Exodus 4:1-5 KJV: And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee. (2) And the LORD said unto him, what is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. (3) And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. (4) And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand: (5) That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.
Exodus 4:14-17 KJV: And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart. (15) And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do. (16) And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God. (17) And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.
Here we see God using Moses’ rod to do miraculous signs.
The rod symbolizes the spoken Word in the New Testament that is used to do signs and wonders:
Matthew 8:16 KJV: When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
Psalms 107:20 KJV: He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
Now, when there was a rebellion in the camp and a controversy as to who had divine approval and authority to lead Israel, God showed His approval using Aaron’s rod:
Numbers 17:1-11 KJV: 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.
We see that Aaron’s rod brought forth supernaturally overnight: buds, blossoms and almonds.
In the same way, in this 3rdday, God suddenly (Act. 2:1-2; Mal. 3:1) overnight (Job. 34:20-30) will place His seal of divine approval and authority on a leadership whose ‘Aaron’s rod’ symbolizing their spoken Word will bring forth: buds, blossoms and almonds.
What do these things symbolize?
i. Buds: to discern by wisdom to walk in love: what God would do in every situation.
ii. Blossoms: to desire by compassion to walk in love: to do what God would do in every situation.
The spoken Word, by prophetic and apostolic preaching and teaching that perfects (1 Jn. 2:5) the love of God in us by wisdom, compassion and power is the ‘Aaron’s rod’ of today.
So God will now make a distinction (Mal. 3:15-4:2) and show His sign of approval (Act. 2:22) and authority by changing the leadership in the church from ‘Eli’ to ‘Samuel’ ‘Saul’ to ‘David’ by causing their ‘Aaron’s rod’ to bring forth buds, blossoms and almonds by the releasing upon and through them the Spirit without measure suddenly overnight!