In the holy place was the candlestick, on the south, with its seven lamps giving light to the sanctuary both by day and by night; on the north stood the table of shewbread; and before the veil separating the holy from the most holy was the golden altar of incense, from which the cloud of fragrance, with the prayers of Israel, was daily ascending before God.
The Table of Shewbread: As we step into the Holy Place of the temple, we see to our right a beautiful table providing nourishment for our hungry and needy souls. The Bread on this table symbolizes Christ as the word of God to humanity. He said, "I am the bread of life. . . . If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world. . . . The words that I speak to you they are spirit and they are life." (John 6:48, 51, 63). What physical food is to the body, the word of Christ is to man's spiritual nature. As a man cannot live physically without partaking of food for the nourishment of his body, neither can he live spiritually without partaking of spiritual food for the nourishment of his soul. "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." (Matthew 4:4). The word of God reshapes man's thoughts and transforms his character. By claiming the promises of the Bible we are made "partakers of the divine nature," which is holiness and love. (2 Peter 1:4). That which is received into your mind will determine the quality of your character and the nature of your practical life. "For as a man thinks in his own heart so is he." (Proverbs 23:7). If you feed your mind with evil thoughts, evil deeds will find manifestation in your life. On the other hand, if you feed your mind with pure, noble thoughts, your life will reveal the character of God. The words of Christ are the audible expression of God's thoughts and feelings. As we receive these words, we are receiving the mind of Christ, the very life of God.