Bread of Life

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  1. Bread of Life

    Bread of Life

    Joh 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
    Joh 6:48 I am that bread of life.
    Joh 6:49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
    Joh 6:50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
    Joh 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.

    Jesus is the bread of life! He was born in Bethlehem which literally translated means house of bread.
    Jesus was the bread of God.
    In the Tabernacle of Moses man could not enter God's presence save the High Priest once yearly to apply the Blood of the Lamb to the Mercy Seat which covered the Ark of the Covenant which contained the Law.
    The Priest could come no closer than the Holy Place and standing in the Holy of Holies in the manifest presence of God was strictly forbidden.
    How then could the Priest (servants of God) commune with God ? How could they understand His way and learn of His heart?
    The Table of Shew Bread contained loaves of bread that were placed just outside the Holy of Holies. This Shewbread or "the bread of Presence" would literally saturate in the radiated glory form the presence of God for a week before it would be consumed by the Priests. They would literally eat the presence of God and being filled with that presence they would commune with Him.
    Jesus is the bread of life and as we eat of Him (partake of Him,) we experience the very presence of the Father.

    Joh 6:53 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.
    Joh 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
    Joh 6:55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
    Joh 6:56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
    Joh 6:57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.

    Jesus is the bread of life and it is time to partake of Him my friends.
  2. I really loved what you say about the Shewbread being saturated with the presence of God. As you know Boanerges Leviticus 24:9 bells us that "it is a most holy part of their regular share of the offerings made to the Lord by fire". It was not to be taken out of the holy place, but eaten there. It represented God sustaining his people. The link with our Lord's Table is most apt - I will be thinking of these things at Communion on Sunday.

    In Matt. 12:3-4 Jesus uses the story of David eating the shewbread, and showing us that God is interested in the internal cleansing which expresses itself as in external godliness. The externals being the effect of the internal cleansing.

    The Word of God has so much for us to learn - it is indeed a Living Word. I read recently that over 50% of Christians do not open their Bible from one Sunday to the next (how they come by this information I have no idea). If we do neglect the Word how much we lose.
  3. Amen. Many ignore this awesome treasure that is the Living Word of God, able to sustain and carry them through any situation and fill their heart with great joy!

  4. A beautiful expression of God's love for us , my son . Yes Jesus Christ is the bread of life .Thanks for that and each time as we take the bread and the wine , we remember Him until He comes.

    John 6:33
    For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."
    John 6:35
    Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
    John 6:51
    I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."
  5. wow

    Great story about the show bread as well! I looks like we had a type of communion befor today's (Christian) communion :rolleyes:. Could you point me to the referenceswhere you have learned the information. I am very interested.

  6. I cannot give one source my friend. My Bible, my E-sword and reading a lot of stuff on the Tabernacle of Moses over the years.

    Below is a study I did a while back on the Tabernacle. I know I posted this here before but cannot locate the old thread so here it is, enjoy:

    Christ revealed in the Tabernacle

    When Moses was receiving the tablets with the ten commandments the children of Israel pitched camp- not just in any order but according to God's command. The Lord's instructions were to line the camp up to the compass points with the three smallest tribes to the west, the three largest to the east and three roughly equal in size were lined up to the north and the south. This would have formed a gigantic living cross for Moses to see when he came down the mountain. The furniture inside the tabernacle (located in the center of the cross) represented the only way a Hebrew could come into God's presence- this was also configured in the shape of a cross- these things signify that there is one way and one way only to enter God's presence- through the cross of Jesus Christ. It was the only meeting place between God and man- in the center of the cross. He is "the lamb slain before the foundation of the world.

    At each of the compass points was one of the following Tribes:
    Judah-his insignia was that of Lion
    Dan-his insignia was that of eagle
    Ephraim- his insignia was that of an ox
    Reuben- His insignia was that of a man
    These same four faces can be seen demonstrated in the four beasts who worship before God in Revelation 4:6-7 and in Ezekiel's vision 1:10
    Many people parallel this to the four gospels equating :
    Luke which portrayed much of Jesus humanity (man)
    Mark which portrayed much of Jesus servants heart (ox)
    Matthew which portrayed much of Jesus Kingship (lion)
    John which portrayed much of Jesus Deity (eagle)

    The Brazen Alter:
    One thing is certain- the only way into the presence of God had to began with a trip to the brazen (brass or bronze is always used to signify judgment) alter- from this alter of blood sacrifice it was a straight walk to the Holy of Holies (God's manifest presence) but there would be many other stops to make first-
    the alter was large enough to contain the sacrifice and was built with a horn on each corner as the freshly slain sacrifice would need to be tied down (much like you and I ) when it was placed in the purifying fire it would spasm and flip of. Flesh is rather unruly. This alter of sacrifice was the place were the price of sin was paid and no man would ever enter into God's Holy Presence without the shedding of blood and the taking of an innocent life- this and this alone was the answer - While it was a huge and imposing sight it was also a place where the children of God would come to worship- the is a representation of our Lord's sacrifice on the cross.
    Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor.

