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Bible Commentaries

Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible

Numbers 10

Verses 1-36

The use of trumpets in the history of the people is full of interest and here we find instructions concerning it. They were intended to call the people to attention, that led to obedience. The blast of the trumpets was ever in the ear of the people authoritative as the voice of God. z' 'ach note had suggested its own meaning. Certain calls were to assembly in one place, while others summoned to preparation for the march or for conflict, as the case might be.

As the movement forward commenced, we have the story of how Moses persuaded Hobab and his people to accompany them. He first suggested that it would be advantageous to Hobab, as he said, "Come thou with us, and we will do thee good." This was not successful in winning Hobab. Then Moses said, "Thou shalt be to us instead of eyes," thus appealing to him for his help. This appeal was successful.

The story here closes with the suggestive words which Moses used at the opening and closing of each successive movement of the hosts. They indicated Moses' and the people's profound recognition that everything centered in the presence and government of God, both in regard to the victory of Israel over her enemies and her own eternal safety and well-being.

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Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on Numbers 10". "Morgan's Exposition on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gcm/numbers-10.html. 1857-84.