The Blossoming Staff Of Aaron

Aaron's staff

Numbers 17:1-5

The LORD instructed Moses: 2 “Speak to the Israelites and take one staff from them for each ancestral tribe, twelve staffs from all the leaders of their tribes. Write each man’s name on his staff. 3 Write Aaron’s name on Levi’s staff, because there is to be one staff for the head of each tribe. 4 Then place them in the tent of meeting in front of the testimony where I meet with you. 5 The staff of the man I choose will sprout, and I will rid myself of the Israelites’ complaints that they have been making about you.”

All 12 staffs were dried up without any signs of life but God said that the one who belongs to Him [are chosen] will sprout and produce fruits for His kingdom.

Many people proclaim to be in Christ, but only those who produce the evidence will reveal that God really lives in them. 

Each of us represents a staff with the potential of doing God’s will if we respond to the conviction of the Holy Spirit. God gives the call with only a few responding to it. For out of 12 staffs, only 1 sprouted and produced fruit. Jesus said in Matthew 7:14 “How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.” How hard it is to choose Jesus over the world. In Matthew 16:24 it says, Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”

A person has to be willing to suffer for Christ, deny one’s sinful desires and love others as yourself, destroying self-centeredness. 

Numbers 17:8

8 The next day Moses entered the tent of the testimony and saw that Aaron’s staff, representing the house of Levi, had sprouted, formed buds, blossomed, and produced almonds!

Why did God choose an almond to sprout and not anything else?

The answer is found in Jeremiah 1:11-12 which says, 11 Then the word of the LORD came to me, asking, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” I replied, “I see a branch of an almond tree.” 12 The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I watch over my word to accomplish it.”

The sprouting of almond in the passage of Jeremiah reveals that God’s promises will be accomplished. 

The almond in Aaron’s staff showed that God decision in choosing Aaron was final.

Aaron’s staff matured and produced a blessing that can be eaten to satisfy the hungry. Aaron didn’t do the work in producing the almond, but it was God. When the Lord uses us to do His will, spreading the Gospel, those who ingest God’s Word are satisfied, finding eternal life in Jesus Christ.

There are only two types of fruits, healthy ones that nourish the body and rotten ones that make the body sick. The weeds produce a fruit that destroys one’s healthy faith. The bad fruits are very difficult to spot. The closer we are to the truth through the study of God’s Word and building our life on it, the easier we can spot the rotten ones.

Don’t be a dried up staff, accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior who died in your place and rose from the grave victorious. Through Jesus Christ, you can become a blessing for others by directing them to the path of salvation. 

 

 

Is The Bible’s Origin Divine Or From Men?

moses-and-the-10-commandments

The origin of Scripture comes from

G O D

Exodus 24:4

And Moses wrote down all the words of the LORD. He rose early the next morning and set up an altar and twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel at the base of the mountain.

Exodus 31:18

When he finished speaking with Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the testimony, stone tablets inscribed by the finger of God.

Exodus 34:27

The LORD also said to Moses, “Write down these words, for I have made a covenant with you and with Israel based on these words.”

Moses wrote down the very words of God while in His presence. 

Why would God write down the ten commandments on stone tablets? It was a picture of the Son of God.

Matthew 21:42

Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is what the Lord has done and it is wonderful in our eyes?

Acts 4:10-11

10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified and whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing here before you healthy. 11 This Jesus is

the stone rejected by you builders,
which has become the cornerstone.

Revelation 19:13

13 He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his name is called the Word of God.

Jesus is called the Word of God and is referred to as The Stone [the cornerstone which the believers are built upon]

When Moses came down the mountain with the stone tablets [the ten commandments] in his hands, it was showing that God was going to send down to earth Jesus Christ the Living Word in the flesh to reveal the Living God to all humanity.

The only one who attacks the Word of God is the devil. If you find yourself attacking the Bible, now you know where that push for you to do so is coming from. 

Beautiful On The Outside But Death In The Inside

whitewash tombs
A Picture of the world without God. Looks nice on the outside but twice as dead in the inside

A man who hasn’t showered for weeks, washes his face, shaves, combs his hair, puts on a new suit, and looks brand new. But with a closer inspection by one’s nose, it is obvious that something is seriously wrong with that picture [the man].

That is a spiritual picture of a religious person who looks righteous on the outside but is still being driven by his sinful pleasures. 

Matthew 23:27

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of the bones of the dead and every kind of impurity.”

The flesh brings death but the Spirit of God brings life. Walk in the Spirit to extinguish the desires of the flesh.