"Aaron's rod that budded." - Heb. ix. 4.
One view more of the tabernacle, and the articles of furniture therein
contained, may be rendered profitable, under the Spirit's teaching: and
therefore, my soul, look at that standing miracle, which was preserved
there, of the rod of Aaron. The history of it is related in the book of
Numbers, chap. xvii. It was the method, which the Lord was graciously
pleased to appoint, for the determining on whom his choice rested for
the priesthood. To this end, a rod was taken from every tribe, and laid
up before the Lord in the tabernacle; the Lord having declared, that
whichsoever of the tribes had the rod to blossom, should be the man.
The rod of Aaron, on the morrow, had buds, and blossoms, and fruits.
But in all these, Christ, in his everlasting priesthood, was typified.
To behold a dry stick bring forth buds, and become green and
flourishing, was miraculous, and only to be referred into the
sore-reign power and will of God. But, my soul, when we see Jesus, as
the branch out of the root of Jesse, we behold him, as the prophet,
ages before his incarnation, described him, growing up before Jehovah
in his tabernacle, as the rod laid up before him, "a tender plant, and
as a root out of a dry ground." Isa. iiii. 2. And as the rod of Aaron
had in one and the same moment the whole product of the season in buds,
and blossoms, and fruits; so in the everlasting priesthood of Christ
are suited graces for the several ages of his church, and the several
wants of all his people. Precious Jesus! may my soul unceasingly look
unto thee, as my faithful, everlasting, and unchangeable High Priest!
And do thou, Lord," send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou
in the midst of thine enemies!" Full sure I am, O Lord, that everything
in me, and from me, like the rods of the different tribes of Israel,
will remain dry, and neither give forth bud nor blossom. To thee, and
the rod of thy strength, therefore, will I look, that thou mayest give
life and grace to my poor soul, to bring forth fruit unto God, by grace
here, and glory forever,