NUMBERS 10: ARISE, O LORD, AND LET YOUR ENEMIES BE SCATTERED!
Have you ever played a musical instrument? When we were kids we tried to blow the trumpet for as long as we could till we almost passed out!
The Lord commanded Israel to make two trumpets out of hammered silver. What for? To summon the hundreds of thousands of Israelites in their twelve tribes. Different blasts meant different things. For example, when one horn was blown the whole congregation assembled at the entrance of the tent of meeting. When both horns were blown, the leaders needed to say something to the assembly. There were certain blasts of the trumpet to warn of enemies or to signal that it was time to set out on a journey or stop their travels.
The trumpet would have been necessary for communication in the same way that a bugle was necessary in days of traveling or military troops getting commands to tens or hundreds of thousands of people.
When Israel set out on a journey and the ark of the covenant went before the tribes, Moses was fond of saying, "Arise, O Lord, let your enemies be scattered, and your foes flee before you." And if it was time to stop and rest, Moses would say, "Return, O Lord of the ten thousand thousands of Israel."
Do you hear a trumpet blast that is telling you to stop doing something you are now doing? Do you hear a trumpet blast that tells you to move where you have been stuck? Does a trumpet now signal for you to stop and rest or for you to move on?
Arise, O Lord, and let your enemies be scattered, and your foes flee before you.
Return, O Lord of the ten thousand thousands of Israel.
Greg Taylor preaches for The Journey: A New Generation Church of Christ. Greg's wife, Jill, teaches math at Broken Arrow High School and Tulsa Community College. Greg and Jill have three adult children, Ashley, Anna, and Jacob. Greg is the author of many books, including his latest co-authored with Randy Harris, Daring Faith: Meeting Jesus in the Book of John.