Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be a memorial for you before your God: I am the Lord your God. (Numbers 10:10)
In our local congregation, each month we observe what is called, in Hebrew, Rosh Chodesh or “head of the month.” At the beginning of each new month on the Hebrew calendar we gather for food, fellowship and a worship service. Part of that service focuses on the sounding of silver trumpets over offerings presented by the people in accordance with this verse — “at the beginning of your months.” We sound the trumpets, not because we understand the reason for doing so, but because we are trying to follow the pattern in Scripture.
Each time we do this, however, I remind the congregation that our obedience to do this is accomplishing something. Actually, our obedience in all matters is doing something but it is amplified here in this verse — the offerings and the sounding of the silver trumpets is for a memorial before God. Because the Hebrew word for “memorial” and “remember” are pretty much the same, obedience that results in a memorial before God means that, at a time when we need Him the most, He will “remember” us and take action on our behalf. You can see an example of this in the account involving Cornelius whose prayers and giving came up “as a memorial before God” (Acts 10:4).
Remember also that the silver trumpets were to be sounded when Israel went out against an adversary. The implication is, in sounding the trumpets, Israel would be “remembered” before the LORD and thus be saved from their enemies — i.e. He would act on their behalf. Where we are concerned, we believe that our prayer and giving — our good deeds and righteous acts — accumulate before God as a memorial. There will come a day when, in a time of our greatest need, those acts of obedience will provoke Him to go to war on our behalf. And so, as Paul said, “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9).
Blessings and Shalom,