SPECIAL TOPIC: SHOW BREAD or BREAD OF THE PRESENCE

This item of furniture, on which the bread rested, is described in Exod. 25:23-30; 37:10-16. It was located in the Holy Place.

The bread itself was twelve large loaves (± 2-3 lbs, cf. Lev. 24:5-9). They symbolized God's provisions of Israel's physical food needs. They were replaced every week and the priests were allowed to eat the old loaves (cf. Lev. 24:9).

As the tabernacle faced east, when one entered the Holy Place (first room of the inner tent/shrine), the table of Show Bread was on the right, the Menorah on the left, the altar of incense straight ahead, before the veil that separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies, a perfect cube containing the ark of the covenant.

 

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