By Ellsworth A. Archer
THE TABLE OF SHEWBREAD.
The table of shewbread, the second piece of furniture in the tabernacle which we will consider, was located in the Holy Place at the right side of the entrance, just opposite the golden candlestick.
It was 2 cubits long, 1 cubit broad and 1 1/2 cubits high. Twelve loaves, or cakes, of unleavened bread, representing the twelve tribes of Israel, were placed on it in two piles. These were renewed each week, and the loaves which were removed were eaten by the priests in the Holy Place. (Lev. 24:9.) Upon the table there were also plates for the bread, spoons for the incense, and flagons and bowls for the drink offering. All these were made of pure gold. (Lev. 24:5-9.)
When we think of bread we naturally think of it as a food which gives strength. As water represented cleansing and the light illumination, so the bread represents the satisfying of the soups deeper need by Christ as revealed in His word. It is the strength-giving substance. As physical bread is the staff of life, so the Bread of Heaven is the staff of our Christian life. "Give us this day our daily bread."
The renewing of the loaves each Sabbath was an acknowledgment of man's continual dependence on God.
As the bread was always on the table in the Holy Place, ready for use, so there is always ready fur us sufficient bread that we may be satisfied spiritually. We may help ourselves at any time and find a satisfying portion. Jesus said: