Series Code: SSOS
Program Code: SSOS190008A
00:25 Welcome to the Series that we've entitled:
00:28 The Sanctuary, Salvation and our Savior
00:31 where we're studying the relevance of the sanctuary
00:34 to our practical Christian lives.
00:36 Now, I want to begin by showing you this picture
00:39 on the screen
00:41 of a loaf of bread that is over 2,000 years old.
00:48 It was discovered in Italy in an archaeological excavation
00:53 and they found that this piece of bread
00:56 had been preserved by the volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius
01:02 that covered the cities around it
01:04 and this piece of bread... you can find
01:07 in the British Museum today.
01:10 It was preserved by the volcanic ash
01:12 and the British Museum did this interesting episode
01:17 using an Italian Chef
01:19 and it's a video that you can watch...
01:22 it says, "How to make 2,000-year-old bread. "
01:25 What they did was,
01:26 they analyzed the bread that they had discovered
01:29 in this archaeological discovery
01:31 and found the recipe or deciphered the recipe
01:35 and they had this Italian Chef re-make this recipe
01:40 and you can re-make a recipe that is 2,000 years old today.
01:46 Now, bread has been something that has been eaten
01:48 since the days of antiquity
01:51 and the subject of our study today is:
01:54 Bread in the Sanctuary.
01:56 The Table of Shewbread otherwise known as
01:59 the Table of the Presence...
02:02 or the Bread of the Presence
02:04 found in the Holy Place of the Sanctuary.
02:07 Here is a picture of "Messiah's Mansion"
02:11 which is a group... a ministry of individuals
02:14 that take Moses' sanctuary around the country
02:16 showing the articles of furniture
02:19 and you can see the Table of Shewbread
02:23 there in the Holy Place of the sanctuary
02:25 and you come into the sanctuary...
02:29 you accept Jesus as your Savior at the Altar of Burnt Offering,
02:33 you're baptized at the Laver
02:35 and then Jesus brings you into the Holy Place
02:38 into a walk and relationship with Him
02:41 and there are three articles of furniture in the Holy Place.
02:45 Now, you'll notice in the sanctuary
02:47 as we go to the screen
02:49 that there are two articles of furniture
02:52 by implication and position
02:54 that are to be in a distinct order,
02:57 you come into the sanctuary,
02:59 then you come to the Altar of Burnt Offering
03:00 and second... you come to the Laver,
03:03 you accept Jesus and are baptized
03:05 but in the Holy Place, it's in a triad form
03:09 and there is no explicit way of knowing
03:14 which article of furniture that you come to first.
03:18 In actuality, these three even by position
03:23 imply the reality
03:25 that these three articles of furniture
03:27 are to be continued simultaneously and continuously.
03:33 Each of these articles of furniture
03:35 indicate an important part of growing in Christ.
03:39 Now, the only illustration that I can use
03:43 to help us to understand the essential nature of nutrition
03:48 in our Christian experience is from the birth of a baby.
03:52 Now, this is very vivid in my mind
03:55 because we had a child two years ago,
03:57 and we focused on the birth,
04:00 we had breathing classes and we had our bag ready
04:04 and the contractions started to come...
04:07 it was a very nervous and yet exciting time
04:10 and then, finally, the baby came
04:13 and then, suddenly, it came over our sleep-deprived consciousness
04:19 that this baby needs continuous and a protracted period
04:27 of non-stop care.
04:30 I remember the first time someone told me
04:33 that this baby needs feeding every two hours
04:36 and I told... I asked the nurse, "You mean every two hours
04:40 24 hours around the clock?"
04:42 And they said, "Yes. "
04:44 When a baby is born, it's not as though
04:45 you just take the baby and put it on the shelf
04:47 and say, "Oh, praise God, we had the birth,
04:49 we're just going to move on. "
04:50 No, that baby requires continuous care and nutrition
04:55 and in the same way, after we come to Jesus,
04:59 after we are born again spiritually,
05:02 God brings us into the Holy Place.
05:06 After we're baptized... after we accept Him as Savior,
05:11 He brings into the Holy Place and He provides us bread.
05:14 He provides us food for our souls.
05:17 He provides us nutrition
05:19 and there's something called, "Failure to thrive. "
05:24 In other words, when a baby is born and does not grow
05:29 and does not get proper nutrition,
05:31 they call that, "Failure to thrive"
05:34 and I believe that there are many Christians today
05:37 that unfortunately have been born again
05:39 but because they're not feeding the nutrition
05:44 that has been provided...
05:46 feeding on the nutrition that God has provided for them,
05:49 that they are failing to thrive in their Christian experience.
05:54 Now, when we go to the Courtyard,
05:58 as we noted earlier,
06:00 you were born again in the Courtyard,
06:02 you become alive in Christ
06:05 and then God takes you by the hand
06:07 and says, "Walk with me... grow with me... "
06:08 He takes you into the Holy Place
06:10 where you grow as a Christian
06:12 and you thrive after you become alive.
06:15 In the Courtyard, you become alive,
06:17 in the Holy Place,
06:19 you stay alive after you've become alive,
06:23 both are essential to the Christian experience
06:25 and in the Holy Place,
06:27 there are three articles of furniture,
06:29 you have the Table of Shewbread, the Altar of Incense
06:33 and the Candlesticks
06:35 and these three represent
06:37 an important part of Christian growth.
06:40 We feed on the Word through Bible Study,
06:43 we participate in the Altar of Incense through prayers
06:47 and the candlesticks represent
06:50 our witness and service for Jesus
06:52 and these three parts are essential
06:55 for our Christian experience.
06:57 We need to feed on the Word,
06:58 we need to pray and we need to witness as well.
07:02 There's another way of looking at this Table of Shewbread...
07:05 you Feed... Read...
