Numbers 10:1-2,8-10,33-36 Now the Lord said to Moses, “Make two trumpets of hammered silver for calling the community to assemble and for signaling the breaking of camp... Only the priests, Aaron’s descendants, are allowed to blow the trumpets. This is a permanent law for you, to be observed from generation to generation. “When you arrive in your own land and go to war against your enemies who attack you, sound the alarm with the trumpets. Then the Lord your God will remember you and rescue you from your enemies. Blow the trumpets in times of gladness, too, sounding them at your annual festivals and at the beginning of each month. And blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and peace offerings. The trumpets will remind the Lord your God of his covenant with you. I am the Lord your God”... They marched for three days after leaving the mountain of the Lord, with the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant moving ahead of them to show them where to stop and rest. As they moved on each day, the cloud of the Lord hovered over them. And whenever the Ark set out, Moses would shout, “Arise, O Lord, and let your enemies be scattered! Let them flee before you!” And when the Ark was set down, he would say, “Return, O Lord, to the countless thousands of Israel!”
Today's chapter marks the beginning of the Exodus journey it seems as God leads them through the desert in an orderly fashion but in a long-winded route.
In all my years of attending churches in different part of the world, I have never heard a trumpet being used and so what is the context of this in our day and time?
If you have not been amazed until now of God's sovereignty as we have treaded gently through the word, I hope you will open your eyes to see the riches of His truths by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
While the Old Testament might seem like a long and boring history lesson, there is so much that we can draw from it but for that, we need the opening of our mind by the Holy Spirit and therefore I pray that you start by inviting God's Holy Spirit to work in you to see Him through His written word.
The trumpet relates to the word of God which we are being reminded is to be used before we do anything in our lives under God's leading.
We are to read it before we meet (v3), before we set out (v5), before we go to war (v9), before celebrations (v10), at every meeting (v10) and obviously at every opportunity.
It is to be read with reverence and the reading is purposed to lift our eyes and ears to God so that we walk in His leading alone.
Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of your presence, Lord. Psalm 89:15 (NLT)
If there is one message we are to take from this chapter, it is that we should remember to walk in the leading of God's word.
God has given us His holy word to lean on to and use it for our guidance and inspiration. For every situation in our lives, God has provided wisdom and all we need to do is seek Him through it.
When Jesus spoke to the disciples about His imminent death, resurrection and rapture of His church, He pointed out the relevance of the trumpet by saying,
And he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven. Matthew 24:31 (NLT)
Are you born again by the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ, the only Son of God and if so are you walking in His leading by the direction of His word? If yes, I pray that you will encourage others to do the same but if not, I pray that you will start so that you are not fighting the principalities of sin without God's armor.
If you have never experienced the love of God, I pray that you will invite Jesus Christ into your life and give Him His rightful place in your life as your Lord and Master so that He may lead you to serve Him for His glory.
In His Loving Service,
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