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A Greater and More Perfect Tabernacle
by Wayne Blank
"I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world." (John 6:48-51 KJV)
"But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle"
The table for the showbread was made of gold-covered acacia wood. It was approximately 3 feet long, 18 inches wide, and a little over 2 feet high. Two gold-covered Staves, which were inserted through golden rings on the sides of the table, were used for carrying it whenever the Tabernacle was moved. The detailed instructions were given to Moses by The Lord (see also YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD):
"Thou shalt also make a table of shittim wood: two cubits shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, and make thereto a crown of gold round about. And thou shalt make unto it a border of an hand breadth round about, and thou shalt make a golden crown to the border thereof round about. And thou shalt make for it four rings of gold, and put the rings in the four corners that are on the four feet thereof. Over against the border shall the rings be for places of the staves to bear the table. And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold, that the table may be borne with them. And thou shalt make the dishes thereof, and spoons thereof, and covers thereof, and bowls thereof, to cover withal: of pure gold shalt thou make them. And thou shalt set upon the table showbread before me alway." (Exodus 25:23-30 KJV)
The Lord also gave Moses the detailed instructions for the showbread. It consisted of twelve loaves made of the finest flour. They were placed in two rows of six each on the table in the Holy Place. They were replaced every Sabbath.
"And thou shalt take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes thereof: two tenth deals shall be in one cake. And thou shalt set them in two rows, six on a row, upon the pure table before The Lord. And thou shalt put pure frankincense upon each row, that it may be on the bread for a memorial, even an offering made by fire unto The Lord. Every Sabbath he shall set it in order before The Lord continually, being taken from the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant. And it shall be Aaron's and his sons'; and they shall eat it in the holy place: for it is most holy unto him of the offerings of The Lord made by fire by a perpetual statute." (Leviticus 24:5-9 KJV)
The Tabernacle was of course merely representative of what was coming, by means of, and through, the Messiah.
"For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the showbread; which is called the sanctuary. And after the second veil [see also Why Was It Torn?], the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing The Mercy Seat; of which we cannot now speak particularly."