At the burning bush God asked Moses a truly fascinating question.
Exodus 4:2 So the Lord said to him, "What is that in your hand?" He said, "A rod."
A moment after that the rod would become a snake!!!
What in the world was this encounter really all about?
Here are a few thoughts to consider.
The word picture behind the Hebrew word for rod is "The Why? Of the snake". So, it was no accident that this rod became a snake when Moses threw it on the ground.
In Hebrew the word picture for snake is the "moving whisper".
Let us look for a moment at the role this rod had played in Moses' life up to this point.
You will recall that Moses was living in the luxury of Pharaoh's palace, as the adopted son of Pharaoh's daughter, with every prospect of becoming the next Pharaoh. However, Moses had a sense of purpose within him and one day his zeal got ahead of his God given purpose and he killed an Egyptian and had to flee to the backside of the desert.
There in the desert Moses became a shepherd and the rod he had in his hand was indeed a shepherd's' rod.
But every day for 40 years that rod was a reminder of his failure, every day that rod was whispering to him:
Moses why are you here?
Moses why aren't you in Egypt living in Pharaoh's luxury?
Moses why did you kill the Egyptian?
Moses why are you spending your days looking at the butt end of sheep?
Moses you showed such great potential why are you such a failure, ?
Do these sought of Why? questions ever find themselves into your thoughts?
The word picture in Hebrew behind the question Why? is "what comes from chaos".
This all getting a bit negative and depressing isn't it? So, do you want to hear the good new?
God takes this rod, a symbol of Moses apparent failure and He turns it into a branch (in Hebrew one of the other meanings for the word rod is the branch of a vine) the symbol of God's life, power and authority flowing through Moses.
So, when you start hearing the voice of the "moving whisper" ask God to change your rod of failure into a life giving fruitful branch.
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Do you ever have days that you would describe as the "silent balance of chaos"?
I'm reminded of an incident in Scripture where the disciples were in a boat with Jesus crossing the Lake of Galilee when a storm blew up.
Mark 4:37-41 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.
But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?" Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, "Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?"
And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, "Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!"
I think we would all agree that being in a boat in the middle of a threatening storm is the epitome of chaos. The main reason for this is you do not know where the next wave is coming from and whether it will be the one that finally swamps your boat and potentially ends your life.
So, given this context have you ever been curious as to why Jesus used the words "peace be still"?
As it turns out "peace" was the most powerful word Jesus could have used in this situation.
Because the word picture for peace in Hebrew is "destroy the authority that establishes chaos".
Now it isn't everyday that we find ourselves in a boat battling a storm, so what relevance does this account have to your daily life and my daily life?
Well believe it or not the word picture in Hebrew for our english word thought is: "the silent balance of chaos".
Our thoughts are like the ocean, they are never still, they are always on the move. One minute there can be a sense of calm and the next minute we are facing a thought that has the potential to swamp our "boat".
These massive fluctuations in our thoughts are triggered by the relentless lies and accusations the enemy throws at us night and day.
So, now you see "peace" is not just a word it is actually a weapon designed to win the battle in your "silent balance of chaos".