The people complained again (ch 16), this time about Moses AND Aaron! So God has decided, yet again, to make it clear to the people who HE has chosen.
I really like this response. God gives the leaders a task. Take a rod from the leader of each tribe. Have them carve their name in the rod so it is clear who’s rod is whose. Then put them in the tent of meeting in front of the testimony before YHWH overnight and see what happens. It’s a beautiful sign. The rod of Aaron… a dead piece of wood with no hope and no future but to be used, broken, and discarded is given something more. After one night in the presence of YHWH, with His blessing, it has new life.
It’s such a beautiful picture because it is a picture of us. How many of us have had no hope and no future. We have been used, broken, and discarded… sometimes even by ourselves. Sometimes the hopelessness is because we have everything. For the most part, we have what we want. We have what we need, but we have found that it just isn’t enough. In spite of everything we are. In spite of everything we have accomplished, we just feel like a dead stick. Yet one night in the presence of YHWH is all that we need to become alive once again.
That is the message, power, and work of God / YHWH. Faith, Hope, and Love!