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The rod of your strength

by Jean-Louis Coraboeuf

"The Lord shall send the rod [mateh] of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies!" (Psalm 110:2).

The Hebrew word mateh means 'tribe', 'stick', 'rod', 'son', 'sceptre'... When Moses returned to Egypt to be the redeemer of the Hebrew people, "he took the rod [mateh] of God in his hand" (Exodus 4:20). God gave victory to Moses by giving him His stick.

In this messianic psalm, the rod represents the Messiah. On the cross, Jesus, the Messiah of God, the Redeemer, has broken the rod of the wicked so that we can enjoy rest and peace (Isaiah 14:5-7). With the authority of the Messiah (Christ in Greek) we can dominate in the middle of our enemies, and the God of peace will crush Satan under our feet (Romans 16:20).