Thy Rod and Thy Staff They Comfort Me

The 23rd Psalm has always been a favorite of mine. It’s full of promise and joy. Hope and happiness should be what people take from it. But one thing I’ve noticed is that people misinterpret part of it and misuse it. “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.” People have linked the end of verse 4 with punishment and that’s incorrect. Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me was understood by earlier generations because they understood the purpose of the rod and the staff.

Thy Rod and Thy Staff They Comfort Me

Thy Rod and Thy Staff They Comfort Me


Author: Elizabeth

I'm a wife, mom, and grandma (known as Bam) who loves cooking, baking, gardening, and all things that go into making a cozy coop for my brood. I have a disability so you may pick up tips on how to do things when some things just don't work right!

14 thoughts on “Thy Rod and Thy Staff They Comfort Me”

  1. This is great. Even I can understand it 🙂 There needs to be more simple, easy to understand explanations, (if that’s the right word) like this for certain things in His word for people that want to understand. God has blessed me twice this morning with blogs that did this, yours and Eccentric Muse. (I didn’t post a link to that blog because I don’t know if it’s rude to do, so I didn’t) But easy to understand, God inspired explanations, that inspire and not bog people down with sometimes more questions than answers. This was great, I pray you do more like this, of course I still want things like pulled pork, and beef stew 😉

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    1. I remember my Daddy explaining what the rod and staff were for when I was a kid. He also mentioned the crook of the staff being used to pull sheep away from danger when the Shepherd put on around the sheep’s neck.

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      1. LOL…I read that, and got a picture in my head of that crook around my neck when I stray, LOL. I told you about yours and the other blog being so full of God today, then Maggie posted one too!!! I reblogged hers, and with your permission I’d love to reblog yours as well 🙂 but only with your permission 🙂

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      2. No one had ever told me what that meant, then again I never asked 🙂 I just took it as protection, and felt it was comforting. Of course I’m simplistic in my thinking, when it comes to the Bible, if that makes sense LOL But I do like it when an interpretation is given that is easy to understand because lots of people want or need and explaination, or interpretation. That’s where I struggle because I know what it means to me but, like you said in one of the comments, it gets messed up. Lord knows me, given half a chance I will mess it up 🙂

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  2. This was a really interesting post. I’ll admit here that I was pretty much raised as an atheist. Growing up in early mid-20th-century Quebec, my father ended up resenting religion (because he felt it was forced upon him and because of the fact that he was left-handed and had seen uncles and older siblings being forced into right-handedness). Anyway, my parents elected to not baptize me (or my siblings) and we never went to church. My father even went so far as to have me removed from my religion classes when I was in elementary and high school. Long story short (even though I feel as though I’m rambling here), I grew up not only an atheist, but an atheist with a bad attitude towards religion and people who had a belief in God.

    Then, I started blogging and found many of the bloggers I followed described themselves as being children of God. I became fascinated and (if I’m being honest here) a bit jealous of the faith they had. It’s been a process, but I went from atheist, to agnostic to (thanks to Valerie) a semblance of Christian over the years. But it’s hard because I am alone in my immediate circle of friends and family. I’ve tried reading the Bible and have so much trouble understanding it.

    I guess that all this was to say that I enjoyed that you’ve shared one of your favourite passages and the fact that you’ve explained it. I’m really looking forward to next Sunday! Thank you.

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    1. Wow! Thank you so much! I was raised Catholic but left the church as soon as I left high school (12 years of Catholic schools!). I’ve found the best churches to be the ones that are small and where the absolute focus has been the Bible. When people pray for understanding God provides it. It’s when we try to interpret things ourselves that we mess up the message!
      Once, years ago, I saw a woman beating her little boy in a parking lot and she was shouting “Spare the rod, spoil the child!” Other people stepped in before I could get there and stopped her but I prayed she’d learn the REAL purpose of the rod.
      My faith has gotten me through my spinal cord injury, Mr. C’s cancer, and my youngest son being close to death several times a couple of years ago. And it gives me such peace knowing that, no matter what happens on earth, I’ll end up with my Father!

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