The Showbread Table


Read Exodus 25:23-30.

The Showbread Table was placed on the right-hand side of the Holy Place, the Northside, a little way from the gold-covered Boards. It was not very big: approximately 1 metre long, half a metre wide, and three-quarters of a metre high.

It was made from acacia wood overlaid with gold, similar to the Boards, speaking of the two-fold nature of Jesus Christ. He was born of Mary as a genuine human being, yet conceived by the Holy Spirit and called the Son of God, Luke 1:35 ‘The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God,’ truly man overlaid with God.

The Showbread Table had a crown made of gold, unlike the Burnt Offering Altar. Back there in the Outer Court, all was about washing, judgement and death at the bronze-coated Laver and Burnt Offering Altar. Here in the Holy Place, all is about life, food, light and fragrant incense.

Therefore ‘we see Jesus who was made a little lower than the angels, because of the suffering of death’ in the Outer Court, but at the Showbread Table, and the Golden Incense Altar, in the Holy Place we see Jesus ‘crowned with glory and honour’. Hebrews 2:9

On the Showbread Table were placed twelve loaves of unleavened bread, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. The loaves were replaced every week freshly on the Sabbath: fresh food in the house of God for the priests, Aaron and his sons. Leviticus 24:5-9.

Peter tells us that those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Peter 1:8, who have tasted that the Lord is gracious, 1 Peter 2:3 are not only a spiritual house, but also a holy priesthood, a royal priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5 / 1 Peter 2:9.

As priests, we are ministering to the Lord through faith in Jesus’ blood and the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Our food, in addition to some of the offerings, is the fresh bread on the golden Showbread Table. Jesus as the Bread of God ‘who came down from heaven to give LIFE to the world’. John 6:33.

crowned with glory and honour. The twelve loaves represent the whole people of God, in God’s house, the church, 1 Timothy 3:15, in fellowship with one another. 1 John 1:7.

The loaves of unleavened bread remind us of the Lord Jesus saying, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger’. John 6:35.

This unlimited supply of heavenly food, fresh every week, is to be the portion of the priests in the light from the Lampstand. Colossians 1:12.

Every day we need to come to Him, John 6:37, see the Son and believe in Him, John 6:40. He is the Living Bread, that came down from heaven to give us His life, life IN us. John 6:51 / John 6:53.

This life is brought to us first as the Spirit who gives life, John 6:63 and secondly, as the words of eternal life, John 6:68.

Today, Jesus Christ can only give His life to us through His word and by His Spirit. The black-and-white word of the scriptures alone is not enough for life, John 5:39-40.

We must come to Him in the word AND in the Spirit.

The Showbread is also called the Bread of the Presence

To eat Christ as the Bread of Life, we, the priests, must be in the presence of God, who is Spirit, John 4:24. The Showbread is for all the priests, in fellowship with one another in God’s presence. Luke 11:5-8.

Based on the parable in Luke 11:5-8, we need the Bread of Life not just for ourselves, as in the daily bread in Luke 11:3, but also for our needy friends, who come to us on their journey. Jesus makes it clear, that people in the world are hungry, but the flesh profits nothing. John 6:35 / John 6:62.

Jesus came that He might give life to the world, so that those who believe in Him may have eternal life, John 6:33 / John 6:47. Therefore, we should ask, seek and knock in prayer, Luke 11:9, until He gives us as much Bread of life as we need for ourselves and for our friends, Luke 11:8.

Our heavenly Father delights to do this!

‘If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’ Luke 11:13



"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed."