TD Jakes — The Most Holy Place
Well, we go into the tent. We've left the altar of sacrifice. We've left the labor, both of which were made out of bronze or brass. Remember that? The women's looking glasses, making the labor? Both of them were made out of bronze. When we go into the tent, everything is made of gold, so it does make a difference. We're moving from bronze to gold, okay? We're moving from bronze to gold. We've gone from bronze to gold. Gold is a metal that maintains its composition even through the fire. Its value will always exceed bronze, so, when we go in, like Hebrews, we are going to better things.
When you start talking about gold, it has been through the fire. It has been through the fire, and it becomes a representative of God. It will liquefy, but it will never be anything but gold. If it was gold when it went in the fire, oh, they didn't hear me. Only that one sister heard what I was saying. You heard what I was saying, didn't you? If it was gold when it went in the fire, it's gonna be gold when it comes out of the fire. I'm gonna say that again. If it was gold when it went in, it is gonna be gold when it comes out. If you were saved when you went in the fire, you're gonna be saved when you come out. If you had the Holy Ghost when you went in, you will, oh, y'all don't hear what I'm saying. So, the thing to those of you who might not realize, the theme of the book of Hebrews is called the book of better things. The reason it's called the book of better things is that the writer of Hebrews is comparing the old covenant with the new covenant, and, in essence, we have gone from bronze to gold, okay?
Now, we're the table of shewbread, okay? The table of shewbread literally means the bread of presence, the bread of the presence. In the King James version, it's called shewbread. In a Biblical or Jewish context, it refers to the cakes or loaves of bread that are laid on top of the table, shewbread. This is the table of shewbread. This is the table of shewbread, and before I get to the bread, I want to make the table 'cause table has to be made. A table has to be made. Say that with me. Ooh. When you get in the car, and you're halfway down 408, that's gonna hit you. That's what children don't know. They just come and eat. They don't know a table has to be made. A table has to be made. They don't just, "Thou preparest," so the table had to be made.
The table had to be made, and it was made out of wood according to Exodus 25:23 through 24. It was made out of wood, so all the carpenters got busy sanding and filing and shaping and spinning to make the wood. It's about 3 feet, not a big table, by 1 1/2 feet in rectangular shape. It wasn't a big table 'cause it had to be carried. It's important that you understand that the bread had to be mobile. Uh-huh. Yeah. And it is made out of what the King James version calls shittim wood, which is really acacia wood. Got to add a little humor into it, makes it better.
Acacia wood is a wood that is, that grows in dry climates that exist in desert places. It is strong. It is resilient. It is tough. Because there's little to feed it, it naturally has a propensity to withstand the elements. It is strong. It is resistant. It is tough, but it is wood, and it can be cut, and it can be shaped, and it can be sanded, and, before the table was gold, it was wood, so it was made out of wood and then overlaid with gold. It's getting down to the good stuff now. Excuse me. This is the good stuff now, see, 'cause we're coming into covenant. We're coming into covenant. We're coming into the strange paradoxical covenant relationship that is established in this table between the wood, a perishable substance.
See, if the wood would've went through the fire, the wood would've burned up, so you're taking a perishable substance, and you're marrying it to an eternal substance, so the wood represents humanity, and the gold represents divinity. Oh, we're gonna dress this table out in a minute, and the wood would have perished, but it was covered, yeah, by the gold, and this table, this table, this table of wood and gold, this table that was wood and gold, this table that was humanity and divinity is made to be mobile. It's made to move. This wood and gold, this human and divine, this man and God, this God-man, this God/man is made to move, and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld the wonder of his glory. Are you hearing what I'm saying? We're at the table of shewbread. We got bread moving.
Somebody holler, "The bread is moving". The bread is moving. The bread was to never leave the table. The bread was to never leave the table. It is stacked on the table, 12 loaves of bread, 12 round loaves of bread to represent the 12 tribes of Israel. Are you hearing what I'm saying? To represent the 12 tribes of Israel. There we are. That's the picture I want, that one right there. It's stacked up there. God gave specifications on how everything was to be made. Even the crown around the table has symbolic value and worth, crowned with honor and glory. It has power. The artifacts were preserved, the plates, the cups, everything.
Look at that. Bless my soul. Don't that look like a communion table set up, getting ready to be served? So, it is not so much that God is giving us new ideas. It's that God is unveiling. The word "revelation apocalypse" means, "apocalypse" literally means "unveiling," unveiling, as if an artist painted a picture, and he unveiled it slowly. The part you saw, you didn't see it 'cause he painted it. It was already painted. You saw it because he's revealing it. What God is revealing to you is not new. It was always there. He's just revealing it.
Can I go deeper with this? Now, this is where, to me, it gets really good. It gets really good because this thing about bread is not new. Jesus is born in the house of bread. This thing about bread is not new. He is the true bread. He said, "Your fathers ate manna in the wilderness and perished. I am the true bread. I am your provision".
