1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and get from them a rod from each father’s house, all their leaders according to their fathers’ houses—twelve rods. Write each man’s name on his rod. 3 And you shall write Aaron’s name on the rod of Levi. For there shall be one rod for the head of each father’s house. 4 Then you shall place them in the tabernacle of meeting before the Testimony, where I meet with you. 5 And it shall be that the rod of the man whom I choose will blossom; thus I will rid Myself of the complaints of the children of Israel, which they make against you.”
6 So Moses spoke to the children of Israel, and each of their leaders gave him a rod apiece, for each leader according to their fathers’ houses, twelve rods; and the rod of Aaron was among their rods. 7 And Moses placed the rods before the Lord in the tabernacle of witness.
8 Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses went into the tabernacle of witness, and behold, the rod of Aaron, of the house of Levi, had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds. 9 Then Moses brought out all the rods from before the Lord to all the children of Israel; and they looked, and each man took his rod.
It’s so easy to complain! It’s even easier when the complaint comes from someone who is in charge. Being the boss doesn’t always mean that you are the leader, especially when true leadership is lived out and not limited to a position. As a leader – honor, integrity, and character are essential elements when it comes to influencing people.
Key Principle: Authority that honors up and down produces fruit.
All of them took their rods back as a reminder of the fruitlessness of their complaints, while Aaron’s rod was placed in the tabernacle as a testimony against their rebellion. One thing I’ve learned in leadership is this: it’s hard to complain and walk in honor at the same time, so why not let honor win?