Thursday, September 29, 2011

Rosh Hashanah (The Feast of Trumpets)

Leviticus 23: 23-24 Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.
Numbers 29:1 Now in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall also have a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work. It will be to you a day for blowing trumpets.

This is the Jewish New Year, year 5772. Today (actually beginning at sundown last night) is a day for remembering. The biblical command is to blast the trumpet or shofar. It is an amazing sound if you have never heard one. And not so easy to do without a bit of practice! :) It is a memorial of God's grace to Abraham when he substituted the ram for Issac. And this being a foreshadowing of Christ substitution for us! (Genesis 22) The blasting of the trumpet is also a call to us. To think about the God's call to us. It is a deep sound, amazing if you haven't ever heard one. One day Christ will return with the sound of a trumpet. And on that day, we need to be ready to respond to his call. In Christ we are forgiven of our sins and will be able to stand in that day! I pray we are all ready! 
This day is also a celebration of the worlds' birthday. It is God's amazing creation through which he speaks to us. We celebrate his great work! (Genesis 1) There are other significances to this feast. We are just beginning to learn about our Hebrew roots and this Jewish God and Savior we serve. I encourage you to learn more about it! It is an amazing way to see and understand God.

Other ways that we will celebrate the feast of trumpets:
reading scripture
eating apples in honey, sweet bread, pomegranates
taking a nature walk and casting crumbs into a stream
the kids have paper mache trumpets
celebrate with friends

Micah 7:19 He will again have compassion on us;
He will tread our iniquities under foot.
Yes, You will cast all their sins
Into the depths of the sea.  

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1 comment:

Lacey said...

so neat! love your homemade shofars!