Also you are to take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes of it, with two tenths of an epah in each cake. Then you are set them in two rows, six in a row, on the pure gold table before ADONAI. Set pure frankincense on each row, as a memorial portion for the bread, an offering by fire to ADONAI. Every Yom Shabbat he is to set it in order before ADONAI continually, it is an everlasting covenant on behalf of B' nei Israel.---Leviticus 24:5~8
To a person who makes Challah, the Parsha this week really came alive.
For one thing, Challah, the Hebrew word itself, is mentioned twice in the scripture (verses above, from Parsha Emor, where the word "cake" is in the English).
For another, there is just so much expressed through the Bread of Presence and God just really spoke to me through it.
Whatever is your passion, I believe that God speaks to us in His word through that, as well as in countless other ways. What you will hear or see or perceive or learn or be drawn to in the same scripture will be different for each person, as God is the same, but He speaks to us each differently through His marvelous, living word. I realized in reading the parts in Leviticus about the show breads, that I just needed to express them and have them "present" this Shabbat.
Without putting it into too many words, the pure experience of setting this up brought such joy and ushered in His Presence. It was a special time of worship, together with my new friend Mayim. Like David, we hungerly ate the Bread of presence, and like David, we Danced!
Blessings and Shalom. Shavu'a Tov. Have a blessed week in His great Presence.
I urge you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice--holy, acceptable to God--which is your spiritual service. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the will of God---what is good and acceptable and perfect.---Romans 12:1~2