Quick facts Location Positioned along the north wall Opposite the lampstand within the Holy place. Where it would remain “always” before the ark of the covenant and in the presence of the LORD Ex 25: 30; Num 4:7
What did it look like? According to the Talmud, the loaves were not allowed to touch one another, and, to prevent contact, hollow golden tubes, 28 in number, were placed between them, which thus permitted the air to circulate freely between the loaves. Together with the loaves of proposition, between the 2 piles or, according to others, above them, were 2 vessels of gold filled with frankincense and, according to the Septuagint, salt also (Leviticus 24:7; Siphra, 263, 1).
What was it's purpose? "table of proposition" Num 4:7 or "most clean table" Lev 24:6 To provide a place for the... לֶחֶם פָּנִים "bread of the presence" (Exodus 35:13; 39:35, etc.) "holy bread" 1 Sam 21:6, "continual bread" Num 4:7, or simply "bread" Exodus 11:23. Greek text = "loaves of the setting forth" Ex 35:13; 39:35, etc. Latin/ English = "loaves of proposition", OR Shewbread/ Showbread
The Bread Made from around 4ltr of fine flour (Lev 24:5). Cost covered by the temple treasury (1 Chron 9:26, 32). Sons of Caath (Kohathites) were in charge of preparing and baking the loaves. (1 Chron 9:32). 12 loaves were arranged in 2 rows/ piles, 6 loaves each, and while still hot placed on the "table of proposition" (Numbers 4:7).
The Bread: What Tradition tells us Unleavened? (; Josephus, "Antiq.", III, 6:6; 10:7) Loaves were 10 fingers in length, 5 in breadth, and with rims or upturned edges of 7 fingers in length. Mishna (Men., xi, 4; Yad, Tamid, v. 9)
What does it teach us? The bread speaks of God's provision and acceptance of His people... Provision and acceptance made by God through the bread... Provision and acceptance received most fully by placing him first in our lives... Provision and acceptance received in a holy place...