Keep a two-quart jar of it . . . so they can see the bread I fed you in the wilderness. Exodus 16:32
If you just got off a toast diet that you were on three times a day for 40 years, I’m guessing you wouldn’t want to see toast ever again. You might even go all Atkins and give up carbs altogether. And toast art would be the last thing framed and displayed on your mantle. Yet, after 40 years of only manna on the menu, God tells his people to store some manna in a two-quart jar and display it in a place of prominence so their grandchildren would not forget the manna stories. I really don’t think they needed pneumonic devices to remember 40 years of manna!
But God knew better. He knows how the human ego retells a story—-how we love to give ourselves the credit, how we exaggerate our part and minimize the role others play. The manna in the jar is for future generations to know that God fed His children every day of the 40 years. It was not about eating manna for 40 years, but about being fed by God. It was not about the pillars of cloud and fire, but about being protected by God. It was not about surviving the wilderness, but about being saved by God for the promised land. God desired that every child of Israel look at the jar and believe that the God of the Exodus would be with them forever.
What’s in your two-quart jar to remind you of God Everlasting?