It Budded, Blossomed and bore Fruit!
And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds. - Numbers 17:8
The rod of Aaron was a staff, a dead wood that had budded again to life and bore flowers and fruit. We, before being born again are like the dead wood destined to be burned in hell. But when the Lord selects us, and we are born again, we are called to be Priest at His service. We become like Aaron's staff budding back to life and bearing flowers and fruit for God's glory. It was only after this that fear came into the Israelites for speaking against God (Num 17:12-13). When we are born again, baptized by the Holy Spirit, murmuring against God or distrusting Him should bring about the same fear that came upon the Israelites. Grieving the Spirit of the Lord (not letting Him work in our lives) or not giving Him true reverence (worshiping Him) should bring the fear of death in us. For it is only by the Spirit of the Lord that we are born again. This rod of Aaron was kept in the Ark of Covenant as one of the three Testimonies of the Lord (Hebrew 9:3-4). Similarly being born again should be kept as a testimony in our hearts in the most precious place the Throne of our hearts.
[ Prayer for the Day ]
Dear Lord, I thank You for giving me new life. I have received your Holy Spirit, let me be born again like the rod of Aaron; budding, blossoming and bearing fruit. All this Lord for your glory, that I may not grieve your Spirit by not letting Him work in me. I ask this prayer in Jesus' Name. Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
Numbers 17:1-8 [KJV-AV]
1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and take of every one of them a rod according to the house of their fathers, of all their princes according to the house of their fathers twelve rods: write thou every man's name upon his rod.
3 And thou shalt write Aaron's name upon the rod of Levi: for one rod shall be for the head of the house of their fathers.
4 And thou shalt lay them up in the tabernacle of the congregation before the testimony, where I will meet with you.
5 And it shall come to pass, that the man's rod, whom I shall choose, shall blossom: and I will make to cease from me the murmurings of the children of Israel, whereby they murmur against you.
6 And Moses spake unto the children of Israel, and every one of their princes gave him a rod apiece, for each prince one, according to their fathers' houses, even twelve rods: and the rod of Aaron was among their rods.
7 And Moses laid up the rods before the LORD in the tabernacle of witness.
8 And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds.
9 And Moses brought out all the rods from before the LORD unto all the children of Israel: and they looked, and took every man his rod.
10 And the LORD said unto Moses, Bring Aaron's rod again before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels; and thou shalt quite take away their murmurings from me, that they die not.
11 And Moses did so: as the LORD commanded him, so did he.
12 And the children of Israel spake unto Moses, saying, Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish.
13 Whosoever cometh any thing near unto the tabernacle of the LORD shall die: shall we be consumed with dying?
Hebrew 9:3-4 [KJV-AV]
3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;
4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;
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