Of late I've been reading in the ESV (English Standard Version) - kind of kicking the tires. I am, in fact, an old dog, but I do like a new trick now and then.
I was reading in Mark this morning and came across this verse:
how he entered the house of God, in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?" - Mark 2:26 ESV
The old KJV (which I still love) speaks of the 'Shewbread' here. In the NASB, my current normal, it’s call the 'consecrated bread.' The story is pointing back to the day David went into the tabernacle and he and his men ate of the bread in the temple as it says clearly in the text.
What caught my attention was this translation - bread of the presence.
That just stirs me up. It makes me think of His name “Emannuel - God with us!” Where the bread is, there the presence is.
Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. - John 6:35 ESV
Or how about this,
And he answered, "It is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." - Matthew 15:26 ESV
I have preached for years that in the story of the Greek woman in Matthew 15 that healing is the children’s bread - but in reality JESUS is the children’s bread. [Tweet This] He is the bread of life - the BREAD OF THE PRESENCE.
Let’s have communion!
Get yourself a piece of bread - go ahead - I’ll wait.
This is the bread of the presence of Jesus. Jesus in the flesh is a demonstration of the Father’s desire to be with us and in us.
As you take this bread will you say YES to Jesus? (Ok - Eat it.)
Yes Lord, I want Your presence in my life today.
Walk with Jesus today.