[quote=BibleReader]The responses here are accurate, but not thorough.
The showbread was undoubtedly a foreshadowing of the NT Eucharist.
The OT is jammed with foreshadowings of the NT Eucharist, usually by a procedure called Identification by Juxtaposition, in which bread or wine or both are placed next to – “juxtaposed with” – a Christ picture, to tell us, “A = B; bread = Christ.”
For example, in the story of Jacob’s Deception in Genesis, Jacob, in the form of Mr. Sacrificed Kid Hands – he’s wearing the skin of kids sacrificed for the meal on his “hands,” a Bible symbol or “type” for Christ – carries “his own” sacrificed kid meat and offers it to his father for a blessing – just as Jesus went to HIS Father with HIS OWN sacrificed meat, so that WE might be “blessed.” Get it? Now, note that in the same story, bread and wine were served WITH the sacrificed meat of Mr. Sacrificed Kid Hands. Genesis 27:17, 25. That is not an accident. We are being told, “A = B”; “the bread and wine = the sacrificed meat of Mr. Sacrificed Kid Hands, Christ.”
Yes, I forgot to point out that the Old Testament clearly shows the need and importance of sacrifice. It also prophecies the Last Supper and Jesus’ eternal sacrifice on the cross. Worship of word is not enough. There is also a need of sacrifice which expresses and shows surrender to God. It also unites us with God and fullfills the covenant between God and man. Through the Eucharist we remember Christ’s passion, we also make it contemporary and present before us, we also remember the resurection and anticipate the second comming. We bring past, present, and future together.