Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What was in the Cups on the Table of Shewbread?

In Exodus 25:29, the Torah talks about golden cups that were to be made for the Table of Shewbread. But what was in the cups Torah does not specify. Let's take a look at the text and see if we can find some clues.
YLT Ex 25:29 and thou hast made its dishes, and its bowls, and its covers, and its cups, with which they pour out; of pure gold thou dost make them;


As you can see from the verse and the image above, these so-called "cups" most likely contained grape juice or water. This is because the Priests were explicitly forbidden to drink while serving at the Tabernacle.
YLT Lv 10:9 'Wine and strong drink thou dost not drink, thou, and thy sons with thee, in your going in unto the tent of meeting, and ye die not--a statute age-during to your generations; 
YLT Lv 10:10 so as to make a separation between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the pure; 
YLT Lv 10:11 and to teach the sons of Israel all the statutes which Jehovah hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.'
So as you can see from the verses above, the Table of Shewbread cups contained NON-ALCOHOLIC liquid. Grape juice or water, like I said above.

I hope now it is clear what was in the cups on the Table of Shewbread.

It is interesting to note that the Priests were allowed, even required to drink wine while off-duty. They were required to drink wine that was brought with the offerings.
YLT Num 18:8 And Jehovah speaketh unto Aaron:  'And I, lo, I have given to thee the charge of My heave-offerings, of all the hallowed things of the sons of Israel--to thee I have given them for the anointing, and to thy sons, by a statute age-during. 
YLT Num 18:9 This is thine of the most holy things, from the fire: all their offering, to all their present, and to all their sin-offering, and to all their guilt-offering, which they give back to Me, is most holy to thee, and to thy sons; 
YLT Num 18:10 in the holy of holies* thou dost eat it; every male doth eat it; holy it is to thee. 
YLT Num 18:11 And this is thine: the heave-offering of their gift, to all the wave-offerings of the sons of Israel, to thee I have given them, and to thy sons, and to thy daughters with thee, by a statute age-during; every clean one in thy house doth eat it; 
YLT Num 18:12 all the best of the oil, and all the best of the new wine, and wheat--their first-fruits which they give to Jehovah--to thee I have given them
*(in the Courtyard of the Tabernacle, but NOT inside the Tent)
So as you can see, God's commandment about not drinking at work is most certainly very wise and logical one. This is essentially what these passages teach us. DO NOT DRINK AT WORK !!! In fact, try to give up alcohol for good. There are plenty of alternatives substances available that will not cloud your judgement like alcohol does.

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