I wrote the following on pages 208-212 in Looking Glass, The City God Loves:
It is interesting how every group of people in the world enjoys some type of bread. I have a Scandinavian heritage, so lefse was a popular snack for me after school. I would spread butter on it and then sprinkle a little sugar. As I grew older, I preferred honey because of its texture. I would carefully fold the delicate flatbread and then roll it. Sometimes I would fold it once again, depending on its size.
In the holy place, the table was on the right-hand side of the priest as he entered. And the bread of Presence sat on the table before the Lord at all times (Exodus 25:30). Leviticus 24:5-8 gives precise instructions for the bread. It says to “take the finest flour and bake twelve loaves of bread, using two-tenths of an ephah for each loaf. Arrange them in two stacks, six in each stack, on the table of pure gold before the Lord. By each stack put some pure incense as a memorial portion to represent the bread and to be a food offering presented to the Lord. This bread is to be set out before the Lord regularly, Sabbath after Sabbath, on behalf of the Israelites, as a lasting covenant.”
I will share the second photo before the other one since it was taken in that order. In the picture, it looks like an angel is holding a covered dish. In the next picture, it looks like he is lifting the cover. In the King James Version, Exodus 25:29 describes dishes, spoons, covers, and bowls all made of pure gold. I think the concept of a cover is significant. During biblical times, the priests possibly carried the loaves in large bowls. The covers and bowls may have been used for drink offerings as well. A drink offering always accompanied a meat offering, so the bread would have been considered a type of meat (Leviticus 23:18; Numbers 6:15).
There are many kinds of coverings in the Bible. For example, the tabernacle itself is a tent, which is a shelter for people in the wilderness. The ark of the covenant also has a cover, which is called the mercy seat. The manna within the ark was placed in a jar, which is a container that covers (Exodus 16:33-34). Even Aaron’s rod was covered with blossoms and almonds (Numbers 17:8). Baby Moses was sent in a basket, in an ark, down the Nile River (Exodus 2:3, KJV). And as we well know, Noah and his family and all the animals found shelter in an ark during the flood. The Lord has a way of keeping things hidden or sheltered from danger. He preserves that which is holy by keeping it covered, at least for a specific time. Psalm 91:4 says, “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge.”
After Moses spoke with the Lord on Mount Sinai, he came down with the two tablets of the covenant law. Moses didn’t know that his face was radiant (Exodus 34:29). He placed a veil over his face until he went in to speak with the Lord (v. 34). The Apostle Paul says that “even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away” (2 Corinthians 3:15-16). In the King James Version, it says, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spir’-it of the Lord” (v. 18).
When Jesus died, the curtain in the temple tore in two (Matthew 27:50-51). It says that the earth shook and the rocks split. Jesus’ tomb was a covering. Suddenly, the tombs broke open (v. 52). Jesus’ body resurrected from the dead, and many others were also raised to life.
This is such an interesting illustration. The uncovered bowl is in line with Jesus' face. Hebrews 10:19-20 says that "we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body...."
The purple prayer shawl, I believe, represents the curtain torn in two.
Just as the Lord provided manna from Heaven for the Israelites in the wilderness (Exodus 16:4), the Father has given us the true bread from Heaven (John 6:32). Jesus came down from Heaven to give life to the world (v. 33). He is the bread of life (v. 35). Jesus says, “Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” Whenever we take communion, we remember the Lord Jesus and what He has done for us (1 Corinthians 11:24-25).
We can see the bread bowl on our left, the blood and water pouring out on our right, and the Lord's face in the middle. His face also lines up with the white spot, which represents His presence.
When Jesus spoke to the church in Pergamum, He said, “To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna” (Revelation 2:17). One day every believer will receive a piece (or a part) of the true bread from Heaven. The Lord will also give each believer a white stone with a new name written on it. Instead of a guilty verdict due to our inability to keep the Law, we will be innocent because of His perfect sacrifice. Instead of casting stones, which we deserve, the Lord will lovingly call us by a new name (John 8:7; Revelation 2:17). I imagine it will be written on the stone much like the Ten Commandments. This may signify the permanency of His Word.
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