First, the showbread, as mentioned above, is a type or symbol representing the Word of God. It was made of fine, pure flour, showing us that the Scriptures are pure and undefiled: They are not mixed with the opinions of men, but are God’s holy and righteous words. When we teach or preach from God’s holy words – the Bible – we must make sure we are not mixing with them our own opinions and ideas.
We must be certain that we are following the scriptural admonition, “rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15). We must be accurate and clear when we teach God’s Word, making it easy for others to understand the truth. “Dividing” the word of truth does not mean separating the Scriptures into parts; but it means rightly discerning its truth and communicating both the actual Word and the spirit of the Word. Let us make sure to study intensely enough to thoroughly understand and then communicate only what God would give to the flock.
Second, mixed with the show bread was a generous portion of pure frankincense. In both the Old Testament and New Testament, incense was a symbol of prayer and worship sacrificially given to God. We should add a generous” portion of conversation with God (prayer) and humble adoration (worship) as we partake of the bread of His Word.
A Life-Changing Experience
We should study God’s Word because it does so much for us; but, more importantly, His Word reveals the character and nature of Jesus to our hearts. Those moments when the Holy Spirit reveals something of the nature, life or heart of Christ to us are life-changing moments.
In Luke 24:35, the two disciples who had unknowingly walked with Jesus on the road to Emmaus had a life-changing experience. As they reported to the other disciples, “He was made known to them in the breaking of the bread”! Their hearts were changed from discouragement, fear and hopelessness to joy and great hope.
As we “break the bread” of God’s Word by reacting and meditating upon it, we must receive it into our spirit, not just our mind. This can happen when we pray and ask the Spirit of God to breathe life in and through the printed word on the pages of our Bibles.
God wants our minds filled with His Word; but He also wants His Word to penetrate the deepest part of our beings. This will lead to us “being transformed into the same image from glory to glory just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Cor 3:18).
Third, as Christian we have entered the ‘Sabbath rest” (Hebrews 4) of daily intimate relationship with God through what the Lord of the Sabbath, Jesus Christ, has done for us on the cross.
This salvation is by grace through faith, not by works (Eph 2:8-9). Therefore we need not come to God only once per week through ritual and ceremony. Instead, we can daily approach the Lord, the Bread of Life (John 6:48), by coming simply and humbly to Him through His Word.