When the Lord wants you to act 

Old Testament: Num 10.1–8

To read the Bible in a year, read Numbers 8–10 on February 23, In the year of our Lord Christ 2023

By Don Ruhl 

How did Israel know when to move about in the wilderness or when to gather before the tabernacle, or how did their leaders know when to meet with Moses, and other matters? The Lord provided a way: 

And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “Make two silver trumpets for yourself…you shall use them for calling the congregation and for directing the movement of the camps. When they blow both of them, all the congregation shall gather before you at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. But if they blow only one, then the leaders, the heads of the divisions of Israel, shall gather to you…The sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow the trumpets; and these shall be to you as an ordinance forever throughout your generations.”

– Numbers 10.1–8 

Since the Lord made all creation, he knows how to order things and he knows how to get things moving. Therefore, he was fully aware that the children of Israel in the wilderness would need a way to communicate, especially when the whole nation needed to know what to do. 

He has not changed. He does not use silver trumpets to tell us what to do, but we have the entirety of his word, and when we read his word, we look for opportunities in life to do what we see in the Scriptures. By doing such, the Lord is leading you in life. 


  • What did both trumpets blowing mean? 
  • Do you know how to read the Scriptures and then look for opportunities in life to apply what you read or learned? 

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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon. 

Listen to his sermons here: GrantsPassChurchOfChrist.com

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