[bible1year] Devotional comments on Numbers 10-12

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 12 Feb 2016 12:51:11 -0000
        Today's reading describes some of the wilderness 
experiences of the nation of Israel, and in them we can 
see the experiences of Christians today.

        In verses 1-10 of chapter 10, we see that God 
gives warning when we need it. The two trumpets were 
made of silver (a metal that speaks of redemption) and 
were used to call the assemblies for the journeying of 
the camp. The Priests and Levites lived right next to 
the Tabernacle, and they would be the first ones to see 
the cloud moving. It would be their responsibility to 
warn the camp.

        As you read these verses you see that the 
trumpets were used for several purposes: to assemble the 
camp at the door of the Tabernacle; to call the heads of 
the tribes together; to blow an alarm, either for war or 
for the journeying of the camp; and to announce the 
special days, the new moons, etc. The children of Israel 
knew the certain sounds of the trumpet and the exact 
meanings of each.

        All born-again believers today are listening for 
the sound of the trumpet, which will mean the Rapture of 
the Church (I Corinthians 15:51-53; I Thessalonians 
4:16,17). The sound of the trumpet will be heard by only 
those who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus 

        God chastens His people in chapters 11 and 12. 
After the remarkable evidences of God's love in chapters 
9 and 10, it is almost unbelievable that we now find the 
people complaining. Yet such is human nature. All too 
often we forget the miraculous ways in which God has 
blessed us, and criticize and complain because of the 
situations in which we are living. We should realize 
that God is bigger than any of our problems, and will 
see us through any situation if we will only put our 
faith and trust in Him.

        We are told to "do all things without murmurings 
and disputings" (Philippians 2:14). If we are to be the 
blameless sons of God, and without rebuke in this 
crooked and perverse nation, we must obey His Word.