Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Exodus 25:23a-30 (NIV)
“Make a table of acacia wood—Put the bread of the Presence on this table to be before me at all times.”
Exodus 25:23a-30 (MSG)
“Next make a Table from acacia wood. “Always keep fresh Bread of the Presence on the Table before me.”
“You shall make a table of acacia wood…You shall set the bread of the Presence (showbread) on the table before Me at all times.” -AMPLIFIED
God next gives instructions to Moses for the making of “the Table”. This table would hold the sacred Showbread or Bread of the Presence in the Tabernacle. ““Take fine flour and bake twelve loaves of bread, using about four quarts of flour to a loaf. Arrange them in two rows of six each on the Table of pure gold before God. Along each row spread pure incense, marking the bread as a memorial; it is a gift to God. Regularly, every Sabbath, this bread is to be set before God, a perpetual covenantal response from Israel.” -Leviticus 24:5-8 (MSG)
Again, we find God going into great detail, telling what type of wood to use, the width, height, and length of the table; even giving instructions on how to form the poles in order to carry the table when they needed to transport the Tabernacle. “Make it three feet long, one and one-half feet wide and two and one-quarter feet high. Cover it with a veneer of pure gold. Make a molding all around it of gold. Make the border a handbreadth wide all around it and a rim of gold for the border. Make four rings of gold and attach the rings to the four legs parallel to the tabletop. They will serve as holders for the poles used to carry the Table. Make the poles of acacia wood and cover them with a veneer of gold. They will be used to carry the Table.” -Exodus 25:23b-28 (MSG)
Notice that only the very best was being used to outfit God’s dwelling place among the people. This important point is necessary for us to remember; God wants our best, not our leftovers. Even the tableware used in service to God was of pure gold. ““Make plates, bowls, jars, and jugs for pouring out offerings. Make them of pure gold.” -Exodus 25:29 (MSG)
God instructed Moses to be sure to put the fresh bread of His Presence on this table. This bread was to be twelve loaves of fine flour (the best). These twelve loaves represented the twelve tribes of Israel being a continual offering before the Lord. It was also an acknowledgement that everything they had was provided for them through God’s blessings.
We too must remember that we serve a good God who continually showers us with His blessings. It is He who provides everything that we need. James reminds us of this, “Do not be misled, my beloved brothers and sisters. Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens], in whom there is no variation [no rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [for He is perfect and never changes]. It was of His own will that He gave us birth [as His children] by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits of His creatures [a prime example of what He created to be set apart to Himself—sanctified, made holy for His divine purposes].” -James 1:16-18 (AMP)
So, how do we go about being our best for God? God Himself told us how to do so; speaking through Moses in Deuteronomy 6:4-6, “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one [the only God]! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and mind and with all your soul and with all your strength [your entire being]. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be [written] on your heart and mind.” (AMP)
Let us be sure that we are doing our very best for God; nothing else will do. He is our Great Provider, Deliverer, Care-taker, and Father; and He deserves our very best. Are you giving yours today?
Father, you have indeed given me everything I need. In fact, it is because of you that I have the very gift of life. Thank you for providing everything that I need. You give me the strength to work, play and worship. You have given me my very breath. God, without you I would not even be; thank you for the life that you have given me. Help me to use it to bring glory and honor to you.