The Silver Trumpets
10 The Lord said to Moses: 2 “Make two trumpets of hammered silver, and use them for calling the community together and for having the camps set out. 3 When both are sounded, the whole community is to assemble before you at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 4 If only one is sounded, the leaders—the heads of the clans of Israel—are to assemble before you. 5 When a trumpet blast is sounded, the tribes camping on the east are to set out. 6 At the sounding of a second blast, the camps on the south are to set out. The blast will be the signal for setting out. 7 To gather the assembly, blow the trumpets, but not with the signal for setting out. 8 “The sons of Aaron, the priests, are to blow the trumpets. This is to be a lasting ordinance for you and the generations to come. 9 When you go into battle in your own land against an enemy who is oppressing you, sound a blast on the trumpets. Then you will be remembered by the Lord your God and rescued from your enemies. 10 Also at your times of rejoicing—your appointed festivals and New Moon feasts—you are to sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, and they will be a memorial for you before your God. I am the Lord your God.”
God did not say to Moses, “Go up on a hill and yell your head off!” to get His people moving. He chose a trumpet. An instrument that is played by blowing air through closed lips creating a buzzing sound that produces a standing wave vibration. This takes a lot of hot air and spitting. Out of something so simple, noises we make at babies to make them laugh, God created a beautiful attention grabbing sound so we would not forget who He was. While the Israelites were traveling in the desert, the trumpet blasts were calls: to assemble, to set out on their journey, and battle cries for rescue. The sounds of trumpets were also to be used for rejoicing, celebrations and offerings.
Today, we are not blasted into action by trumpets. We have the bible, God’s word, his voice that has the power to move us into action.
Thanks to YouTube, I can “talk trumpet” through music. The sounds I heard, thought about and felt while listening were wonderful.
Convinced of His presence with such beautiful clarity like sunlight dancing through a stained glass window- Handel’s “Trumpet Concerto in D”
Joy like the playful “Carnival of Venice”
Spurred into epic battles of good vs evil by the “Star Wars Theme” or “Battle Hymn of the Republic”
Humbled/reproved at the end of the day, my life lived with frenetic finger dexterity like “Flight of the Bubble Bee”— so busy I crowd out His voice.
Consoled/soothed/comforted as I let go of my busyness/worries with a “Trumpeter’s Lullaby” — truly knowing He is the Lord my God.
He calls to all of us with a voice like a trumpet—-listen, be moved and believe!