Today I read Numbers 17 which is kind of a continuation of the last chapter where some of the Israelites were murmuring against Moses and Aaron. They were complaining against them and wondering if they were really the Lord's chosen and felt they were better than Moses and Aaron. The Lord wants to put all these issues to rest once and for all and so tells Moses to perform a test.
The Lord tells Moses to have each head of the tribes to bring Moses a rod, or staff, with their name engraved on it. These rods were placed in the tabernacle and left overnight. When Moses returned the next day, Aaron's rod had blossomed with flowers and actually produced almonds. This seems to have worked as the people react to it with reverence and even a little fear in regards to the tabernacle.
Through it all, it reminds me of the commandment against evil speaking of the Lord's anointed. One of the few things that Heavenly Father seems to not tolerate from His children is speaking ill of those He has called. In fact for those who have been through the temple, it is one of the things we promise, that we will avoid speaking ill of our priesthood leaders. It can be a challenge sometimes, because we are not perfect. However, we are still commanded to sustain them and support them, and most importantly, follow them. Heavenly Father chooses those who are in positions of authority and He does it for a reason. Sometimes it is so that person can grow. We are not always told and should not be told what His reasons are, but we need to trust Him. If we do, our lives will be so much easier. Until tomorrow.