One of the things I am enjoying most about reading through the Bible daily is reading things in the narrative that I didn’t remember previously.
Today is an excellent example of that.
Those who are familiar with the Exodus story will likely recall the Lord providing manna for the Israelites to eat in the mornings (for the entire 40 years they were in the wilderness, in fact). You may also remember that they were specifically instructed to only collect enough each day for what they needed; when they didn’t obey that command, any extra manna was rotten and full of maggots the next day. This was done so they would learn to trust and rely on the Lord to provide for them (a lesson I still fail regularly).
Except, however, for the sixth day. On that day, there were commanded to pick up enough manna for two days, including for the Sabbath day, or day of rest. That manna collected did not rot.
But what I did not remember, is what I read in Exodus 16:32-34. It says: “Then Moses said, “This is what the Lord has commanded: Fill a two-quart container with manna to preserve it for your descendants. Then later generations will be able to see the food I gave you in the wilderness when I set you free from Egypt.” Moses said to Aaron, “Get a jar and fill it with two quarts of manna. Then put it in a sacred place before the Lord to preserve it for all future generations.” Aaron did just as the Lord had commanded Moses. He eventually placed it in the Ark of the Covenant—in front of the stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant.”
Some of the manna was stored in the Ark, as a reminder for the people.
Today’s reading: Exodus 16:1-19:25
Tomorrow’s reading: Exodus 20:1-22:15