“When you go to war in your land against the adversary who attacks you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, that you may be remembered before the LORD your God, and be saved from your enemies. Also in the day of your gladness and in your appointed feasts, on the first days of your month, you should blow the trumpet over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be as a reminder to you before your God. I am LORD your God.” (10:9-10)
REMINDERS! God is all about setting reminders for us about Who He is, What He’s done and What He’s promised to do. Isn’t that what Passover is all about? Remembering the Exodus, keeping that incredible salvation moment in history at the forefront of their corporate minds.
Another beautiful reminder is the pilar of cloud and fire which represented the Presence of the LORD. Of course it wasn’t all His fullness, but it was a demonstration that He was near and with them. What an awesome, terrifying visual display. God is with us! See there? When He moves we move and when He stays we stay. A guide in the day and a light by the night.
I bet that pillar of fire by night kept many dangers at bay as well. Who, or what, is going to attack a group of people led by fire coming from the sky??
The LORD still leads. He is still with us. Maybe it doesn’t look the same, but we have reminders of this fact as well. We have communion, which reminds us that Christ’s body was broken for us to be near Him, His blood which inaugurated a New Covenant. We have baptism to remind us of our incredible salvation moment, dying to sin and being made alive in Christ.
He is our God and we are His people. Reading His word and keeping a record of answered prayers and our journey with Him also serve as excellent reminders. We must pray, and listen for Him to speak, so when He moves we move and when He stays we stay.