July 7, 2014
Numbers 10-Part 1
Make two trumpets of hammered silver for calling the community to assemble and for signaling the breaking of camp. Numbers 10:2
LET IT GLOW
In my town, we have storm sirens that sound for a tornado warning. Since we live less than a mile from town, we can hear it go off. Also, fire trucks and ambulances have sirens to use as emergency vehicles. Israel used two silver trumpets to signal the people for a specific purpose. If both were blown, then all the congregation was to gather at the tabernacle. If only one was sounded, then only the heads of the tribes were to appear (verse 4).
The purposes of sounding the trumpets were:
- to summons (verse 2),
- to give warning in case of attack (verse 5),
- when Israel would go to war (verse 9),
- at Israel's appointed feasts (verse 10).
LET IT GROW
The priests and Levites lived next to the Tabernacle. They would be the first ones to see the cloud moving. It was their responsibility to warn the camp.
Trumpets were associated with both Israel and the church. The rapture of the church, when God calls His heavenly people together, will be with the sound of the trumpet (1 Cor. 15:51-53; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 4:1) (Wiersbe)
When God says move, do we refuse to go or are we ready to move? Do we offer excuses or answer the call? Are we refusing to go or do we refuse to stay?
Friends, Heaven and Hell are real eternal places. Are we warning the people, our loved ones, about the consequences of sin? Are we sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ?
Are we ready for the last trumpet to sound? Are our family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers ready?
LET IT GO
Be ready to move when God says to move.
Prepare my heart for the journey with Jesus.
Look where God is working and join Him.
Watch God work in hearts.