You shall set the bread of the Presence on the table before Me at all times Exodus 25:30

It’s day 16 and my brain, my soul, and my heart is on fire. The world has gone mad. As I write each day during these 40 days, I can not ignore the chaos around me. We are in the mist of a global pandemic, with Covid-19, and yet I have never felt such freedom. Each day I listen for the spirit to write this devotion for you. He never fails, not even once, but some how He brings me closer and closer to Him.

Maybe you’rel thinking, oh no she is going to write about food again. But oh my goodness, God talked so much about food. Today we are going to talk about the bread of presence. “The bread of Presence” refers to the cakes or loaves of bread which were always present on a specially dedicated table, in the Temple in Jerusalem as an offering to God.   God’s word states in Exodus 25:30 that the bread be constantly in the presence of God . The cakes were to be left on the table for a week, and then be replaced with new ones on the Sabbath, so at there were always fresh loaves on the table, and those that had started going stale were removed. Why? Why God? Why was having fresh bread so important to you?

I do think the lesson we learned previously applies here. Bread for the Hebrews was a symbol of peace and having a meal together was a sign of peace and fellowship with our Lord. But what I learned today while studying was something different. It was about freedom. Freedom from the old covenant and freedom in the new covenant.

It all starts with David. David was hiding out. David was a fugitive from Saul’s court. During this time, Saul’s active pursuit of David forces him into hardship and very trying times. David presented himself falsely to a priest and ate the “Bread of Presence” for himself and his men. S

” The priest gave him consecrated bread; for there was no bread there but the bread of the Presence which was removed from before the LORD, in order to put hot bread in its place when it was taken away. Read the whole story in 1 Samuel 21:1-9.

How can this be? King David eats bread that is only intended for God and the priests. He broke the law.

But the next part is the freedom part. I have heard both stories before but never felt this freedom until spending so much time with Moses, and his people, and their relentless rules, and sacred covenants. Listen to what Jesus says about David eating the “Bread of Presence”. Interestingly, this story is recorded in all three gospels.

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath Mark 2:23-27

23 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”

25 He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? 26 In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, and broke the law by eating the sacred loaves of bread that only the priests are allowed to eat.  And he also gave some to his companions.”27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath. “

Do you see it? David broke the law. I cannot not even put into words the freedom that this story has given to me. I search the scriptures daily trying to understand God’s covenants with his people. But its not about rules, It’s not about upholding laws. David was in need. And David’s friends were in need. And today, this day, we too are going through trying times. And it may get considerably worse. We may have needs that seem much bigger than we are. But all I hear is Jesus saying to those Pharisees “Hey, have you not read about that guy David and what he did when he and his companions were hungry and in need?” I give you freedom. Freedom to rely on me.

Our song for today is already on our spotify playlist. I’m going to post a recording of the video from You tube of the song. Watch the video and see the true joy shared with these believers as they sing about the freedom found out of the darkness and into the glorious day. It just brings joy to my heart. Enjoy! My new favorite song!!

I was buried beneath my shame
Who could carry that kind of weight
It was my tomb
Till I met You

Now Your mercy has saved my soul
Now Your freedom is all I know
The old made new
Jesus, when I met You

I needed rescue
My sin was heavy
But chains break at the weight of Your glory
I needed shelter
I was an orphan
Now You call me a citizen of heaven
When I was broken
You were my healing
Your love is the air that I’m breathing
I have a future
My eyes are open