Last weekend we celebrated what is commonly called “Jewish New Year,” although in the Bible the holiday is called the Feast of Trumpets. It is interesting to note that this feast is the ONLY one in scripture that is not given an explanation.
We are told to celebrate, but we are not told why.
In Leviticus 23:23-25 it is written:
And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of solemn rest, a memorial proclaimed with blast of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall not do any ordinary work, and you shall present a food offering to the LORD.
In Numbers 29:1-6 more information is given, but only about the sacrifices required. The end of verse 1 reads, “…It is a day for you to blow the trumpets…”
A day to blow the trumpets. And then there is the blast of the last trumpet. I suppose I could share a lot about this day, but I’d like to let a few other verses speak for themselves.
I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:50-52 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. (Matthew 24:31 ESV)
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 ESV)
Many years ago, Professor Louis Goldberg helped me to better understand the holidays and their fulfillment in our wonderful Savior, Jesus. Surely the Feast of Trumpets, looks forward to the mystery Paul explains in I Corinthians, the taking up of the church to our Lord at the sound of the last trump. I hope you are yearning to hear that trumpet call as much as I am.
In the meantime, I hope you will enjoy this album I posted on Facebook of a trip I took with friends during the feast, seeing Tel Dan and the Golan Heights.