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Topic: Staff (01/31/13)
TITLE: Symbol of the Staff
By Bonnie Bowden
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a hardened, creosote-like covered wood;
Neck stretched in curved hook,
history of the Shepherd’s crook.
Moses pastured Jethro’s flocks,
among the wilderness of Mt. Horeb’s rocks;
God called to him from a burning bush,
told Moses his mission with a gentle push.
Symbol of His Guidance
I have heard My people’s cry,
asked me in their sufferings, why?
So I will deliver the people from their woes,
into a place where milk and honey flows.
Symbol of His Compassion
Next, God told Moses to lay down his staff,
which became a snake that blocked his path;
But God bade him to pick up the serpent by its tail,
and God changed it back without fail.
Symbol of His Protection
Moses took “the staff of God” in hand,
traveled back to Egypt’s oppressive land;
Performed miraculous wonders in Pharaoh’s sight,
still the king refused to release God’s people from their plight.
Symbol of His Power
Finally Pharaoh let the people go,
but changed his mind from yes to no;
Gathered together Egypt’s chariots and horses,
followed after the Israelites with all his forces.
Symbol of Man’s Splintered Strength
Moses lifted his staff over the Red Sea,
God would fight the battle to set them free;
So while the Israelites walked over dry ground,
Egypt’s armies were covered by water and drowned.
Symbol of Freedom
**Based on Exodus 3-14 and
The Power of the Staff / Os Hillman
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