“The Lord God Makes His Will Known”
When we would go to the mountains, we would go hiking.
Many times, as kids, even though we didn’t need them, we used hiking sticks. It was simply a piece of deadwood we would find, sometimes cutting it to the right length, sometimes it was the right length.
Now, perhaps our parents were carrying the sticks to give them a little better balance, or to whack a snake if we came upon one.
But we kids used the walking sticks because we felt it was cool.
As I read the following account, I thought of our hiking sticks being something like the staffs the people used in Bible times, perhaps for stability and protection.
Please read the following verses,
The Budding of Aaron’s Rod
1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and get from them a rod from each father’s house, all their leaders according to their fathers’ houses — twelve rods. Write each man’s name on his rod.
3 And you shall write Aaron’s name on the rod of Levi. For there shall be one rod for the head of each father’s house.
4 Then you shall place them in the tabernacle of meeting before the Testimony, where I meet with you.
5 And it shall be that the rod of the man whom I choose will blossom; thus I will rid Myself of the complaints of the children of Israel, which they make against you.”
6 So Moses spoke to the children of Israel, and each of their leaders gave him a rod apiece, for each leader according to their fathers’ houses, twelve rods; and the rod of Aaron was among their rods.
7 And Moses placed the rods before the Lord in the tabernacle of witness.
8 Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses went into the tabernacle of witness, and behold, the rod of Aaron, of the house of Levi, had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds.
9 Then Moses brought out all the rods from before the Lord to all the children of Israel, and they looked, and each man took his rod.
10 And the Lord said to Moses, “Bring Aaron’s rod back before the Testimony, to be kept as a sign against the rebels, that you may put their complaints away from Me, lest they die.”
11 Thus did Moses; just as the Lord had commanded him, so he did.
12 So the children of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, “Surely we die, we perish, we all perish! NKJV
What an amazing account. I suppose each leader knew his staff.
I wonder what they were looking for, what would God do, how would he bring life out of a dead piece of wood?
Well the Lord God left no doubt.
Not only had Aarons stick budded, (a miracle in itself) it had blossomed and produced almonds that were ready to eat.
There was no doubt which tribe the Lord had chosen, it was Aaron’s tribe the Levites.
I believe the Lord God is still very specific in His calls on His servants. When you are called to be used by the Lord, make sure you give it serious consideration.
Don’t worry that you may not be qualified.
The Lord God calls those He wants and then qualifies them to do His work.