Psalm 23:4 Your rod and your staff they comfort me. When the shepherd is treading higher terrain, they usually carry a minimum of equipment. In the Middle East, the shepherd carries only a rod and staff as they did in David’s day. A rod was made from a root that was dug from the ground, carved & shaped to shepherds hand. Each shepherd trainee spends hours throwing the rod to hone accuracy. Rod was used as a main weapon of defense. Rod represents the word of God. As we take time to read and apply the bible….the bible becomes 2nd nature.
Staff was a long slender stick used to guide, connect and to keep sheep close together with shepherd. The staff symbolizes God’s Holy Spirit with the focus of connecting & guiding us to our shepherd.