The Table of Showbread and The Golden Lampstand
The Table of Showbread
23 Thou shalt also make a table of shittim wood: two cubits shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. 24 And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, and make thereto a crown of gold round about. 25 And thou shalt make unto it a border of an hand breadth round about, and thou shalt make a golden crown to the border thereof round about. 26 And thou shalt 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 thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold, that the table may be borne with them. 29 And thou shalt make the dishes thereof, and spoons thereof, and covers thereof, and bowls thereof, to cover withal: of pure gold shalt thou make them. 30 And thou shalt set upon the table shewbread before me alway.
The shittim wood table is God’s people’s table who’ve come through the cross that gives the outward evidence of the inward transformation. The table is a witness to God’s people of Him giving the substance of their lives daily. Jesus taught His people to pray, “…give us this day our daily bread…” The border is the grace that keeps the substance of their lives held together, and the crown guards against it being taken away or accidentally falling off. The four gold rings are the directions of travel which His children can go and the staves that bare the table is the moving of the Holy Spirit. The dishes are what the bread is consumed from, the spoons are actually small bowls that are public prayer vessels, the covers are God’s holiness that keeps anyone from understanding spiritual things without the Spirit, and the bowls are what collects prayer of unity.
The Golden Lampstand
31 And thou shalt 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. 32 And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side: 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 candlestick. 34 And in the candlestick shall be four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their flowers. 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 candlestick. 36 Their knops and their branches shall be of the same: all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold. 37 And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it. 38 And the tongs thereof, and the 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 thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount.
The beaten work is God’s humble people who did not realize the refinement process they were going through, but came out of their life struggles pliable to be exactly what He needs them to be, to be His witnesses during their seventh aspect of life, thus the seven lights of the candlestick boldly shine in the dark world around them which no one can deny their uniqueness being a light unto the world.
The only way anyone can be a candlestick of God is to realize they have been beaten and are readily pliable to be who God desires them to be, the shaft is their conversion into Christianity which is to have Jesus Christ’s atonement then be powered by the Holy Spirit instead of their own power to live in His love, the branches are supported by the shaft and exist by receiving their nutrients through the shaft. The bowls that hold the purified oil of the candles are built on the shaft and branches are displaying God’s mercy flowing through His people. The knops are bulging parts of God’s people’s lives that display their prosperity that does not depend on worldly approval, and the flowers witness the beauty of His reality in their lives. The candlestick is complete, but there are accessories that are necessary to complete its functionality which is the tool for lighting it which represents God’s sovereignty of lighting His people as He chooses, the tongs that separate the useable from the spent portion of their lives, and the snuffdishes that put out the light of the natural man completely and only God’s light is shining in and through them in their completion. The life of God flowing through His people is recognized around the world because it is the pattern He uses.