The Golden Pot Of ‘Hidden’ Manna


The picture shows a model of the Ark, where the lid has been removed so you can see the contents that fit inside the Ark:

1. The two stone tablets of the Law.

2. Aaron’s rod that budded.

3. The golden pot of ‘hidden’ manna.

Together these three items form the Testimony,

Exodus 25:21 ‘Place the cover on top of the ark and put in the ark the tablets of the covenant law that I will give you.’

hence the Ark is called the Ark of the Testimony.

The Golden Pot of ‘Hidden’ Manna Manna was the food that came down from God to feed the children of Israel daily in the wilderness for the forty years of their journey to Canaan. It was given to the children of Israel in such a way that it required them to develop selfdiscipline. Manna only came in the early morning with the dew.

Exodus 16:13-14 ‘That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor.’

By the time the sun was up, it would have evaporated,

Exodus 16:21 ‘Each morning everyone gathered as much as they needed, and when the sun grew hot, it melted away.’

It had to be gathered every day, any residue would breed worms and smell, Exodus 16:20, and they had to gather a double portion on the sixth day, because none would fall on the Sabbath Exodus 16:22-27

‘On the sixth day, they gathered twice as much—two omers for each person—and the leaders of the community came and reported this to Moses. He said to them, ‘This is what the LORD commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of sabbath rest, a holy sabbath to the LORD. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.’ So they saved it until morning, as Moses commanded, and it did not stink or get maggots in it. ‘Eat it today,’ Moses said, ‘because today is a sabbath to the LORD. You will not find any of it on the ground today. Six days you are to gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will not be any.’ Nevertheless, some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none.’

It was called ‘Manna’, because that is Hebrew for ‘what is it’. It looked like white coriander seed and tasted like wafer biscuits made with honey

Exodus 16:31 ‘The people of Israel called the bread manna. It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey’.

The Lord commanded Moses to fill an omer vessel with Manna and keep it for a memorial to future generations of how God fed them in the wilderness.

Exodus 16:32-33 ‘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.’

This is the Golden Pot of Hidden Manna in the Tabernacle.

Now, it is obvious that if Manna was kept for longer than a day, or two days, if it was a Sabbath, then the Manna would breed worms and smell. Why then try to keep it for a memorial to future generations?

The key is the Golden Pot

The Golden Pot would last for ever. It is round, indicating eternal; it is gold, indicating ‘of God, divine’. The Golden Pot indicates eternal life. Our life needs to be

‘hidden with Christ in God’ Colossians 3:3

and we need to know

‘Christ our life’,

eternal life Colossians 3:4.

The Hidden Manna was a memorial of how the Lord had sustained His people in an impossible situation. Christ is real and applicable to every person in every age in every circumstance.



"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

Matthew 11:28