Thursday, March 15, 2012

Rod of Correction

Eze 7:10 Behold the day, behold, it is come: the morning is gone forth; the rod hath blossomed, pride hath budded.

rod, from the root word natah, to stretch out. rod: matteh, staff, branch, rod

Pro 14:3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

Aaron's Rod

Num 17:8 And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds.

As Aaron's rod budded to show God's favor to him as priest and judge of the law. The rod of pride had budded and blossomed to show the judgement of God to this people.

Pro 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Rod of Correction

Pro 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

1Co 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

Eze 7:11 Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness: none of them shall remain, nor of their multitude, nor of any of theirs: neither shall there be wailing for them.

Moses' rod was used to judge Egypt. The rod of the good shepherd is his word. We can trust in his word. When the rod or authority of a people is evil, then every evil is allowed as law. Look at our nation today making evil laws.This will be judged by God.

Jesus' rod is just

Psa 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

When Jesus returns he will judge the nations with a rod of iron.

Rev 19:15 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.

Judah was to be the people of God to show his righteousness, instead they were a rod of wickedness. They would be removed from the land by a rod of the LORD's correction: the Chaldean armies.

Eze 7:12 The time is come, the day draweth near: let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn: for wrath is upon all the multitude thereof. 
Eze 7:13 For the seller shall not return to that which is sold, although they were yet alive: for the vision is touching the whole multitude thereof, which shall not return; neither shall any strengthen himself in the iniquity of his life.

Buyer and seller have been taken captive along with their land and possessions. The buyer cannot rejoice in his purchase, for it will be taken away.

Eze 7:14 They have blown the trumpet, even to make all ready; but none goeth to the battle: for my wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.

The trumpet call was made to gather the defense, but they would fall with little resistance. Who can fight against the LORD? He would send the invading army to correct them.

Jer 30:14 All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not; for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, for the multitude of thine iniquity; because thy sins were increased.
Jer 30:15 Why criest thou for thine affliction? thy sorrow is incurable for the multitude of thine iniquity: because thy sins were increased, I have done these things unto thee.

If we stay in obedience to Jesus Christ and obey his word we will not be with those who will be judged by the rod of Christ at his coming. Stay faithful and pray. If our nation continues with a rod of iniquity, the LORD will judge our nation. We will feel the affect of his judgement, but we ourselves will have his peace. Stay faithful for our God is faithful.

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