When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound,
and time shall be no more,
and the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair;
when the saved of earth shall gather
over on the other shore,
and the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.
– When the Roll is Called Up Yonder
There is something divine when a trumpet sounds in the Bible. Something that says the Lord is in this. It’s a call to action, celebration and even war.
Of course when I think of trumpet blasts, I’m taken right to thinking about the Revelation trumpet blasts where the Lord moves to bring judgment on the earth. But there are also happy trumpet blasts. In fact, that was the norm.
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…
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.”
When I read this, I wonder, were the trumpet blasts at the sacrificial offerings joyous occasions? For some reason when I think of sacrificing bulls and goats and sheep for sins, it’s a heavier side. But maybe there’s the side of the rejoicing because sins have been covered?
And then to see, which for some reason I find interesting, that the trumpets were also to sound at the New Moon feasts. So basically once a month there was to be a commemoration of the new month with the trumpet blasts. And later in Scripture we find the trumpets sounded each Sabbath.
It would be kind of special to experience. That on the first day of the week, the first day of the month, and at all the festivals the silver trumpets sounded.
But it wasn’t just for a cool factor. But so that these events would be a reminder that the Lord is God. Like what the Sabbath was meant to do, to take a pause and remember Yahweh.
We have this on Sundays, Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. But we need even more during our week.
I’m thinking on how I can add more during mine.