The God of the Rod
For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods. ~Exodus 7:12
One of the great power-hitters in baseball was Roberto Clemente, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Though he carried a big bat, the power was in the batter and not the bat. This morning, we see an exciting account about Aaron’s rod. The rod he carried with him did some incredible things, but it wasn’t the rod: it was the God of the rod.
We see a contrast.
The rod of Aaron was similar to a walking stick that was about ¾ the height of a man. A rod was large branch that was cut off from a tree and, thus, lifeless. Moses received a lesson on how God can use a lifeless rod and give it life. Both Moses and Aaron knew that the rod itself had no power, but when yielded to God, it became a powerful tool. On the other hand, the rods of the magicians were also lifeless branches but were in the possession of a demonic power. You see, what power you yield yourself to determines what your usefulness will be. The rods of the magicians were at best a weak imitation of Aaron’s rod. The rod placed i