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.