Numbers 17:7-8 NIV
“Moses placed the staffs before the Lord in the tent of the covenant law. The next day Moses entered the tent and saw that Aaron’s staff, which represented the tribe of Levi, had not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed and produced almonds.”
All the leaders of the twelve tribes of Israel had to carve their name on the wooden staff they used as leaders in Israel and place them before the Lord. They were left there in the tent of the covenant law, where God has promised to save His people and keep them for eternity.
God was going to show the work of His servant and demonstrate the attributes to be found in the lives of His people. When Moses returned to the tent next day, the staff of Aaron had sprung alive and even had almonds growing from the seemingly dead wood.
This is the mark of a Christian. Every Christian bears fruit. Not just leaves and buds, but the fruit of the tree, which is Christ through the power of the Spirit. Aaron’s rod had sprouted living branches, produced buds and opened flowers, and come to the full fruit of the branch. This is what Christ is looking for in our lives as His people. Firstly, spiritual and true life, brought forth by His Spirit in making the sinner alive to God. The buds of Christian growth and the beauty of Christ must be seen in every life. Then, the fruits of righteousness and the Holy Spirit will develop in every part of our lives and burst forth in salvation for others. This is supernatural work. God is not bound by time or space or cultural inclination. God can save and raise a soul in an instant and revolutionise a life in a short space of time…
There is no such thing as a Christian who never witnesses and never brings others to their Saviour. In the New Testament, we hear Jesus curse the fig tree, as it only had leaves. Green leaves are not fruit. They might look good and seem like something is happening, but they are worthless. So in our lives- the beauty of Jesus must be seen and the winning of souls for the kingdom..
Aaron’s staff produced the fruit, so He was the true servant and Priest to God. We also must seek this blessing through fellowship with the Father and imitation of the Son and abiding presence of the gracious Spirit…