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The Jar of Manna

"Take a jar, put two quarts of manna in it,
and place it in the LORD's presence
." (Exo 16:33)

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The Jar of Manna is one of the lesser known of
the tabernacle objects. It was not of the original objects
as instructed by God, but was only added later.

The giving of manna was one of the most extraordinary miracles in the bible.
For eighty years it kept a constant cycle of five days single portion, one day double portion and one day no portion.

Day after day, week after week, the manna appeared all around the tabernacle.

God wanted this miracle to be remembered.

Moses said, "The LORD has commanded us to save some manna, to be kept for our descendants,
so that they can see the food which he gave us to eat in the desert when he brought us out of Egypt." Moses said to Aaron, "Take a jar, put two quarts of manna in it, and place it in the LORD's presence
to be kept for our descendants." As the LORD had commanded Moses, Aaron put it in front of the Covenant Box, so that it could be kept. (Exo 16:32-34)

Funky fact of life

Every day, for eighty years, the manna lasted for one day only, except the double portion of manna that was provided on the sixth day, which lasted for two days.

'Moses said to them, "No one is to keep any of it for tomorrow." But some of them did not listen to Moses and saved part of it. The next morning it was full of worms and smelled rotten, and Moses was angry with them.'
(Exo 16:18-20)

'On the sixth day they gathered twice as much food, four quarts for each person. ...As Moses had commanded, they kept what was left until the next day; it did not spoil or get worms in it.' (Exo 16:22-24)

God really went out of His way to ascertain that his people
got their weekly rest, because He knew they needed it.

How far would you go to ensure that you don't burn out?

- Pieter de Waal  

Christ is the eternal 'Manna' of Life

The daily manna didn't last. In contrast to this, the manna placed in the tabernacle
was never refreshed or replaced. This manna was preserved from corruption by the tabernacle. God's miracles and mercies are always to be remembered, to encourage us to trust Him at all times.

Those that ate manna got hungry again, but those
that feed on Christ by faith shall never hunger.

"I am the bread of life," Jesus told them. "Those who come to me will never
 be hungry; those who believe in me will never be thirsty. (Joh 6:35)

The way that the manna came to the Israelites, compares directly to Christ .

1. The manna came on a daily basis, sufficient for each day.

"When they measured it, those who gathered much did not have too much, and those who
 gathered less did not have too little. Each had gathered just what he needed." (Exo 16:18)

The Lord thus encourages us to do daily reading of the Word at the beginning of each day.

There are two mistakes we normally make:

Eating yesterday's bread - Don't eat stale bread. Yesterday's bread can kill you!
Don't live from past revelations. You need fresh revelation each day.

Eating spiritual fast food - take proper time to get a balanced
meal from the Word of God, prepared by God himself.

2. The manna was provided in close proximity to where they were staying.

"And in the morning there was dew all around the camp. When the dew evaporated, there was something thin and flaky on the surface of the desert. It was as delicate as frost." (Exo 16:13-14)

Christ is within reach of all of us through his word.

3. The manna came with the dew.

"When the dew evaporated, there was something thin and flaky on the surface of the desert. It was as delicate as frost. When the Israelites saw it, they didn't know what it was and asked each other, "What is it?" Moses said to them, "This is the food that the LORD has given you to eat." (Exo 16:14-15)

The Word of God always functions in harmony with the Holy Spirit

"When, however, the Spirit comes, who reveals the truth about God, he will lead you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own authority, but he will speak of what he hears and will tell you of things to come." (Joh 16:13)

4. The manna was to be distributed by the men as heads of their houses.

"The LORD has commanded that each of you is to gather as much of it as he needs,
two quarts for each member of his household." (Exo 16:16)

Today it is still the responsibility of the head of the house to
prepare spiritual food for the members of his household.

5. There never was a surplus of manna.

"When they measured it, those who gathered much did not have too much, and those who
gathered less did not have too little. Each had gathered just what he needed." (Exo 16:18)

No part of the Word of God is ever superfluous. There was enough manna for everyone, but none had too much; so in Christ there is a complete sufficiency, and no superfluity.

6.  There was none left for the next day

"But some of them did not listen to Moses and saved part of it.
The next morning it was full of worms and smelled rotten."  (Exo 16:20)

If you don't use your opportunities, you might lose everything!
"When God gives you your daily manna, heed his words and you will reap the benefits,
just like the Israelites did when God rained manna all around the tabernacle."

 

 

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