(23) You shall also make a Table of Shittin Wood: two cubits shall be the length thereof (3 feet ) and a cubit the breadth thereof ( 1 feet and 6 inchs. ) and a cubit and a half the height thereof (2 feet and 3 inches.).
The purpose of the Table…The shewbread consisted of 12 loaves made from a very fine flour, baked then placed on the table in two rows. The reference of ” Fine Flour” of which the cakes were made was sifted minutely in order that all impurities be removed….it is a type of the perfect life of Christ; The loaves of bread remained on the table 7 days at which time the priests would partake in eating the bread. This symbolizes Christ as the “Bread of Life” The Holy Spirit reveals Christ as the Bread of Life for His people each day & always fresh. The number 12 speaks of His perfect Government, while number 7 speaks of the perfection of Christ. Under the “LAW”, Christ could not be completely revealed as he is today revealed in His totality today by “GRACE”. Therefore, the priests could only eat the bread on the seventh day, while today, we can partake of Christ on a daily basis. In the words of our Lord Jesus Christ in John 6:57-58…”As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down from heaven….not as your fathers ate the manna and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”
(24 )…. And you shall overlay it with Pure Gold, (the Deity of Christ) and make thereto a Crown of Gold round about (Christ is King. (25) And you shall make unto it a border of an hand breadth round about, [it is interesting that the width of the crown is described as a hand breadth, which is approximately three to four inches high]. And you shall make a Golden Crown to the border thereof round about.
The “crown” speaks of the kingly position of Christ, and with the crown covered in gold, along with the entirety of the table, it speaks of His deity. The crown served to keep the bread in place on the table so it would not slide off the table when God instructed Israel to move the tabernacle; also speaks of the security of the Believer all in Christ. The measurement of the “handbreadth” is approximately 3 or 4 inches high, which is about the width of a man’s hand. All other measurements of the Tabernacle were described and measured in cubits or half cubits.
(26-28)…..And you shall make for it four rings of gold, and put the rings in the four corners that are on the four feet thereof. (27) Over against the border shall the rings be for places of the staves to bear the Table. (28)And you shall make the staves of shittin wood, and overlay them with gold, that the Table may be borne with them. [Wherever the Lord led Israel, even though it was in the wilderness, His Table accompanied them].
Again we can see the humanity of Christ [the indestructible wood] and the gold that typified his deity. The strength of the table made of the strongest wood, so it would endure travel when as God directed Israel to move; again we know today that Christ is always with us in all circumstances where-ever we are; he never forsakes us!
(29) And you shall make the dishes thereof, and spoons thereof, and covers thereof, and bowls thereof, to cover withal: of pure gold shall you make them.
The dishes were no doubt used by the Priests when they ate the Bread on the seventh day. The spoons and the cover were likely used in connection with the Frankincense, which was to pour over the Bread, symbolizing the Fragrance and Purity of Christ. The bowls were cups, and were used in connection with the Drink Offerings, which were poured out before the Lord in the Holy Place. (Num. 28:7 )
(30) And you shall set upon the Table Shewbread before Me always.
This was a type of Christ, as the “Bread of Life” [Jn. 6:58 ].Christ is always before the Father, making Intercession for us [Heb. 7:25 ]. This means that Christ has always been the way from the beginning. As stated in Heb. 13:20…”The Blood of the Everlasting Covenant”
Twelve Tribes of Israel represented by the 12 loaves; also representing the number 12 represents pure and perfect government. The reference of ” Fine Flour” of which the cakes were made was sifted minutely in order that all impurities be removed….it is a type of the perfect life of Christ. His life was perfect in every way; therefore in his perfection he was able to keep the law of Moses perfectly. He did what the first Adam was unable to do. Jesus was able to live & walk in perfect obedience to the will of his father, as he was required to do in coming to earth to dwell among God people. Heb. 10:7..”Then said I, Lo,….In the volume of the book it is written of me…To do Your will, of God.
GOLDEN CANDLESTICK [LAMPSTAND]
(31) And you shall make a candlestick of Pure Gold: of beaten work shall the Candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same.
