The Book of Numbers – A Call to Action and Wise Counsel

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Numbers 10 begins with God detailing out instructions to Moses about the making of two silver trumpets and how exactly they were to be used.

The Silver Trumpets

The sounding of the trumpets conveyed different messages, each specific message had a specific sound or blast. The Silver Trumpets were to be used as signals by the priests for

  • Travel as they set out (verse 2)
  • To gather everyone for worship (verse 3)
  • To gather the leaders at the tent of meeting (verse 4)
  • For military purposes – when in battle the trumpet sound was received by God as a prayer from the whole nation (verse 9).
  • At times of rejoicing (feasting) – served as a memorial for the people that they are His and He is their God (verse 10).

God’s cloud was with the people guiding them to move and to rest. Then why the need for the trumpets? The Trumpets had more specific roles. At first glance, we understand that the trumpets helped in moving such a large gathering of people in an organised fashion. There were specific blasts to move each side of the camps. As the cloud moved and the trumpets sounded for each side of the camp to set out (Num 10:5-6), it created order in their movement. We get to see that God is a God of order not chaos.

Seeking and Following Him in all things

The cloud and trumpet was part of their Journey. The cloud gave general direction, but the trumpets served for more specific direction.

In life, are we fine with just following God’s general direction or are we pursuing to be obedient in all matters?

In Ephesians 5, the passage talks about living as children of the light and as a part of doing so, we are to find out what pleases the Lord (verse 9), we are to understand what the Lord’s will is (verse17), and we are to be filled with Holy Spirit (verse 18).

Seeking to follow God in more ways than having the general direction of your life flow towards Him is like being on a boat that has two kinds of people. The first kind, feels and experiences the swell and the waves but has no motion sickness and thereby is enjoying the trip, basking in the wind and the view even though they are experiencing the waves (challenges in life). But the other is either puking or nauseous and is feeling every swell and turn of the boat (an analogy I recall reading elsewhere a while ago and it stayed with me).

Seeking God in all things is to seek and understand what the Lord’s will is not just in general things but also in specific situations, it involves the laying down of our desires, it involves trusting God and leaning not on our own understanding and it also might involve moving out of your comfort zone as we choose to be obedient and pleasing to Him.

Call to Action

What else do we glean from these silver trumpets? Through their journey, the people had to follow God’s leading but with the different calls of action the sounding of the trumpets were meant and used for, God invites the people to partake with Him through different aspects of their life, be it worship, feasting, praying for his help in times of battle or what they were supposed to do next.

What does partaking with Him through different aspects of life do? It deepens our relationship with Him, it reminds us always of who alone is to be the recipient of our worship, it reminds us of our need for God, deepens our dependency on Him and reminds us of the source of any blessings and the why of our existence.

The Lord desires for us to draw closer to Him, to be in the very core of our day-to-day life. He desires for us to focus on Him and call upon Him on our good days and our tough ones, during seasons of trial and celebration. He desires and invites us to a deeper walk with Him.

Is he sounding the trumpet, calling you to action about something specific. Draw near to Him with what he lays on your heart to do and receive a joy that comes from being in His presence and being obedient to His call.

In verses 11-28, we read that the Israelites prepare to move for the first time under the Lord’s command after eleven months in the region of Mount Sinai. These verses detail out the order of the line of march just as the Lord had commanded and we had seen in Numbers 2.

Wise Counsel

In verse 29- 33a, we read “Now Moses said to Hobab son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law, “We are setting out for the place about which the Lord said, ‘I will give it to you.’ Come with us and we will treat you well, for the Lord has promised good things to Israel.” He answered, “No, I will not go; I am going back to my own land and my own people.” But Moses said, “Please do not leave us. You know where we should camp in the wilderness, and you can be our eyes. If you come with us, we will share with you whatever good things the Lord gives us.” So, they set out from the mountain of the Lord and travelled for three days.”

Hobab was Moses’ brother-in-law. Being a Midianite, he was familiar with the desert. Moses given the task of leading the people through the wilderness sought to have Hobab by his side to be their eyes.

Was the Lord’s presence (cloud) not sufficient for Moses? We do not see the Lord reprimand Moses about it. From what we have seen of Moses, as he led the people, he did not take a step without the Lord’s command or direction and the time when he did not directly obey God, he paid the price for his disobedience (Num 20).

