Why Did Aaron’s Rod Swallow the Magician’s Rods Ex. 7:1-25 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
This is an interesting passage in the word of God because it shows the power that Satan has and can give out under the permission of God of course. Note that throughout the Bible Satan is connected with power (Job 1:12, 16,19 ; Acts 16:16-19 ; 2 Thessalonians 2:8-9 ; Revelations 13:11-15).
With this being said Satan’s power is limited to what God will allow him to have. Note in Exodus 8:16-19 that the magicians in Egypt could not turn the dust to lice. This is original creation, dust to life, and only God has that power. The point of this is that we should not mess around with the spirit world because Satan is capable of doing much more than we think.
Now let us look at the passage and what it represents. We will see that Aaron’s Rod is a type of Jesus Christ and what he has done for us through his death, burial, and resurrection.
Aaron’s Rod as a Type of Jesus Christ :
1) Aaron is the 1st High Priest under the Law (Exodus 29:1-38)
- Jesus Christ has now replaced the Levitical Priesthood and is our High Priest (Hebrews 3:1 ; 7:23-28)
2) It is picture of the Death of Jesus Christ (Exodus 7:10-13)
- To get a rod a tree or at least part of a tree must die. Jesus Christ died for our sins.
- Note in the miracle that Aaron did before Pharaoh that his rod was cast down. The Lord Jesus Christ gave up his home in glory to come down to this earth to die for us (Philippians 2:5-8).
- When Aaron cast his rod down it became a serpent. The serpent has been a symbol of sin ever since the Garden of Eden. Jesus himself compared himself to a serpent in regards to dying on the cross (John 3:14).
- Sin is also the cause of death (Romans 5:12 ; James 1:14-15)
3) It is a picture of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ (Numbers 17:1-8)
- In this passage Aaron’s rod is brought back to life in order to show the children of Israel who God has chosen to be his priest. Note there was a power struggle in the previous chapters regarding this matter.
- The rod of Aaron not only buds but blossoms and brings forth fruit.
- This is a picture of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. His resurrection from the dead has brought forth countless fruit every since the day it happened.
Going back to Aaron’s rod in Exodus 7:10-13 where it pictures the death of Jesus Christ by becoming a serpent we also see a hint at the power of the resurrection. The magicians of Egypt also turned their rods into serpents but in verse 12 we see that Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.
The word swallowed is interesting because in 1 Corinthians 15:54-57 we see that because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ death is swallowed up in victory. Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ and his power saved people have the power over death. Yes we may die in the flesh but that just takes us home to be with the Lord. Therefore death doesn’t have any power over us.
So it is plain to see that the rod of Aaron is a type of Jesus Christ and also that through Jesus Christ and his resurrection we have victory over death.