“Behold, we perish, we are dying, we are all dying!” was the exasperations of Israel in the wilderness. (Num. 17:12) This was not among their usual complaints in response to their dismal, desert, surroundings; rather, this realistic threat was an awakening to their own terribly evil and rebellious hearts. You see, they had caught an infectious plague as an outward sign of the dark poison coursing through their minds, and the rot that was found on their lips as they spoke against Moses. Now they were dying, literally, keeling over by the thousands!
However, there was a solution offered and a sign performed to quell their own rebel heart attack. A rod, a branch, was taken from each family represented in Israel and laid before the ark of testimony in the tabernacle. These deadened sticks were then all returned the next day except Aaron’s whose rod budded into new life. Now the people could “twig on” to the life found in the person who drives away the plague of rebellion (Num. 16:48)— this is none other than the high priest and family of priests who ever “log time” with the Lord in His tabernacle.
For this Easter season, the hope of new life and reversal of the deadly plague is retold in the form of a rod, a fruitful staff, who is Jesus Christ; He will begin to bud in us a belief that will renew our faith. It's log-time at the Tabernacle--the church of Christ--the house of God.