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In today’s passage God proves once again to the people that Aaron can be trusted and he is the High Priest of Israel (vv. 1-6). A situation was set up for a visible sign of God’s unmistakable choice of Aaron as High Priest. Each tribe was to be represented by a rod or branch of an almond tree, upon which was to be inscribed the name of their tribe. Since the number of rods was twelve (v. 6), and since one rod was for the tribe of Levi, Aaron’s name was on it. At the appointed time, the rod of the man of God’s choosing would bud, and this sign was to settle who was God’s man (v. 5).
After witnessing spectacular miracles, seeing the Egyptians punished by the plagues, and experiencing the actual presence of God, the Israelites still complained and rebelled (vv. 7-13). The next day when Moses entered the tabernacle, he saw that it was Aaron’s rod that had budded. Aaron’s staff “brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds” (v. 8). The other 11 rods were just as they had been presented and as the people saw no buds on theirs. As usual, the Israelites overreacted when they heard the news and concluded that anybody who came near the tabernacle would perish. At least they had a fear of judgment, but they didn’t have a true fear of God in their hearts. They now saw themselves as those who could not compete against God (vv. 12-13).
The Lord gave Israel three reminders to encourage them to obey His Law and submit to His will:
To encourage the believers today to be obedient children, the Lord has given us:
Before I judge God’s ancient people too severely, perhaps I need to examine my own heart to see if I have encouraged others to obey the authority of His Word and His appointed leaders.
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Numbers 14:1-10Israel refuses to enter Canaan
Numbers 14:11-25Moses intercedes for the people
Numbers 14:26-38Death sentence on the rebels
Numbers 14:39-45A futile invasion attempt
Numbers 15:1-15The transition from one generation to the next
Numbers 15:17-41Sacrifice for the sin of ignorance
Numbers 16:1-22The rebellion of Korah
Numbers 16:23-50God’s severe judgment on Korah’s crowd
Numbers 17:1-13The budding of Aaron’s rod
Numbers 18:1-19God held Aaron and his sons responsible for the tabernacle ministry
Numbers 18:20-32Servants of the Lord deserve to be supported by His people
Numbers 19:1-22The ashes of a heifer used to purify the unclean
Numbers 20:1-29Death and failure