Archive for October 24th, 2011

Numbers 10

Numbers 10 introduces us to one of the ways Moses is going to lead – two silver trumpets.  The Lord spoke to Moses and had him make these “for summoning the congregation and for breaking camp”.  Remember there are a whole lot of people to manage here, and God tells Moses what to do. There were a number of ways these trumpets were to indicate action:

  1.  “Both are blown                 everyone gathers at the entrance to the tent of meeting
  2. One is blown                          chiefs, the heads of the tribes of Israel, shall gather
  3. Alarm is blown                      east side shall set out
  4. Second alarm blown           camps on the south side shall set out
  5. Long blast                                assembly is to be gathered

The sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow the trumpets”.  This was a serious job as it was the main way to notify people that they needed to do something.  So the task carries a high priority and is assigned to the priests.  God also tells them that the trumpets were to be “a perpetual statute throughout your generations”.  This is not some short term stop gap measure.  God is setting up the foundation for how the people are to be led for generations to come.

There are some other times that God gives to use the trumpets:

–      “go to war

–      day of your gladness

–      appointed feasts

–      beginnings of your months

Very important part of not only communication, but warning and worship as well.  Remember that this is a huge number of people to try and herd through the wilderness to get to the Promised Land.  Moses has quite a task on his hands.

Didn’t take long to put it to the test.  “They set out for the first time at the command of the Lord by Moses”.  Time to get on with the journey.  The chapter describes the “order of march of the people”.   That matters too.  Moses doesn’t just turn them loose and encourage them to head on out and hopefully find the place.  No GPS in those days.  No street signs or direction.  This is a big march.  Discipline and order was the only hope.  Moses’ father-in-law talks about heading home and not coming along.  For many, that is when a sigh of relief happens.  Not in this case.  Moses says “Please do not leave us, for you know where we should camp in the wilderness, and you will serve as eyes for us”.  Moses wants him along and convinces him to join the journey.  “The cloud of the Lord was over them by day”.  They followed God’s leading.  When God moved, so did they, and when He stopped they set up camp.  The journey has begun!

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