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Hear the shofar

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Are you ready to hear the shofar in your life?

what a sound. what a blast.
So, what did you hear?
like language, we recognize some and others are just foreign. Abba in Hebrew means father. when you know what it means, in makes sense.
as for the Israelites,
the trumpet blow was a recognized sound to the Israelites. it was a way of communicating, and depending on what they heard, it caused them to respond. it was blown on different days and at different times.
let’s look to scripture to find out.
Numbers 10:1–7 ESV
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Make two silver trumpets. Of hammered work you shall make them, and you shall use them for summoning the congregation and for breaking camp. And when both are blown, all the congregation shall gather themselves to you at the entrance of the tent of meeting. But if they blow only one, then the chiefs, the heads of the tribes of Israel, shall gather themselves to you. When you blow an alarm, the camps that are on the east side shall set out. And when you blow an alarm the second time, the camps that are on the south side shall set out. An alarm is to be blown whenever they are to set out. But when the assembly is to be gathered together, you shall blow a long blast, but you shall not sound an alarm.
made from either metals, or horns like rams horns and other horns but not cow horns.
they seemed to have an elaborate system to alert the people as to what was needed to happen. the trumpets in those days did not have the valves on them to play different notes so it had to be long and short blasts. it was the public emergency radio system of the day.
the sound of a trumpet in those days were usually a wake up call to something whether it be
Feasts and festivals
Leviticus 25:9 ESV
Then you shall sound the loud trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh month. On the Day of Atonement you shall sound the trumpet throughout all your land.
the day of atonement, which was basically a cleansing of the temple from any defilement that may have happened throughout the year. the high priest could approach the mercy seat to make atonement for the nations sins. it was the most holy of the feasts.
they also used the trumpet for bringing the troops together for war - the story of Ehud, was a deliverer of Israel from the Moabites, and this text is right after he killed the Moabite king and came back to his people....
Judges 3:27–28 ESV
When he arrived, he sounded the trumpet in the hill country of Ephraim. Then the people of Israel went down with him from the hill country, and he was their leader. And he said to them, “Follow after me, for the Lord has given your enemies the Moabites into your hand.” So they went down after him and seized the fords of the Jordan against the Moabites and did not allow anyone to pass over.
we find after this war they had peace in the land for 80 years.
this trumpet blast must have brought some serious consideration. when one is going off to war, there is a concern of will I return? this trumpet call brings a reality check to life.
Psalm 150:3 HCSB
Praise Him with trumpet blast; praise Him with harp and lyre.
you know, there are some churches today that seem to shun instrument playing in their church but scripture shows us that God was praised by the playing of many different types of instruments and it is a gift for someone to be able to play them. we are blessed here to have so many talented musicians.
Joel 2:15 ESV
Blow the trumpet in Zion; consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly;
Joel 2:14 ESV
Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him, a grain offering and a drink offering for the Lord your God?
bringing the people together for a serious time of fasting and praying was needed in those days and still are today. Usually when something devastating happens in our country or world, people respond with questions, concerns, a desire to pray, and even a call to fast to seek answers. this trumpet sound was certainly a serious time.
used on the Jewish festivals,
at the Feast of Trumpets or Rosh Hashanah was the new year
it signalled a call to repentance. to search the heart and check their relationship with God. to turn from any wicked ways that they may find in themselves.
a side note, what was the message that Jesus started out preaching?
Matthew 4:17 ESV
From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Jesus was sounding the trumpet with His own voice.
it was the beginning of the new agricultural year. the Jewish people worked from two calendars....the civil and the agricultural.
the trumpet was the signal for the people to come together for this feast.
the trumpet was the signal for the people to come together for this feast.
We even see the voice of God being used metaphorically as a trumpet.

Revelation 1:10–13 and 4:1 indicate that the One “like a son of man” (Jesus) speaks with a voice that sounds like a trumpet. This of course picks up on the fact that the Lord’s voice on Mount Sinai sounded like a trumpet (Ex 19–20). It is one of the many OT depictions of YHWH that are applied to Jesus in Revelation.

the trumpet sound was used for so many different uses....... what could compare to the trumpet today?
What is something that calls us into fellowship, spiritual warfare, repentance, worship?
His very Voice!
His own Word!
and when we speak His Word it can be as a trumpet blast to others in our community.
How we are desperately needing to hear His voice blast out as a trumpet sound.
today, we have a world that is lost, needy, without direction towards God. the world needs to hear the voice of needs to know who God is.
for you and I, we are those who make the claim to know God. we read His Word by faith and praise His name in song. Who better than to share the very words of God than the people of God, amen?
You and I are looking at another year ahead of us....2018. who can we share the good news with this year? our neighbor? our town? our world?
may the trumpet blast in our own hearts from the Lord, for repentance in a way that we stay confessional in our walk with our God and changing our direction in the way that He wants us to go
and then for the call to spiritual battle in this land, for the hearts and minds of the people of Andover.
We also need to remember what we talked about last week. remember?
Matthew 24:31 ESV
And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
there is a final time coming for all that live. we must see this everyday knowing the time is short and we are here for a reason. let the trumpet sound ring in our ears along with the expectation of the future blast from God’s angels.
Are you ready to hear the shofar?
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