Have you ever considered or pondered on what the difference is between the rod and staff.
We find these two ‘instruments’ mentioned in Psalm 23.
Obviously Christ is the Good Shepherd.
John 10:11-15 NIV –
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep.
So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.
13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—
15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.
So back to the matter of the day.
What’s the difference between the rod and the staff??
The rod and staff can be broadly categorized as tools of protection and guidance, respectively.
The rod conveys the concept of authority, power, discipline and defense of the sheep and is used to ward off predators.
It’s simply a short heavy club like device.
The staff on the other hand is a unique instrument used totally for the care and management of sheep … only sheep. The symbol represents the concern and compassion that a shepherd has for his sheep. A staff is a long slender stick, often with a crook or hook on one end to secure a sheep around its chest.
And both these instruments are needed in caring for the sheep – to provide comfort to the sheep.
Isn’t our God wonderful??
He sure is!
So now to Psalm 23
Meditate on the words 😊
Psalm 23:1-6 ESV
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
So we too,.we dey!!