Numbers 10* The silver trumpets. (1-10) The Israelites remove from Sinaito Paran. (11-28) Hobab entreated by Moses to continue. (29-32)The blessing pronounced by Moses. (33-36)1-10 Here are directions concerning the public notices to begiven the people by sound of trumpet. Their laws in every casewere to be Divine, therefore, even in this matter Moses isdirected. These trumpets typify the preached gospel. It soundsan alarm to sinners, calls them to repent, proclaims liberty tothe captives and slaves of Satan, and collects the worshippersof God. It directs and encourages their heavenly journey; stirsthem up to combat against the world and sin, encouraging themwith the assurance of victory. It leads their attention to thesacrifice of Christ, and shows the Lord's presence for theirprotection. It is also necessary that the gospel trumpet give adistinct sound, according to the persons addressed, or the endproposed; whether to convince, humble, console, exhort, reprove,or teach. The sounding of the trumpet of the gospel is God'sordinance, and demands the attention of all to whom it is sent. 11-28 After the Israelites had continued nearly a year at mountSinai, and all was settled respecting their future worship, theybegan their march to Canaan. True religion begins with theknowledge of the holy law of God, and humiliation for sin, butwe must go on towards perfection, in acquaintance with Christand his gospel, and those effectual encouragements, motives, andassistances to holiness, which it proposes. They took theirjourney according to the commandment of the Lord, #De 1:6-8|,and as the cloud led them. Those who give themselves to thedirection of God's word and Spirit, steer a steady course, evenwhen they seem bewildered. While they are sure they cannot losetheir God and Guide, they need not fear losing their way. Theywent out of the wilderness of Sinai, and rested in thewilderness of Paran. All our removes in this world are but fromone wilderness to another. The changes we think will be for thebetter do not always prove so. We shall never be at rest, neverat home, till we come to heaven, but all will be well there. 29-32 Moses invites his kindred to go to Canaan. Those that arebound for the heavenly Canaan, should ask and encourage theirfriends to go with them: we shall have none the less of the joysof heaven, for others coming to share with us. It is good havingfellowship with those who have fellowship with God. But thethings of this world, which are seen, draw strongly from thepursuit of the things of the other world, which are not seen.Moses urges that Hobab might be serviceable to them. Not to showwhere they must encamp, nor what way they must march, the cloudwas to direct that; but to show the conveniences of the placethey marched through, and encamped in. It well consists with ourtrust in God's providence, to use the help of our friends. 33-36 Their going out and coming in, gives an example to us tobegin and end every day's journey and every day's work withprayer. Here is Moses's prayer when the ark set forward, "Riseup, and let thine enemies be scattered." There are those in theworld who are enemies to God and haters of him; secret and openenemies; enemies to his truths, his laws, his ordinances, hispeople. But for the scattering and defeating of God's enemies,there needs no more than God's arising. Observe also the prayerof Moses when the ark rested, that God would cause his people torest. The welfare and happiness of the Israel of God, consist inthe continual presence of God among them. Their safety is not intheir numbers, but in the favour of God, and his gracious returnto them, and resting with them. Upon this account, Happy artthou, O Israel! who is like unto thee, O people! God will gobefore them, to find them resting-places by the way. His promiseis, and their prayers are, that he will never leave them norforsake them.
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