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Topic: Staff (01/31/13)
TITLE: Rod and Grace
By darlene thompson
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Often, a staff was seen as a seal or mark or a badge of office. Shepherds used them to guide sheep or climb up and down hills.
Throughout the Bible there are many references to the staff. It was prominent in the life of Moses. Exodus 4:4 said God told him to stretch out his staff and it became a serpent. When he and his family journeyed to Egypt, he walked with the staff in his hand.
As Moses stood before Pharaoh, his staff produced serpents, turned waters to blood, filled river, streams, and pools with frogs, brought gnats throughout Egypt, filled the land with thunder, hail and rain, and locusts that devoured all the plant life. Moses's staff was known as the "Rod of God."
As Moses and the Israelites traveled through the wilderness, God told him to strike the rock for water. In Numbers 20, Moses misused the staff when he struck the rock twice for water. God had told him to speak to the rock. As a result of his sin and disobedience, Moses was excluded from entering Canaan. This was God's judgment for Moses disobedience and attitude.
The staff is a symbol of God's guidance and protection to His people. Today, we don't have to carry a staff to understand His guidance and protection. We can simply open His Word and discover His mercy and grace for our daily lives.
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