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What Is A Rod

In the Bible, what is a rod or staff symbolic of?

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 ---DoryLory on 2/5/06
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The "Rod" as stated in proverbs is for "Correction".
Show me a parent that can correct a child with only words and I will show you a miracle worker.
I am not in favor of corporal punishment, but I am in favor or corporal correctin.
Why am I in favor or this, first and foremost it is the plain truth of God's Word.
Second, I learned in college that physical pain in the human body creates a marker in the memory of the event that occured.
If you touch a hot stove, pain shoots from your hand to your brain, letting you know that you should not do that again, and a marker is created so that your brain can quickly recall the event to prevent a person from committing the act again.
---Mark on 12/2/08

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The Rod or Staff of the Lord is the "Strength of His Word"!!!!

Too many people look at the rod & staff of the Lord in a worldly way. Never discerning the true understanding of the Word of God has led to the senseless beatings of many poor helpless children in the name of the Lord.

The twisted minds of the world have conjured-up this verse "spare the rod spoil the Child" (which is not in the bible) from Pro.23:13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.

God never intended for man to beat a child!!

God desired for us to not withhold His correcting Word from our children.
---Shawn.M.T on 10/11/08

A ROD is a TOOL for DELIVERANCE. It is used in the transitionary phase, going from Bondage to FREEDOM.

---Reiter on 11/20/06

A Rod means;
Spare the Rod Spoil the Child.
Dislipline Spanking Punishment.
---Laurey on 11/17/06

Ha, John


*A rod is used to Make a Way where there is No way. i.e. Moses parts waters.
---Reiter on 11/17/06

I think A Rod plays third base for the Yankees!
---John_T on 11/16/06

Yes Sue...the Rod is a Protective Symbol as well..."His Rod and His Staff--they Comfort me" ~David

---Reiter on 11/16/06

So could the verse in Proverbs mean that parents should 'protect' their children (rod) instead of beat their children? Like a sheperd 'protects' his flock with his 'rod'? thankyou.
---sue on 11/16/06

Steven...good point [from Proverbs]...Correction...goes along with authority & rulership [I think]...

---Reiter on 11/16/06

It is also a standard of measure. a rule so to speak. it is still used in map making and in land allocations It really irritated me when my Grandpa would tell me to walk out 50 rods (I would go 50 yards and he would get after me for not knowing the units of measure)
---Jared on 11/16/06

There is much mention in Proverbs and other places of the rod of correction.....also the Lord disciplines those he loves just as Fathers are to do the same!!
---steven on 11/15/06

A rod is a symbol of power, authority and rulership.

---Reiter on 11/15/06

For Rod;Exodus 7:9-20, Exodus 2-20 , Numbers 17:2-20 , Strongs 4464 is definition for both rod and staff, definition which fit the best to me was they were both Royal Sceptre, which would encompass Authority, control, protection, tending to flock/people and for a good Ruler there would be loving ,caregiving, the sum of all of that would indicate power. Hope this helps.
---Darlene_1 on 2/10/06

Thanks, Darlene and Mima! Would either of you happen to have a scripture to back this up? Sorry for being a pain, it's something I've wondered about for a long time. :)
---DoryLory on 2/8/06

The ride is symbolic of God's authority. or granting to the person carrying the rod,(God's)authority.
---mima on 2/6/06

The rod is a sign/symbol of authority and the shepherds staff is a sign of control and protection. The staff also aided the shepherd in walking over rough terrain and catching a sheep back to the flock, which indicates loving/caregiving.
---Darlene_1 on 2/6/06

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I'm thinking especially of Moses and his staff which turned into a snake (Exodus 4:2-4) -- when he struck the Red Sea with it and the waters divided (Exodus 14:21) -- and the time Joshua could overpower the enemy only as long as Moses held his rod up (Exodus 17:9). There are many other instances when Moses used his staff and I'm just wondering what the significance of the staff was. To my way of thinking, it had to be symbolic of something.
---DoryLory on 2/6/06

This is just my guess. The rod is for protection and defense. The shepherd's staff is for rescuing sheep, and fighting off wild animals.
The Lord is my shepherd. Psalms 23
---Ulrika on 2/5/06

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