is one of the oldest musical instruments known to man.
The shofar is an ancient Hebrew musical instrument.
It is made from the horn of an animal such as a ram or… from an African kudo (a Yemenite shofar)
The word shofar appears over seventy times in the bible. When you see the word trumpet or coronets it usually means Shofar.
The first time we read about a Shofar is in Exodus 19 in the Old Testament. God blew a shofar as He gave mankind the laws; the 10 Commandments given to Moses on Mount Sinai after rescuing them from their captivity in Egypt.
God is raising up people to sound His shofar, to remind the world that His laws have not changed even over all these years.
The Ten Commandments
Have you kept God’s Law?
- Worship no other Gods.
- You shall make no idols.
- Shall not use the name of God irreverently, nor to swear.
- Observe the Sabbath as a holy day and do not work.
- Honor your father and mother.
- You must not murder.
- You must not commit adultery.
- You must not steal anything.
- You must not tell any lie.
- You must not be envious.
Have you ever lied, told a “white lie”, fibbed or twisted the truth about something? How about leaving out facts about something to allow someone to draw the wrong conclusion? (see #9)
What does that make you? A liar.
Ever used His name vainly, even just saying OMG? That would be blasphemy. (see #3)
Ever taken anything that did not belong to you from work, how about a candy from a store when you were younger. That would make you a thief. (see #8)
Let’s get to the point that Jesus Christ was teaching his disciples: that God’s standard of right and wrong are so much higher than ours because He is perfect just as His laws are and just as the standard of obeying those laws would have to be. In Matthew 5:27, Jesus quotes commandment 7 and refines it from His perspective. “whoever looks at another with lust has already committed adultery in his heart.
You see, sin is a heart matter to both us and to God, but we often try to ignore the heart and just focus on what others see.
If we are completely honest with ourselves, we can see that we don’t and can’t satisfy His perfect laws and deserve the penalty for breaking the perfect laws of a perfect God. That brings us to the next point. The bible says that we all have an eternal soul and that we will live it in one of two places, heaven or hell.
God knows we cannot satisfy His laws but He does not leave us on our own. God sent His own Son down here with us to die for us, sacrificing Himself on our behalf and taking the demanded penalty of our sins upon Himself on the cross.
Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6)
Jesus paid your debt in full (John 19:30) so that you could enjoy a restored relationship with your Heavenly Father.
He said “If you believe and trust in me you will spend eternity in heaven” (John 3:16)
There is no other way to get back to the Father. Our sins have broken our relationship with our Father and only faith in Jesus Christ can restore that relationship and save us from our deserved penalty. “For by grace we are saved through faith, not of ourselves, it is a gift of God; not of our works so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
If this is making sense to you, it’s because God is helping you to understand it with His Spirit. He is calling you to answer his question: “Will you trust my Son to pay for your sins so that you can understand and feel my love and be able to love me back?”
Lessons from a Shofar (a teaching on how a shofar is like our relationship with God)
Shofar Evangelism (a video of what I say and do)
Shofar Freestyle Worship – (what it sounds like)
Recent Trip to Springfield for Love & Power Conference
I blow to proclaim the victory to all in hearing. I am also prepared to “be the shofar” and let God make His sound through me. I am ready and willing to share what God has done for me and through me. I pray with anyone willing and am prepared to be used by Him who sent me out there in the first place.
Just as I use a shofar (killed, hollowed out and cleaned) to make my desired sound, so does God choose and desire to use us… as His shofars.
He must blow into us (once we die and are cleaned out) to make His sound (of repentance, war, or worship).
Are you ready and willing to be His instrument ?
εν διακονια τω θεω, Dave Cadieux