Even though the Lord is with us and guides us, he often provides people around us to help us in our journey with wise counsel. Proverbs 11:14 says “Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers.” Moses did not lack trust in God, he was being wise. Often, we can either choose to isolate ourselves from any wise counsel and rely solely on hearing directly from God or we can keep seeking advice from others without seeking God directly. As Moses did, always going to the Lord first, but not negating the ways in which God uses others to speak and help, may we too value godly counsel but never allow it to supersede seeking the Lord first.

God Bless.

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  1. Manu! Oh my goodness! This message you shared today is not only timely but revelatory! I’m in awe of the order and the use of the silver trumpets! I also like the way you tie all this to wise counsel. This is truly a message that the Holy Spirit delivered through you. Thank you so much; I needed this. May God continue to bless you and may He elevate you and your ministry for his glory’s sake.

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  2. Seeking God first in all things is very important. And it is a blessing to have wise people who can give godly advice. It all works together for our good, but as you also mentioned, we still have to put God first, even with the advice of godly people. I got to a point where I started training myself to go to God first, and it has taken discipline because it’s tempting to carry things to people first. But going to Him first has made a difference. It allows me to better understand His perspective and respond better to problems. Thank you Manu! Enjoy your weekend. ❤️

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    1. I agree with you Dawn, I had to be very intentional with taking things to God first. I guess it is easy to want to lean on someone else first but we are called to depend on Him and when we go to Him first it makes all the difference. Godly counsel is a blessing indeed.
      Thank you and have a wonderful weekend 💐💙

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  3. Hey Manu! I am noticing that biblical relationships catch your eyes, as they do mine. Moses had been in the wilderness, hiding from Pharoah, and caring for for Ruel’s sheep…very likely alongside his brother-in -law, Hobab, who was more familiar with the territory and terrain, because he had grown up there. I’m sure Hobab had been much needed eyes and ears for Moses….many a day, during those 40 years. I would want Hobab to go with me too!! Praise God for sending us guidance and support on our new ventures!!

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    1. Yes Tam, Hobab probably was with Moses as he tended to his father in law’s sheep. I think you are far better than me at noticing biblical relationships because some of your riddles blow my mind but they are also a great opportunity for me to learn something new in a fun way 🤗

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      1. I get excited when I can connect a family tie in the Bible. It makes the story more personal for me! I’m so glad you enjoy the riddles, and thank you for being so ‘faith-full’ and diligent to search them out in the Word💕

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  4. Seeking the Lord in every aspect of life is so vital. He will lovingly guide us each day. As we grow in our relationship with God, we learn to trust Him. Then when we are on that rocky boat, we can rest easy, knowing we are in His loving hands. Thank you for this post, Manu. I so appreciate these gentle reminders to seek God always. It is much needed, each and every day. And also to surround ourselves with a godly community who will also help us along the way. Have a lovely weekend, friend! 🦋

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    1. Thank you so much Bridget. Seeking God in every aspect of life is indeed important and it grows our relationship with Him and we also learn to hear from him as we seek him more and more. Have a wonderful weekend my friend 💙💐

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  5. Reading about the trumpets and their uses made me wish I could go back in time for a moment and experience that alongside the Israelites. God truly is a God of order! I love the correlation you made to needing to seek God’s will not only in broad strokes but also in the details. What an insightful post!

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  6. Some interesting points here, thank you very much. I always find several nuggets of wisdom in your posts, and I really encouraging. For me, this post speaks to me as seeking God first and stepping into a deeper relationship with him. Thanks for your encouragement

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  7. Manu, you introduced so many good points in this post!
    We do draw closer to the Lord, when we focus on Him, trust Him, and take time to listen and obey, then He becomes the loving center of our day.
    It is beautiful when he provides people to counsel us and help us.
    Have a wonderful Sunday!💗💐🌺

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  8. This is sound teaching. I love the ending about seeking wise counsel as God uses people around us to speak into our lives. We hear God first, but also listen to wise counsel as we are unlikely to hear every single word from God for ourselves. He also speaks through the people that he strategically positions in our lives. We don’t disobey like the young prophet, but those around us who we trust, that God has used to support and speak over us, we listen and submit. Bless you. 🙏🏾❤️

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