Topic: Blow The Trumpet [November 1, 2016]
Text: Numbers 10:1-10
Key Verse: "Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the LORD your God" (Numbers 10:10).
Clear instruction deserves prompt obedience. God's messages to the children of Israel have always been clear and without ambiguities. All His instructions are intended to enhance the well-being of the people though they perceived some directives as cumbersome.
God had instructed Moses to make two trumpets. Different occasions determined the manner of the sound of the trumpets. When only one trumpet was blown, it was to gather the princes and leaders for a meeting. When both trumpets were sounded, it was to gather the entire assembly. An alarm was to indicate that there was a serious matter in the land that needed urgent attention so that the people would be at alert. The instruction was given to enhance communication between the leaders and the congregation of Israel.
However, such instruments were not to be abused by employing them for other purposes. They were not supposed to be misused with uncertain sounds emanating from them. Those whose duty it was to blow the trumpets ensured that alarms were sounded at the appropriate time and occasion. One important use of the trumpet was to appeal to God for help whenever the land was invaded by enemies. At that time, they were to blow an alarm because it was a desperate moment. Blowing the trumpet also signified crying aloud to God in the event of an invasion by enemies.
God instructed that Israel must cry aloud when in a tight corner. This is a challenge to today's believers, that we must make supplications to God whenever we are faced with terrible challenges. Some people are inclined to say since God is Omniscient, He sees and knows when we are in trouble. Of course, He does; yet He says we must ask. Israel was to call His attention in times of trouble. We need to do so even today!
Thought for the day: Obedience begets divine approval.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.