“Exposing the Exodus”
The Rod of Power – (Chapter 4 Verses 1-9)
God appears to acknowledge the validity of Moses complaint. So he is provided with three miracles that will settle the matter, works, that is, of divine power. Concerning the rod of power, the point is clear (vv2-5). It is not just through any authority, or even an assumed one that Moses assumes this position of leadership, it is God’s authority. Moses simply reports and acts upon that authority. The hero behind the call, the commission to get Israel out of her bondage is not Moses, it’s God. The people must be led ultimately to a place of faith, of trust for themselves, in God, not Moses. He is but the medium through which the message of deliverance comes, he is but God’s servant. Any man who finds himself to be a servant of the gospel does people a great disfavour when he causes them to lean on him. Much damages is done to people through what is called heavy-shepherding, that controls and takes over peoples lives. Ultimately the minister (servant’s) job is to lead them to the Lamb. To teach and nourish them and bring them to the place of being able to walk in confidence with God, to think for themselves, biblically of course.
Don’t you just hate it when people try to take over your mind, trying to do your thinking for you? God preaching makes people think and leads them to a more thorough dependence upon God. So what does this rod symbolise? Grace surely, support, something to lean upon when weary. Something to defend in the midst of danger, the rod upholds, strengthens and protects. It’s like grace in that as long as we’re dependent upon it we’re fine. But cast aside the rod of confidence in God’s grace to the floor, and what happens? We’re in trouble, hopeless and helpless before the old serpent, the devil. The secret of overcoming is always the same, “this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” (1John 5:4). The more we continue to lean upon the rod of grace, the more his gracious power flows from his throne of grace.
(© James R Hamilton, written Spring, 2015)