Our LORD ask Moses a rhetorical question; one that we should all ask and answer for ourselves. "What is that in thine hand?" Moses replied "a rod." Moses the Hebrew of the Tribe of Levi spent 40 yrs. in the wilderness as a sheepherder, learning how to lead people. #1 tool/weapon - a rod. "Cast it to the ground." after several demonstrations, Moses picked up the LORD's Rod.
*Rod: she-bet [shay'-bet] from the root = branch off, a stick,; for punishing, writing, fighting, ruling, walking, correction. Moses employed the -LORD's Rod as a weapon and a tool.
Before King David was a king; he too was skillfully trained with sheep. He is famous for employing a sling and polished stones - that proved deadly for a bear, lion, and Goliath. In Psalms 23:1-6, David makes it perfectly clear: "The LORD is my Shepherd, I'm at peace, and Thy Rod*, and Thy Staff[club] comfort me."
Samson had the ability to make whatsoever into a deadly weapon or a very good tool.
In Nehemiah time; he was anointed to rebuild the Temple. His opposition was Bad-Figs[Serpent-Seed]. Neh.4 "He set the watch[24 hr. watchmen]. 16. Half of the servants worked, and the other half held both the spears, shields, bows, and the habergeons[coats of mail].