Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Thy rod and staff comfort me...

Psalm 23:4. I've always wondered about this scripture. My idea of a rod and staff was a little negative and perhaps naive in my understanding. What do you think? Could a rod and staff comfort you? Let me delve in here a little deeper.

Rod comes from the word "shebet", it's definition?...From an unused root probably meaning to branch off; a scion, i.e. (literally) a stick (for punishing, writing, fighting, ruling, walking, etc.) Or (figuratively) a clan -- X correction, dart, rod, sceptre, staff, tribe.

So it's a stick that shows status, as a sheepherder but also as a stick for punishing, fighting, ruling... How is that supposed to comfort me?

So I had to dig and rearrange my understanding. This whole Psalm shows a beautiful picture of Christ "leading us to still waters...laying us down in green pastures" where does the rod and staff come in.

So here it is. Yes, the definition of rod is true above but the rod and staff are the picture of Christ protecting us. The rod and staff are used on our enemies to protect us. The staff is used to gather us up to Him when we stray.

The comfort comes from visualizing His strength and those tools He carries. We are comforted by seeing them in His hand. We will know that He is in charge and He will do what He can to keep us from wandering.

I can see it now (however, I see it in more 21st century tools, more like the terminator, not the bad one, but the good one here to save)

The rod and staff DO comfort me. I hope they comfort you too.

Thanks for letting me share.


  1. Thank you for this. I've always wondered about these words in this psalm. You have enlightened me. I hope to be able to find more of your word at this sight. God bless you immensely, Rhonda I already shared it on facebook. Hope that many will find the truth here in it's simplicity. thank you again.

  2. I think the rod is a divining rod, but you need to find out about earth energy and water dowsing to understand this. The staff is used to fix or harness the found energy or water. There is a holy thorn at Glastonbury, England exactly on an earth energy point. It has grown from when Joseph was there, probably with Jesus, and he put his staff in the ground at exactly this point! The Holy Thorn is I believe Hawthorn. Which is presumably what the staff was made of. They are comforting because they give you some basic ingredients of survival, and you do not need much else other than faith.

  3. A Rod and Staff are used as tools by Wizards. In that context it would make sense to say they "comfort" me because these tools are used as "balance" and "focus" tools to aim or control a Wizard's power. Without such tools, the "spell" or "conjure" would be harder to control as in the case of a fire blast. Aiming out of the tip of the a barrel of a Gun.

  4. thank you so have brought light to a dim area for me. may God bless you for your desire to share your insight to those of us that need we are all sinners and need more.

  5. This needs to be taken in context. In the passage, the sheep is walking through a dark scary place, likely where it is hard to see the path. When he feels the presence of the rod and staff, he knows the shepherd is there keeping him on the path away from harm. This allows him to not be afraid.

  6. you are almost there... the staff is to keep the sheep in line and lead them, but the rod is almost always misinterpreted. Think about it... A bunch of juicy sheep running around the fields and no predators are going to attack them? I think not! The rod to was to subdue the wolves that would attack the sheep! The shepherd didn't have to hit the sheep with the rod. The rod "comforts me" because the Lord is my protector. I hope that helps you.

  7. Please, call me Caedis:)

    I believe you misunderstand this passage because you cannot allow yourself to see your God clearly. Remove your rose colored glasses. The Rod is for punishment of You when you go against God. The Staff is for leading you. You are sheep, but when you get out of line you need to be struck with the Rod.

    1. Caedis again,

      The rod is not to keep the wolves at bay. God lets the wolves devour you whenever they like and there is no denying this. You call it being "Tested" to see if your Faith is strong. The reason God lets the wolves prey upon you is simple. There is no God. All of these words are meant to make you think you are being protected so you will serve the church faithfully, lead by the church, or beaten into submission if you do not follow. Is this clear for you now?

    2. The fool says in his heart, "There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. Psalm 14:1

  8. thank you for confirming what I had discerned about the rod and the staff. My spirit agrees with your spiirt. The Holy spirit confims with my spirit. Thank you again and may your teachings continue to reveal what is hidden in the scriptures by the power of the Holy Spirit given to all of us.