Every week, discussion questions are produced based on the most recent Sunday morning sermon, which are used to guide midweek Grace Group discussions.
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Find this week’s questions below.
Reading the Scripture
The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Make two silver trumpets. Of hammered work you shall make them, and you shall use them for summoning the congregation and for breaking camp. And when both are blown, all the congregation shall gather themselves to you at the entrance of the tent of meeting. But if they blow only one, then the chiefs, the heads of the tribes of Israel, shall gather themselves to you. When you blow an alarm, the camps that are on the east side shall set out. And when you blow an alarm the second time, the camps that are on the south side shall set out. An alarm is to be blown whenever they are to set out. But when the assembly is to be gathered together, you shall blow a long blast, but you shall not sound an alarm. And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow the trumpets. The trumpets shall be to you for a perpetual statute throughout your generations. And when you go to war in your land against the adversary who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, that you may be remembered before the LORD your God, and you shall be saved from your enemies. On the day of your gladness also, and at your appointed feasts and at the beginnings of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings. They shall be a reminder of you before your God: I am the LORD your God.”
In the second year, in the second month, on the twentieth day of the month, the cloud lifted from over the tabernacle of the testimony, and the people of Israel set out by stages from the wilderness of Sinai. And the cloud settled down in the wilderness of Paran. They set out for the first time at the command of the LORD by Moses. The standard of the camp of the people of Judah set out first by their companies, and over their company was Nahshon the son of Amminadab. And over the company of the tribe of the people of Issachar was Nethanel the son of Zuar. And over the company of the tribe of the people of Zebulun was Eliab the son of Helon.
And when the tabernacle was taken down, the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari, who carried the tabernacle, set out. And the standard of the camp of Reuben set out by their companies, and over their company was Elizur the son of Shedeur. And over the company of the tribe of the people of Simeon was Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai. And over the company of the tribe of the people of Gad was Eliasaph the son of Deuel.
Then the Kohathites set out, carrying the holy things, and the tabernacle was set up before their arrival. And the standard of the camp of the people of Ephraim set out by their companies, and over their company was Elishama the son of Ammihud. And over the company of the tribe of the people of Manasseh was Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur. And over the company of the tribe of the people of Benjamin was Abidan the son of Gideoni.
Then the standard of the camp of the people of Dan, acting as the rear guard of all the camps, set out by their companies, and over their company was Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai. And over the company of the tribe of the people of Asher was Pagiel the son of Ochran. And over the company of the tribe of the people of Naphtali was Ahira the son of Enan. This was the order of march of the people of Israel by their companies, when they set out.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
1. Do you play, or have you ever played, a musical instrument? What was behind your choice? What enjoyment has it brought?
2. Though the priests were to trumpet God’s guidance for the congregation, each member also had a responsibility. Discuss what this looks like in the biblical church government of elder-led congregationalism.
Discuss each member’s responsibility when it comes to the health of the church.
INTO THE BIBLE
3. Read 1 Corinthians 14:6–12. What parallels do you see with this passage in Numbers?
Do the same with 1 Corinthians 14:36–40.
4. The congregation under Moses was expected to discern the varying sounds coming from the trumpeters. Failure to do so could lead to confusion, chaos, and even conflict within the nation as they set out for Canaan. How do you think the failure of a congregation to listen and learn from God’s word can affect the corporate life of the church?
5. When Paul left Titus in Crete, he commanded him to “set in order” the local church (Titus 1:5–9). He was to do so through a proper handling of the word of God.
Discuss how God’s word is to order the local church. Also, discuss why elders need to be skilled in teaching (Titus 1:9; 1 Timothy 3:2). What does this look like? Why is it important?
6. The trumpets were a God-given means of reminding God’s people of his presence—of his “remembrance” of them. They were a means to remind them that he was committed to acting on their behalf.
How do God’s means of grace for his people (gathering for preaching, fellowship, the ordinances, etc.) help us to remember God’s gospel benefits to us?
7. Our elders need your prayerful support. Discuss practical ways in which we can help the elders to better and more clearly sound the trumpets and lead the church.