Once again, it’s time to hear from our sister in Jerusalem about what she is witnessing there as a believer in Yeshua. Put your prayer shawls on and pray for Israel and Sister J. Now here she is …
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2 Make two silver trumpets for yourself; you shall make them of hammered work; you shall use them for calling the congregation and for directing the movement of the camps. 3 When they blow both of them, all the congregation shall gather before you at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. 4 But if they blow only one, then the leaders, the heads of the divisions of Israel, shall gather to you. 5When you sound the advance, the camps that lie on the east side shall then begin their journey. 6 When you sound the advance the second time, then the camps that lie on the south side shall begin their journey; they shall sound the call for them to begin their journeys.7 And when the assembly is to be gathered together, you shall blow, but not sound the advance. 8 The sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow the trumpets; and these shall be to you as an ordinance forever throughout your generations. 9 When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the Lord your God, and you will be saved from your enemies. 10 Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be a memorial for you before your God: I am the Lord your God. (Numbers 10:1-10)
And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work. For you it is a day of blowing the trumpets. (Numbers 29:1)
There is not a great deal of scripture concerning the Feast of the Blowing of Trumpets, but there has evolved a great deal of tradition. Through tradition, we Jews celebrate the New Year on this day − although scripture tells us that Passover is the New Year − and call it Rosh h’shana, or “the head (rosh) of the(h) year (shana).”
We were told to make two silver trumpets, but traditionally rams horns, or shofarim have been blown. Although I’m sure that silver horns were used in temple times, and perhaps still are by some, many beautiful rams horns today have silver work encircling them. Many of you, I know, have a shofar of your own and blow it at significant times.
It is a most beautiful and even haunting sound, for those of you who have not heard it. When Israel found that she was once again, in possession of the Old City and Jerusalem was reunited after 2,000 years, the sound of the blowing of this rams horn at the Western Wall by the Chief Rabbi still sends chills through all of us. (You can hear it here, around the 39 second point in the video.)
So, although we celebrate with assembling together, the giving of gifts, sharing apples and honey, and traditional meals, the commandment stands for it to be a day of “the blowing of trumpets.” It seems to awake the spirit within us when we hear the blowing of the shofar throughout the neighborhood.
My father died on the second day of Rosh h’shana, and although he was so very ill and in the hospital at the time, he determined that he must hear the rabbi blow the shofar…and he did. The rabbi came into the hospital, blew the shofar, and my natural father heeded the call that will come to all flesh.
The trumpet was to be blown when the congregation was being called to move. It was to be blown one way to call all of the people together and another way to call the leadership together. It was to be blown when we were going to war against an enemy and it was to be blown when we rejoice before our God. It was always a call to attention, and always a call to change where we are looking − whether to war, to move, or to rejoice. Actually, all THREE of these things speak to my situation right now.
What a wonderful commandment! How beautifully The Lord does things, caring about small details, and orchestrating our lives according to His score − if we have ears to hear.
So we as a nation are preparing for the feast that will begin at sundown on Wednesday evening. But it is a very subdued preparation this year as the uncertainty of the situation around us has many people on edge. The shops are much emptier then usual. Part of this, of course, is due to the economic situation, but even those of us who will skimp on meals will prepare. There is a tension underlying everything. It is easily perceived, but not being much spoken of.
For myself, I also stand against it as well. As I prepare dinner tonight there is a knock on the door and a young religious family comes to look at our apartment. Daily people are coming over to see the apartment which we have lived in for 19 years, now up for sale for nearly half a million US dollars. “Where do they get the money?” my husband asks. I don’t know. They are not immigrants.
They are also far younger then us and have bank loans available or families or whatever. We have better. We have GOD Who IS Our Provider and Who will lead us in the way that we should go to the right place to live. The main battle for me is to keep my heart in faith which equals peace. It is still a battle.
For those of you who have joined us in prayer, our younger pregnant daughter and husband have happily arrived at the home of our older daughter − surprising them. Thank you for praying that he will find work and that they will be able to settle into a place of their own SOON…also for her health and for her to find the right care that she needs. Thank you so much for your concern for our family amidst your prayers for the fulfillment of God’s purposes , His HEART for this nation and the Church in relation.
I must go and get dinner on the table, but I greet you all in His Love from the heart of Jerusalem, His crucible. May HE be glorified and blessed and may you be blessed. May we each have ears to hear His trumpet sound.
your sis J