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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