Dave Burnette's Commentary

Numbers Chapter 10

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Moses
Date Penned: (1450-1410 BC)
Overview: A Record of Israel's Unbelief (c 1-27)
Theme: The First Approach to the Promised Land (c 10-14)
Message: The People Complain (v 1-36)

Numbers 10 Commentary

(10:1-10) The Silver Trumpets - The two silver trumpets were used to coordinate the tribes as they moved through the wilderness. To keep so many people in tight formations required clear communication and control. Trumpet blasts also reminded the Israelites of God's protection over them and his ongoing covenant relationship with them.

(10:21) God is with You - Anyone who has traveled, moved, or faced any kind of new challenge knows what it's like to be uprooted. Life is full of changes, and few things remain stable for long. The Israelites were constantly moving through the wilderness. They were able to handle change only because God's presence in the tabernacle was always with them. The portable tabernacle signified God and his people moving together. Stability means not lack of change but moving with God in every circumstance.

(10:29-32) Showing Appreciation - By complementing Hobab's wilderness skills, Moses let him know he was needed. People cannot know you appreciate them if you do not tell them they are important to you. Complimenting those who deserve it builds lasting relationships and helps people know they are valued. Think about those who have helped you this month. What can you do to let them know how much you need and appreciate them?

Dave Burnette's Life Application


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue the book of Numbers with Chapter 10 and in today's text we see Israel continuing on a journey to the promise land as they are making application to the law that has been given and the instructions given to Moses. I notice today the blowing of the trumpets to guide Israel as they moved through the wilderness. It told them to stop or go in a direction of which they did not understand. Many would get discouraged because they could see the end destination. In making application - today we are given instruction to go or stay according to the Lords will for our life. We cant always see where we are going but the Lord knows and no matter if we are going or staying our job is to obey and serve along the Journey. We are to simply serve where the Lord has placed you because He has placed you there. How about you? Are you serving where the Lord has placed you? Let  us learn from today's text and not be discouraged by simply serving Him where we are placed. 


Numbers 10

Numbers 10

 1And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 2Make 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.

 3And when they shall blow with them, all the assembly shall assemble themselves to thee at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

 4And if they blow but with one trumpet, then the princes, which are heads of the thousands of Israel, shall gather themselves unto thee.

 5When ye blow an alarm, then the camps that lie on the east parts shall go forward.

 6When ye blow an alarm the second time, then the camps that lie on the south side shall take their journey: they shall blow an alarm for their journeys.

 7But when the congregation is to be gathered together, ye shall blow, but ye shall not sound an alarm.

 8And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets; and they shall be to you for an ordinance for ever throughout your generations.

 9And 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.

 10Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn 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; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the LORD your God.

 11And it came to pass on the twentieth day of the second month, in the second year, that the cloud was taken up from off the tabernacle of the testimony.

 12And the children of Israel took their journeys out of the wilderness of Sinai; and the cloud rested in the wilderness of Paran.

 13And they first took their journey according to the commandment of the LORD by the hand of Moses.

 14In the first place went the standard of the camp of the children of Judah according to their armies: and over his host was Nahshon the son of Amminadab.

 15And over the host of the tribe of the children of Issachar was Nethaneel the son of Zuar.

 16And over the host of the tribe of the children of Zebulun was Eliab the son of Helon.

 17And the tabernacle was taken down; and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari set forward, bearing the tabernacle.

 18And the standard of the camp of Reuben set forward according to their armies: and over his host was Elizur the son of Shedeur.

 19And over the host of the tribe of the children of Simeon was Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai.

 20And over the host of the tribe of the children of Gad was Eliasaph the son of Deuel.

 21And the Kohathites set forward, bearing the sanctuary: and the other did set up the tabernacle against they came.

 22And the standard of the camp of the children of Ephraim set forward according to their armies: and over his host was Elishama the son of Ammihud.

 23And over the host of the tribe of the children of Manasseh was Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur.

 24And over the host of the tribe of the children of Benjamin was Abidan the son of Gideoni.

 25And the standard of the camp of the children of Dan set forward, which was the rereward of all the camps throughout their hosts: and over his host was Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.

 26And over the host of the tribe of the children of Asher was Pagiel the son of Ocran.

 27And over the host of the tribe of the children of Naphtali was Ahira the son of Enan.

 28Thus were the journeyings of the children of Israel according to their armies, when they set forward.

 29And Moses said unto Hobab, the son of Raguel the Midianite, Moses' father in law, We are journeying unto the place of which the LORD said, I will give it you: come thou with us, and we will do thee good: for the LORD hath spoken good concerning Israel.

 30And he said unto him, I will not go; but I will depart to mine own land, and to my kindred.

 31And he said, Leave us not, I pray thee; forasmuch as thou knowest how we are to encamp in the wilderness, and thou mayest be to us instead of eyes.

 32And it shall be, if thou go with us, yea, it shall be, that what goodness the LORD shall do unto us, the same will we do unto thee.

 33And they departed from the mount of the LORD three days' journey: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD went before them in the three days' journey, to search out a resting place for them.

 34And the cloud of the LORD was upon them by day, when they went out of the camp.

 35And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses said, Rise up, LORD, and let thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate thee flee before thee.

 36And when it rested, he said, Return, O LORD, unto the many thousands of Israel.


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