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BREAD - What Is It?
The numbers 66 have a dual meaning here. 1. Six is the number of man, and God furnished the written word by Israel. 2. These two sixes also represent a priest’s understanding of the pre-incarnate and incarnate Son of God, who is called the Word (John 1:1), and it is the Son through which we receive understanding of the Bible (cf Revelation 1:1). When we refuse to hear God’s explanation, we in effect exalt our throne above His. Isaiah 14:12-13: 12. How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, who did weaken the nations! 13. For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: The table of shew bread was placed on the north side of the first apartment of the tabernacle (Exodus 26:35). It represents God’s throne. Lucifer is a parable of the king of Babylon (see verse 4), a figure of a person walking in their own light. They live in rebellion according to their own, or another man’s interpretation of the writings, thereby placing self on the table (666), in type, because they are ruling their own kingdom according to their own understanding.
Manna: Exodus 16:4: Then said the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate (1697) every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no. Rain is doctrine/teaching, and being from heaven, it is God’s teaching (Deuteronomy 32:1-2). Two weeks after God started raining manna, Israel came to Mt Sinai, where God spoke the ten words (concepts - 1697) to Israel, then wrote them on two stone tablets because Israel refused to hear the Lord (Exodus 20:19). The stone tablets are symbols of the heart (cp 2 Cor 3:3)! Many other statutes were given along with the ceremonial services, all to be viewed today as allegories to help us understand the ten written in stone. In figure, God rained bread from heaven when he spoke those ten precepts, and the letter of the ten is the old covenant under which Israel lived (Deuteronomy 4:13; 5:1-22). However, the new covenant is to hear God and let Him write the deeper spiritual meaning of the ten on our hearts. Thus, all God’s teachings can be summed up in these two concepts - Love God with the whole self, and love your neighbor as yourself.
The Hebrew root of the
word manna (man, i.e. mawn) is mah (maw - 4100), which is an interrogative
meaning, ‘what, how, why, how long, etc.’ So manna has been given
the general meaning of ‘what is it?’ Those questions are
the same ones asked by the disciples as they walked daily with Jesus,
and the same
questions we ask today as we walk with Jesus in the spirit of the mind
(Eph 4:23). Manna was only given
to Israel while they were in the wilderness. So this bread represents
experience when the
writings are read but not understood because they are not listening to
the Spirit. This bread comes in darkness
(Numbers 11:9), and is gathered off the earth (Exodus 16:16). Another characteristic
of the manna is that it melted
when the sun waxed hot (Exodus 16:21). When the fiery truth comes, it will
melt away wilderness thinking (Jeremiah
23:29). Manna was good when the people ground it and made cakes of it (Numbers 11:8), that is, when they walked faithfully in that understanding. The Savior is still leading us through the wilderness, and if we are faithful in the unrighteous riches, He will trust us with the true riches, which are available in the promised land.
One more lesson from the manna: The people were to daily gather it according to the amount one could eat, the average being a homer (Exodus 16:16-18). If they tried save some for the next day, the manna bred worms and stank. Religious groups begin in sincerity, but eventually reach a point of trying to keep what they have and make it last until Christ comes. A worm is a symbol of the sin nature. Look at past spiritual advancements, all started by individuals, and out of these movements were formed various denominations. Once formed these churches stopped advancing in truth. The manna (doctrine) on which they based their organization has remained approximately the same, and has bred worms until it stinks. Why? Because it is no longer meat in due season. Proverbs 4:18: ...the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more and more unto the perfect day. The ‘perfect day’ is the spiritual day of which the seventh day is a symbol.
Another way of expressing this idea is that we are to gather understanding from God’s word daily and trust that there will be more tomorrow, and the next day, and the next, until we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:13). This verse is not saying ‘my faith in Christ, or knowledge about the Son’, but come into the Son’s knowledge and faith! It is the hidden manna we need! Revelation 2:17: He that hath a ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knows saving he that receives it. Manna was put into a solid gold vessel and placed in the most holy of the tabernacle (Exodus 16:33; Hebrews 9:4). It is a symbol of the hidden manna, which is Christ’s understanding of the written word; the white stone is a pure concept; the new name is a new character written in your heart. No one else knows it because you received it directly from God through His son. Others will only see the outward result of the change in you.
Leavened & Unleavened bread: Psalms 104:14-15: 14. He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; 15. And wine that makes glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengthens man's heart. Notice that all food comes out of the earth, beginning with a seed planted, then the sun and rain cause the seed to sprout and grow. It is bread which strengthens the heart, therefore we need to ensure a correct understanding so that our hearts are strengthened in the Lord, and not the self righteousness of the flesh.
Once, when Jesus and his disciples were getting in a boat, Jesus told them to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees. They reasoned that it was because they had taken no literal bread. Here is the outcome: Matthew 16:11- 12: 11. How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? 12. Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. A Pharisee or Sadducee is a type of a person who exalts himself in his own understanding and attacks others who differ with themselves. They even fight among themselves. Read the whole account and parallels in Mark 8 and Luke 12, and notice how Jesus equated ‘little faith’ with ‘lack of understanding.’
Bread and feast days: The feast days of Israel are kept spiritually. Paul understood this: 1 Corinthians 5:6-8: 6. Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7. Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Man’s bread (understanding of the word) is leavened with‘ malice and wickedness’, but we are to be unleavened concerning the world’s way of thinking, accepting Christ’s bread (understanding of the word) which is leavened with sincerity and truth. Purge out the old leaven (doctrine), i.e. advance in the doctrine of Christ.
Summary: Jesus is the bread of life (Jn 6:33, 35), and we need to understand what it means to ‘eat his flesh and drink his blood’ (John 6:53) if we are to grow spiritually. All of Jesus’ disciples, except the 12, left him because of this saying. The men on the road to Emmaus did not recognize Jesus until he blessed and brake the bread as a type of what he did as he walked with them. After the cross, the disciples understood what Jesus taught by what was written and what was spoken (Jn 2:22). Jesus, as the Spirit of Truth will walk with us blessing and breaking the bread of life if we are willing to apply ourselves to searching the scriptures and applying revealed truths in our lives. 1 Timothy 4:6: If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. 2 John 9: Whosoever transgresses, and abides not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. Amen.
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