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Meat For Men Daily Encouragement Blog

The vision for Meat for Men — UNCOMPROMISING MANHOOD blog is to encourage husbands, fathers and single men in Biblical manhood.

JesusRevealsJesus Christ is the Golden Table, prepared by God the Father to provide life and daily sustenance for His people.

The golden table speaks of the very high value and importance of this ministry of feeding and sustaining His people. This is the Table of tables. There is no other table that can compare with this table. The Candle of the Lord, the Golden Lampstand, shines on this table. It doesn’t shine where the Word of God is not present.

We note that the Golden Lampstand with its seven candlesticks was positioned directly opposite the Golden Table of Shewbread. This golden ministry of feeding on the Word of God could not be seen or shown forth (shewbread) if the light did not shine on it to reveal it.

God does not want His people to sit in the dark at His golden table. Never. Ever. God desires His Word to be illuminated at all times.

If it were not for this golden table, we would not have specific understanding and revelation of God being the GREAT I AM in the person of His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ.

The following are some of the Scriptures that show forth Jesus, the Son of God, revealed as the I AM of God (the shewbread).

“I AM the LORD that healeth thee” (Exodus 15;26).

“I AM meek and lowly in heart” (Matthew 11:29).

“I AM the bread which came down from heaven” (Join 6:41).

“I AM the bread of life” (John 6:35, 48).

“I AM the living bread” (John 6:51).

“I AM the light of the world” (John 8:12 and 9:5).

“I AM from above . . . I AM not of this world” (John 8:23).

“Before Abraham was, I AM” (John 8:58).

“I AM the door of the sheep” (John 10:7, 9).

“I AM the good shepherd” (John 10:11, 14).

“I AM the Son of God" (John 10:36).

“I AM the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25).

“I AM the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).

“I AM the true vine” (John 15:1).

“I AM Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending” (Revelation 1:8; 21:6; and 22:13).

“I AM the first and the last” (Revelation 1:7 and 22:13).

“I AM he that liveth, and was dead” (Revelation 1:18).

“I AM alive for evermore” (Revelation 1:18).

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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IAmThatIAmExodus 35:30: “And thou shalt set upon the table shewbread before me always”

In the Hebrew the shewbread means “to show, to tell forth, to declare.” The shewbread was a prophetic type of God the Father, the Great I AM, revealing Himself and showing forth His great I AM ability to provide abundant life and sustenance through the broken life-giving bread of His son, Jesus Christ.

The great “I AM THAT I AM” is the name God tells Moses to tell the people of Israel when they ask His name (Exodus 3:13).

Many commentators explain that “I AM THAT I AM” means that . . .

1) He is self-existent. He has His being in Himself and has no dependence on any other. Being self-existent, He cannot but be self-sufficient, and therefore all self-sufficient and the inexhaustible fountain of being and bliss.
2) He is eternal and unchangeable.

The great I AM showed forth His prophetical personage as the eternal sustainer of His priests and people, i.e. the twelve loaves represent the twelve tribes. This bread on the golden table also showed forth the Messiah who would confess:

“I AM the bread which came down from heaven” (John 6:41).

“I AM the bread of life" (John 6:48).

“I AM the living bread” (John 6:51).

One cannot help but notice the three I AMs in these Scriptures.

To be continued.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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MakeATAbleThe first mention of the word table in the Bible is in Exodus 25:23: “Thou shalt also make a table of shittim (acacia) wood.”

This table was to hold the shewbread. The table also represented the sinless humanity of Jesus Christ who is the true Bread of Heaven. This wood was resistant to decay, corruption, and disease.

The table did not just appear. Someone had to take this wood, cut it, and fashion it according to the divine pattern.

As fathers, we must take responsibility to provide a table for our families. This table should not only be a place to hold food for the physical needs of our families, but to also provide a close togetherness to receive God’s Word, the Shewbread, for the spiritual needs of our families.

In our modern society, tables are becoming increasingly obsolete. However, as fathers, we must understand and be wise to the fact that our enemy, Satan, does not want the togetherness of families. He does not want families to sit around the table facing each other (Psalm 128:3). When we face each other, we become more exposed and accountable to each other.

God wants us to use our gathering at the table to be a positive place for blessing each other, sharing our lives with each other, encouraging one another, and lifting each other up.

Satan will do what he can to cause the table experience to be full of arguments, debate, and discord. However, the table should never be a place to hurt each other or display bad attitudes.

