The Faces of God
“Put the bread of the Presence on this table to be before me at all times.” (Exodus 25:30)
God instructed the priests to set 12 loaves of bread on the table in the Holy of Holies. It’s known of the “Bread of the Presence”—or literally, the “bread of the faces.” Every week, the priests would replace the old bread with new; it was to be there at all times in the place where God dwelled.
The Hebrew word for “face” in this instruction is always written in plural form. That makes sense from a Trinitarian point of view, or even with a God whose manifold presence is hard to describe. But it’s also significant for those of us who seek his practical presence in our lives every day.
When we sit before him, we are likely to encounter a specific “face” of his presence—the attribute or characteristic we need for that day. He shows his provider face on some days, his comforter face on others, and his restorer face on yet others. Whatever our need, he shows us something relevant from his nature. He is our supply in every situation.
In your time with God today, seek his face—whichever one he wants to show you. In the place where he dwells—no longer in a tabernacle but by his Spirit within you—bring your present situation and find his response to it. Ask him to reveal whatever you need for that day. In every situation you need him, he has something of himself to show you, and it can change everything.
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