Behind the second veil there was a tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies, having a golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden jar holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod which budded, and the tables of the covenant. Hebrews 9:3-4
In the Holy of Holies, there was the Ark of the Covenant. One day each year, on the Day of Atonement, the high priest would enter to make the sacrifice and sprinkle the blood to atone for the sins of the nation of Israel. The tabernacle was a symbol of the presence of God among His people, and the Holy of Holies is where His true glory shone above the ark. Inside the ark were articles that are a testimony to His attributes and personality.
The second item that is listed in the Ark of the Covenant is Aaron’s rod. Numbers 17 details the account where Aaron’s rod, which was a dead piece of wood, sprouted blossoms and even ripe almonds as a sign from God. This was an absolute sign from God that Aaron was His appointed leader as the high priest, in order to stop the murmuring of the people of Israel. The rod was a common tool for shepherds, used for protection, guidance and authority. It was also Moses’ rod that had been turned into a serpent at Pharaoh’s feet, caused the water of the Nile to turn to blood, and caused the Red Sea to part and some back together.
The rod is a symbol of God’s attribute of being a protector for His people. It is also a symbol of His guidance that He provides through the power of the Holy Spirit speaking to us through His Word. Let us not forget that God also reveals His authority, and that He is sovereign over all. But most importantly, that the rod was a dead piece of wood that miraculously sprouted blossoms and ripe almonds, it is a picture of salvation.
Jesus, Himself, had to be offered up as a sacrifice for sin, and He died as a result. He was truly dead as evidenced by the fact that He was laid in a tomb under the permission of the Roman government. He did not stay dead, but gloriously rose from the dead on the third day with new life so that He could offer us new life.
When I was a young man, I owned an old truck. The engine eventually went bad on it, basically rendering it as dead. I was forced to buy a new vehicle or replace the engine. Since the cost of the engine and putting it in was less costly than a new vehicle, I had a new engine installed. In an essence, this old, dead truck had been brought back to life with a new engine, or a new heart.
When God offers us salvation, He is offering a new heart; a new attitude and a new worldview. We are born again and given new life. Just like Aaron’s rod. 


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