Through the Bible Day by Day
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
THE TRUMPETS SOUND THE MARCH
Each trumpet was made of a solid piece of silver. They fulfilled several purposes, summoning an assembly, sounding the march, gathering for battle. They are referred to symbolically in Mat_24:31, and 1Co_15:52. We are constantly being called to arise and depart! Is not the trumpet calling today to a slumbering Church to move out to the evangelization of the world? For a whole year Israel had sojourned under Sinai. They left Egypt an undisciplined crowd; they had become a nation, and a marshaled host. Each knew his pedigree and standard; every tribe had its appointed place. The soul must visit Sinai, but not live there. It must journey forth to Hermon, Olivet, and Calvary. The Church is moving on! Find thy place in the great procession and keep it. Remembered by God and saved from your enemies! Compare Num_10:9 and Isa_52:12.
And the tabernacle was taken down; and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari set forward, bearing the tabernacle.
“COME THOU WITH US”
The invitation of Moses to Hobab is one that we may all give to our friends: “We are journeying to the place of which the Lord hath spoken.” “We should always be on the alert for those who are not formally united to the Church, and we can always promise that we can do them good. Only good awaits those who travel with their backs to Egypt and their faces toward the Heavenly City. God has prepared for those who love Him such good things as it is beyond words to declare. See 1Co_2:9.
And how much we may benefit by such companionships! Hobab was probably Moses’ brother-in-law, and Jethro having returned to Midian, he was all the more needed to lead Israel to the best routes and the most suitable halting-places, where shade and water could be found. Such a guide would be invaluable. Ministers are such! For Hobab’s reward see Jdg_1:16; Jdg_4:11. Who would not follow where the Ark of the Covenant leads, and rest where the cloud broods? Joh_10:4.