Text: Numbers 8-10; Psalm 30
In Numbers 10 we are introduced to the use of trumpets in the life of the Israelites during their sojourn in the desert. Trumpet blasts were for summoning the congregation to gather, and for signaling the alarm to break camp. It is easy to imagine the distinctive blast as it got the attention of everyone. I am reminded of the fire horn in town (which these days is out of use) and how it would always prompt me to stop and pray for the first responders and also those in some sort of trouble. The horn meant, “Big things are happening, and we need God!” In Numbers 10:10, we find these words:
On the day of your gladness also, and at your appointed feasts and at the beginnings of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings. They shall be a reminder of you before your God: I am the Lord your God.
Not only are the trumpets for commanding action, but their sound is also for reminding. Imagine the scene of the people assembling for a feast – a festival with food and laughter and song – and hearing the trumpets. The sound would call to mind God’s constant presence, His commands, His leading in the desert, times of danger, adventure and new beginnings.The trumpets at the feast would signal that His presence, commanding and leading are no less important when life is more “safe” and quiet. It is good to be reminded of the sound of the trumpet call of God. Indeed He is fully in command – even on our most ordinary days.
in Him, Mike