Now, the provision of God was so strong that, when the children was Israel were going through the wilderness, and they ate manna, the provision was so strong that it protected their clothes from wearing out. They went through the wilderness, 40 years in the wilderness without a new dress, 40 years and never needed a new pair of shoes. I'm gonna say it again, 40 years walking in the wilderness, and the soles of their shoes never wore out. I want to talk to somebody that God is sustained it. It might not look like you getting ahead, but you aren't got down either. You might not have got out, but you never went under. I wish I had a witness. Won't God keep you in your wilderness?
You must understand this bread wasn't made 'cause they went down to Wal-Mart and picked up to flour. This bread had to be made by the thrashing, by the growing of wheat and then the crushing of wheat. Now, y'all don't want to make homemade bread when you buy flour. These folks are in the wilderness. They don't have no dough maker, and here's the criteria. The bread is to be presented before God, and the criteria in the recipe, now, I cook. How many people cook in the room? The criteria in the recipe is not just that it might be flour, but it must be fine flour. In order to be in here, it has to be flour that has been pulverized, totally crushed. There's a difference between all-purpose flour and cake flour. Cake flour is finer. If you know anything about cooking, you know what talking about. It weighs out different. God says, "Make this bread from fine flour".
This bread represents the 12 tribes of Israel. This bread represents people. God says, "I will make bread out of you after you've crushed". You're not bread because you want a title. You're not bread because you want a position. You become bread through the crushings. You understand what I'm saying? Now, you can go online and get you some credentials and call yourself a minister, but what you call yourself don't make yourself. Just 'cause I call myself a car don't make me a Cadillac. God says, in order to get in, this bread must be made of fine flour, so, when God is getting ready to make you bread, I don't know who you are, but I'm enjoying you enjoying the Word. He having a better time than I am over there. Crushing you, shattering you, breaking down your pride, breaking down your stubborn will, bringing you down to ashes, making you humble yourself, making you say yes to his will and yes to his Word and yes to this way. This is fine flour.
Let me show you what fine flour is. Paul writes to Corinth, to a brother who has been sleeping with his father's wife, and the Corinthian church was in trouble because his brother's having an affair with his father's wife, and Paul sends a letter of judgment condemning this brother and telling them how to handle him, and they bring him down. They humble him because he wouldn't change, and he wouldn't stop, and he wouldn't repent, but when he repented, he says, "If a brother be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual restore such one". You're not supposed to keep your foot on nobody. I don't care what they did. You are not supposed to keep your foot on nobody because of what they did. If a brother be overtaken in a fault, "overtaken" means all of us got fault, but that means that fault has taken over, then ye which are spiritual restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, you said it, considering yourself, so that means, in order to be ye which are spiritual, you have to...
I don't understand how you can be so judgmental and self-righteous, and you have forgotten yourself. That's why you need to be beat some more, 'cause you're still hateful and judgmental and self-righteous, but, when God gets through beating your behind, you'll give mercy 'cause you got mercy. I would rather get to heaven and hear God say, "You was too merciful," than to get to heaven and hear God say, "You was too judgmental," 'cause I don't have a right to be judgmental. God is beating us to fine flour. Now, that's who's spiritual. That's who's spiritual. People who have been beaten to fine flour can be trusted to make judgments 'cause they consider themselves.
"Hear ye the Word of the Lord. I have not taken you through this test to destroy you. I have taken you through this test to refine you. Many shall come and eat from your wisdom because of the crushing I allowed you to suffer. Hear me the Word lot of the Lord. Despise me no longer. Put away your bitterness toward me. It is true I have beaten you, but I beat you to make you bread. I will draw people to you that I could not draw before because I could not trust you, but, because you are now fine flour, I will draw people into your life for you to feed and not meed. I feel the glory of God.
There are many of you in here who have endured the chastening of the Lord, and God has set you on a path to make you bread. You are not in that office for the pay. You are there for bread, and God says, "I will send you into places and give you opportunities because I have prepared a table, and I have laid you on the table as bread". I don't know who that's for. Maybe it's you watching on the internet. Maybe it's somebody up in the balcony right there. Maybe it's somebody who's been through a painful series of crushings and loneliness and isolation and death and turmoil, and you've cried, and your flour has gotten salty with tears, and the Lord brought you here today to make you understand he's making bread. There's no other way for you to know what you know. There is no other way for you to have the wisdom that you had. You couldn't read this in a book. You couldn't get this on a tape. You had to go through this so that you would know that you know that you know that I am your God.
So, when the 12 loaves were laid on the table of shewbread, it was from 12 tribes who had been walking a year in a desert, and they presented the bread before God, so this is what I want you to see, and I will stop. The thing that amazed me is that it is not just God presenting bread to us. It is that we present ourselves to him. I present myself a living sacrifice, so the first thing I want you to understand is, you're on the table. You're on the table of the Lord, and every crushing and every breaking in your life made you eligible to be meat for the Master's use. There was never to be a time that the table was to be without bread. The bread was laid up before God all week and changed out on the Sabbath, and, on the Sabbath, in the incense of prayer, the bread was exchanged, and the priest ate the bread in the most holy place, but the table was kept with bread on even when it was moving. You better believe it. The table was never to be without bread. Lord, don't let my table ever be without bread.