In Hebrew, the word “mattah” (מַטֶּֽה׃) means “rod” or “staff.” In the Bible, staffs signify power and authority. In Exodus 4, God instructed Moses to use the “mattah” in his hand when he went before Pharaoh. To prove His power, God commanded Moses to cast the “mattah” on the ground where it transformed into a serpent. When Moses picked it back up, it was once again a “mattah”
When Moses and Aaron appeared before Pharaoh, God commanded Aaron to cast his “mattah” before Pharaoh and it turned into a serpent and swallowed up the serpents sent out by Pharaoh’s sorcerers. When Aaron stretched the “mattah” out over the waters of the Nile, God turned them to blood. When he stretched the “mattah” over the rivers and streams, God brought forth the plague of frogs. Aaron used the “mattah” to strike the ground and bring for the plague of lice, and Moses used the “mattah” to call down fire and hail from heaven. He then used the “mattah” to bring the plague of locusts upon Egypt.
It is through that rod or “mattah” that God extended His power to part the Red Sea as the Israelites fled Egypt. During the battle with the Amalekites, Moses held the mattah over his head to ensure victory for the Israelites. In Exodus 17, God commands Moses to strike the rock at Horeb to bring forth water for the people to drink.
Later in Numbers 17, God commands Moses to inscribe twelve “mattahs” from each house of Israel and place them in the tabernacle so that He could establish the priests of the tabernacle. The children of Israel had been complaining that Moses and Aaron had exalted themselves above the assembly because God spoke only through Moses and Aaron. A man by the name of Korah incited a rebellion which resulted in God’s wrath coming upon the children of Israel: The earth opened up and swallowed Korah and his household and all the men who had followed him. Then God sent out fire to consume 250 more men who had offered incense to the Lord in an unworthy manner. God established the authority of the line of Aaron and the Levites as the priests of the Tabernacle by causing the “mattah” inscribed with Levi’s name to blossom.
In Judges chapter 6, the angel of the Lord uses the “mattah” in his hand to consume Gideon’s offering of meat and unleavened bread: Then the angel of the Lord put out the end of the staff that was in his hand and touched the meat and the unleavened bread; and fire sprang up from the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened bread. Then the angel of the Lord vanished from his sight.
When a worship minister uses a mattah in ministry, they are declaring the power of God and establishing His authority over the enemy because the minister becomes an extension of God’s hand. When it strikes the ground, the mattah has the power to break things in the spirit and declare authority over. When extended in the air, it draws attention to the leading of the Holy Spirit.