Aaron’s Blooming Rod [Part 1]
By Alan Wright — July 05, 2018
Are you ready for some good news?
God brings life from lifelessness.
Today’s Text: “On the next day Moses went into the tent of the testimony, and behold, the staff of Aaron for the house of Levi had sprouted and put forth buds and produced blossoms, and it bore ripe almonds.” (Numbers 17:8)
Jealous for Aaron’s priesthood, a man named Korah leads a heinous rebellion against Moses and his brother. As a test to prove the truly appointed high priest, the Lord instructs the leaders of the twelve tribes to bring a staff from each tribal father’s house. They lay the staffs in front of the tent of meeting and the next morning, behold, Aaron’s staff has blossomed and born almonds.
When my daughter and I traveled to Papua New Guinea in 2014 to celebrate with a people receiving the first Bible in their own language, we found ourselves on small island without running water, electricity, cars, phones or any other sign of modernity. It was hot – extremely hot. And humid. It was a volcanic island. The sands of the beaches were black and the soil was remarkably fertile.
Knowing that internationals like Abby and I would be celebrating with them for the big Bible dedication, the local Papua New Guineans kindly prepared a covered sitting area to shield us from the blazing sun. Essentially, the simple structure consisted of sticks jammed in the ground, connected to other sticks crossing over the top that were covered with palm branches. We appreciated our shelter and the hard work behind it.
But here’s what is fascinating. With all that humidity and with such rich, fertile soil, the sticks sprouted. I’m not making this up! Dead sticks used in the construction of our canopy started budding after a few days.
If the soil is fertile enough and the air moist enough, I suppose anything can bloom.
Your life is rooted in the richness of the fertile Word of God. If God can make a dead stick bloom for Aaron, He can make a dead man rise up out of a grave. And if Jesus could be raised from the dead, no situation in your life is too dead for the resurrection power of God to transform. And that’s the Gospel!