Bread to Meat
I don’t know exactly what to make of this, but here it goes. In the temple bread and wine are more holy than their symbolic parallels in the courtyard: meat and blood. In Numbers, Israel complains about the bread and God gives them meat. They think this this is a greater gift, but it is really a demotion in holiness. That much makes sense. I’m not sure where to go from here. I wonder if it has Eucharistic implication for physical presence. For instance, a Roman Catholic view of the Eucharist may move back in holiness because now that the sacrifice has been offered, we memorialize it. We don’t repeat it.
Is the horizontal movement into the temple also a microchronic movement through history? We move from the (Christ’s) sacrifice in the courtyard to its memorial in the Church age. If this were so, what would be the holy of holiness?