Scripture Reading: John 3:14-17

For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods. Exodus 7:12

Have you ever pondered the meaning of the phrase, "but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods"? To understand its typical significance you must realize that the serpent, due to his activity and use by the devil in causing man to fall, is always associated with evil and frequently is emblematic of Satan himself! (Rev. 12:9). Aaron's rod was symbolic of life and grace. But more than this, it typified the Lord Jesus Christ! A careful reading of Numbers 17 will verify this, for Aaron's rod, though dry and dead, some years later came to life, budded, blossomed, even yielded almonds, and was then laid up in the ark of the covenant as a testimony of God's revivifying grace (Heb. 9:4). Aaron's rod thus speaks eloquently of the Divine Son of God who after the night of death on Calvary burst into the bloom of new life in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea and came forth to bear all "the fragrant fruit of resurrection"! But you say, if "serpents" stand for sin why did this wondrous rod of Aaron take the same form? The answer is found in John 3:14 and 2 Corinthians 5:21! "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." Do you see now the typical significance of Aaron's rod devouring the rods of sin? It is all a picture of marvelous grace. Christ took our sin and expiated it. Thus we all become a part of this Branch of Righteousness that blossomed to eternal life! Even more than this, Satan, the personification of sin, with his power of death, is to be defeated. All shall one day be "swallowed up in victory"! (1 Cor. 15:54). Such beauty of type and figure underscore the truth of inspiration! (H.G.B.)

Oh, glorious height of vantage ground!

Oh, blest victorious hour!

In Him to trust and fully know

His resurrection power!

— P.P. Bliss

"The Bible is the window in this prison of hope through which we look into eternity!"

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