TEACHER: Ken Hicks
SCRIPTURES: Leviticus 23:23-25; Numbers 29:1-6
BOTTOM LINE: Jesus is coming again! Are we Ready?
QUESTION: Do we live with anticipation that TODAY could be the day of Jesus’ return? Are we Ready? Are we in community w/ one another as a source of encouragment, accountability, ministry, worship, etc…?
DOWNLOAD: The main significance of the Feast of Trumpets ultimately was that God is calling His people to gather together for:
- Spiritual awakening
- God’s enjoyment
The Feast of Trumpets are found in both Leviticus and Numbers.
The Feast of Trumpets was to take place on the 1st day, of the 7th month, of the Religious Calendar [the month of Tishri]. The Jews have both a Religious & a Civil Calendar, and so this is also the 1st day of the month on the Civil Calendar too. So this Feast is often referred to as the Jewish New Year as well, or by it’s Hebrew name, Rosh Hashanah … which means head of the year.
This begins a 10-day period which ends on Yom Kippur, which is also known as The Day of Atonement, or the High Holy Days, the 10 Days of Awe.
So What Was Involved in the Feast?
Originally, The Feast of Trumpets was observed by making a set of special offerings … both Grain & Animals. In addition to the normal Daily Sacrifices.
- Those sacrifices were accompanied by the blowing of Trumpets …
- And just as we’ve seen w/ each of the other Feasts … there was no work to be done on these 2 days.
Since the destruction of the temple in 70A.D., they have had to modify the sacrifices in order to observe this Feast.
Most of the day is spent in the Synagogue, where Religious Poems are added to the regular service and prayers from a special Prayer Book developed for the Feast.
These services focus heavily on the Sovereignty of God, and it’s also traditional to eat Apples dipped in Honey as a symbol of the wish for a Sweet New Year.
And as we might expect, the most important part of the observance is the blowing of the Shofar … or the Ram’s Horn … which is associated w/ Abraham offering his son Isaac as a sacrifice on Mt. Moriah. So from the beginning of the 6th month [Elul] … the shofar was blown each day [except on the Sabbath, and on the day before Rosh Hashanah].
Then the 2 days of Rosh Hashanah, exactly 100 notes of various types are sounded, ending w/ 1 big long blast.
There’s several other traditions associated w/ The Feast of Trumpets … in addition to being known as Rosh Hashanah … it’s also known by several other names:
- Yom Teruah – The Day of Awakening Blast
- Yom HaZikkaron – The Day of Remembrance
- Yom Hakeseh – The Hidden Day
- Yom HaDin – The Day of Judgment
In practice … The Feast of Trumpets is observed for 2 days, on the 1st and 2nd days of the month of Tishri, since the Jewish calendar is a Lunar Calendar. [the 1st day of the month also corresponds w/ the 1st day of the New Moon].
But I want to try to just wet our appetite a little this morning as we close … and dial into a couple things that I think are really significant for us … so let’s look at a few of these:
- The Hidden Day.
- The Day of Judgment.
- The Blowing of the Trumpet.
At His first coming, Jesus literally fulfilled each of the Spring Feasts through the significant events of His Life, Death and Resurrection … that literally occurred on the exact days and times that corresponded w/ each of those Feasts.
And I think … We can have confidence that the events of His 2nd coming will also correspond to The Fall Feasts … There seems to be so little doubt that Jesus’ return … announced by a loud trumpet call … will be connected w/ the Feast of Trumpets too.
- We Need to Constantly be Preparing our Hearts for Jesus’ Return.
Just like the Jews would blow the shofar throughout the entire month of Elul in preparation for Rosh Hashanah … we need to be preparing in anxious anticipation …
- We Need to Encourage One Another and Build One Another Up.
One of the most important aspects of all the Jewish Feasts is that they are to be celebrated and observed in community w/ others. No doubt … there is the personal time of reflection and introspection … but the Feasts themselves are all community events.
Jesus is coming back … the trumpets will one day sound, after the pause … just like they celebrate in the Feast of Trumpets …
And for us …
- Are we preparing daily for the return of Jesus? Does each day for us start w/ the trumpet blowing and even the thought that today could be the day … so let’s get ready.
- Are we encouraging and supporting one another today? If today’s not the day, then who did we encourage? Where did we love one another as The Church today? Who did we defend today? Who did we love In-Christ today?