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September 5, 2020
[Trumpets will fall on the 18th this year so we need to get our houses in order for the Day of Atonement following on the 28th. So what do we need to know regarding this set-apart time?]
(Exo 19:12-13 KJV) And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death: 19:13 There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpetH3104 soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount.
Trumpet H3104 Apparently from H2986 [to flow]; the blast of a horn (from its continuous sound); specifically the signal of the silver trumpets; hence the instrument itself and the festival thus introduced: - jubile, ram’s horn, trumpet.
(Jos 6:5 Webster) And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout: and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend every man straight before him.
[Most translations do not use ‘ram’s, rams, rams’’ but they use trumpets instead. The RSV, LITV, ISV, ESV, and ASV all use it but generally only in Jos.6.5. Most will recognize this passage as the instructions for taking Jericho. So it takes a little work to learn when we are to use the ram’s horn/shofar as opposed to the silver trumpet. It is here used to gather the people to war.]
(Exo 19:13-19 ISV) No hand is to touch that person, but he is surely to be stoned or shot with arrows; whether animal or person, he is not to live.' They are to approach the mountain only when the ram's horn sounds a long blast." 19:14 When Moses went down from the mountain to the people, he consecrated the people, and they washed their clothes. 19:15 He told the people, "Be ready for the third day; don't go near a woman." 19:16 When morning came on the third day, there was thunder and lightning with a heavy cloud over the mountain and the very loud sound of a ram's horn. All the people in the camp trembled. 19:17 Moses brought the people from the camp to meet Almighty, and they stood at the base of the mountain. 19:18 Mount Sinai was completely enveloped in smoke because Yahweh had come down in fire on it. Smoke went up from it like smoke from a kiln, and the whole mountain shook violently. 19:19 As the sound of the ram's horn grew louder and louder, Moses would speak and Almighty would answer with thunder.
[Here the people are being called to assemble before Yahweh so they could meet Him.]
(Jdg 7:18 LITV) And I shall blow with a ram's horn, I and all who are with me. And you shall blow with the ram's horns, you also all around the camp, and shall shout, For Yahweh for Gideon!
[Here the assembly is for war.]
(1Ki 1:34 LITV) And Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet shall anoint him there as king over Israel. And you shall blow with the ram's horn and shout, Let King Solomon live!
[The assembly is for a state occasion.]
(ASV) Blow the trumpet at the new moon, At the full moon, on our feast-day.
(BBE) Let the horn be sounded in the time of the new moon, at the full moon, on our holy feast-day:
(DRB) (81:4) Blow up the trumpet on the new moon, on the noted day of your solemnity.
(ESV) Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our feast day.
(ESV+) Blow the trumpet at R12the new moon, at the full moon, on our feast day.
(ISV) Blow the ram's horn when there is a New Moon, when there is a full moon, on our festival day,
(JUB) Blow the shofar in the new moon in the time appointed on our solemn feast day.
(KJV) Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.
(KJV+) Blow upH8628 the trumpetH7782 in the new moon,H2320 in the time appointed,H3677 on our solemn feastH2282 day.H3117
(KJV-BRG) Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.
(LITV) Blow the ram's horn in the new moon, at the full moon, on our feast day.
(RV) Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, at the full moon, on our solemn feast day.
(TLV) Lift up a song and sound a tambourine, a sweet lyre with a harp. (Psa 81:4 TLV) Blow the shofar at the New Moon, at the full moon for the day of our festival.
(TS2009) Blow a shop. har in the New moon, in the covering for the day of our festival.
(Webster) Blow the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.
(YLT) Blow in the month a trumpet, In the new moon, at the day of our festival,
[For those who are struggling with when and how to keep the feast of the New Moon this verse might cause confusion. Some experts claim the reference to the full moon is speaking of the crescent. If you look at the above versions and translations you will see those who disagree say it refers to the fact it is a feast day or celebration. The TLV does not refer to the moon at all in this verse but it is in verse 4. Once again the rams horn is used to call an assembly.]
(Psa 98:4-6 ISV) Make a joyful noise to Yahweh, all the earth! Break forth into joyful songs of praise! 98:5 Sing praises to Yahweh with a lyre—with a lyre and a melodious song! 98:6 With trumpets and the sound of a ram's horn shout in the presence of Yahweh, the king!
[Here to make a joyful noise in celebration.]
