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)
When the Bible says that Aaron was to place this jar containing the manna “before the LORD,” it is to say he was to place it before or even within the Ark of the Covenant in the Tabernacle. The term “before the LORD” is synonymous with the other statement that is made in conjunction with the manna — “before the testimony.” The Hebrew term translated “the testimony” is ha’edut, translated literally as “the witness” or “witnesses.” In other words, the text seems to hint that there were (are) witnesses to the fact that God fed Israel in the wilderness besides those who were actually fed.
Expanding on that thought, we should also consider that there were (are) witnesses of the fact that Messiah was the bread that came down from heaven, was crucified and then raised on the third day. This might also allude to two primary witnesses that testify that He is the Son of God. In Matthew 17 Moses and Elijah appeared before Peter, James and John and, by their presence there with Messiah, testify that He is the Messiah and Son of the Living God. Still others later testified that He is now seated on right hand of Power.
We, too, are His witnesses. In fact, that is our calling and mandate — to be witnesses of Him with those we encounter in this world. We are to testify that He is risen and is now seated “at the right hand of God,” making intercession for us (Romans 8:34). Furthermore, we are go into the world to make disciples who are then to become His witnesses. In this manner we propagate that which began so long ago — to bear record that there is only One God. There is only One who can deliver, sustain, preserve and protect in any and all circumstances. This is the message that we, in our season, are to carry forward.
Blessings and Shalom,