“For there was a tabernacle made… which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant” (Heb. 9:4)
Three items were placed in the ark in the most holy place. Each with a distinctive meaning and a spiritual significance.
Aaron’s Rod that Budded
The story of Aaron’s rod is found in Numbers 17. Prior to the events in the chapter, a rebellion arose in the wilderness among the children of Israel against Moses and Aaron. The rebellion was by men who were famous in the congregation, men of renown who opposed the leadership of Moses and Aaron, accusing them of lifting up themselves above the congregation.
To resolve the dispute the Lord commanded Moses to get a rod from each tribe of Israel with their names on it. These rods were then placed in the tabernacle before the ark and Lord declared: “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” (Num. 17: 5). The following day, Moses went into the tabernacle and found that the rod of Aaron was the only rod that had budded and bloomed blossoms and yielded almonds.
“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 shall quite take away their murmurings from me” (Num. 17:10).
Aaron’s rod was kept as a “token” – as a sign, a distinguishable mark, a proof and standard. Aaron’s rod signifies election. It demonstrated the Lord’s choice of the Levitical priesthood to carry out the service in the tabernacle.
In God’s dealings, every dispensation begins with a promise and an elect people of the Lord to carry it forward. God has a remnant today, an elect company whom He is apprehending out of the Babylonish system of religion and seperating them from all carnality unto Himself. These are elect according to the foreknowledge of God from the foundation of the world to fulfill a priestly ministry. The remnant are an elect within an elect; a small and unknown flock,
set apart and reserved by God. That the purpose of God for the ages may be carried to its finale, God is now apprehending a company of sons rejected indeed by the church system of the day but chosen by God and precious.
Sonship is by election. Those who reign and serve in His kingdom do so simply by God’s choosing. No one of their own accord elevates themselves to this status and rank. No one can come to the knowledge of the mysteries of the plan of God for the ages unless it is by His provision. Those awakened to the deep truth of the kingdom, of the reconciliation of all things and of sonship are not volunteers but conscripts. Drafted and appointed for such a time as this.
The Lord affirms that: “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit… No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him.” (Joh. 15:16; Joh. 6:44).
Many, along with me, can attest that we did not search out and find this revelation that God has brought forth. God prepared just the right circumstances and the right people, and He quickened us by His Spirit and prepared the soil of our heart so that the incorruptible seed of His word would find a place to flourish. The word came with much peace and such power that it released us from lifeless religion that we were drowning in.
It was God working to carry forward His purpose by opening the eyes of our hearts to behold and partake in the glorious plan of God according to His election.
All created in His image and likeness are members of the body but what part of the body they are and what function they perform is ordained by God. And He is now bringing into union His members: the body Christ. “But every man in his own order” (1 Cor. 15:23). Order (Greek – tagma) means ‘that which has been arranged, to place in a certain order, to assign a place, to appoint, to determine, to ordain’. It speaks not only of position but also of timing. All are ordered to take their designated place at their appointed time by the Lord’s election.
Of Jacob and Esau it is said: “For the children not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not according to works, but of him that calleth; It was said unto her, the elder shall serve the younger” (Rom. 9:11).
The execution of the purpose of God according to election is evident throughout scripture. The Lord chose Abraham and brought him out of Ur. Jacob was elect over the legal heir Esau. Judah was the elect tribe to bring forth the Messiah. In the time of the Judges God chose many obscure men like Gideon. Our Lord Jesus chose fishers and tax collectors, men unrecognized by the religious order of the time to usher in the plan of God for the ages. All these events culminate to bring us to this day and hour in God’s divine agenda.
Dear reader, if the full gospel of the kingdom shared on these pages resonates in your spirit and you are pressing into identification with Christ and into all the fellowship of His suffering and the glory of His indwelling life, this is a testament of your election; the presence and reality of Aaron’s rod that blossomed and yielded almonds. For the rod was kept as testament within the ark to signify this truth.
But with election comes much responsibility and processing. For with His calling comes a justification, a progress of conformation into the image of Christ, and an ultimate glorification (Rom. 8:29-30).
Those elected to ascend the mountain of God will indeed blossom and yield fruit, moving from glory to glory until the life and nature of Christ manifests in their life for all to witness. Thus the scriptures encourage us: “give diligence to make your calling and election sure” (2 Pet. 1:10). How?
By putting on the Lord Jesus Christ; by putting on His virtue, His knowledge, His temperance, His patience, His godliness, His brotherly kindness and His charity. The election of the Lord is not license to be conceited or poses an air of superiority. It is election for the purpose of serving in humility and brokenness of spirit. It is election for ministering reconciliation and liberty unto creation.
But just as in the days of Moses and Aaron, there are some in the midst of the congregation (church system) who are today murmuring and opposing those apprehended to sonship. Their accusation is that those who claim election to sonship lift up themselves above the congregation. Like Korah and company they claim “we are holy and the Lord is among us”.
What can we say then, can the clay choose for what purpose the potter will use it? What man will contend with God’s choice? The potter has power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour.
In light of God’s election, some have raised the question that man is a mere “robot” and God is simply an orchestrator of a great “drama”. The dealings of God are indeed puzzling for the natural man. But is it not God who works in us both to will and to do according to His pleasure (Phil. 2:13)? So if ‘to will and to do’ in you are of God, what’s left of you then?
Understandably, a question follows and which Paul addresses: “You will say to me then ‘why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?’” (Rom. 9:19). I’ll leave the reading of the response to you.
No one resist God’s will nor His election, for His election is according to His will. God’s election is irrevocable (Rom. 11:29). This election is for the purpose of accomplishing a ministry ordained by Father from the foundation of the world. It is decided. It is a certainty. And He will carry it to it’s completion through His elect.
To the elect of God holy and beloved, rejoice for He who called you will perfect that which concerns you.