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  • Allen Domelle

The Need for a Certain Sound


Numbers 10:10

Also 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.

There was a group of men in the children of Israel whose job was critical to their existence. These men were those who held the trumpets that were to be blown for several reasons. They were to blow the trumpets when the children of Israel were to gather to journey. They were to blow the trumpets for war when they were about to be attacked. They were also to blow the trumpets when they gathered for their solemn day to give sacrifice to God.

Each of these times that they blew the trumpets had a different sound. Israel knew what each sound was and what it meant. Let me illustrate. I live in the Oklahoma City area, which is known for tornadoes coming through in the springtime of the year. Every Saturday at noon, if it is not a stormy day, a siren will go off to test to make sure they work. However, when those sirens go off at any other time, we are being warned to take cover because a tornado is on the way.

Just as we have tornado warnings here in my city, so the children of Israel had these who blew the trumpets to alert the Israelites of what they were to do. It was critical that these men blew with a certain sound. They were not to blow in timidity, but they were to blow these trumpets in confidence. You see, lives were at stake, and if these men did not blow with a certain sound, people could be killed.

Just as God gave Israel these men to blow the trumpets with a certain sound, He also gives us men of God who blow the trumpet through their preaching. We need men of God today who blow with a certain sound instead of a compromising sound. Preacher, every time you get up to preach, you are to be deliberate with your message, confident in your delivery, and clear with the message that God has given to you. The message preached is always a life-saving message that must be preached with earnestness as the lives of those listening are at stake.

Moreover, every parent needs to blow the trumpet with a certain sound to their children. Parents, your children need to see clear lines on how they are to live for God. You cannot be wishy-washy with how you live and what you teach your children and not expect them to go to the world. You must be clear to your children on how they are to live, and you must make that sound clear by living that life yourself.

Furthermore, every Sunday school teacher needs to blow the trumpet with a certain sound. Sunday school teacher, you should not be teaching something different from the pastor. Your sound should be as clear as what the pastor teaches and preaches. Your sound of what you teach ought to be clear for people to understand, but it should become crystal clear by backing it up with the life you live.

Now, it matters not if those blowing the trumpet are clear if you do not heed what they say. My friend, you can ignore the trumpet blown in the preaching and teaching of God’s Word, but that does not take away the seriousness of the message. Let me encourage you to listen to those blowing the trumpets with a certain sound as they blow those trumpets to save your life from that which will destroy you.

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