Sunday, March 16, 2014

Jesus Christ In The Tabernacle - The Table of Shewbread

Temple Baptist Church - 3-16-2014
Exodus 25:23-30
A. As we consider our Lord Jesus Christ portrayed in the Tabernacle in the Wilderness, I want to look at the second piece of furniture found in the Holy Place: the Table of Shewbread.
B. We saw:
1. Jesus as the Way in the gate to the East
2. Jesus as our Propitiation in the Brazen Altar
3. Jesus as our Mediator and Cleansing at the Laver of Brass
4. Jesus as our Light of Witness in the Golden Candlestick
C. The Table of Shewbread actually represents two things: the Care of God and Our Communion with God. I will deal more with our communion with God than the Care of God in this message.
1. The Table Of Shewbread Typifies The Care Of God
a. Perpetual Presence
b. Perpetual Provision
c. Perpetual Thanksgiving
2. The Table Of Shewbread Typifies Our Communion With God
a. The table, in those days, represented a place of fellowship and communion. Before the deliverance of Israel, we find that eating and fellowship were essential to each other.
1) Abraham prepared a meal for the Angel of the Lord in Genesis 18.
2) Israel prepared a meal during the Passover in Egypt.
3) God gave the pattern or the Table of Shewbread, typical of constant fellowship at the table.
4) Our Lord broke bread with His disciples and fed the multitudes.
5) Our Lord gave the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper to us in the local church.
6) There will be the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
7) There will be the gathering of Israel at God’s table in the Millennium.
8) There will be perpetual eating in eternity at the Tree of Life.
b. These are just a few examples of the “table” and communion together before the Law, during the Law, during the Life of Christ, during the age of the Church, in Heaven, during the Millennium, and in eternity.
c. Today, it is simply a place of nourishment with little or no conversation or time spent. Here we find a dual danger in our modern day churches.
1) The Danger Of Communion Without Proper Respect And Fear (Contemporary Worship).
2) The Danger Of Communion With Ritual and Deadness (Liturgical or Form Worship).
3. Five things our communion with God does.
a. Communion with God keeps us in fellowship - 1 John 1:5-7 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (6) If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: (7) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (Both with the Lord and one another)
b. Communion with God is essential to a proper perspective of God - Philippians 3:8-10 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, (9) And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: (10) That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
c. Communion with God brings about fullness of joy – Psalms 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
1 John 1:3-4 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. (4) And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
d. Communion with God brings about holiness of life – 1 John 1:6, 9 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth … If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
e. Communion with God shows us the will of God - Colossians 1:9-10 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; (10) That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
Conclusion: In every child of God, there needs to be a desire for communion with the Lord.
Psalms 42:1 To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.

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