“Then Moses took his wife and his sons and set them on a donkey, and he returned to the land of Egypt. And Moses took the rod of God in his hand.” (Exodus 4:20 NKJV).
While tending the flock of his father-in-law Moses had a dramatic supernatural encounter with God that set him on the path of His real purpose in life.
But, before Moses finally agreed to undertake the divine mission to return to Egypt to deliver and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt, God had to perform some miraculous signs to convince Moses and strengthen His confidence in God.
The first of the miraculous signs was the turning of Moses’ shepherd staff or rod to a snake when he cast it on the ground before God (Exo. 4:2-3 NKJV).
The Scripture records: “The LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A rod.” And he said, “Cast it on the ground.” So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. But the LORD said to Moses, “Put out your hand, and take it by the tail” –so he put out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand.” (Exo. 4:2-4 RSV).
Before Moses cast his rod on the ground before God, it was a mere dry wood, staff or stick with which he tended the flock of his father-in-law. However, after Moses had willingly surrendered his rod to God, it ceased to be an ordinary rod or staff to Moses.
Although God continued to refer to it as Moses’ rod, yet Moses never for once called it his rod after his dramatic encounter with God. Apparently, Moses had completely and permanently relinquished any claim or right he had to his rod. Therefore, he rightly called it “the rod of God.”
What a lesson for us today!
The rod of Moses represented his whole life. It symbolized his ambition, vocation, wisdom, skills, status, strength or might. His rod was his identity, his instrument, his weapon or defence in the desert. Therefore, when Moses willingly cast his rod on the ground before God, he was actually surrendering or presenting his whole life to God.
Although Moses was not very sure of God’s intention for asking him to cast his rod on the ground, yet he did. This shows Moses’ willingness or mindset to die to himself – to abandon, forget or renounce his ambition, vocation, status, skills, wisdom, or strength. It takes such a willingness, disposition or mindset to be greatly used of God!
Having surrendered his rod to God, though God never took it from his hand, yet Moses ceased to see it as belonging to him, or as an ordinary shepherd’s staff and thus use it again for tending the flock of his father-in-law.
After his divine encounter with God, Moses began to see his rod (a symbol of his life) as holy and supernatural – no longer an unholy, common or ordinary rod for tending the flock. This is why Moses chose to refer to it as “the rod of God” (Exo. 17:9).
Like Moses, having surrendered your life to Christ, it ceases to be yours and you must treat it as such.
The Scripture states: “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Cor. 6:20 NKJV).
“For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.” (Rom. 14:7-8 NKJV).
“For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” (2 Cor. 5:14-15 NKJV).
After his supernatural encounter with God, Moses returned to Egypt with a strong conviction that what he was holding in his hand was no longer his former ordinary shepherd rod, but a holy, divine or supernatural rod.
The Scripture records: “Then Moses took his wife and his sons and set them on a donkey, and he returned to the land of Egypt. And Moses took the rod of God in his hand.” (Exo. 4:20 NKJV).
With the rod of God in his hand, Moses wrought great exploits, signs and wonders in Egypt that confounded and humiliated Pharaoh and all the sorcerers, magicians and wise men in Egypt, and brought out the children of Israel from Egypt, thereby fulfilling his divine purpose in life.
Just as Moses began to see, call, regard and treat his rod as the holy rod of God after surrendering it to God, having surrendered your life to Christ, you also must begin to see, call, regard and treat yourself as sacred and holy to God – no longer as a common, unholy, natural or ordinary person.
Anyone or anything consecrated to God ceases to be common, unholy, natural or ordinary; but sacred, holy, divine or supernatural!
As a born again believer who has willingly and unreservedly yielded his life to God, you must now begin to see and call yourself who and what God said you are now in Christ, not who or what you used to be before surrendering your life to Christ.
Having being joined together with Christ, you are now one spirit with Christ (1 Cor. 6:17). Therefore, as Jesus is, so are you now in this world (1 John 4:17). In Christ Jesus, you are a new creation, a chosen generation, a saint, an overcomer, and a king and a priest to God (2 Cor. 5:17, Eph. 1:7, Rev. 1:5-6).
The Scripture testifies that: “you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Pet. 2:9-10 NKJV).
“And have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.” (Rev. 5:10 NKJV).
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith.” (1 John 5:4 NKJV).
If Moses had gone to Egypt to challenge Pharaoh with a mindset that what he was holding in his hand was simply a common or an ordinary shepherd rod, he would have doubtlessly failed and died in Egypt.
Similarly, if you fail to begin to think, speak, operate, walk, act or live according to your new and divine spiritual position, status, authority and identity in Christ, there is no way you will be able to accomplish God’s purpose for your life.
Beloved, you are now a joint-heir with Christ. His authority, wisdom, power, wealth and grace are available to you (Rom. 8:17). You are presently seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:6). You are anointed and sealed with the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 1:21-22).
You are the temple of God and you are carrying about the fullness of God in your born-again spirit, just as Christ did while He lived physically in this world (Col. 1:19, 1 Cor. 3:17).
Therefore, you are not a mere flesh or an ordinary natural person. Like Moses, stop seeing or regarding “your rod” or your life as natural, ordinary or common, but as sacred, holy, divine or supernatural.
Arise today and begin to do mighty exploits and wonders with “the rod of God” in your hand.
Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for opening my eyes of understanding today to the truth that having surrendered my life to You, I am no longer a mere, common or ordinary natural man. Help me to live and walk daily in the light of this truth, in Jesus’ name. Amen.