i wonder about Aaron's sprouted rod. obviously a miracle that it sprouted and had fruit immediately. but did he follow the tedious instructions for keeping a scion alive in spite of all appearances and when every one else had abandoned theirs. if so does this demonstrate to his peers his natural ability to follow detailed instructions and thereby qualify him to keep and transmit the law accurately. this would have been the method for transporting fruitful trees over long distances. does this show that natural talents play into the plan. i think the word rod has a number of possible translations including scion as it means "piece of wood". please correct if this is mistaken. i realize this is esoteric but i think there are important implications to our answers. thanx much, hutch
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The Hebrew word מַטֶּה is commonly translated as "rod" or "staff". Here are three other examples where the same word was used referring to Aaron's staff.
Exodus 7:9 (NASB) - "When Pharaoh speaks to you, saying, 'Work a miracle,' then you shall say to Aaron, 'Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh, that it may become a serpent.'"
Exodus 7:19 (NASB) - Then the LORD said to Moses, "Say to Aaron, 'Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt, over their rivers, over their streams, and over their pools, and over all their reservoirs of water, that they may become blood; and there will be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood and in vessels of stone.'"
Exodus 8:16 (NASB) - Then the LORD said to Moses, "Say to Aaron, 'Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the earth, that it may become gnats through all the land of Egypt.'"
Based on these other examples I do not think this had anything to do with a scion. Rather it seems clear that this rod was his staff, a symbol of leadership. As such it was a fitting way for God to indicate who he selected as a leader of the sanctuary services.