As parents, our part in making the table is to MAKE the table a godly experience. We pray and prepare the way for it to happen. We MAKE it a place of joy, happiness, sweet fellowship, and unity. We MAKE it a place of fellowship. We MAKE it a place of peaceful and yet stimulating conversation. The memories of our family meal tables should be positive memories.

This is what it means to make a table of shittim wood, representing the incorrupt nature, not the fallen, corrupt nature.

Be encouraged.
Colin Campbell

Photo: Christo and Linnie Lues sitting around their table with their children * Durbanville, South Africa.

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TeachChidrenTruthMen, we do not know if Adam and Eve gave any counsel to Cain and Abel concerning how to establish a personal relationship with God through the offering of blood sacrifices. If they did, we can’t help wonder why Cain expected God to have the same respect to his bloodless offering of the fruit of the ground as God showed to Abel’s blood offering of “the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof” (Genesis 4:4).

I believe it is important for fathers to instruct their children on the importance of establishing daily communion with God our Father, through the blood of Jesus Christ. Isaiah 38:19 says: “The father to the children shall make known thy truth.” It seems strange that many accept the great sacrifice of all sacrifices that God Himself provided for man, i.e. the offering of His Only Begotten Son (John 3:16) and yet do not use this great sacrifice to establish a daily prayer life and communion with God.

Salvation is all about reestablishing and restoring what Adam and Eve lost by their disobedience in the Garden of Eden.

In Revelation 3:20 Jesus Christ reveals Himself to the Christians of Laodicea as standing at the door of their lives and “knocking” to come in. He wants and waits to have fellowship with us. When we open the door, He immediately responds and says: “I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

We must receive this great truth and get the full revelation. We have been saved by the blood sacrifice of the Lamb of God so we can experience what Jesus promised: “I will sup with him, and he with me.” The word “sup” is “deipneo” and is the same word that is used for the daily evening meal (supper time). It’s the same type as when God came every day in “the cool of the day” and fellowshipped with Adam and eve.

We used to sing a chorus of an old hymn:
Friendship with Jesus!
Fellowship divine!
Oh, what blessed, sweet communion!
Jesus is a Friend of mine.

Fathers, we must do better instructing our children in spiritual matters than Adam and Eve did, or did not do (only God knows).

During our morning family devotions today, we read Proverbs 8:34, 35: “Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD.”

It should not be Jesus knocking to come in to our lives, but rather us knocking at Heaven’s door, eager and waiting for fellowship and communion with our most wonderful Heavenly Father.

Romans 10:13: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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NoCommunionDuring the incident of man’s fall in the garden of Eden and God’s encounter with both Adam and Eve, I do not see any sign of remorse, godly sorrow, or repentance. It seems that Adam and Eve took their judgment as final, e.g. what they deserved for their disobedience. It is sad that we do not read that they ever earnestly sought to establish any sort of renewed relationship with God.

Even though God drove them out of the Garden of Eden, in His love He never completely withdrew His presence from them. His presence was still with them even though we do not read about them seeking, petitioning, or calling upon Him for a closer walk.

Before and after the murder of Abel by Cain, God spoke to Cain and gave instructions to drop his anger: “And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? And why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.”

Abel’s offering was accepted because it was a blood-atoning offering, but Cain would not humble himself and offer what Abel had done and instead he murdered his brother. He was driven out from the presence of the Lord which was a hard thing for Cain to bear.

We read in Genesis 4:25: “And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.” Eve’s words show that her heart was still soft towards God, but sad to say, there was no mention of Adam’s desire to renew a close communion with God. It was only when Seth’s son, Enos, was born that “then began men to call upon the name of the LORD” (Genesis 4:26). This implies that Enos, the third generation from Adam started a spiritual revival of calling upon the name of the Lord.

This is the point where true repentance brings forth salvation and reestablishes communion and relationship with God. This is what Abel began and for which he was murdered. This is what God had respect for. This is what the patriarchs of Israel did—built altars, offered up the blood of animals, and called upon the name of the Lord.

Cain’s offering exemplified the good works of man for which God had no respect. Abel’s offering got God’s full attention.

This respect had to be something physical, such as fire coming down and consuming the offering, or Cain’s anger would not have been so stirred up against his brother and God. It took another generation to catch the revelation that the blood of the lamb is the only way to establish peace and communion with God.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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