Cast The Rod Down

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Exodus 4:3 And he [God] said, Cast it [the rod] on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.

Here Moses portrays the first and second Adams allegorically. The first Adam was given dominion by God.

He lost it to Satan through forfeiture. This is shown by his casting down the rod that symbolizes his authority. Once he lets go this authority, Satan's controlling power manifests. He [Satan, the serpent, the devil] now holds Mankind in bondage by the fear of death, as evidenced by Moses fleeing the serpent.

Exodus. 4.4 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:

However when Jesus, the second Adam, came, he demonstrated power over Satan. This is shown by Moses laying hold of the serpent. As the serpent becomes a rod again, we see that the power and authority that Adam lost was recovered by Jesus.

Let's look at this a bit closer.

The Rod speaks of authority, measurement, judgment, correction, punishment. It can also be a scepter, which speaks of ruling with authority. A lance or javelin speaks of throwing. A staff indicates support, and, by extension, life support as in the 'staff of bread'. It can be a branch, and figuratively means a tribe, as a branch of a 'family tree' can mean a tribe.

Examples:

Judgment: Leviticus 27:32 And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD. [Passing under the rod is like passing inspection.]

Measurement: Revelation 11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.

Control or correction: Proverbs 26:3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

Rulership: Revelation 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.

And:

Psalms 110:2 The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.

In Genesis 1 we find where God gave authority to Adam.

(Gen 1:28 KJV) And God blessed them, [Man] and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

The same idea is echoed in the Psalms.

Psalm 115:16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord's: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

Through his sin of disobedience to God, Adam lost that authority; and by obeying the serpent, he became his servant.

Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

There is a very important passage in Hebrews 2 detailing the power that the devil has.

Hebrews 2:14-15 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

Prophetic typology is seen in the following verse where Moses is struck with fear.

Exodus 4:3 And he [God] said, Cast it [the rod] on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.

The passage from Hebrews speaks of how Jesus, through his death, triumphs over the devil, who has the power of death, and holds men in bondage through fear of death. [Important point!] When we reach a point of death to self, that death will allow us to overcome Satan by freeing us from the fear of death as well.

As noted earlier, Jesus is the second Adam, and when He came, he demonstrated power over Satan, and recovered the power that the first Adam had lost. Here are some representative scriptures.

Luke 4:40-41 Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them. And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.

Luke 6:17-18 And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases; And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed.

Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

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