Yom Teruah, better known as Rosh Hashannah, is upon us. I’d thought about creating a nice, elaborate blog post, but decided instead to take the opportunity to plug my book, When the Stars Fall, Vol. 1, by linking to the .pdf of the sample of Interlude 5: The Feast of Trumpets. Here are a few highlights to whet your appitite:
However, [Rosh Hashannah is] not it’s Biblical name, which is
Yom Teruah, the Day of the [Trumpet] Blast:
The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, shall be a solemn rest to you, a memorial of blowing [of shofars], a holy convocation. You shall do no regular work; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD.’”51
In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing [of shofars] to you.52
In each of these passages, “shofars” is in brackets because it’s not actually in the Hebrew text; however, teruah can and usually does mean to sound the trumpet (though it can mean to shout with a voice as well) and the use of a shofar on this day is considered so axiomatic that there is literally no debate in Jewish tradition on the matter. The shofar may be made from the horn of any kosher animal save that of the bull, in memory of the sin of the golden calf.
The shofar first appears in Scripture as heralding the visible appearance of God coming down on Mt. Sinai to meet with His people.53 It is also linked with His Coming in Zec. 9:14 and with Him going up (making aliyah) to Jerusalem in Psa. 47:5. Small wonder then that Yeshua said He would Come again with the sound of a trumpet, a shofar, in Mat. 24:31, which is echoed by Paul in 1Th. 4:16 and 1Co. 15:52. Indeed, many commentators have recognized that by “the last trump,” Paul was referring to the final shofar blast, called the Tekia HaGadol, of the Feast of Trumpets.
I hope you enjoy it, and enjoy the book as well.
Shalom, and L’shannah Tova.
- Why the shofar? (jta.org)