Moses said, “This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Take an omer of manna and keep it for the generations to come, so they can see the bread I gave you to eat in the wilderness when I brought you out of Egypt.’”
So Moses said to Aaron, “Take a jar and put an omer of manna in it. Then place it before the LORD to be kept for the generations to come.”
As the Lord commanded Moses, Aaron put the manna with the tablets of the covenant law, so that it might be preserved. The Israelites ate manna forty years, until they came to a land that was settled; they ate manna until they reached the border of Canaan. (Exodus 16:32-34)
In the Most Holy Place of the tabernacle that God would have His people build (Exodus 25-27) was “the gold-covered ark of the covenant. This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff the had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant.” (Hebrews 9:4)
God’s loving, daily, always sufficient, sweet-tasting, miraculous, like-nothing-ever-seen-before provision of manna was to be remembered for the generations to come. It was to be kept in the Most Holy Place, before the Lord. When the people turned for forgiveness and to worship, they were to remember Who the Lord their God is – rescuer, provider, and the One to be obeyed and followed.
As we worship and pray to the Lord today, let us remember His rescue, provision, and calling in our own lives. Let us remember Jesus, the Bread of Life, broken for us, providing life – eternal life! And let us remember and give thanks for all that we have received because of Him – all that we need, and so much more.