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17 and Hebrews
Immediately after the incidents connected
with the rebellion of Korah, Dathan
and Abiram against the leadership
of Moses and the priestly primacy
of Aaron (Numbers
16), it became necessary to indicate
and emphasize the Divine appointment
of Aaron. Therefore, at the command
of Yahweh, Moses directs that twelve
almond rods, one for each tribe with
the prince's name engraved thereon,
be placed within the Tent of the Testimony.
When Moses entered the tent the following
day, he found that Aaron's rod had
budded, blossomed and borne fruit,
"the three stages of vegetable life
being thus simultaneously visible."
When the miraculous sign was seen
by the people, they accepted it as
final; nor was there ever again any
question of Aaron's priestly right.
The rod was kept "before the testimony"
in the sanctuary ever after as a token
of the Divine will (Numbers
17:10). The writer of Hebrews,
probably following a later Jewish
tradition, mentions the rod as kept
in the Holy of Holies within the ark
9:4; compare 1
Kings 8:9). See PRIEST, III.
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