Numbers 10:1-10

The Silver Trumpets

10 The Lord spoke further to Moses, saying, “Make yourself two trumpets of silver, of hammered work you shall make them; and you shall use them for summoning the congregation and for having the camps set out. When both are blown, all the congregation shall gather themselves to you at the doorway of the tent of meeting. Yet if only one is blown, then the leaders, the heads of the [a]divisions of Israel, shall assemble before you. But when you blow an alarm, the camps that are pitched on the east side shall set out. When you blow an alarm the second time, the camps that are pitched on the south side shall set out; an alarm is to be blown for them to set out. When convening the assembly, however, you shall blow without sounding an alarm. The priestly sons of Aaron, moreover, shall blow the trumpets; and [b]this shall be for you a perpetual statute throughout your generations. When you go to war in your land against the adversary who attacks you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, that you may be remembered before the Lord your God, and be saved from your enemies. 10 Also in the day of your gladness and in your appointed [c]feasts, and on the first days of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be as a reminder of you before your God. I am the Lord your God.”

It was important for the Israelites to have something to unify them. The trumpets would bring them together when Moses had something to share with them, or with the leaders. It would bring them together on special days, and remind them of the faithfulness of God.

These trumpets were to be a perpetual thing, not just while they were in the wilderness. Likewise, there are things we do in our churches that bring us together, and even our regular services ought to have a unifying effect on us as believers.

Jesus prayed that we “would be one” even as He and the Father are one, and unity is something we should not take for granted. In our families, in our marriages, in our churches, we need to stand unified and remember what God has done and will do in our lives.

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