The idea is, the entirety of the Lampstand was made out of one piece of pure gold. The word “beaten” refers to the fact the Lampstand was not made from a mold, but fashioned by hand; many say today there is no craftsman today could crafts such a piece. Spiritually, this refers to the humanity of Christ. How God became a man is beyond human comprehension. The Lampstand was the only source of light in the entirety of the Holy Place. It is a type of Christ as the Light of the world.
The suffering of Christ is shown in the term “beaten” in designing and creating the Lampstand. Scripture says of Him: ” And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross. Wherefore God also has highly exalted Him and gave Him a name which is above every name [Phil.2:8-9]
THE BOWLS, THE KNOPS & THE FLOWERS on Lampstand.
The bowls or cups formed the first ornament on each branch, and are likened to almonds, which signify the Resurrection [Num. 17:1-8 ].
The knops could have been translated”pomegranates” which speak of fruit. The “flowers” could have been translated “lilies” and speak of purity. The lily-blossoms supported the lamps, which were separate.)
(32) And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the Lampstand out of the one side, and three branches of the Lampstand out of the other side.
Six is the number of man, and which is the Body of Christ’ whether Israel or the Church. The entirely of the Lampstand was one beaten work of pure gold, meaning that these branches were not welded or fastened to the side of the main stem, but were rather a part of the main stem; this speaks of our being in Christ; “made both one” [Eph.2:14]
(33) Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the Lampstand. [
We might ask the question as to why there were three bowls on each stem, and only one pomegranate and only one lily? This tells us that the almond-blossom, which represents Resurrection, which speaks of the Cross, is the foundation on which everything is based.This is where the emphasis must always be [ 1Cor. 1: 17 ].
(34) And in the lampstand shall be four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their flower. (The main middle stem had “four bowls” along with “four knops” and “four flowers” this made twelve ornaments, which speaks of the Government of Christ. )
Number 4 symbolizes the world. Three symbolizes “UNITY” of the Trinity; God, Holy Spirit, A Christ
(35) And there shall be a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the Lampstand.
(36) Their knops and their branches shall be of the same: all of it shall be one beaten work of pure gold.
Even though the branches came out even at the top, even with the main shaft, as would be obvious, the outward branch would be the longest of all, with the middle branch next to the longest, with the branch closest to the stem being the shortest. But yet, all of them had the same number of ornamentation.This tells us that all Believers can enjoy Resurrection Life, bear fruit, and develop purity. all done by the Holy Spirit, because of the Cross[ 1Cor 1:23].
(37) And you shall make the seven lamps thereof :and they shall light the lamps thereof,that they may give light over against it.
“Seven” is God’s number of perfection; completion and here speaks of perfect illumination, which only the Holy Spirit can do. The lamps were cleaned and lit twice a day, at the time of the morning and evening Sacrifices[9 a.m. and 3 p. m.]… The illumination was over against the Table of Shewbread and the Altar of Incense.)
(38) And the tongs thereof, snuffdishes thereof, shall be of pure gold. (39)Of a talent of pure gold shall he make it, with all these vessels. (40) And look that you make them after their pattern, which was shewed you on the Mount.
Both of these items had to do with the cleaning of the wick, or replacing the wick in order that the light might burn clean and bright. Moses was instructed to follow the Pattern exactly, which means it was not to be deviated from in any capacity……..Again the suffering of Christ is shown in the term “beaten” in design and creation of the Lampstand. Scripture says of Him: ” And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross. Wherefore God also has highly exalted Him and give Him a name which is above every name [Phil.2:8-9] The 7 lamps speak of perfect illumination, giving light over and against the Table of Shewbread and the Altar of Incense in the Holy Place. The light also speaks of the Holy Spirit.
A talent of pure gold weighed about 120 pounds equates to 1,920 ounces at $1,500 an ounce, with a value of about $2,880,000.
The pattern that was given Moses by God tells us that the work of the Spirit within our hearts and lives should follow under God’s terms alone. If we move away from God’s ways, we destroy the work of God in our lives. His “pattern” is the Cross and our faith in the finished work. In this manner of living we will always have what is available in the Lord as believers, which produces everything we need to live victorious over the world, the flesh, & the Devil.