Notes: April 13, 2008 – Numbers 10

Moving out in rank, for the first time

When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound…

  • used for a call to assemble and a call to march
  • distinguishing sounds for calling elders only and for calling the whole congregation
  • distinguishing sounds for normal assembly and marching and for alarms
  • listen for the trumpets, so you know when it’s time to leave
  • trumpet sounds for festive days

We’re marching to Zion…

  • the ark, carried by Kohathites (Numbers 10:33)
  • Tribal group #1: Judah, Issachar and Zebulon (10:14-16)
  • the tabernacle structure, coverings, curtains, boards, etc in the wagons of Gershon and Merari (10:17)
  • Tribal group #2: Reuben, Simeon and Gad (10:18-20)
  • the tabernacle furniture, carried by Kohathites (10:21)
  • Tribal group #3: Ephraim,, Manasseh and Benjamin (10:22-24)
  • Tribal group #4: Dan, Asher and Naphtali (10:25-27)

Who will go with us?

Moses attempts to persuade his father-in-law to stay with the caravan (10:29-32), promising that God’s blessing upon His people will overflow upon the father-in-law, too

Rise up, Lord; and Return, O Lord

Moses called attention to God’s enemies when the nation journeyed; and he pointed out the many thousands of God’s people when they rested (Numbers 10:33-36)

Meditation Points:

1. New Testament trumpet verses:

  • Matthew 24:31
  • 1 Corinthians 14:8
  • 1 Corinthians 15:52
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:16

2. The day of resurrection, the day of judgment, the day of Christ’s return will be marked by trumpet blast.

3. Unlike the gibberish and lyrics often found in religious assemblies, the final trumpets will sound distinctly with meaning.

4. The blessing of God will overflow upon those around the saints of God (Acts 27:21-24); but remember that a sinning saint can bring trouble to those along with him (Jonah 1:1-5).

5. The tabernacle structure traveled first so that it might be set up and ready by the time the main furniture arrived (Numbers 10:21). Is there a lesson in God’s sense of timing here?