    The Brazen Laver:
    The next step for a priest to enter God's presence was the brazen laver- this was thought to be a large round bowl held up an a pedestal- it was made entirely of polished brass mirrors that the women of the congregation had donated (Exodus 38:8) - it acted a a large mirror and it's purpose was for self inspection and cleansing before proceeding into more intimate proximity to God's manifest presence - while it to was brass (judgment) it was used to cleanse one who had already been forgiven through blood sacrifice on the alter and can be compared to the sanctification of the believer:
    Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
    Eph 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
    The Word is were we wash and inspect our lives, it is the method of purification of God's children today.

    The next step in ones journey will find you looking at two objects; the Golden Candlestick on the left hand and the Table of Shew Bread on the right.

    The Golden candlestick:
    Beaten out of a single piece of Gold (royalty). The candlestick contains seven (the number of perfection and completeness) branches each composed of a series of a bud, a flower and then finally the fruit (which was an Almond. Almond's are the first to bloom and produce fruit after the dead season of winter and the Hebrews often called it the awakening tree for it was always the first to manifest life. This Lamp Stand was the only light by which man could work in God's presence and represented our Lord illuminating all through the power of the Holy Spirit. This Lamp Stand would shine it's light on the next article of furniture:
    Joh 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

    The Table of Shew Bread:
    This table was the resting place of the Shew Bread or the Hebrews know it "the bread of Presence".
    This bread was placed on the Table were would spend seven (perfection) days in the inner court.
    There it would be permeated by the presence of the Living God as it radiated from the Holy of Holies.
    The priests would then eat this bread and be filled with the presence of God. This was communion
    and both filled and empowered them for service.
    This represents Jesus as the Bread of Life
    Joh 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.

    The Alter of Incense:
    The next step was the Alter of Incense- the only fire that could be used to burn incense here was to be taken directly from the brazen alter of sacrifice- the only acceptable cleansing come from Christ's sacrifice- an attempt was made by two of Aaron's sons to bring strange fire into God's presence and were slain signifying that God's provision (Jesus) was the only way in and any other way would only result in destruction and death. The brazen alter met the price of mans sin and corruption ,only it's fire could burn in the place of true worship and prayer this is symbolized in the Alter of incense:
    Rev 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
    Rev 8:4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.
    Rev 8:5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

    The Ark of the Covenant and the Mercy Seat:
    The last piece of furniture in the tabernacle was the Ark of the Covenant- this was constructed of wood overlayed with gold- it's contents were :
    Heb 9:4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;
    This ark typified Jesus Christ who contained the law and the rod- the rule of law- He not only contained God's Holiness and glory but He is the fulfillment of it - on top of the ark was placed the mercy seat-this was constructed of pure gold- no mans work here but only the divine-there were two cherubim mounted on top facing each other with their wings touching at the top-this is were the blood of the sacrificial lamb was applied- THE MEETING PLACE BETWEEN GOD AND MAN WAS WERE THE MERCY OF GOD OVERSHADOWED THE LAW (JUDGMENT) OF GOD- as the blood was applied to the mercy seat the shekinah glory of God would appear and light the holy of holies with His glory- friends this is still the meeting place for God and man- the place were the shed blood of His Son is applied and the mercy of God covers His judgment.
    Again all the furniture in the tabernacle was aligned in the shape of the cross.
    This is only a quick sketch of this revelation and I encourage anyone reading to find several good books on the subject and dig in- you will never read the old testament the same way as you will begin to see Jesus in all those scriptures!
  7. A great reminder Boanerges of the way God illustrated to his O.T. people the character of the Messiah, our Lord Jesus Christ.

    I often use the Tabernacle as an example of what it means to be "In Christ".

    From the outside all the people could see was the curtains of the courtyard (Ex. 27:9-15). Made of plain linen, pure and clean. This speaks clearly to us of how people look at the Lord Jesus from the outside. His pure and holy life, sybolised by the curtains, but to be "In Christ" it is necessary to enter past the screened entrance, and as you say, to go by the brazen altar of sacrifice. It is only then that the glory of the Tabernacle is revealed.

    It is interesting to note that the posts of these outer curtains are based with bronze (judgement), but have silver hooks. I know that some people equate the silver with salvation, but in the O.T. it has several other meanings - e.g. temptation in Gen. 37.28. How people used silver also was an indication of the state of their heart before God. Ex.26.19, Josh. 6.19. However in the N.T. silver and gold epitomise good works in 1 Cor.

    It is interesting to note that in Heb.9:4. The altar of incense in placed within the most Holy Place with the Ark of the Covenant. Could this show to us that now Christ is in the Most Holy Place (God's presence) and therefore our prayers are there as well? It is notable that the priest took incense from the altar into the Holy Place on the Day of Atonement.

    God bless us as we learn together.

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