S01E30 A Jar of Stale Bread


<Intro music>


Hi, you’re listening to Alabaster Jars. A collection of perspectives on life and spirituality written by women, for women and read by women.


I’m Sheena and the title of today’s reading is “A Jar of Stale Bread”


The key verse for today is from Exodus chapter 16 verse 32


It says, (pause) “Keep a two-quart jar of it . . . so they can see the bread I fed you in

 the wilderness.”

<fade out Intro music>

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 ever see toast 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 the grandchildren would not forget the manna stories. Personally, I really don’t think they needed pneumonic devices to remember 40 years of manna! But God knew better.


God 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 of others. The manna in the jar was for future generations to know that God fed His children every day of the 40 years. It was not about having eaten manna, 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 for the Promised Land.


The jar of manna was about God’s desire for every child of Israel to look at the jar and believe, without a doubt, that the God of the Exodus would be with them forever.

What’s in your two-quart jar that reminds you of God Everlasting?


<Outro music with VO>


Alabaster Jars is written by women from all over the world. Edited and compiled by Fylvia Fowler Kline. This is podcast is produced by Hope Channel Singapore. For episodes and more, visit our website: hopechannel.sg