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Bible Pathway - Feb. 17, 2010


Numbers 10


Two silver trumpets; the Israelites leave Sinai; the people complain; 70 elders chosen; the Lord sends a plague.

Verse for Today:

Make thee two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest use them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps (Num. 10:2).
The trumpets were long, straight tubes of silver with bell-shaped mouths, fashioned from one whole piece of silver. Regardless of how far away one was from the Tabernacle, the clear tones of the silver trumpets communicated various messages: They shall blow an alarm for their journeys. But when the congregation is to be gathered together, ye shall blow, but ye shall not sound an alarm. . . . And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the Lord your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies. Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn (appointed) days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your Burnt Offerings, and over the sacrifices of your Peace Offerings (10:6-10; also Lev. 23:24; II Chr. 5:12-14; 7:6; 29:26-29; Ezra 3:10; Neh. 12:35,41). Whether they worshiped, went to war, or journeyed, every move was guided by the various sounds of trumpets.

But when the people complained, it displeased the Lord (Num. 11:1). They failed to see that every difficulty was a time to trust God to supply their every need (Phil. 4:19). Thankfulness and praise should have been their reaction; but instead, they complained that manna was nothing at all compared to the leeks, and the onions of Egypt (Num. 11:5-6).

They soon forgat His works; they waited not for His counsel: but lusted exceedingly (Ps. 106:13-14).

The two silver trumpets represent the truth of the Word of God and remind us that both the Old and the New Testaments are each a part of the whole Word of God.

If we are accustomed to hearing the true silver trumpet, His voice through His Word, the Spirit of truth . . . will guide you into all truth (John 16:13) and will keep us from missing the will of God.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable . . . That the man (person) of God may be . . . (thoroughly), furnished unto all good works (II Tim. 3:16-17).

Thought for Today:

And having food and raiment let us be therewith content (I Tim. 6:8).

Christ Revealed:

The two trumpets were made of silver (Num. 10:2). Silver in the Bible stands for truth. Christ is The Way, The Truth, and The Life (John 14:6).

Word Studies:

10:10 solemn days =ppointed feasts, fasts, and Sabbaths; 10:21 against they came =efore their arrival; 11:6 our soul is dried away =issatisfied and discouraged.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for International Broadcasts in honor of Dr. John A. Hash • Staff: Pam Pendergrast • Government Officials: Rep. Randy Forbes (VA) and Rep. Jim Jordan (OH) • Country: Zambia (10 million) in south-central Africa • Major languages: English and 70 indigenous languages • Religious freedom • 30% Roman Catholic; 25% Protestant; 24% ancestor worship, magic, and witchcraft; 19% cults • Prayer Suggestion: Continually watch and pray so that you won't yield to temptation in a moment of weakness (Matt. 26:41).

Optional Reading: Luke 4

Memory Verse for the Week: Exodus 20:12

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