'A staff' signifies power because it is a support for the hand and arm, and through these to the whole body. A staff takes on the meaning of what it most closely supports, that is, the hand and arm, both of which in the Word signify the power of truth. From several passages in the books of Moses, it is very clear that the staff and the hand, represent power, and in the highest sense, the divine omnipotence of the Lord. It is also evident that in that time, the external features of the Church were made up of representatives, and that its internal features - which were spiritual and celestial realities as exist in heaven - corresponded to the external ones, which owed their power to that correspondence. A staff denotes power in the spiritual sense can also be seen in several passages in the prophets. This is also why kings had scepters, which were made like short staves, and kings represent the Lord regarding truth. 'A staff' as in Isaiah 10:24, 26, signifies power derived from reasoning and science, like the power of people who reason from scientific ideas against the truths of faith, and pervert them or downplay them.