What does God use to draw us together before him? He uses songs, hymns, and spiritual songs, he uses the encouragement of his word of truth, and he uses the trumpet call which was first introduced to Israel in the desert after they were rescued from Egypt…
1 The Lord said to Moses: 2 “Make two trumpets of hammered silver, and use them for calling the community together and for having the camps set out. 3 When both are sounded, the whole community is to assemble before you at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 4 If only one is sounded, the leaders—the heads of the clans of Israel—are to assemble before you. 5 When a trumpet blast is sounded, the tribes camping on the east are to set out. 6 At the sounding of a second blast, the camps on the south are to set out. The blast will be the signal for setting out. 7 To gather the assembly, blow the trumpets, but not with the signal for setting out.
8 “The sons of Aaron, the priests, are to blow the trumpets. This is to be a lasting ordinance for you and the generations to come. 9 When you go into battle in your own land against an enemy who is oppressing you, sound a blast on the trumpets. Then you will be remembered by the Lord your God and rescued from your enemies. 10 Also at your times of rejoicing—your appointed festivals and New Moon feasts—you are to sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, and they will be a memorial for you before your God. I am the Lord your God.”
God introduced the trumpet, made of hammered silver, to communicate with his children and to call them together. Then he instructed Israel to use the trumpets in their battles, festivals, and in their worship. We see Israel employing the instruments according to God’s instruction and over generations, trumpets did indeed serve as a memorial for them before God.
It’s important to look at symbols and ordinances which God introduces and consider how God will use them and tie them together in eternity. In the case of the trumpets, we see that God will be sounding the trumpets on the threshold of eternity. When the Lord Jesus comes, a trumpet will sound, as described in 1Thessalonians 4:18-17:
‘For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.’ The trumpet is the instrument of calling of God’s people to come together, even in the last days.
We don’t have trumpet in our church very often. We have a couple of talented trumpeters and have been blessed by their gifts on occasion. The time which rings in my memory, however, of hearing the trumpet of God for God was in San Quintin, Mexico, while our mission group was leading worship in a local church. All of a sudden as we sang and played our worship music, the local pastor appeared in the back with a horn/trumpet, and he blew his trumpet right in the middle of our song, walking up the aisle.
The trumpet cut through all the music and singing and we couldn’t help but be caught up in the direction of God and his glory. This is how God planned it, back in the time of Numbers. What else does God use in these ways to draw us together before him? The songs, hymns, and spiritual songs of Ephesians 5:19 do this in our churches. The encouragement of God’s word of truth does this in our families (Deuteronomy 6).
The things we often take for granted are the connections which God uses to call us together. Praise his name!