The Bread

Today's devotion from Leviticus 24.

My wife is a great cook, but she has one problem: she gets "healthy" from time to time. She'll go through phases when she cooks crazy stuff like quinoa or some manner of weird bean. It never fails that at some point during the day, I will suddenly have a fear that overcomes me...what's for dinner?

Even as I write this, with my tongue firmly in my cheek, I sense the selfishness in it. Besides the obvious, a problem that occurs to me is that it is a question not born from necessity, but from abundance and indulgence. For so many across the world, this is not a trivial question, but one that brings with it not the dread of an an unappetizing reply, but of no answer at all. Most of us have never known hunger on that level. As a father, I can't imagine having to face my children knowing that I could not answer that question and they would go hungry for the evening.

In Leviticus 25, God will tell the people to trust Him for provision for an entire year. However, as we look at chapter 24, something odd stands out. There is a command in verse 8 for the Israelites to bake bread and set it out every Sabbath before the Lord. It was their part or obligation of a covenant. Then, Aaron and his sons were to eat it in a holy place.

Do you see it?

In many ways, this is a subtle foreshadowing of an event that will not happen for many centuries from this Levitical writing. It will happen when Jesus gathers His followers around a table in an upper room. He will take bread, bless it, break it, and give it to His disciples. He will say that it is His body, broken for them. He, the Bread of Life in John 6, will be broken for the benefit of others.

Yet here, in Leviticus 24, the bread is already before the Lord foreshadowing that day when the covenant would change. When God watches over the Sabbath proceedings, He will see the bread, He will watch Aaron and his sons, the priests, gathering for a form of worship that is far more meaningful than they could have imagined. He will see, already, "For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes." (1 Corinthians 11:26, CSB)