AARON’S STAFF– The Story of Life out of Death and what lies in-between.
AARON’S STAFF– The Story of Life out of Death and what lies in-between.
Number 17: 1Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel, and get from them a rod for each father’s household: twelve rods, from all their leaders according to their fathers’ households. You shall write each name on his rod,…..”You shall then deposit them in the tent of meeting in front of the testimony, where I meet with you. “It will come about that the rod of the man whom I choose will sprout. Thus I will lessen from upon Myself the grumblings of the sons of Israel, who are grumbling against you.” …….Now on the next day Moses went into the tent of the testimony; and behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi had sprouted and put forth buds and produced blossoms, and it bore ripe almonds. ……..But the LORD said to Moses, “Put back the rod of Aaron before the testimony to be kept as a sign against the rebels, that you may put an end to their grumblings against Me, so that they will not die.” ……Then the sons of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, “Behold, we perish, we are dying, we are all dying! “Everyone who comes near, who comes near to the tabernacle of the LORD, must die. Are we to perish completely?”
The earth is filled with Life’s cycle and yet it seems the only ones who are accepting of this cycle are those with “eyes to see”. Most people are trying to beat or escape life’s cycle. They view life as a never ending stairway always going higher and higher never descending. But this is not the way of life. Life is never ending in substance but always there is an end to the form in which life takes. Death is as much a part of life as is birth. Not the death of Life but the death of form and rebirth of newer, higher and more expressive forms for life. It is Life that springs from the death of an old form to express itself in greater and more rewarding way
THE DEATH OF A FORM
T Austin Sparks wrote “In order that life may fulfill its function, reveal its power, reach its full measure, and pass on its potentialities, it must assume form. Life in itself has never been seen. Only through the form which it takes can it express itself.”
It is only in the death of an old form that life can spring a knew to greater expression.
So what is included in “form” WEBSTERS DICTIONARY – FORM -1. the shape and structure of something…3 a: established method of expression or proceeding.
How many established structures and methods do we all possess? To many to count.
The story as recorded in Numbers 16 & 17 is the story of a challenge to the “place between” old structure and new forms. The challenger is Korah. Num.16:1-3;12-14 1Now Korah …the son of Levi (a relative of Moses and Aaron), ….. they rose up before Moses, together with some of the sons of Israel, two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation, chosen in the assembly, men of renown. They assembled together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, “You have gone far enough, for all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is in their midst; so why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?” ……..Then Moses sent a summons to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab; but they said, “We will not come up. “Is it not enough that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey (Egypt, where they were slaves) to have us die in the wilderness, but you would also lord it over us? “Indeed, you have not brought us into (life) a land flowing with milk and honey, nor have you given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards Would you put out the eyes of these men? We will not come up!”
The old form was slavery in Egypt The new form was to be life in the Promised Land The place in-between these forms is called the Wilderness and it is here that the Church or gatherings unto Jesus Christ exists. The space in-between is not empty or void – it is also not completely dead or completely new. The space in-between is the place that Jesus showed all of humanity it is the Cross. The release of Life from one form to another.
BUT WHAT ABOUT AARON’S STAFF?
Aaron’s staff is the gift of hope and a taste of the fruit of Life in this in-between place. It is true that we have been promised a glorified body but Paul makes reference to a remarkable experience in-between the death of this body of flesh and out glorified bodies.
Rom.8:11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
A glorified body is mortal but Life to the mortal body is something more in line with what happened to Moses on Mt Sinai where his face shone or Jesus at his transfiguration. Life to a mortal body. In the same way it was a dead stick formed to be a staff for Aaron that was placed before the Lord. It was this dead stick that was able to take root not in soil of this earth but in things unseen. These spiritual roots were able to find Life and draw that invisible life through a body of death and express visible buds and fruit. The old form of the staff did not change / the staff was not brought to life. Life was made visible in the fruit through the dead staff that was before the Lord. What a precious gift of hope and reassurance the Lord gave that day. Death cannot defeat Life – Death is not the equal or opposite of Life. The only thing that dies is form (graven image) and you are not your form – you are created in the image of God not in images of death.
PEOPLES FEAR –
What did Korah and the other leaders of Israel fear
“Everyone who comes near, who comes near to the tabernacle of the LORD, must die. Are we to perish completely?”
In order to give the people Rest and a new way of living the old way had to go, it had to die. The problem springs for the fact that people have made themselves one with their form. The people’s identity was completely wrapped up in “How they did things” – The law given at Mt Sinai was a first step to get them to stop identifying with form – The Lord did this by giving them a form (10 commandments) they could not possibly keep.
How do they respond? They blame, twist and lie to themselves. They see things as they “think they are” and not as they are. Then when confronted with Life (The promised Land) they say: Are we to perish completely?”
The answer: No, but your old form of living must. Your old form of living looks to you like a giant that cannot be overcome. The truth is that the giant has already been defeated all you have to do is believe – speak that belief to that giant lie and watch the walls of your form of living and thinking come crashing down and a new way of living be born.
I Am the Way, Truth and Life – The only Way to our Father – I lived in your form – died in your form and live forevermore – I hold the key to what you fear and I call you my brother and friend – WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO FEAR?????????? BELIEVE MY WORDS – NOT YOUR EYES OR EARS OR UNDERSTANDING
Rev.1:18 I am he that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for ever more, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
2Cor.5:4 For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life.