The metal, silver, is very closely associated in the scriptures with the
subject of redemption. Trumpets are closely associated with the subject
of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The number two is associated with the
subject of witness.
The 10th chapter of the book of
Numbers details to us the use under the Old Covenant of two silver
trumpets: Num. 10:1-10 "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Make thee
two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou
mayest use them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying
of the camps. And when they shall blow with them, all the assembly shall
assemble themselves to thee at the door of the tabernacle of the
congregation. And if they blow but with one trumpet, then the princes,
which are heads of the thousands of Israel, shall gather themselves unto
When ye blow an alarm, then the
camps that lie on the east parts shall go forward. When ye blow an alarm
the second time, then the camps that lie on the south side shall take
their journey: they shall blow an alarm for their journeys. But when the
congregation is to be gathered together, ye shall blow, but ye shall not
sound an alarm. And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the
trumpets; and they shall be to you for an ordinance for ever throughout
And if ye go to war in your land
against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with
the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and
ye shall be saved from your enemies. 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."
These two silver trumpets had the
1. They were used to call together the assembly of the people.
2. They were used for the journeying of the camps.
3. They were used for the call to go forth to war.
4. They were used to signify the people's gladness over their burnt
offerings and the sacrifice of their peace offerings.
Like as the trumpets were used in
the Old Covenant, the gospel is used in the New Testament Church to call
the people of God to assemble to worship the Lord. The Lord illustrated
this in Matthew 22:2-9 as the Lord spoke a parable about a King sending
forth his servants to call those that were bidden to the marriage feast.
Moreover, the gospel educates the Lord's people about how they should
live their lives in this untoward world. It teaches us to study the
scriptures for knowledge and to follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit
in the conduct of our lives.
Furthermore, the gospel prepares
us for spiritual warfare. It teaches us that we are to be good soldiers
of Jesus Christ and that we are to put on the whole armor of God so that
we can stand against the wiles of the devil.
Additional, through the hearing
and believing the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we are made
to rejoice in the sacrificial atonement of our Savior and the fact that
he made us to be at peace with our God.
All of the above are predicated
upon the redemptive work of Jesus Christ upon the cross of Calvary.
Thus, the central theme of the gospel is that redemptive work of Jesus
Christ on behalf of his people.
The two trumpets that were blown in the Old Testament were of silver.
The gospel declared by the witnesses prepared of Jesus Christ are to
testify of the redemption of God's people through the redemptive blood
Joseph's Gift to Benjamin
In the Old Testament, Joseph, the next to youngest son of Jacob, was a
strong type of Christ. There are over 100 parallels between the life of
Joseph and the life of Christ. Thus, Joseph was a strong type of Christ.
When Joseph was promoted to be second only to Pharaoh in the government
of Egypt, he sent for his father, brethren, and their families to come
to Egypt to escape the ravages of the famine that had engulfed Egypt and
its neighbor countries. Joseph gave gifts to all of his brothers, but
unto Benjamin he gave a special gift as follows: Gen. 45:21 "And the
children of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the
commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way. 22 To all
of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he gave
three hundred pieces of silver, and five changes of raiment."
In the representative language of
the scriptures the metal silver is closely associated with the subject
of redemption. Also, the number 300 is closely associated with the
subject of faith. Moreover, the number 5 if closely associated with the
subject of death.
Each of the brothers of Joseph
received a change of raiment, but Benjamin received five changes of
raiment and 300 pieces of silver. Similarly, all of God's elect receive
from their elder brother, Jesus Christ, a change of raiment. Through the
redemptive work of Christ we go from being clothes with filthy raiment
of sin to wearing the white raiment of Christ's imputed righteousness.
This is true for all the elect family of God.
Benjamin received a special
blessing from Joseph. He received something that the other brothers of
Joseph did not. He received five changes of raiment and 300 pieces of
Similarly, those who are members
of the Lord's church kingdom here on earth receive a special blessing
from the Lord in their knowledge of what the Lord has done for them.
First, they receive five changes of raiment as set forth in Rom. 8:29,
30: "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed
to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many
brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and
whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he
also glorified." We receive these five changes of raiment: foreknow,
predestinate, called, justified, and glorified; through our
understanding of God's covenant of redemption that he made before the
world began. Through this covenant of redemption Christ came down to
redeem his people from their sins and to take them home to heaven's
glory world. This covenant of redemption is really a covenant of death,
whereby through the death of Jesus Christ those chosen in Christ before
the world began, would ultimately be housed in heaven's glory world.
This is the antitype of Benjamin's receiving five changes of raiment.
Second, those who are members of
the Lord's church kingdom here on earth, receive a knowledge of Christ's
redemptive work through the faith that has been imparted unto them in
the new birth and through their exercise of that faith in believing the
gospel truth of salvation by grace through the redemptive work of Christ
on the cross of Calvary. This is the antitype of Benjamin's receiving
three hundred pieces of silver.
Redemptive price of children of
There is a strong correlation between the use of the bible metal,
silver, and the bible subject of redemption. This correlation is
illustrated in the Old Testament in what God established as the price of
redemption for the children of Israel:
1. Ex. 30:12-16 "When thou takest
the sum of the children of Israel after their number, then shall they
give every man a ransom for his soul unto the LORD, when thou numberest
them; that there be no plague among them, when thou numberest them. This
they shall give, every one that passeth among them that are numbered,
half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary: (a shekel is twenty
gerahs:) an half shekel shall be the offering of the LORD. Every one
that passeth among them that are numbered, from twenty years old and
above, shall give an offering unto the LORD. The rich shall not give
more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel, when they
give an offering unto the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls. And
thou shalt take the atonement money of the children of Israel, and shalt
appoint it for the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; that
it may be a memorial unto the children of Israel before the LORD, to
make an atonement for your souls."
2. Num. 18:15-16 "Every thing that
openeth the matrix in all flesh, which they bring unto the LORD, whether
it be of men or beasts, shall be thine: nevertheless the firstborn of
man shalt thou surely redeem, and the firstling of unclean beasts shalt
thou redeem. And those that are to be redeemed from a month old shalt
thou redeem, according to thine estimation, for the money of five
shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, which is twenty gerahs."
From the above we gather the price
of atonement or redemption was the same for each individual: a half
shekel of silver. There weren't different atonement prices for different
individuals. Further there weren't different ways in which a person was
redeemed. It was the same for every individual and the same price for
every individual. Likewise, the price for redemption from sins is the
same for each elect child of God. There are not different ways in which
some are redeemed in different ages of time. They are all redeemed in
the exact same way. They are redeemed by the shed blood of Christ who
gave his life on Calvary to save his people from their sins. This
principle is firmly established in the following verses of scripture:
1. Acts 4:12 "Neither is there
salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given
among men, whereby we must be saved."
2. Heb. 9:12-15 "Neither by the
blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into
the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the
blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the
unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall
the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself
without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the
living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament,
that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that
were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the
promise of eternal inheritance."