In the book of Exodus in the bible, God gives Moses several tricks in order to pursuade the Israelites that God was on their side. Prior to the 10 plagues
, God gave Moses the ability to make the Nile red when he poured it on land, to make his hand leprous when he took it out of his cloak, and to turn a snake into a staff. The staff became known as the rod of God.
The rod of God worked like a kick-stand.