Today we are looking at the first element of the Holy Place: the Table of Showbread.
The Table of Showbread was located along the north wall inside the Holy Place, to the right of the entrance. It was a small table made of acacia wood and overlaid with pure gold. The height of the golden table was one and a half cubits high. It stood on the right side of the Holy Place across from the lampstand and held 12 loaves of bread, representing the 12 tribes of Israel. The priests baked the bread with fine flour and it remained on the table before the Lord for a week; every Sabbath day the priests would remove it and eat it in the Holy Place, then put fresh bread on the table. Only priests could eat the bread, and it could only be eaten in the Holy Place, because it was holy.
“Showbread” also was called “bread of the presence” because it was to be always in the Lord’s presence. The table and the bread were a picture of God’s willingness to fellowship and communion with man. It was like an invitation to share a meal, an extension of friendship. Eating together often is an act of fellowship. God was willing for man to enter into His presence to fellowship with Him, and this invitation was always open.
Jesus exemplified this when He ate with tax collectors, prostitutes and the sinners of Jewish society. But this was more than just a gesture of friendship on earth. Jesus came to call sinners to Him, make them right with God, so that they could enjoy everlasting fellowship with God.
Only by the sacrifice of Yeshua can we now enter the Holy Place. It is here that we can begin to intimately worship our Creator. Our hearts must be right with God in order to experience that sweet fellowship.