The golden table inside the Temple is one of only three objects in the Holy place. Each one of these sublime objects reveal venerable hidden truths about entering into the presence of God and all of the benefits that accompany such divine privilege. Innumerable books could be written about the golden table alone; however, today we will try to cover as much as we can beginning with the main points. Before anything else can be said, it must be made clear that the laws of proper biblical exposition dictate that all symbolic interpretation must be supported by scripture itself. This is to say that the Bible must interprets itself. Everything must be confirmed by scripture. Let’s read what Paul wrote about biblical interpretation keeping in mind that Christ is THE WORD OF GOD. ~ “Attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge… the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Colossians 2.2,3, Ephesians 3.8).
In the Presence of Holiness
Now let’s take a look at what the Bible says about the Golden Table that is in the Holy place In the Temple of God. ~ “Thus Solomon had all the furnishings made for the house of the LORD: the altar of gold, and the table of gold on which was the showbread” (1Kings 7.48). The first thing that scripture tells us is that the table represents the table of Passover and the communion table which are the same. This is what is meant by the words: ‘The Lord’s Table.’ The New Testament mentions The Lord’s Table speaking of Communion as well, but let’s look at the book of Malachi as the prophet speaks about how Israel defiled the Feast of Passover… ~ “You offer defiled food on My altar… By saying, ‘The table of the LORD is contemptible” (Malachi 1.7). Remember, Passover is called Communion in the New Testament. The two words together ‘Passover’ and ‘Communion,’ when we put them together then, mean deliverance and protection by communion with God.
The Bread of Communion
Through Passover the children of Israel were protected from the plagues and catastrophes of Egypt (the world). And the word ‘Communion’ tells us that the Passover Feast brings us into intimate communion with God where we are protected. Let’s take another look at the Golden Table ~ “You shall also make a table… And you shall overlay it with pure gold… And you shall set the showbread on the table before Me always” (Exodus 25:23,24,30). Notice, God says, “… the table [is] before Me always.” Also, we see that the Golden Table is located in the very presence of God in the Holy Place in the Temple of God, where absolutely no evil can enter at any time. Notice, that the bread on the table is the bread of Communion, which is also the bread of Passover. The fascinating thing is that the bread is literally called ‘The Bread of the Presence’ or even more literally the word means ‘The bread of the Face.’ This word is probably the most erroneously translated word in the Bible. Almost every version of the Bible translates it differently. The best Bibles call it “the bread of the presence.”
The Golden Table
The Spanish Bible calls it ‘the bread of propitiation.’ However, and interestingly enough, anyone can consult a good Bible dictionary and see that the true definition is — ‘The Bread of the Face of God,’ or/and ‘The Bread of the Presence of God.’ Vine’s Dictionary, which is widely considered one of the best, defines the Hebrew word here as this — “bread of the face,” i.e., the presence, referring to the Presence of God” (Vine’s Expository Dictionary). So, what does this mean? What is the bread of the Face that is set on the Golden Table that is always before God in the Holy Place in the Temple of God? What it means is — when Communion is properly understood and put into practice, it will bring believer right into the very presence of God, even into the Face of God. It will put him face to face with God Almighty. All of those who desire to truly know God intimately should pay special attention to that which is here written. Let it be said that, as in the case of any table in any house, the table is the principal place of Communion in the house, which is usually accompanied by food (the bread).
Face to Face with God
Let it be clear that the bread that conducts the child of God into His presence must be completely free of leaven. As we have already demonstrated in previous blogs in this series – unleavened bread in the Bible means 100% pure doctrine that is COMPLETELY pure of all human contamination by men. Most people cannot enter into the presence of God because they are addicted to leavened bread. They are not diligent about the doctrine that they consume. They are unclean because they constantly consume unclean food. God will not permit one crumb of leaven (erroneous doctrine) or human story-telling, etc. into His presence. Moreover, all unleavened bread must be cooked by holy ‘fire’ by the divinely ordained priests of God. The fire representing the Holy Spirit which removes every trace of human corruption, leaving only what is inspired and directed by the pure anointing fire of the Holy Spirit. Now you know how to sit down and commune with God face-to-face. ~ “Therefore you shall sacrifice the Passover to the LORD your God, from the flock and the herd, in the place where the LORD chooses to put His name. You shall eat no leavened bread with it” (Deuteronomy 16:2,3).
Behold, I (Jesus) stand at the door (of the heart), and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
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