David asked the priest for food…for bread.
The priest replied that the only bread available was the “bread of the Presence that was removed before the Lord…”
The priest answered David and said, “There is no ordinary bread on hand, but there is consecrated bread; if only the young men have kept themselves from women.”
David answered the priest and said to him,
“Surely women have been kept from us as previously when I set out and the vessels of the young men were holy, though it was an ordinary journey;
how much more then today will their vessels be holy?”
So the priest gave him consecrated bread;
for there was no bread there but the bread of the Presence which was removed from before the LORD, in order to put hot bread in its place when it was taken away.
This is reference to the bread that was brought into the Holy Place every week.
“Then you shall take fine flour and bake twelve cakes with it;
two-tenths of an ephah shall be in each cake.
“You shall set them in two rows, six to a row, on the pure gold table before the LORD.
“You shall put pure frankincense on each row that it may be a memorial portion for the bread, even an offering by fire to the LORD.
“Every sabbath day he shall set it in order before the LORD continually;
it is an everlasting covenant for the sons of Israel.
“It shall be for Aaron and his sons, and they shall eat it in a holy place;
for it is most holy to him from the LORD’S offerings by fire, his portion forever.”
This bread was place on a golden table in the Holy Place every sabbath.
It remained a week, then was replaced.
The Bread is a picture of something…Messiah would be the Bread of Life!
(It is my understanding that some say that Jewish traditions says the bread was warm when replaced a week later!…don’t know?)
This bread was holy.
It was to be eaten by the Aaronic priests.
It was to be eaten in a holy place.
This was the only bread available to David and his men.
The priest determined that David and his men were not impure…they had not been with women.
They were holy.
(THAT is another discussion for another time!)
The men partook of the holy, consecrated bread.
An interesting account that will develop as we continue through the word.
For today, have you partaken of the Bread of Life?
Jesus said to them,
“I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger,
and he who believes in Me will never thirst.
“I am the bread of life.f