Loving the Sound of the Shofar – The Feast of Trumpets Still Echoes…
Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets
Leviticus 23.23-44 states that in the beginning of the seventh month–the Hebrew month Tishrei–the season of summer labors is to cease. A new season in the life of a Jew begins. It is characterized by a sabbath, a rest. The Divine Mandate summons the mind of a Jew burdened with earthly labors to relinquish that yoke for the pleasant yoke of renewed intimacy with God and spiritual revival. It is a time of remembering the holiness and mercy of Israel’s God, the Lord and Sustainer of all creation. It is a time of heart response to that remembrance of His awesome being and character.
Leviticus 23:24 says this season of “R&R” begins on the first day of Tishrei with a loud trumpet call. This day is called Yom Teruah which is the Hebrew for “Day of Blowing.” The Scriptural name for it is the Feast of Trumpets.
The shofar, or ram’s horn, is an essential part of the Feast of Yom Teruah. Its sound is quite distinctive and is blown to call Israel to return with all their heart to the Lord, away from their labors and all disobedience…
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