“And it shall be that the rod of the man whom I choose will blossom…”
– Numbers 17:5
Aaron’s ministry was in question. The people were considering their circumstances that seemed unfavorable. They were wandering in a wilderness and did not settle for forty years. As a result of this bitterness of heart, they began to look for a reason for their troubles. They chose to blame Aaron and his leadership even though the Bible tells us their wandering years were due to their own disobedience. They forgot to examine their own lives, just as we forget to do today.
The Lord settled the issue by having leaders from each tribe to provide a rod that would be placed in the Tabernacle. Aaron would bring his staff as he represented the tribe of Levi. God had already chosen Aaron and the Levites to be His servants in the sanctuary. As God said to the nation, “they are a gift to you, given by the Lord.” However, the Hebrew people needed to be reminded. The staff that blossomed and produced overnight would be the final determination.
When Aaron’s staff was displayed, it was the only one that had sprouted, producing blossoms and yielded ripe almonds. Not only that, it resembled the golden lampstand in the holy place that was “made like almond blossoms, each with its ornamental knob and flower.” This signified and left no doubt that the household of Aaron had been divinely selected to minister as priests.
The truth of God coming down to us in the child Jesus explained through the scriptures is a beautiful one, and it leaves no doubt who He is. Just as the Levites were to the Hebrew nation, Christ is a gift of the Father to us. He is the divinely chosen One to minister as Priest and King. Just as they needed to be reminded of God’s plan, we take opportunities like Christmas to be mentioned of Jesus. Immanuel came so that we might live! Praise the Lord for His incredible work of salvation through the cross…it is when He rose again that His life truly blossomed and produced the “firstfruits!”
“But now Christ is risen from the dead and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ, all shall be made alive.”
– 1 Corinthians 15:20-22