The Feast of Trumpets
Posted: Monday, March 19
Verse of the day:
“Celebrate the Festival of Trumpets each year on the first day of the appointed month in early autumn. You must call an official day for holy assembly, and you may do no ordinary work. (Numbers 29:1)
Throughout the Old Testament God instituted feasts so that the Israelites would remember and celebrate God’s salvation and goodness. One such celebration was the Feast of Trumpets. The Feast of Trumpets marked the beginning of the civil calendar in ancient Israel, as opposed to Passover, which was the beginning of the religious year. The Feast of Trumpets later became known as Rosh Hashanah, which means ‘head of the year’.
The key components of the feast were a day of rest, the sounding of the trumpets, a holy convocation and presenting an offering to the Lord. We would be wise to incorporate each of these aspects into our lives today.
Rest: God has called you and I to work 6 days a week and then rest one day. Our bodies and minds need this time to reset and recharge. We hear God better and are more thankful when we have had adequate rest and downtime.
The sounding of trumpets: these blasts were a call for the people to assemble to hear the voice of God, just as the trumpet called the people to hear from God at the base of Mt. Sinai. The sounding of trumpets would build anticipation that God might reveal Himself in power once more. We ought to expect God to speak to us too.
A Holy Convocation: How were the people to hear from God? They would hear from Him as they gathered together in community. A podcast is no equivalent for gathering with God’s people to hear the scriptures.
Present an offering to the Lord: This feast was another reminder of the goodness of God. When we bring an offering back to Him we are showing our gratitude in a most practical way. Our passage today tells us that the burnt offering must have no defects. God only gives His best and expects our best in return.