Daily Devotional Monday 3rd August 2020

by William Moody

Numbers 10:1–10

The Silver Trumpets

10:1 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Make two silver trumpets. Of hammered work you shall make them, and you shall use them for summoning the congregation and for breaking camp. And when both are blown, all the congregation shall gather themselves to you at the entrance of the tent of meeting. But if they blow only one, then the chiefs, the heads of the tribes of Israel, shall gather themselves to you. When you blow an alarm, the camps that are on the east side shall set out. And when you blow an alarm the second time, the camps that are on the south side shall set out. An alarm is to be blown whenever they are to set out. But when the assembly is to be gathered together, you shall blow a long blast, but you shall not sound an alarm. And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow the trumpets. The trumpets shall be to you for a perpetual statute throughout your generations. And when you go to war in your land against the adversary who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, that you may be remembered before the LORD your God, and you shall be saved from your enemies. 10 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.”


We are introduced to the use of trumpets to assemble the people (v1-3), to assemble the leaders (v4), to get the people to move out (v5-7), to go into battle (v9) and at the time of festivals (v10).

The trumpets would bring home something of the majesty of the God who is the great King who marched with His people. The trumpets would also remind God of His promises to deliver His people (v9-10). This in turn would strengthen the faith of God’s people as they travel into the unknown and travel into battle.

The trumpets were for guidance and an aid to faith. Thank God for the aids to guidance and faith we have today, particularly God’s word, worship and the sacraments. We need the trumpet call of the means of grace for encouragement to draw us closer together, to guide and encourage us.

The trumpet call is something that will ultimately Christ’s return (1 Thess. 4 v6). This trumpet call will raise the dead and assemble the people for judgment. The trumpet call reminds us that we need to be ready.

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