Pot of Manna

This is one of the three articles laid up in the Ark of the Covenant by Aaron, the other two being Aaron's rod that budded and a copy of the Book of the Law. In the substitute Ark, commemorated in the Royal Arch Degree, representations of the Pot of Manna and of the other articles are used.

Manna is considered in Masonry as a symbol of life, not the transitory life on earth, but the enduring one of the future world; hence the three articles in the Ark are considered as symbols of that eternal life which is the design of the Royal Arch Degree to teach. — ( Exodus 16:4,32,35 - Psalms 78:24 - John 6:32,33 - 1 Corinthians 10:1-3 )


Biblical References

Exodus 16:4,32,35

4 Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.
32 And Moses said, This is the thing which the LORD commandeth, Fill an omer of it to be kept for your generations; that they may see the bread wherewith I have fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you forth from the land of Egypt.
35 And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan.

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Psalms 78:24

And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven.

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John 6:32,33

32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

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1 Corinthians 10:1-3

1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat;

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