Under the ancient teaching of the Hebrew Scriptures, God gave His people, Israel, instructions concerning the feasts that He designed in order to teach His people what it means to really be connected with Him. The Hebrew calendar begins in the spring with the celebration of the freedom available in our Creator with Passover; and the final commanded feasts for the year for the people of Israel, occur in the time of the autumn. (See Leviticus 23).
The Fall Feasts designed by our Creator are rich with depth and meaning, allowing us to get in touch with the beauty of His interactions with the people of His creation as we journey within the “valley of the shadow of death”.
Since it is autumn time at present, we are blessed to be able to meditate upon the original intention of the Creator concerning His fall feast days. In particular, we will meditate upon the meaning of the Shofar in Scripture; a significant element of the fall feast.
The Fall Feasts are a time to blow the shofar; to participate in the cleansing of the sicknesses, the wounds and the mistakes of our past; and then to move into a time of joy while we celebrate what it means to have the True Creator of all things dwelling in our midst.
Yom Teruah: The Sound of the Shofar
The seventh month begins at the sound of the shofar; beginning a month to remember and celebrate our release from all forms of bondage. This brings our minds to all that the shofar means to the people of Yah.
At the sound of the shofar at Mount Sinai, Yah gave Israel the gift of hearing His voice, the gift of the freedom in Torah and the gift of His glorious Presence.
At the sound of the shofar, in the land the first victory of Yah’s people was won. With the sound of the shofar, accompanied by the great shout of the people of Israel. With the Ark of God’s Presence in their midst, victory was achieved on the seventh day of marching when this sound brought down the battle fortifications of man’s invention.
At the sound of the shofar, Rahab was made free. All of the strongholds of her life crumbled to the ground and at the sound of the shofar she became part of God’s people, all of her past wiped away and gone; nothing to remind her of all of the pain of the life that she left behind.
At the sound of the shofar, Gideon and his men fought and won an impossible battle for victory and freedom for God’s people. By the leadership , grace and love of Yah Himself, Israel was once again made free from their oppressors.
At the sound of the shofar, King David danced before Yah and all Israel celebrated and shouted with victory as they brought the Ark of YHVH to return it to its place among the people; in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it.
At the sound of the shofar, the future day of Yah will come; when the glorious victory over all of the kingdoms of men is announced, and the people of the earth are about to find freedom from the pain of bondage wrought at the hands of self-serving and evil men exerting their own vain attempts at continued global power and control.
Much is to reflected upon as we await the final regathering of the people of Israel in fullness. May the heart of the Holy One of Israel shine through and may our hearts truly rejoice in all that He is, learning to walk hand in hand with Him; while we step into His will that upon our human hearts of flesh, should be inscribed the beauty and healing available in His Teachings and Instructions for us.
Wishing everyone Shalom,
For your reference, Scriptures paraphrased above in considering this topic include:
- Some fall feast references:
- Exo. 23; Exo. 30; Exo. 34; Lev. 16; Lev. 23; Lev. 25; Num. 29; Deu. 16; Ezr. 3; Neh. 8; 2 Chr. 8 (List not exhaustive.)
- Shofar at Mt. Sinai: Exo. 19: 16, 19; 20:18
- Shofar at Jericho upon entering land: Jos. 6
- Shofar and victory through Gideon’s army: Jdg. 7
- Shofar and the Ark’s return to Jerusalem in time of David: 2 Sam. 6
- Shofar in Day of YHVH: Joe. 2:1
- Kingdoms of men come to an end, to be replaced by Yah’s kingdom: Dan 2