Bible: Num 17:1-11


The Budding of Aaron’s Staff


The Lord spoke to Moses: 17:2 Speak to the Israelites, and receive from them a staff from each tribe, 2  one from every tribal leader, 3  twelve staffs; you must write each man’s name on his staff. 17:3 You must write Aaron’s name on the staff of Levi; for one staff is for the head of every tribe. 4  17:4 You must place them 5  in the tent of meeting before the ark of the covenant 6  where I meet with you. 17:5 And the staff of the man whom I choose will blossom; so I will rid myself of the complaints of the Israelites, which they murmur against you.”

17:6 So Moses spoke to the Israelites, and each of their leaders gave him a staff, one for each leader, 7  according to their tribes 8 twelve staffs; the staff of Aaron was among their staffs. 17:7 Then Moses placed the staffs before the Lord in the tent of the testimony. 9 

17:8 On the next day Moses went into the tent of the testimony – and 10  the staff of Aaron for the house of Levi had sprouted, and brought forth buds, and produced blossoms, and yielded almonds! 11  17:9 So Moses brought out all the staffs from before the Lord to all the Israelites. They looked at them, 12  and each man took his staff.

The Memorial

17:10 The Lord said to Moses, “Bring Aaron’s staff back before the testimony to be preserved for a sign to the rebels, so that you may bring their murmurings to an end 13  before me, that they will not die.” 14  17:11 So Moses did as the Lord commanded him – this is what he did.

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