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The Budding Rod | written by Ilse Kleyn

Art of Kleyn | Ilse Kleyn

We read about this amazing story of a dead piece of wood, coming to life and budding overnight in Numbers 17:1-13.

In Jesus, we that are dead, are raised up to life by the living Word – Jesus. In Joh 11:25 “Jesus said to her, I am the Resurrection and the Life! He who believes in Me, though he dies, yet he shall live.” Jesus was the first dead rod that was resurrected to life; in Him, we can also live, and have life abundantly. We may seem to be mere bare rods, but if we become united to Christ by a living faith, we partake of His resurrected life.  “From me is thy fruit found,” Hos 14:8b (KJ21)

The blossoms, buds and fruit form a picture of the fruit in our lives and the promise of fruit. Only through His Holy Spirit are we able to bear fruit when we eat His seed – The Word. No other seed can produce Kingdom fruit.  Only Kingdom fruit is acceptable to our Father.. Looking at this story, it is very important to see how those God has chosen can be identified; they are fruitful, we will be known by our fruit.  Joh 15:8 “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” (KJ21) True Godly leadership, as demonstrated by Yeshua, is servanthood, and our fruit is measured by our love for each other and obedience to God’s Word.  Obedience to the Holy Spirit leading us in His truth. Please read the whole John 15.

Historically, the bee has been seen as a symbol of Jesus Christ’s attributes. The bee also shows commitment and preparedness to achieve the objectives of the team, working in a team, defending the team. They literally live to serve their queen. They are servants of their kingdom. We are placed on earth not to waste time and effort on our earthly desires, but to die to self and serve Him. To achieve the greater purpose of our life. We are not here to live for ourselves, but to help those around us to grow and know Him, serving our King and His Kingdom here on earth.  Fulfilling the Great Commission of Matt 28.

Also, do not forget the obvious – the bee symbolises a call to holiness in order to receive God’s promises (land of milk and honey).

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