The table with the bread and wine was the first object you would encounter when you entered through the door and into the tabernacle.
“Outside the Most Holy Place put the table against the north side of the Tent and the lampstand against the south side.” (Exo 26:35)
Like most of the other pieces of furniture inside the Tabernacle of Moses, the table was also made of acacia wood and covered with gold.
“Make a table out of acacia wood, 36 inches long, 18 inches wide, and 27 inches high. Cover it with pure gold and put a gold border around it.” (Exo 25:23-24)
The table inside the Tabernacle was to hold bread and wine. This was the food of the priests.
“They shall spread a blue cloth over the table for the bread offered to the LORD and put on it the dishes, the incense bowls, the offering bowls, and the jars for the wine offering. There shall always be bread on the table.” (Num 4:7)
“You shall take choice flour, and bake twelve loaves of it; two-tenths of an ephah shall be in each loaf. You shall place them in two rows, six in a row, on the table of pure gold. You shall put pure frankincense with each row, to be a token offering for the bread, as an offering by fire to the LORD.” (Lev 24:5-7)
Frankincense is known for its sweet smell but bitter taste.
This speaks of the word of God—sweet on the ear but difficult to implement.
“I took the little scroll from his hand and ate it, and it tasted sweet as honey in my mouth. But after I swallowed it, it turned sour in my stomach.” (Rev 10:10)
As there were no chairs for the table in the tabernacle, the priests had to eat the bread standing up!
This reminds us of the armour of God.
“Therefore take to yourselves the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Eph 6:13)
The Passover bread also had to be eaten standing up, ready to go.
“You are to eat it quickly, for you are to be dressed for travel, with your sandals on your feet and your walking stick in your hand. It is the Passover Festival to honor me, the LORD. (Exo 12:11)
The table in the Tabernacle depicts the table of the Lord. It is therefore not only a place for fellowship but also a place of readiness for service.
“Be ready with the good news of peace as shoes on your feet.” (Eph 6:15 BBE)
If you are found ready, then the Master will wait on you and serve you!
“Be ready for whatever comes, dressed for action and with your lamps lit, like servants who are waiting for their master to come back from a wedding feast. When he comes and knocks, they will open the door for him at once. How happy are those servants whose master finds them awake and ready when he returns? I tell you, he will take off his coat, have them sit down, and wait on them. How happy they are if he finds them ready, even if he should come at midnight or even later! (Luk 12:35-38)
The table of the Lord, as depicted by the table with bread and wine in the Tabernacle, is the table of fellowship.
“Taste and see that the LORD is good. Blessed is the person who takes refuge in him.” (Psa 34:8)
“You prepare a banquet for me, where all my enemies can see me; you welcome me as an honored guest and fill my cup to the brim. I know that your goodness and love will be with me all my life; and your house will be my home as long as I live.” (Psa 23:5-6)
The priests were not allowed to enter the Tabernacle and eat the bread from the table unless they were first purified at the altar and the washbasin.
Similarly, no one can share in the Holy Communion unless their hearts are cleansed first
“It follows that if one of you eats the Lord’s bread or drinks from his cup in a way that dishonours him, you are guilty of sin against the Lord’s body and blood. So then, you should each examine yourself first, and then eat the bread and drink from the cup. For if you do not recognize the meaning of the Lord’s body when you eat the bread and drink from the cup, you bring judgment on yourself as you eat and drink. That is why many of you are sick and weak, and several have died.” (1Co 11:27-30)
Judas Iscariot shared the bread with an unclean heart.
Then he (Jesus) took a piece of bread, gave thanks to God, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in memory of me.” In the same way, he gave them the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is God’s new covenant sealed with my blood, which is poured out for you. “But, look! The one who betrays me is here at the table with me.” (Luk 22:19-21)
He consequently ended up meeting up with an untimely death.
“Judas threw the coins down in the temple and left; then he went off and hanged himself.” (Mat 27:5)
We need to feast on who God is.
Jesus said to them, “I am telling you the truth: if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you will not have life in yourselves. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them to life on the last day. For my flesh is the real food; my blood is the real drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood live in me, and I live in them. The living Father sent me, and because of him I live also. In the same way whoever eats me will live because of me. This, then, is the bread that came down from heaven; it is not like the bread that your ancestors ate, but then later died. Those who eat this bread will live forever.” (Joh 6:53-58)
Jesus is both the bread and the wine.
“While they were eating, Jesus took a piece of bread, gave a prayer of thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples. “Take and eat it,” he said; “this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks to God, and gave it to them. “Drink it, all of you,” he said; “this is my blood, which seals God’s covenant, my blood poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Mat 26:26-28)
He was prepared for us in the same way that bread is prepared for consumption.
Jesus is our bread of life.
“I am the bread of life.” (Joh 6:48)
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If you eat this bread, you will live forever. The bread that I will give you is my flesh, which I give so that the world may live.” (Joh 6:51)
To make unleavened bread, the grain must first be ground in a mill, then sieved and tested.
Jesus, the innocent, passed through the mill of suffering.
“For Christ himself suffered for you and left you an example, so that you would follow in his steps. He committed no sin, and no one ever heard a lie come from his lips. When he was insulted, he did not answer back with an insult; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but placed his hopes in God, the righteous judge.” (1Pe 2:21-23)
Next, he was sieved, tested, and pronounced without fault.
“Now, I have examined him here in your presence, and I have not found him guilty of any of the crimes you accuse him of.” (Luk 23:14)
After this, to make bread, the dough had to pass through the fierce heat of an open fire.
Jesus was pierced with holes all over his whole body and passed through the fire of Calvary.
After he had Jesus whipped, he handed him over to be crucified. Then Pilate’s soldiers took Jesus into the governor’s palace, and the whole company gathered around him. They stripped off his clothes and put a scarlet robe on him. Then they made a crown out of thorny branches and placed it on his head, and they put a stick in his right hand; then they kneeled before him and made fun of him. “Long live the King of the Jews!” they said. They spat on him, took the stick, and hit him over the head. When they had finished making fun of him, they took the robe off and put his clothes back on him. Then they led him out to crucify him. (Mat 27:26-31)
He was then raised as the bread of life.
The angel spoke to the women. “You must not be afraid,” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has been raised, just as he said. Come here and see the place where he was lying. (Mat 28:5-6)
The bread at the table in the tabernacle is all for free!
The LORD says, “Come, everyone who is thirsty— here is water! Come, you that have no money— buy grain and eat! Come! Buy wine and milk— it will cost you nothing! Why spend money on what does not satisfy? Why spend your wages and still be hungry? Listen to me and do what I say, and you will enjoy the best food of all. (Isa 55:1-2)
You can enter the tabernacle of heaven right now, sit down at the table of fellowship with the Lord, and partake of the bread of life.
Why not do it right now?