Perhaps this is a thing better discussed in the Spirituality Forum. Biblical interpretation of that verse, that is. The term "shebet" (which has been translated to rod in modern languages) was used widely in Hebrew writings (much of which is the Christian Old Testament) to signify "guidance." I'm not a scholar of Torah or any other ancient texts, but it is fascinating to me how language is interpreted sometimes into the literal, as opposed to the often poetic or parable nature in which it was originally intended. But again, a discussion best suited in Spirituality.