(Hos 8:1 ISV) "Sound the ram's horn! Like a vulture the enemy will come against the Temple of Yahweh, because Israel violated My covenant, transgressing My Law.
[Once again the ram’s horn is a call to war.]
(Joe 2:1 ISV) "Sound the ram's horn in Zion! Sound an alarm on My set-apart mountain! Tremble, all of you inhabitants of the land, because the Day of Yahweh is coming. Oh, how near it is!
(Joe 2:13-17 ISV) Tear your hearts, not your garments; and turn back to Yahweh your Almighty. For He is gracious and compassionate, slow to become angry, overflowing in gracious love, and grieves about this evil. 2:14 Who knows? He will turn back and relent, will He not, leaving behind a blessing, even a grain offering and drink offering for Yahweh your Almighty?" 2:15 "Sound the ram's horn in Zion! Dedicate a fast and call for a solemn assembly! 2:16 Gather the people! Dedicate the congregation! Bring in the elders. Gather the youngsters and even the nursing infants. Call the bridegroom from his wedding preparations, and the bride from her dressing room. 2:17 As they serve between the porch and the altar, let the priests and ministers of Yahweh weep and pray: 'Spare your people, Yahweh, and do not make your heritage a disgrace so that nations ridicule them. Why should they say among the people, "Where is their Almighty?"'"
[Here is what Trumpets is all about, repentance.]
Amos 2:2 ISV) So I will send down fire upon Moab, and it will devour the fortified citadels of Kerioth. Moab will die in the uproar of battle, with a war cry and with the trumpeting of the ram's horn.
(Zec 9:14 LITV) Then Yahweh will be seen over them, and His arrow shall go out as lightning; and Yahweh Yahweh shall blow the` ram's horn and shall go forth with the windstorms of the south.
[Amos speaks of man leading and Zechariah speaks of Yahweh Himself blowing the ram’s horn as He fights.
So the ram’s horn is used to lead into battle, to call an assembly, and to make a joyful noise before Yahweh. It is also used on the day of the Feast of Trumpets to remind us to get our physical and spiritual houses in order before the day of atonement.
The day of atonement is considered by most to be the most important feast since it sets the tenor [drift] for the coming year.
The feast of Trumpets is a gift to help us be ready, so what should we be doing?]
(1Ki 8:46-49 LITV) When they sin against You (for there is not a man who does not sin) and You have been angry with them, and have given them up before an enemy, and they have been led away into captivity to the land of the enemy, far off or near; 8:47 and they have turned their heart back in the land where they have been taken captive, and have repented, and made supplication to You in the land of their captors, saying, We have sinned and done perversely; we have done wickedly; 8:48 and, they have turned back to You with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies who have taken them captive, and have prayed to You the way of their land which You gave to their fathers, the city which You have chosen, and the house which I have built for Your name, 8:49 then You shall hear their prayer and their supplication in Heaven Your dwelling place, and shall perform their cause, 8:50 and shall forgive Your people who have sinned against You, even all their transgressions which they have transgressed against You, and shall give them mercy before their captors, and they shall have mercy on them.
[When I first began to study with the Messianic rabbi's I was taught there is more to repentance than just I’m sorry. The true meaning is to not only be sorry for what you have done, in other words you have accepted your responsibility for the sin. It also means you are turning your heart toward Yahweh and His rule as set forth in Torah, not in church doctrine or fables.]
(Act 8:20-23 LITV) But Peter said to him, May your silver be with you into perdition, because you thought to get the gift of Almighty through money. 8:21 There is neither part nor lot to you in this matter, for your heart is not upright before the face of Almighty. 8:22 Repent, then, from this wickedness of yours, and petition Almighty if perhaps you will be forgiven the thought of your heart. 8:23 For I see you being in the gall of bitterness and a bundle of unrighteousness.
[We also need to repent thoughts that are not pleasing to Yahweh, for from the heart the mouth speaks. The man’s heart was full of bitterness which leads to unrighteousness, which is sin. I have had those thoughts and bitterness and they have held me back from the gifts Yahweh would have given. BUT would I have come to repentance if I was not in need? Most hold on to bitterness as if dear to their hearts never realizing that is the very sin that holds back the gifting s of Yahweh.
As we approach the fall feasts please open your hearts to Yahweh and ask Him to show you what you need to repent of. He sees the sins of our hearts, even those we refuse to admit as unrighteous, and He is waiting to reveal them to us if we will allow it.]