The Food on the Table

The Food on the Table

By Rob Kainz

BibleProphets.com

Does the Bread of Life fill you up? Or are you not happy with the table that God has furnished for you?

Where does God want the food to be gathered?

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.”

(Malachi 3:10–11 KJV)

What kind of food does God want His people eating?

“And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.”

(Deuteronomy 8:3 KJV)

“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

(Matthew 4:4 KJV)

Did Jesus try to share His food with Satan?

“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.”

(Matthew 4:1–11 KJV)

Did the devil hang around to eat of the spiritual food (God’s words) that Jesus was sharing?

Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.”

(Matthew 4:11 KJV)

What did Esau sell for bread and pottage, showing that he despised it?

“And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.”

(Genesis 25:29–30, 32, 34 KJV)

What characteristics might one share with Esau to be in danger of being rejected by Yahweh?

Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

(Hebrews 12:4–17 KJV)

In contrast to Esau, Who did Jacob wrestle with in order to obtain the blessing?

“And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.”

(Genesis 32:24–30 KJV)

Which brother did Yahweh love, Jacob (the one who wrestled with God and became an overcomer) or Esau (the one who pursued after earthly things, forsaking the blessing of his father)?

“I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.”

(Malachi 1:2–3 KJV)

Which priests does God liken to Esau?

“A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name.”

(Malachi 1:6 KJV)

How does God say the priests have despised His name?

“And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.

(Malachi 1:6–7 KJV)

“Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?”

(Psalms 78:19 KJV)

Which is greater, the altar or the gift on the altar?

“Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.”

(Matthew 23:16–22 KJV)

What will God do to the altar that the priests have polluted?

“And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory. And I will sanctify the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar: I will sanctify also both Aaron and his sons, to minister to me in the priest’s office. And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God. And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them: I am the LORD their God.”

(Exodus 29:43–46 KJV)

Who is the Bread from heaven?

“They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

(John 6:30–40 KJV)

Did Jesus warn His disciples concerning any particular additives to the Bread of life?

“And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.

(Mark 8:15 KJV)

How many baskets full of fragments of bread did the Bread of life fill on the occasion where He fed the five thousand?

“And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes.”

(Mark 6:43 KJV)

How many tribes of Israel are there?

“All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them.”

(Genesis 49:28 KJV)

How many disciples were there who were filled with the Bread of life and shared the Bread with others?

“And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.”

(Matthew 10:1 KJV)

How many loaves of bread were put on the table in the sanctuary’s holy place?

“And thou shalt take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes thereof: two tenth deals shall be in one cake. And thou shalt set them in two rows, six on a row, upon the pure table before the LORD. And thou shalt put pure frankincense upon each row, that it may be on the bread for a memorial, even an offering made by fire unto the LORD.”

(Leviticus 24:5–7 KJV)

Who is to eat of the twelve loaves of bread every Sabbath?

Every sabbath he shall set it in order before the LORD continually, being taken from the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant. And it shall be Aaron’s and his sons’; and they shall eat it in the holy place: for it is most holy unto him of the offerings of the LORD made by fire by a perpetual statute.”

(Leviticus 24:8–9 KJV)

Why was Jesus (the Bread of Life accompanying them on the ship) questioning His disciples’ understanding?

“And he left them, and entering into the ship again departed to the other side. Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf. And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod. And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread. And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve. And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven. And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?

(Mark 8:13–21 KJV)

Rob’s Commentary: The Food on the Table

The words of God are food that come from the Bread of Life and never deteriorate. They can be eaten and eaten again, similar to a ruminating clean animal, chewing its cud over and over again. This spiritual food can be eaten and digested by one person and then passed along to another person to eat and digest, so the same words can feed a multitude – they can feed all of God’s people so that they never hunger again. Yahshua seemed disappointed that His disciples didn’t seem to get the point. They should have realized that they did have bread on the ship, the spiritual Bread of Life that can easily feed the disciples. It should also be clear from His words that Jesus wants us to be wary of anything added to the word of God, such as the spiritual food additives as the leaven of priests and of kings. 

The twelve disciples and the twelve tribes are illustrated by the twelve loaves of bread on the table of shewbread in the sanctuary in the wilderness. The Bread of Life was broken into those twelve loaves which would go forth to fill up all His people throughout the world so they would not be spiritually hungry. But yet, apparently there are still those who reject His food:

“And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness. And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust. Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?

(Psalms 78:17–19 KJV)

Those who lusted for the flesh and were not satisfied with the Bread of Life speak against the altar (the table in the wilderness) and God Who furnishes it. In the book of Malachi, God is speaking out against those who alter His words on the altar (pollute His food) which corrupts His name in the site of the peoples. He promises that He will sanctify the altar and the priests so that His food (His words) will be uncorrupted again and will nourish His people leading them to keep all of His commandments, rather than leading them astray.

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