“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. And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. 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. 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: 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” (Ex 4:1-5).
This passage tells us the story of Moses and his rod, how the rod became a different thing when God came into it. It is the story of Moses’ personal dignitarian doubt in obeying his Divine assignment to Pharaoh, the despot of the ancient Egypt. The rod or staff is very important to shepherds, heads men and elderly people. It is a symbol of authority and title not only in traditional society. You shall be established by your rod in Jesus name!!!
Rod or staff in the Bible had different literal connotations to the shepherds of the East. (i) it was the shepherd crook, a long stick with a hook at one end used to catch sheep. (ii) Rod was a weapon of attacks against enemy and beast. When David spoke about the rod he knew the importance having depended on it as a shepherd boy. (iii) Rod was a tool to lead the sheep. Accordingly, in reflection of its symbolical signification, David the psalmist declared: “Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me,” (Psalm 23:4). To ordinary Eastern people the rod was a walking staff or crutch used for support.
Symbolical usage denotes (i) The rod was a symbol of strength: (a) Use your natural and God-given strength. God uses your natural gifts (b) Let God be your strength. He is a sure staff to lean on. (ii) The rod was object of dependence and rest (Heb. 11:21). Idols and men were portrayed as staff of reed. “Now, behold, thou trustest upon the staff of this bruised reed, even upon Egypt, on which if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt unto all that trust on him” (2 Kings 18:21). Those leaning on such perfidious and unreliable staff fall and get broken. These include the acclaimed, weak, supernatural persons as the Malams, Babalawos, Dibias, prophets, charm or talisman, etc, or holy oil, anointing oil, holy water all fail but not God. Jeremiah the prophet declared: “Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is” (Jer 17:5-7). (iii) The rod was a symbol of rulership (Isa. 3:1). This is what you rule or control. Take up your control. (iv) The rod tool of operation (Isa. 9:4). Take up your tool of operation. Something is about to happen with and through it. (v) The rod was an instrument God uses for judgment (Isa. 10:5-11). They will fall this year because they went beyond what God intended. God intended to use them for correction. They went ahead to humiliate and plan total destruction. They did not know that God is only correcting His child/servant and not punishing him. (vi) The rod was an instrument God uses for His service (Zach. 11:10). Your staff is about to bring you favour and beauty in Jesus name!!!
Several applications are derivable from Moses and his rod. Whatever the rod is to you it must first be cast to the ground before God uses it. God uses what you have. God uses what you surrender to Him. Occupation, profession, resources, capital, certificate, or qualification may be the rod in your hand. Whatever you do for a living, your business, all your talents, or skills in God’s hands changes your story, alters your condition from a slave to a master.
As shepherds and headsmen Moses and the Israelites knew what a staff meant. God was saying to them better use it instead of being a slave. God will use your rod, not a slave condition. A slave is under the master, and thus cannot be fully used by God. They cannot see God’s work more than their master allows. Use your staff and stop being a slave.
God has asked me to speak life and action, fruitfulness, effectiveness, dominion, etc., to that rod in your hand. They shall soon become another thing entirely in your hand. Receive it now in Jesus name. You shall be established by that rod in your hand. Only surrender it to God today and now. Amen.