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Sunday, March 3 2019
A Bible Journey, 134: The Miracle Of Aaron's Rod
"The rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds"
The almond is an ancient tree that originated in the Middle East where humanity itself originated (see Creation Day 6: Animals And Mankind).
Almonds were well-known to the Israelites and to the nations from whom they originated (see The Three Fathers Of Humanity: Shem and The Three Fathers Of Humanity: Ham and The Three Fathers Of Humanity: Japheth and The Mothers Of The Patriarchs: Leah and The Mothers Of The Patriarchs: Rachel and The Mothers Of The Patriarchs: Bilhah and The Mothers Of The Patriarchs: Zilpah and The Mothers Of The Patriarchs: Asenath).
The almond is similar in appearance to the related peach tree. The almond tree has early blossoms that are quite beautiful and fragrant.
The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) had the lampstands, or "candlesticks" as the King James Version translates them, decorated with oil bowls in the shape of almond blossoms (see the Fact Finder question below).
Aaron's rod, that was used for various miracles, including defeating Pharaoh's sorcerers (see Enchantments: The Pharaoh's Magicians In Concert and What Is Sorcery?), was made from a branch of an almond tree (see Exodus 4: Signs For Israel, Exodus 7: The Waters Turned To Blood and Exodus 8: Let My People Go).
The tribe of Levi had been set apart to serve the LORD, by teaching and serving His people through the priesthood (see A Bible Journey, 121: The Three Branches Of Levi). Moreover, the Levite High Priest was a prophetic figure of Christianity and of the Messiah (see A Bible Journey, 120: Why Was The House Of Aaron Made Holy?).
The Israelites that came out of Egypt nevertheless chose to become stubborn and rebellious (see A Bible Journey, 133: The Spirit Of Rebellion). They repeatedly rebelled against the LORD, to which the LORD repeatedly responded with signs and wonders to help the rebels see the Light.
Immediately after a most-recent uprising, the LORD provided them with another demonstration "to cease from me the murmurings of the children of Israel, whereby they murmur against you." The word "children" there refers to the fully-adult descendants (i.e. "children") of Jacob (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria, Genesis 32: The Origin Of Israel, Genesis 46: The First Census Of Israel and Exodus 1: I Will There Make Of Thee A Great Nation). As it would happen, it would be the first and second generation children of those "children" who would enter the Promised Land forty years later (see Deuteronomy: The Law and History Lessons By Moses) because the adults of the Exodus refused their opportunity to be home (see Numbers 13: The Exploration Of The Promised Land and Numbers 14: Why 40 Years In The Sinai?; also Numbers 15: Why Fringes On The Border?).
"17:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 17:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and take of every one of them a rod according to the house of their fathers, of all their princes according to the house of their fathers twelve rods: write thou every man's name upon his rod. 17:3 And thou shalt write Aaron's name upon the rod of Levi: for one rod shall be for the head of the house of their fathers. 17:4 And thou shalt lay them up in the tabernacle of the congregation before the testimony, where I will meet with you. 17:5 And it shall come to pass, that the man's rod, whom I shall choose, shall blossom: and I will make to cease from me the murmurings of the children of Israel, whereby they murmur against you." (Numbers 17:1-5 KJV)
A rod from each tribe (see also Numbers 2: Israel's Battle Formation) was brought to the Tabernacle for the demonstration.
"17:6 And Moses spake unto the children of Israel, and every one of their princes gave him a rod apiece, for each prince one, according to their fathers' houses, even twelve rods: and the rod of Aaron was among their rods. 17:7 And Moses laid up the rods before the LORD in the tabernacle of witness." (Numbers 17:6-7 KJV)
The next morning, "the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds."
"17:8 And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds. 17:9 And Moses brought out all the rods from before the LORD unto all the children of Israel: and they looked, and took every man his rod." (Numbers 17:8-9 KJV)
The LORD was giving them yet another opportunity to wake up and live: "Bring Aaron's rod again before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels; and thou shalt quite take away their murmurings from me, that they die not."
"17:10 And the LORD said unto Moses, Bring Aaron's rod again before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels; and thou shalt quite take away their murmurings from me, that they die not. 17:11 And Moses did so: as the LORD commanded him, so did he.
Everything that the Levite priesthood was given to do, and the place where they were given to do it, was a living prophecy of Christianity and the Messiah (again, see Leviticus 8: The Prophecy Of The Blood Upon The Anointed One and Leviticus 23: The True Christian Holy Days). Aaron's rod of almonds was placed in the Ark of the Covenant, where it remains to this day.
"9:1 Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. 9:2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. 9:3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; 9:4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; 9:5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.
Fact Finder: Did the Menorah have oil "bowls made like unto almonds" (KJV)?
This Day In History, March 3
1575: Mughal Emperor Akbar of India defeated the Bengali army at the Battle of Tukaroi.
1847: Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), the inventor of the telephone, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He invented the telephone in Brantford, Ontario, Canada (the "Bell Homestead" is now a National Historic Site of Canada) after immigrating there from Scotland, and is buried in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia (Latin for New Scotland) near his home there.
1875: The first organized hockey game was played, in Montreal, Canada.
1878: The peace treaty at San Stefano was signed, ending the Russo-Turkish War and gaining independence for Serbia.
1904: Kaiser (the German form of "Caesar") Wilhelm II of Germany became the first person to make a sound recording of a political document, using Thomas Edison's phonograph cylinder.
1913: Thousands of women marched in Washington, D.C. demanding the right of women to vote in the land "where all rich white men are created equal."
1918: Germany and its allies signed the treaty of Brest-Litovsk with Russia, ending hostilities between them in the First World War (1914-1918; see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1919: The first international air mail was flown from Vancouver, British Columbia to Seattle, Washington.
1919: The world's financial cost for the First World War was estimated to be about $197 billion (see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars).
1921: Dr. Frederick Banting and Dr. Charles Best of Toronto, Canada announced the discovery of insulin.
1924: 5 months after Turkey was made a republic on October 29 1923, the Grand National Assembly abolished the caliphate of the Ottoman empire (see also Turkey In History And Prophecy).
1938: Oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia.
1966: John Lennon set off an international protest when he was quoted in the London Evening Standard as saying that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus Christ."
1991: Latvia and Estonia voted for independence from the Soviet Union.
2002: The people of Switzerland narrowly voted in favor of becoming a member of the United Nations.