07:07 Altar of Incense... Air... Prayer...
07:10 and the Candlestick... Fitness... Witness...
07:13 that's an easy way of remembering it.
07:15 Now, here's one clue,
07:18 one hint... one tip that you can know
07:21 if you are a born-again Christian
07:24 and you're noticing that your spiritual experience...
07:29 your walk with Jesus seems to be dying,
07:32 or you're not thriving as a Christian
07:35 or you've lost your first love,
07:37 here's an important diagnostic you can take...
07:40 a self-diagnosis...
07:41 ask yourself, "How's my prayer life?
07:44 Have I been spending time feeding on the Word?
07:48 And have I been sharing the love of Jesus Christ with others?"
07:52 And what you'll find is that, one of those areas
07:57 you will... at least one of those areas
08:00 have diminished in your experience.
08:03 Now, all of us know that if we do not eat regularly...
08:07 if we don't breathe... especially
08:10 and if we don't exercise,
08:12 there is a dramatic decrease or cessation of physical life,
08:17 in the same way,
08:18 when Jesus brings us into the world spiritually
08:22 through the born-again experience,
08:24 He brings us into the Holy Place to sustain us
08:27 in our walk with Jesus.
08:29 Read... Feed...
08:31 Prayer... Air...
08:33 Witness... Fitness...
08:35 now, these are all here
08:37 because of the provisions of Jesus Christ
08:39 they're not meritorious,
08:40 they don't earn our way to heaven,
08:42 but they're provided for us to keep us alive
08:45 after we have become alive.
08:48 Notice what Jesus said in Matthew chapter 4 verse 4,
08:51 "But He answered and said, 'It is written,
08:53 man shall not live by bread alone,
08:57 but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. '"
09:02 Here Jesus uses "bread" as a metaphor
09:05 in comparison... in an analogous way
09:08 to compare it with the Word of God,
09:11 He says, "Man shall not live by bread alone,
09:12 but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. "
09:16 In other words,
09:18 the same way we need food for physical sustenance,
09:22 we need the Word of God for spiritual sustenance as well.
09:27 Now, this was not a new quote that Jesus made
09:33 here in the New Testament,
09:34 this is actually a direct reference to the Old Testament.
09:39 Remember, the New Testament was not written in the time of Jesus
09:43 it was written after He went to heaven...
09:45 Jesus here is citing actually the book of Deuteronomy...
09:49 Deuteronomy chapter 8 verse 3,
09:50 He humbled you, causing you to hunger
09:53 and then feeding you with manna,
09:56 which neither you nor your ancestors had known,
10:01 to teach you that man does not live on bread alone
10:05 but by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD."
10:11 Jesus in Matthew chapter 4 verse 4
10:14 is quoting the Old Testament.
10:18 He's quoting from Deuteronomy chapter 8 verse 3
10:22 and the bread that is here
10:24 in context that's being talked about
10:28 is none other than manna.
10:30 In other words, "Man shall not live by bread alone
10:33 but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God... "
10:36 is not talking about the loaf of bread
10:38 that you get in your local store in the book of Deuteronomy,
10:41 this is talking about heaven's bread.
10:43 The bread that fell from heaven
10:46 that the Israelites called manna.
10:49 Now, when the Israelites were in the wilderness...
10:53 this is a miracle story because during their 40 years
10:57 from Egypt to Canaan...
10:59 every day during that journey in their experience
11:05 from bondage to liberation
11:08 was sustained by heaven's bread...
11:11 heaven's manna that fell on the earth.
11:14 It's interesting because manna literally in the Hebrew
11:18 means, "What is it?"
11:21 That's because the Israelites... the first day they got manna,
11:25 they went outside and they saw this stuff on the ground
11:28 and they said, "What is it?"
11:29 And evidently that name stuck
11:31 because manna literally means, "What is it?"
11:34 And it was heaven's bread that came from heaven
11:37 in Exodus chapter 16 verse 15, "When the Israelites saw it,
11:41 they said to each other... " here's the reference,
11:42 "What is it? Manna...
11:44 for they did not know what it was. "
11:46 And Moses said to them,
11:48 "It is... " and notice what he says here,
11:50 "It is the bread the LORD has given you to eat. "
11:56 Now, remember what the Bible says in Deuteronomy chapter 8,
12:00 it said, that God had given them manna
12:04 to teach them that man shall not live by bread alone
12:07 but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
12:10 In other words, the manna was a living illustration
12:16 of their dependency not just on physical food
12:21 but of their need and dependence
12:24 on spiritual sustenance and food.
12:27 Now, the way that manna fell is very significant
12:32 because the Bible indicates
12:34 that it's actually bread from heaven...
12:36 in Psalm chapter 78 verse 24, "Food from heaven... "
12:40 Psalm 78 verse 25 said, "It's the bread of angels... "
12:43 and the color of it according to Exodus was white
12:46 and it tasted like wafers made with honey.
12:50 Now, when I get to heaven,
12:52 I want to taste what manna is like
12:55 and this provided all of the nutrition for the Israelites
12:59 to go from Egypt to Canaan.
13:01 Now, you and I
13:03 are on a journey
13:04 from bondage to heavenly Canaan
13:09 and the way that God will sustain us
13:12 in our journey to heavenly Canaan
13:15 is by giving us our daily bread
13:19 and I'm not talking about physical food
13:23 the Bible is talking about spiritual food
13:26 that God provides for us each and every day.
13:30 Man shall not live by bread alone,
13:32 but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
13:37 In our journey... in our Christian experience,
13:40 God has provided everything in His Word
13:42 for our spiritual sustenance.
13:45 We're going to take a brief break
13:47 and when we come back,
13:48 we will continue in our study of manna
13:51 and how we are not to live by bread alone
13:54 but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.