Jan 30, 2015
Jan 2, 2015
“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 (literally speaking, sharing something in common) 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.
“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. … Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.” (John 6:35, 49-50)
God so desires our fellowship that He was willing to come to earth from heaven as our “bread of life” to give eternal life to all those who would partake in it. At Jesus’ last Passover meal with His disciples, Jesus described Himself as bread again:
“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’” (Matthew 26:26)
Jesus’ broken body is our only access to fellowship with God. Today, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, or communion, to remember this important truth. And today, as in the day of Moses’ tabernacle, God still desires to have fellowship and sit down for a feast with His people.
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelations 3:20)
I was in tears, as you can imagine, when I discovered what the Lord was wanting to show me. That He desires fellowship with me--always. He was my Showbread, that Bread of Life, so that I could commune with Him anytime. He made Himself the open invitation always before the Lord for me. My unworthiness had nothing to do with whether I could come to Him or not, because He took care of that on the cross. He made it apparent to all the world, not in a secret cove somewhere, but up on a hill scourged and naked showing all the world what He was willing to do so He could have me.
So I come. With all my ugly and neediness, all my baggage--and it is not too much for Him. The invitation is always open for me to come. So I will run to the table where He offers Himself daily to be my Bread of Life in the presence of my Father. I am wanted here.
There is a song that I've been singing lately by Audrey Assad called Lead Me On based on the 23 Psalm. It has all new meaning now that I understand what it all means. With raw abandon I sing it now with full assurance of its truth.
You are my shepherd - there's nothing I shall wantBeside still waters You lead my spirit onYour hand beside me no matter where I walkThrough darkest valley Your love is not far off.And I will dwell in Your house foreverLead me onI fear no evil, for You are with meYou set this table before my enemiesAnd You anoint me - You overflow my cupAnd they will follow me, Your goodness and Your love.And I will dwell in Your house foreverLead me onYour rod and Your staff are a strange mercyIn a world where I'm not yet home.