About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Budding of Aaron's Staff (ch. 17:1 - 13)
again God responds to the complaints of His people here in verses 1
through 5. God tells Moses
to provide a staff for twelve men, the leaders of each of the twelve
and over again, God says that He is very patient and long suffering.
We can certainly see that here.
staff that would sprout buds would be the staff of the leader that God
chose. You see in verse 5
that this was meant to stop the complaining of
raises an interesting issue. Who
are God's appointment men today? Do
we respect them for the office they hold or for the work they do.
I believe we respect them for the work they do, and not merely
the office they hold. I've
written about this elsewhere, so I won't involve myself in the
discussion here. I will only
say that the New Testament emphasizes the work of the leader over the
office of the leader. Therefore,
if the leader is not doing the work in accordance with the Bible, we
have a responsibility to challenge the leader.
For those who are doing the work as the Bible states, we respect
them. The leader isn't
the final authority. The
Bible is always our final authority on all matters, both personal
matters and church matters.
6 and 7 simply state that Moses did as the Lord required.
verses 8 and 9 we see the results. Aaron's
staff not only sprouted buds, it also produced almonds.
Thus another miracle was done by the God of Israel in the process
of extending patience to a rebellious people.
verse 10 God had Moses place Aaron's staff "in front of the
Testimony", meaning, the ark of the covenant.
Later, this staff would be placed in the ark.
This was to be a sign to the complainers so that they would no
longer complain and die as a result.
Once again, God uses something as a sign, something He often
does. This sign or symbol
was to be a reminder not to complain.
The reason for the sign is so the complainers won't die from
God's wrath. We see that God
is motivated out of love.
did as God asked in verse 11.
12 closes this chapter with a pity party on the behalf of
there is one thing that really bothers me about people
is when they have pity parties for themselves.
The "poor me" attitude in some people is disgusting in
my thinking, especially among Christians.
The apostle Paul had many reasons to feel bad for himself, but he
didn't. We should follow his