READ: Leviticus 24:1-9
Items in the Holy Place
Here is a short passage mentioning a number of principles that related to the items in the Holy part of the temple – this was the first part of the tent, the room before the Holy of Holies where the Ark of the Covenant was kept. Here was the lampstand of the first 4 verses and also the Bread Table spoken of in vs. 5-9.
The light and the bread. On a pracitcal level the light provided guidance for the priests to go about their duties in what would otherwise be a very dark tent; the bread provided food for the priests from where they could get their nourishment. I’m tempted to call your thoughts forward to the claims of Jesus – that He is the Light of the world (John 8:12) and the Bread of Life (John 6:35) – but we are not specifically told of this direct parallel.
It is, nonetheless, interesting to think through the similarities and so I will leave you to ponder Jesus as the Light of the World and the Bread of Life.
“Light of the World you stepped down into darkeness, Opened my eyes, let me see…so here I am to worship!” – [‘Here I am to Worship’ by Tim Hughes]
“Bread of Heaven on Thee we feed, For Thy flesh is meat indeed; Ever may our souls be fed, with this true and living Bread; Day by day with strength supplied, Throught the life of Him who died.” – [‘Bread of Heaven’ by Josiah Conder]