The Clarion Call Of The Silver Trumpets
In the wilderness God communicated with His people in two ways. The first was by sight in the pillar of cloud and fire. This was the symbol of the divine presence (see Num. 9). The second was by sound through the priests blowing the silver trumpets (read Num. 10.1-10). And so it is today. God still communicates to us through the indwelling Spirit of God (pillar of cloud and fire) and the word of God (silver trumpets).
How do these trumpets picture the word of God? First, they were made of silver (likely from the atonement money), a clear type of the word of God. Psa. 12.6: The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times. Second, there were two trumpets. Not only do we have two testaments, but two is also the number of complete witness and testimony. Third, these trumpets were made ‘of a whole piece’, thus testifying to the unity of the Scriptures. These trumpets were sounded for various reasons but consider the following three:
A Call to Gather (v.3). The trumpets called God’s people to assemble unto Moses at the door of the tabernacle. So the clarion call of God’s word demands that we gather simply to the name of the Lord Jesus. What a privilege. What a joy. And yet something, it seems, so easily forgotten and surrendered by many of a younger generation. Let us never forget the honour of gathering to Him.
A Call to Go (v.5). The trumpets also called the camps to move out on their wilderness journeying in an orderly manner. The word of God exhorts us today to go out with the word of God and herald the gospel to all. The Thessalonians are a great example to all: For from you sounded out the word of the Lord… How have we communicated the gospel to the lost this week? We are also called to go on in spiritual progress. We should have a greater appreciation of Christ today than we had last week and this should show in our conduct! Paul’s great desire was that he might, in a coming day, present every believer to a God in a spiritually mature or Christlike condition (Col. 1.28).
A Call to Gladness (v.10). With the trumpets, the priests were to sound a note of thanksgiving and praise in connection with their feast days and sacrifices. Let us never forget to daily sound a note of thanksgiving in relation to who Christ is and what He has done (1 Thess. 5.18).
Daniel Rudge is in fellowship with the assembly that meets in Bracknell Gospel Hall (UK) and with his wife is commended to full time preaching and teaching of the Word of God.