Why was the budding of Aaron’s staff important?


The next day Moses entered the tent and saw that Aaron’s staff, which represented the tribe of Levi, had not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed and produced almonds.  Then Moses brought out all the staffs from the Lord’s presence to all the Israelites. They looked at them, and each of the leaders took his own staff.  Numbers 17:8-9
            During the time of Moses and the Israelites’ 40-year wandering in the desert, lots of grumbling occurred over leadership.  Many wondered why Moses was in charge.  Others wondered why the Levites got special attention.
            God decided to do a miracle and have the head of every tribe put their leader’s staff in a place overnight.  The one’s whose staff came alive and blossomed would be the tribe God picked to perform the priestly duties.  Aaron’s staff, representing the Levites, won.
            God wanted to put an end to the grumbling and give them a sign they would never forget.  Only God could bring life (a blossom) to something that was dead (a stick).