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Old 12-06-2018, 01:47 PM
 
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NASB:
Exo 16:32 Then Moses said, "This is what the LORD has commanded, 'Let an omerful of it be kept throughout
your generations, that they may see the bread that I fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you out of the land
of Egypt.'"
Exo 16:33 And Moses said to Aaron, "Take a jar and put an omerful of manna in it, and place it before the
LORD, to be kept throughout your generations."
Exo 16:34 As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron placed it before the Testimony, to be kept.

What does "the Testimony" refers to?
Note that this is prior to Moses receiving tablets or the Ark of the Covenant. I don't recall any physical manifestation of God prior to this point in Exodus, except the smoke/fire pillar.

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Old 12-06-2018, 03:14 PM
 
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placed it before the Ark

events described in the Torah are not always presented in chronological order, are not always shown in sequence. They are juxtaposed together for related content or meaning or message.

this is an example of that

33 And Moses said to Aaron, Take one jug and put there an omerful of manna, and deposit it before the Lord to be preserved for your generations
לגוַיֹּ֨אמֶר משֶׁ֜ה אֶל־אַֽהֲרֹ֗ן קַ֚ח צִנְצֶ֣נֶת אַחַ֔ת וְתֶן־שָׁ֥מָּה מְלֹֽא־הָעֹ֖מֶר מָ֑ן וְהַנַּ֤ח אֹתוֹ֙ לִפְנֵ֣י יְהֹוָ֔ה לְמִשְׁמֶ֖רֶת לְדֹרֹֽתֵיכֶֽם

jug: Heb. צִּנְצֶנֶת, an earthenware jug, as the Targum [Onkelos] renders. [from Mechilta]
צנצנת: צלוחית של חרס, כתרגומו:

and deposit it before the Lord: Before the Ark. This verse was not said until the Tent of Meeting was built, but it was written here in the section dealing with the manna.
והנח אתו לפני ה': לפני הארון, ולא נאמר מקרא זה עד שנבנה אהל מועד, אלא שנכתב כאן בפרשת המן:

34 As the Lord had commanded Moses, Aaron deposited it before the testimony to be preserved.
לדכַּֽאֲשֶׁ֛ר צִוָּ֥ה יְהֹוָ֖ה אֶל־משֶׁ֑ה וַיַּנִּיחֵ֧הוּ אַֽהֲרֹ֛ן לִפְנֵ֥י הָֽעֵדֻ֖ת לְמִשְׁמָֽרֶת:


Here is link, click button "Show" to see commentary by Rashi
https://www.chabad.org/library/bible...showrashi=true

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