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(1 Sam 17:40)  And he [David, a type of Jesus Christ (and us) before full empowerment] took his staff [stick (for walking, striking, guiding, divining): rod] in his hand [whose staff or rod was it? Exo 4:2], and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook [full empowerment by the power of the Holy Spirit], and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.

1.       (Mat 3:16) And Jesus, when he was baptized [in the river Jordan], went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

2.       (John 2:11)  This beginning of miracles [i.e. transforming the water in six waterpots of stone into wine] did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

3.       Jesus became the Christ (Gk: anointed) as He received the full power of the Holy Spirit in the water of the Jordan, and thereafter He commenced His ministry. What did David do? David received the full power of the Holy Spirit in the waters of the brook, and thereafter he commenced his ministry.

4.       What “beginning of miracles” did David do?




(Exo 4:1-5)  And Moses [a type of Jesus Christ (and us) before full empowerment] answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee. And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod [whose rod was it?]. And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground [obedience to the Lord], and it became a serpent [the archetype symbol of sin: Gen 3:1]; and Moses [a saved man] fled from before it [in fear; whose sin was it?]. And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand [the command of God carries complete enabling power], and take it by the tail [overcome your sin and you will overcome your fear, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” James 4:7)]. And he put forth his hand [obedience to the Lord is trust in the Lord which conquers all sin and fear], and caught it [to fasten upon: conquered, prevailed], and it became a rod in his hand: That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.

1.       archetype = Dict: a model or first form; the original pattern or model after which a thing is made.

2.       serpent = Heb: a snake (from its hiss) /// to hiss, i.e. whisper a (magic) spell; gen. to prognosticate: X certainly, divine, enchanter, (use) X enchantment, learn by experience, X indeed, diligently observe.

3.       (Acts 7:22,23)  And Moses was learned in all the wisdom [worldly or spiritual] of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds. And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel. [40/40/40 = 120 years]

4.       We are all born “under sin” (Gal 3:22) and first learn by the experience of sin. Then a few of us are chosen and called by God to become born-again, regenerated, enlightened, and thereafter we learn by faith (syn: belief) in God.

5.       (Psa 18:28)  For thou wilt light [kindle, set on fire] my candle [by analogy, the bush that “burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed” Exo 3:2]: the LORD my God will enlighten [illuminate: light] my darkness [the dark; (lit.) darkness; fig. misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness]. [“and darkness was upon the face of the deep…” “and God said, Let there be light: Gen 1:2,3]

6.       (2 Tim 2:15)  Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing [dissecting] the word of truth. [Study the Word of truth and learn the new way by communing with God, rather than continuing to learn the old way  by experiencing the world]

7.       “and take it by the tail” = to seize (often with the idea of holding in possession): possess [control].

8.       (Gal 5:22,23)  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering [patience], gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness [humility], temperance [self-control /// strong in a thing (masterful), self-controlled (in appetite, etc.)]: against such there is no law.

9.       rod = Heb: a branch (as extending); fig. a tribe; a rod, whether for chastising (fig. correction), ruling (a scepter), throwing (a lance), or walking (a staff; fig. a support of life, e.g. bread): rod, staff, tribe.

10.   scepter = Dict: 1. a rod or wand borne in the hand as an emblem of regal or imperial power. 2. royal or imperial power or authority; sovereignty. 3. to give a scepter to; invest with authority.

11.   “That they may believe” = Why would they believe?? What is a physical representation of your rod?


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