Calls of the Shofar

I will set watchmen over you, saying, ‘listen to the sound of the trumpet!” But they said, we will not listen‘ ”  – Jer 6:17

A Rosh Hashanah prayer:

“Blessed are You, oh Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us by Your commandments and instructed us to hear the call of the shofar.”

 

God has been using the shofar (and those who sound it) to give instructions to His people throughout the bible. The next time you hear a shofar being sounded; ask yourself “what is God calling me into?”

  1. call to assemble (Num 10:2-3)
  2. give direction (Num 10:6)
  3. call to battle (Num 10:9, Josh 6:5)
  4. call to worship (Num 10:10, Ps 98:4-6)
  5. blown in His presence (2 Sam 6:15, 1 Chron 16:4,6)
  6. coronation of kings (1 King 1:39)
  7. call to consecration (Joel 1:14, 2:15-16)
  8. announce God’s judgement (Joel 2:1, Rev 8:10)
  9. herald the coming of the Lord (Rev 11:15, 1 Thess 4:16-18, 1 Cor 15:52)

Messianic sounds of (reflecting or reminding us of Jesus Christ):

  • revelation (Exod 19: 16,19)
  • redemption (Isa 27:13, 59:20)
  • release (Jubilee) (Lev 25:9-10, Josh 6)
  • rest (sabbath) (Exod 20:8)
  • repentance (blown on Rosh Hashanah- to prepare for yom kippur – day of atonement) Num 29:1
  • resurrection (Isa 18:3)

Ezekiel 33:4-6