Devotional Readings

Numbers 17:8 – The Budding Rod

Have you ever stopped to reflect on God’s control over the simple processes of nature and even our understanding of time?

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.

Just think in the normal course of events the branch might be propagated through proper care and after some many seasons of growth, bud and produce fruit that is ripe for harvest. Here we see these natural, time related processes reduced to an instant.

Likewise we see this with Jesus producing the most aged fine wine, from the natural element water, also in an instant. If you know anything about fine wines, such as old vine Zinfandel or a great Cabernet Savignon this process can take many years!

Joh 2:3  And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.

Joh 2:4  Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.

Joh 2:5  His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

Joh 2:6  And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.

Joh 2:7  Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.

Joh 2:8  And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.

Joh 2:9  When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,

Joh 2:10  And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.

Joh 2:11  This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

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