Dave Burnette's Commentary

Numbers Chapter 17

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Moses
Date Penned: (1450-1410 BC)
Overview: A Record of Israel's Unbelief (c 1-27)
Theme: Wandering in The Wilderness (c 15-21)
Message: Aaron's Budding Rod (v 1-13)

Numbers 17 Commentary

(17:1-10) Aaron's Budding Rod Shows His Authority - 12 Rods of the Tribes of Israel were laid up in the Tabernacle of the Congregation and Aaron's Rod Budded to which showed His Authority to the Rebels and all who challenged God's Leadership. 

(17:12) A Lack of Learning -  After witnessing spectacular miracles, seeing the Egyptians punished by the plagues, and experiencing the actual presence of God, the Israelites still complained and rebelled. We wonder how they could be so blind and ignorant, and yet we often repeat this same pattern. We have centuries of stories of God's work around the world, access to the Bible in many languages and translations, and evidence of the transforming work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of people around us. But people today continue to disobey God and go their own way. Like the Israelites, we are more concerned about our physical condition than our spiritual condition. We can escape this pattern only by paying attention to all the signs of God's presence that we have been given. Has God guided and protected you? Has he answered your prayers? Do you know people who have experienced remarkable blessings and healing? Do you know Bible stories about the way God has led his people? Focus your thoughts on what God has done, and rebellion will become unthinkable.

Dave Burnette's Life Application


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue the book of Numbers with Chapter 17 and in today's text we see the rod of Aaron budding which is a demonstration of Aaron's authority from the Lord. This rod was a testimony of the Lord on Aaron's life. In making application today we as Christians too have a testimony of the living God budding and living in us, The Holy Spirit. This testimony lives in and through us and is a witness to others that there is a God, His name is Jesus-Christ. He still saves souls and changes lives. As Christians, we need to let The Holy Spirit have reign in our lives and testify through us that there is a God and He lives today. How about you? Are you saved? If so do you allow the Holy Spirit to testify of Himself in and through you. Let us apply today's Scripture and let the Holy Spirit testify of the Lord in our lives just as the rod of Aaron did in our text today.


Numbers 17

Numbers 17

 1And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 2Speak unto the children of Israel, and take of every one of them a rod according to the house of their fathers, of all their princes according to the house of their fathers twelve rods: write thou every man's name upon his rod.

 3And thou shalt write Aaron's name upon the rod of Levi: for one rod shall be for the head of the house of their fathers.

 4And thou shalt lay them up in the tabernacle of the congregation before the testimony, where I will meet with you.

 5And it shall come to pass, that the man's rod, whom I shall choose, shall blossom: and I will make to cease from me the murmurings of the children of Israel, whereby they murmur against you.

 6And Moses spake unto the children of Israel, and every one of their princes gave him a rod apiece, for each prince one, according to their fathers' houses, even twelve rods: and the rod of Aaron was among their rods.

 7And Moses laid up the rods before the LORD in the tabernacle of witness.

 8And 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.

 9And Moses brought out all the rods from before the LORD unto all the children of Israel: and they looked, and took every man his rod.

 10And the LORD said unto Moses, Bring Aaron's rod again before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels; and thou shalt quite take away their murmurings from me, that they die not.

 11And Moses did so: as the LORD commanded him, so did he.

 12And the children of Israel spake unto Moses, saying, Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish.

 13Whosoever cometh any thing near unto the tabernacle of the LORD shall die: shall we be consumed with dying?