“You shall set the bread of the Presence on the table before Me at all times.” Exodus 25:30
The Israelites had good intentions. They wanted to do good and follow all of God’s rules, but intentions don’t equal actions.
- “[The Israelites said], “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.” Exodus 24:7
As we follow their plight, they lived in almost continuous rebellion, with some periods of obedience, but mostly, either sinning against the Lord or complaining about Him or His chosen messengers. They were doomed to fail if left on their own. God even wanted to abandon them many times. There was no way that they could obey all of the Lord’s commands.
- “Many times He delivered them, but they were bent on rebellion and they wasted away in their sin.” Psalm 106:43
God knew He needed to step in to redeem His chosen people, for they were trapped in their sins with no way out.
- “He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.” Psalm 130:8
How did He do that? Through the plan of His Son, Jesus Christ. Though Jesus is a little harder to directly find in the Old Testament, with a careful look, we can see that the entire Old Testament points directly to the Son, and we find many indirect references to Him. One of which is the “Bread of the Presence”.
- “You shall set the bread of the Presence on the table before Me at all times.” Exodus 25:30
In God’s instructions to Moses about the building of the Tabernacle, He gave instructions about “The Table of Shewbread” which would be lined in gold for purity and would contain one significant item at ALL times… The Bread of the Presence. This bread was never to leave the table. It was a constant reminding symbol to God of His Son, The Bread of Life, who would eventually come in person to fulfill this symbol with His physical presence.
God chooses to look at His people through the perfect righteousness of Christ. The bread reminded Him of His upcoming plan to redeem His children.
- “It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” 1 Cor 1:30
The Israelites, and those of us who have given our lives to Jesus today, have obtained the righteousness of Christ, not because of what we have done or ever could do, but because God chose to look past our weaknesses and fix His eyes on “The Bread of the Presence,” His Son, Jesus Christ, “The Bread of Life.”
- “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. [Jesus]” John 6:51