Excerpt from A Biblical and Theological Dictionary: Explanatory of the History, Manners, and Customs of the Jews, and Neighbouring Nations; With an Account of the Most Remarkable Places and Persons Mentioned in Sacred Scripture; An Exposition of the Principal Doctrines of Christianity
Aaron himself became also the object of jeal. Onsy; but two miraculous interpositions con firmed him in his office of high priest, as of Divine appointment. The first was the destruo tion of Korah, who sought that office for him. Self, and of the two hundred and fifty Levites who supported his pretensions, Num. Xvi. The second was the blossoming of Aaron's rod, which Was designed to cause the murmurings of the Israelites against him to cease, by show. Ing that he was chosen of God. Moses having, at the command of God, taken twelve rods of an almond tree from the princes of the twelve tribes, and Aaron's separately, he placed them in the tabernacle before the sanctuary, after having written upon each the name of the tribe which it represented, and upon the rod of Aaron the name of Aaron. The day following, when the rods were taken out, that of Aaron was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds. This rod therefore was laid up by the ark, to perpetuate the remembrance of the miracle, and to be a token of Aaron's right to his office.
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