Numbers 10 Commentary. The Community sets out.
A signaling system is installed. In the absence of emails, phone systems or sirens, the trumpet is used for signaling. We call it ‘organization’. It is communication. As noted earlier, the Holy script is not a science book or a book on management. But who doesn’t get blessed (and amazed) by these detailed management drills. Some have even gone ahead to claim that you can actually teach management from these lines. Yes you can, and it’s beautiful!
The instruction to sound the trumpet during war time and also during religious festivals seem to give a picture that the LORD too was interested in the trumpet noise. We can still think of it as a signal sent to the LORD for help during war and also as a signal to ‘alert’ the LORD of man’s presence. It is a sort of, ‘we are here’ message. Music and prayer today seem to fit some functions of the ‘trumpet signaling system’ of this chapter as it related to ‘war time’ and ‘festivals’
Moses’ request to Hobab to accompany them tells us that the LORD provided general direction and Moses filled in the details. We have the same situation today. The LORD will provide money for a computer but you may need an expert to advise on the model.
Chapter 10 sees the community on the move once again. Sinai had been home for two years and now Jacob is headed for the Promised Land. Schooling has ended and the graduates must now head towards their destiny.
The Community sets out exactly as planned. The division of Judah is leading the charge. We can look back at these many chapters of preparation and appreciate the need for every saint to invest in godly and adequate preparation before taking off to seize their destiny. The census of chapter 1 is about counting the cost. Chapter 2 was about the required military strategy for the charge. The next several chapters detailed care and maintenance of the Sanctuary. The care and maintenance of the real temple of the Holy Spirit is everything! The Christian walk is perfectly mirrored by these activities here.
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