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The Staff

The Staff or Mattah is a symbol of God’s authority and power and is an effective tool for worship and in intercession. The word “staff” is translated as “the rod of God”. We see the staff used in many places in the Bible. A staff was used in Exodus by Moses to display God’s power and authority.  “And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs” Exodus 4:17. God uses Moses’ staff the part the Red Sea, to strike the rock and to prevail in battle. The staff of Aaron was used by God to perform miracles such as transforming it into a serpent before Pharaoh, turning the Nile to blood and initiating the plagues of Egypt.  The staff was later used as a scepter to represent royalty.

A Staff or rod is also used as a symbol of God’s love and protection. In Ps 23 the Bible says “thy rod and thy staff comfort me”. Shepherds used staffs for support in rough terrain and to protect and defend their flocks. They also used them for discipline, correction and encouragement with their flock. Isn’t wonderful that we have a heavenly Father who supports, protects, defends, disciplines, corrects and encourages His flock!

A staff can be used as a reminder to symbolically break up the fallow ground in our hearts. “Break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord until He comes to rain righteousness on you… “Hosea 10:12. Fallow ground is ground that had once been fruitful, but has become hard and now lies in waste.  It needs to be broken up and made soft again, before it is ready to receive new seed. Past hurts can leave us with bitter, hardened hearts. To break up this ground, we must focus inward and examine our hearts and minds to see where there may be areas of waste that need tilling. Some people pay no attention to their own hearts and whether or not they are being fruitful in their walk with the Lord. A staff is a visual reminder of the need for self-examination and prayer.