath they are to gather twice as much so they have something for Sabbath.
Then Moses and Aaron said to all the children of Israel, "At evening you shall know that the Lord has brought you out of the land of Egypt. And in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord; for He hears your complaints against the Lord. But what are we, that you complain against us?" Also Moses said, "This shall be seen when the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening, and in the morning bread to the full; for the Lord hears your complaints which you make against Him. And what are we? Your complaints are not against us but against the Lord."
Then Moses spoke to Aaron, "Say to all the congregation of the children of Israel, "Come near before the Lord, for He has heard your complaints."' Now it came to pass, as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud.
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "I have heard the complaints of the children of Israel. Speak to them, saying, 'At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. And you shall know that I am the Lord your God.'" So it was that quails came up at evening and covered the camp, and in the morning the dew lay all around the camp. And when the layer of dew lifted, there, on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round substance, as fine as frost on the ground. So when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, "What is it?" For they did not know what it was.
And Moses said to them, "This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat. This is the thing which the Lord has commanded: 'Let every man gather it according to each one's need, one omer for each person, according to the number of persons; let every man take for those who are in his tent.'"
Then the children of Israel did so and gathered, some more, some less. So when they measured it by omers, he who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack. Every man had gathered according to each one's need. And Moses said, "Let no one leave any of it till morning." Notwithstanding they did not heed Moses. But some of them left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was angry with them. So they gathered it every morning, every man according to his need. And when the sun became hot, it melted.
And so it was, on the sixth day, that they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. And all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. Then he said to them, "This is what the Lord has said: 'Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.'" So they laid it up till morning, as Moses commanded; and it did not stink, nor were there any worms in it. Then Moses said, "Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field. Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will be none."

Psalm 78: 17 And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness. 18 And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust. 19 Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? 20 Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people? 21 Therefore the LORD heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel; 22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation: 23 Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven, 24 And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven. 25 Man did eat angels' food: he sent them meat to the full. 26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind. 27 He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea: 28 And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations. 29 So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire; 30 They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths, 31 The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel. 32 For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works.

Lev 24:5 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.
No leaven.. no sin..
Sin is a substitute for what God can give.
We substitute entertainment for worship
We substitute alcohol and drugs for peace.
We substitute happiness in possessions for eternal security.
We substitute Matt 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
We substitute things that will not satisfy.
Like the woman at the well I was seeking For things that could not satisfy:
And then I heard my Savior speaking: "Draw from my well that never shall run dry".
Chorus Fill my cup Lord, I lift it up, Lord! Come and quench this thirsting of my soul;
Bread of heaven, Feed me till I want no more Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole!
There are millions in this world who are craving The pleasures earthly things afford;
But none can match the wondrous treasure That I find in Jesus Christ my Lord.

John 6: 30 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.

Bread only desired by the living. Corpse doesn’t desire bread.
He gives new life, and plants a desire for bread. A desire for Him as spiritual food.
John 6: 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. 52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? 53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 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.

Jesus said you're thinking of the physical, I'm thinking of the spiritual, and I want to get deeper than the physical need. I want to talk to you about your spiritual need. And ladies and gentlemen, every one of us sitting here today have felt that hunger at times in our life when we've tried every avenue of life to find something that satisfies that, but when the night settled in and the loneliness of darkness crept around us, we were faced once again with the reality that we were still hungry, and that we were still empty. And the next day would be a time when we would try once again to satisfy that hunger.
And what Jesus says is I am the one that you really need. I'll satisfy the hunger of your heart. I'll make you know that you're complete in me, and I'll give to you life everlasting.

We are tempted to feed our souls with husks of this world rather than Bread of Life.
We have a deep need. Someone said to me this week that they have a great big whole in their soul, they just can’t find anything to help them fill it. I directed them to John’s gospel.
The Christian counselor qand author Dr. Larry Crabb notes that there are two main needs in the human soul: the need for significance and the need for security. Many of our problems in relationships and in our characters, he says are derived from fulfilling these needs outside of God’s ordained plan for meeting those needs.
The Lord Jesus is the solution to all of these deep personal needs.
1. Don’t let the devil rob you of a soul filling SecuritySecurity about your salvation and your relationship with God is such a very important need.
"To lose your wealth is much, To lose your health is more,
To lose your soul is such a loss As no man can restore."
But not onlyto be saved, but to know that you are saved is a deep deep need. And that need is met so easily in the Lord Jesus.
"I need no other argument I want no other plea,
It is enough that Jesus died— And that He died for me."
But still as Christians we ebb and flo in our assurance. Yet there is something we can know: Its not our hold on Him that counts, but His hold on us!
"My love is oft-times low, My joy still ebbs and flows,
But peace with Him remains the same! No change Jehovah knows.
"I change, He changes not; My Christ can never die;
His love, not mine, the resting-place; His truth, not mine, the tie."
2. Don’t let the devil rob you of a soul filling Satisfaction
O Christ, in Thee my soul hath found, And found in Thee alone,
The peace, the joy I sought so long, The bliss till now unknown.
Refrain: Now none but Christ can satisfy, None other name for me;
There's love, and life, and lasting joy, Lord Jesus, found in Thee.
I sighed for rest and happiness, I yearned for them, not Thee;
But while I passed my Saviour by, His love laid hold on me.
I tried the broken cisterns, Lord, But ah! the waters failed!
E'en as I stooped to drink they'd fled, And mocked me as I wailed.

a. Don’t let the devil rob you of a soul filling joy

Exceeding joy.
1 Peter 1:6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
The devil will attempt to substitute happiness in happenings for joy that reaches us even in pain.

b. Don’t let the devil rob you of a soul filling love
Exceeding Love
His forever only His who the Lord and me shall part?
Rom 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Jeremiah 31:3 I have loved you with an everlasting love
Today folks search for love in all the wrong places. Some women seek to fill up that love vacuum by their husbands. And when the husband can never fill that God defined love vacuum , they move to another or another or another who they hope will fill that love vacuum. There is only One who can fill that love vacuum, the Lord Himself!

c. Don’t let the devil rob you of a soul filling peace
Phil 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
The devil’s substitutes for peace are temporary and shallow, sometimes its peace through avoidance of conflict. Sometimes its peace by substances such as alcohol or drugs or tv. All of these are temporary shallow and fading methods.
There is only one peace that fills and satisfies the soul, and it’s a peace that passes all human comprehension.

In the greatest difficulties, in the heaviest trials, in the deepest poverty and necessities, He has never failed me; but because I was enabled by His grace to trust Him He has always appeared for my help. I delight in speaking well of His name. - George Muller -

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