What is the Significance of Aaron’s Rod in the Bible?
Let’s talk about the significance of Aaron’s rod, its symbolic meaning, and why God used his rod for miracles. A rod is a thin, refined wood or metal used for many purposes.
A Rod in Israelite culture symbolizes Authority, Guidance, Power, and Comfort. Let me explain further.
Here are the breakdown of the significance of Moses & Aaron’s Rod
- A rod signifies authority. We can see it is a symbol of kings’ authority in Ezekiel 19: 11, which reads, “strong rods for the scepters of those that bear rule.” In Exodus 4:20, it becomes a symbol of Authority over Israel.
- This tool is a symbol of Guidance. It’s used to guide flocks. We can see that in the life of Moses in Exodus 4:2, he used it to tender his sheep.
- A Rod signified comfort. The book of Psalm 23: 4, it says even if I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil for you are with me, your rod and staff they comfort me.
- A Rod is a significant of power which played many roles in the life of Moses and Aron. The rod of Moses and Aaron showed the power of God during the plaque in Egypt. We can also see that the rod of Moses was used to part the Red sea (Exodus 14: 16) and striking of the rock to bring forth water in Exodus 17: 2-6
Where Aaron’s rod played a great significance in the bible?
Aaron’s staff, as seen in the book of Exodus 7, shows God’s miraculous power. God sent Moses and Aaron to Pharoah, instructing them when Pharoah demands a miracle, Aaron should cast down his rod, and it will become a serpent.
The same Aarons rod was used to turn water to blood (Exodus 7:19) which reads; The Lord said to Moses, tell your brother Aaron to stretch his staff over the waters of Egypt, over the streams and canals, over pond and reservoirs, and they will turn to blood. And blood appears everywhere, even in wooden buckets and stone jars.
Another major significance of Aaron’s rod was to show his authority as a priesthood of the tribe of Levi. In Numbers 16: 41, the Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron that they killed the Lord’s people (Korah, Dothan, and Abiram).
Aaron’s rod sprouted, budded, and blossomed. Why?
As Israelites grumbled, God commanded the twelve tribes to bring forth a rod, and the rod that miraculously sprouts overnight is the tribe chosen to become the priest.
Aaron provides his staff to represent Levi, and the next morning his rod sprouted, budded, blossomed, and bore ripe almond (Numbers 17:8).
This is the second significant of Aaron’s rod, as recorded in the scriptures.
After then, the Lord commanded Aaron to put his rod back in front of the ark of the covenant law to be a sign of rebellion.
Which will put to end of Israelite grumbling against God, and they will not die. Moses obeyed and did what the Lord commanded him.