The third rung on your ladder of trust is called “Temporary Faith”. It is the most fragile and is represented by the Table of Shewbread in the Holy Place of the Tabernacle.
This is the most critical of all the rungs. Without the fellowship of other believers and applied knowledge (wisdom) of the word of God, the person will go down the ladder of trust instead of advancing to the next rung.
The purpose of temporary faith is to show faith until tested, and the life application is the study of the Word of God and fellowship. “Those on the rocky soil are those, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in the time of temptation fall away” (Luke 8:13 ASV).
The parable of the sower is recorded in three of the four Gospels. “And others fell upon the rocky places, where they had not much earth: and straightway they sprang up because they had no deepness of earth: and when the sun was risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away” (Matthew 13:5-6 ASV).
“And these in like manner are they that are sown upon the rocky places, who, when they have heard the word, straightway receive it with joy; and they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, straightway they stumble” (Mark 4:16-17 ASV).
“And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away because it lacked moisture” (Luke 8:6 KJV)
The explanation of the parable of the sower is found in Matthew 13:21. “Yet hath he not root in himself, but endures for a while: for when tribulation or persecution arise because of the word (emphasis mine), by and by he is offended” (KJV).
This is temporary faith. It is on this rung of trust that your faith can go down or up. It will be on the basis of offense because of the Word
There are two words that need to be defined: belief and disbelief. Belief, in Greek “pis-yoo-o,” has three meanings: “to have faith, to entrust or commit, or to credit.” In Hebrew “aw-man” it means “to build up.”
The word disbelief, in Greek “ap-is-the-o”, has two meanings:
* “to refuse to believe, which by refusing to believe you are disobeying”
* “disobey, to be disobedient.”
Do you believe that Yeshua is the Son of God and that, based only on this belief, you will be saved?
Scriptures cannot lie. If this is your belief, explain these Scriptures:
“You believe that God is one; you do well: the demons also believe, and shudder” (James 2:19).
“He that believes on the Son has eternal life, but he that obeys not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36 ASV).
There are five steps every believer can take with his congregation. A husband and wife can take these same steps with each other. Four of these steps will be taken.
The first step is the expectation, also known as the honeymoon period. Depending on how long this period exists, you will come to the next step, reality. This step, quickly, will take you to the third step, disillusion.
At this point, you are at temporary faith, and your faith is being tested. You can go down or up. The downward step is called "license", where you try, in different ways, to force your expectation into reality, forcing a breakup.
The upward step is called graceful love, where you accept the reality and move forward. If you are at temporary faith, which step will you take?
The Table of Shewbread in the Holy Place of the Tabernacle had a crown, in Hebrew called “ketar.”
It is called “the crown of kingship” in the Talmud (Yoma 76B). It represents Yeshua as Israel’s defender as well as its provider.
Both the table and the bread in the Tabernacle point to Yeshua. On the table were placed twelve loaves of bread, six in two separate rows. There are twelve major doctrines in the Brit Hadashah, lining up with the twelve loaves.
1. Salvation (Acts 4:12),
2. Justification (Romans 5:1),
3. Water Immersion (Matthew 28:19),
4. Sanctification (1 Thessalonians 4:3),
5. Baptism in the Ruach Hakodesh (Holy Spirit) (Matthew 3:11),
6. Laying on of hands (Hebrews 6:2),
7. Second coming of the Messiah (Acts 1:11-12),
8. The Resurrection of the Dead (Hebrews 6:2),
9. Judgment of the Righteous (1 Peter 4:5),
10. Judgment of the Unrighteous (Revelation 20:11),
11. Eternal Life for the Righteous (John 3:15), and the last,
12. Eternal Punishment for the Unrighteous (Revelation 20:14).
The bread was flavored with frankincense. This was the food of the priest. Around this table, the priests worshipped and enjoyed fellowship daily, on the basis of the blood of the sacrificed animal that was slain on the altar.
The bread speaks of Yeshua as the living bread (John 6:35, 48, 51). The table pointed to Yeshua our sustainer, and the bread on the table was His body. The table was the center of fellowship for the priest, and the bread was the living Word.
You are a priest, ministering unto the Lord. As a priest, you are to seek fellowship with other believers in the Holy Place. This act represents the “assembling of the saints” in Scripture. There is no Rambo or Lone Ranger in this group.
There is no believer so advanced in the things of God that he can go without the fellowship and blessings of the believers who gather around the table of the Lord.
The foundation of this fellowship was the Table of Shewbread. Because the table is Yeshua, all true fellowship must be around the person and the work of the Lord. Remember that the bread on the table had frankincense, which represents the Ruach Hakodesh, and was the only thing placed on the table. That was all that was necessary for health and life.
Do you know how the priests were required to eat at this table?
They must eat standing up. There were no chairs in the Tabernacle. The house of God was not a place of ease and entertainment, but a place of work and service.
They ate their bread standing on their feet, ready to serve the people. Any moment, the order might come to move on, and they must be ready to pack up and leave. You gather in the fellowship of believers, waiting for orders to move on.
Bread is wheat, ground into flour, and baked in a heated oven. Bread is the result of a process of death and suffering. The crushing of the wheat speaks of Gethsemane, and the burning heat of the oven speaks of Calvary.
This fulfills the promise of Scripture. It reads: “And Yeshua said unto them, ’I am the Bread of Life. He that comes to me shall never hunger; and he that believes on me, shall never thirst” (John 6:35 KJV).
It is here you enter the place of fellowship with other believers in the assembly. You are fed on Yeshua, the Word of God who is the Bread of Life, at the Table of Fellowship. It is here your faith is really tested.
Through Bible study and fellowship, your trust increases, and you can go up the next rung on the ladder. If not done, your trust becomes shaky, and you will step down a rung. This rung is called “Temporary Faith”, faith until tested.