‘Thy rod and thy staff’? Some basic symbols for our readers
Passing by the Hartwood Inn sign on the corner of Gilbert St and Glenwood Rd, Charles City, Iowa there regularly appears a changing sign that is posted by our illustrious manager Heidi Gruver’s son, Dallas. This series of messages is a solid bit of inspiration and biblical references.
Here’s one to contemplate upon:
Psalms 23 – just a little symbolism for our readers. To be sure that you are paying attention, where does the Word of God enter into this prayer?
Look closely now, and the symbolism of both the “Rod” and the “Staff” represents the “Word of God.” According to Quora writer of “Biblical Answers”, Mark Hamric,
Psalm 23:4 – “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
The “walking through the valley of the shadow of death” is speaking of “living a life on Earth.” So let me translate it thus,
Even though I live on Earth, I will live by faith; because of your presence, your correction(rod) and provision(staff); I feel secure.
Working this type of language onto a small sign is difficult, but Dallas and Heidi seem to have a knack for the talent of fitting it all together.
Thanks team Gruver!
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