St. Aaron And His Staff

St. Aaron
Feast Day - July 1
Cathédrale Saint-Corentin in Quimper, France
This quite serious-looking, but striking window of St. Aaron found in the Cathédrale in Quimper, France shares an interesting perspective.  It seems that much more often, Aaron is portrayed in a rugged Hebrew robe, helping out Moses, and wandering about in the desert.  This image depicts him as a finely dressed priest.  Exodus 28 explains in detail Aaron's ornate priestly vestments.

Aaron's Staff - The budding staff that Aaron is holding in the stained glass window represents an intriguing story from in the book of Numbers.  As recalled from Exodus, Aaron's staff (sometimes called a rod) was used for some important events while getting the Israelites out of Egypt and to the Promised Land.  For one example, his staff was used to turn the waters of the Nile into blood (Exodus 7:19-20) as a way to demonstrate to the Pharaoh that God desired the Hebrews to be released.  In the midst of the desert wandering, some of the grumbling Israelites challenged Aaron's authority.  The LORD told Moses to obtain a staff from each ancestral house - 12 in all to represent the 12 tribes of Israel.  Aaron's staff represented the house of Levi.  Moses put all twelve staffs in the tent of the covenant. 

The next day, when Moses entered the tent of the covenant, Aaron's staff, representing the house of Levi, had sprouted.  It had put forth sprouts, produced blossoms, and borne ripe almonds!  
~ Numbers 17:23

Moses then returned all of the staffs, except Aaron's.  He placed Aaron's staff at the tent of the covenant as a reminder to the complainers that God had chosen Aaron for special purposes.  At some point later, Aaron's staff was placed in the ark of the covenant, kept near the tablets of the law (Hebrews 9:4).

Aaron's Staff Turned into a Serpent
Exodus 7:8-13

St. Aaron

Only Aaron's Staff Blossoms