Day of the Awakening Blast

Coming up next week on Thursday the 5th is a day of blowing otherwise known as the Feast of Trumpets or Yom Teruah (day of the awakening blast). Oh boy. Wednesday night as a family tradition we will be having gyros with tzatziki (zot zee kee) sauce. It’s worth eating the gyros (year-ohs, a mixture of lamb and beef with nifty spices) just to eat my wife’s tzatziki sauce (yogurt, garlic, cucumber mostly). I like to chop it up, others like to make sandwiches out of pita bread, onions and tomatoes.

 

We will be blowing shofars a lot. If you don’t already know, shofar is Hebrew for trumpet. Traditionally it is a curved animal horn (goat or ram’s horn for smaller ones, big ones are from the African Kudu), although some Bible trumpets were made out of silver. We’ll probably also have a fire in our fire ring and make s’mores or something. Or maybe we’ll skip the s’mores to avoid going into sugar shock. My wife likes to call this the “Feast of Sugar.”

 

We like the three fold principal involved in celebrating the feasts of God centered around the word “remember.” Remember in the biblical sense often means to speak or act on behalf of something or someone. That’s why we can not only remember the past (what God has done for His people) and remember the present (practice as a testimony), we can even remember the future (rehearse what God is going to do for His people).

 

Trumpets has themes associated with it including the coronation of the King, waking up from the sleep of sin, marriage (for us it’s associated with the marriage supper of the Lamb), concealment (on the day of wrath), and warning to repent before the day of Judgment/Wrath also known as Yom Kippur or day of atonement.

 

There are some articles on www.wholebible.com including Christian Faith and Practice through Cycles http://www.wholebible.com/Biblical_Feasts.htm and Christian Faith and Practice through Yom Teruah http://www.wholebible.com/trumpets.htm for more information. The Yom Teruah article has a flash video at the bottom where you can hear us sounding the shofar.

 

Shalom
Bruce

Shofar Sale

There’s a shofar (trumpet) sale going on now at Israel-Catalog.com if you want to check it out. Get a jump on finding a shofar for the Feast of Trumpets coming soon. We also use them at the start of Sabbath, Yom Kippur, every day of Tabernacles, and whenever we feel like it. We have the giant Yemenite shofars which are a little hard for kids to blow but our grandkids are managing to learn.

http://www.israel-catalog.com/judaica/shofarot?utm_source=Israel-Catalog.com&utm_campaign=edd91c8039-all_shofars_sale6_18_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1d0ecc628a-edd91c8039-296339677

The Watchmen

The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them, If I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their watchman, and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people, then if anyone who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand. (Ezekiel 33:1–6, ESV)

Sounding the trumpet (or shofar). Right click to play and stop.

Shofar Sounds

Feast of Trumpets 2012

This is another in a series of articles intended to give basic assistance for practice to the person who has realized that the blessings of the whole Bible belong to all who follow the Messiah. Yom Teruah (aka feast of Trumpets) is one of the three “fall” feasts, along with Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and Sukkot (Sue-coat or Tabernacles).

Article on Feast of Trumpets by Bruce.