And Moses said to Aaron, “Take a pot and put an omer of manna in it, and lay it up before the Lord, to be kept for your generations.” As the Lord commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it up before the Testimony, to be kept. (Exodus 16:33-34)
A sample of the manna was to be stored within an earthen vessel and kept in the Ark of the Covenant to serve as a memorial for future generations that “they may see the bread.” We can only imagine that, if God told Moses to do this for the sake of those in the future, that the manna was somehow supernaturally preserved. This is particularly interesting seeing that no one was to keep manna in their tent overnight lest it rot and produce worms. It seems reasonable to conclude, then, that being in the Ark — God’s Throne upon the earth — so close to the Presence was how the manna would have been (perhaps still is?) preserved.
Now consider another aspect of this. We understand that the manna, being representative of the Word of God come down from heaven, points us to the Messiah. In Him we see that the heavenly bread, the Word of God, was placed in an “earthen vessel” just as was done with the manna of old. Furthermore, just as this vessel containing the manna was placed in a position of honor – that is, before the LORD — Messiah now sits upon the right hand of the Throne of God. Moreover, just as the manna was to be for the sake of “your generations,” Messiah’s death, burial and resurrection serves to benefit all generations, including those who are yet to be born.
The Word of God, personified in the Messiah, is eternal and, consequently, forever faithful. As we read it, study it and, most importantly, hide it in our hearts, we are strengthened, encouraged and challenged to become the people He has called us to be. We are reminded of those past generations who were delivered, preserved and cared for throughout their hardships which, in turn, provokes us to endure whatever may come our way. We can do this because the same Word of God that was given to them is the Word that has been delivered to us — and it does not fail.
Blessings and Shalom,