“The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the people of Israel, and get from them staffs, one for each fathers’ house, from all their chiefs according to their fathers’ houses, twelve staffs. Write each man’s name on his staff, and write Aaron’s name on the staff of Levi. For there shall be one staff for the head of each fathers’ house.’”
Staffs H4294: A branch (as extending); a tribe; a rod for chastising; a rod for ruling (a scepter); a walking staff; a support for life.
“And a calyx of one piece with it under each pair of the six branches going out from the lampstand.”
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”
“Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a spring; his branches run over the wall.”
And get from them staffs,
“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.”
One for each fathers’ house,
“And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:”
From all their chiefs
Chiefs H5387: An exalted one that is a king or sheik; a rising mist; vapor.
“And a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground—”
“And he said to him, ‘I also am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the LORD, saying, “Bring him back with you into your house that he may eat bread and drink water.”’ But he lied to him.”
1 Kings 13:18
“Therefore they shall be like the morning mist or like the dew that goes early away, like the chaff that swirls from the threshing floor or like smoke from a window. …Where now is your king, to save you in all your cities? Where are all your rulers— those of whom you said, ‘Give me a king and princes’? I gave you a king in my anger, and I took him away in my wrath.”
Hosea 13:3, 10-11
“I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.”
“So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith.”
According to their fathers’ houses, twelve staffs.
“Jesus answered them, ‘Did I not choose you, the twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.’”
Write each man’s name on his staff,
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’”
“The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name.”
And write Aaron’s name on the staff of Levi.
The name of Aaron is not new and is know to everyone.
“And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.”
“For they said to me, ‘Make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ So I said to them, ‘Let any who have gold take it off.’ So they gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf.”
For there shall be one staff for the head of each fathers’ house.
“Only hold fast what you have until I come. The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father.”