By the hand of Moses God brought many miracles to pass with a rod that was placed in Moses hand.”And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand.: That they may believe that the Lord of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee”. (Exodus 4:2-5).
A rod that was shown to be of great wonders in Moses hand then made him to become puffed up in pride, and to his own dismay had lost the chance to enter the promised land because of it! “And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink. And Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as he commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also. And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them”.(Numbers 20:7-12).
There is a different kind of rod that is important to God and that is the rod of correction which parents know is a vital part of the upbringing of obedient children. It is a needful thing to help our children to become good people in this world. “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him”.(Proverbs 22:15). God feels the same about his children here on earth, that we follow his righteous ways and bring honor to him. He corrects us as he chastens us to be obedient and this is done out out the love he has for us. “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore and repent”.
Chastening is not a bad thing if understood it brings forth blessings into one’s life if it is done for love of the truth and the life it is serving. “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised therby”.(Hebrews 12:11).
In the end Christ himself will rule with a rod of iron for the correction of the nations, so now is the best time for repentance and not have to suffer when we stand before the one we served. “And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS”.(Revelation 19:15,16).