Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Yom Teruah {Feast of Trumpets}

Tomorrow we will be celebrating the Biblical Feast that Yah ordained called Yom Teruah (which translated from Hebrew means the day of blowing). It is also known as Feast of Trumpets.

Often people call it Rosh Hashana which means the New Year. We choose not to call it by this name since the New Year that Yah gave us is when Passover is celebrated. You can read about that in EXODUS 12 when Yehovah said, "...to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year".
So the first month of His Year according to the Scriptures is when Passover is celebrated which is usually around March/April in our calendar.

This feast (and all His feasts!) is for ALL of God's people! It doesn't matter if you are a native-born or you have been 'grafted-in' to Israel as we have, these special times are for everyone! Check out NUMBERS 15:15-16! Yah says, "The community is to have the same rules for you and for the foreigner residing among you; this is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. You and the foreigner shall be the same before the LORD: The same laws and regulations will apply both to you and to the foreigner residing among you.’”

So what do we focus on? Well we look at what the scriptures tell us about this particular set apart time. You can read about it in LEVITICUS 23 and also in NUMBERS 29.

From these passages we can see that this time is a special Sabbath - a day of resting from servile work. We take this special holiday of rest to focus on Yah, our God who made the heavens and the earth and all that is within them and who set us the example of resting from His own work at the beginning of creation on the 7th day. We are to have a scared assembly and commemorate the day with trumpet blasts! How awesome!
The trumpet (shofar) is used in the scriptures in a number of ways. Often it is used as a way to alert the people of God! It is used to wake people from their spiritual slumber and it is used in battle!
A couple of places that mention the Trumpet sounding at the Last Day are ISAIAH 27:13, 1 CORINTHIANS 15:52, REVELATION 10:7.

We take this time to refelct, repent and be still before God!
We are reminded of His great faithfulness and mercy, of His desire for us to return to Him and to follow His ways as we walk with Him. He is SO good!

You can read about how we celebrated this beautiful feast last year and the Scriptures we read out and activities we did HERE.

Last year the theme we had was Repent, Return and Sing for Joy!

This year, after re-reading NEHEMIAH 8, our theme is going to be "The Joy of Yehovah is your Strength!"

The people in this account in Nehemiah had been read aloud the Torah for the first time on the day that this feast was to be celebrated (the first day of the 7th month - Nehemiah 8:2) They were so grieved when they heard the Torah being read aloud for the first time because they realised that they had not been walking in His set apart ways. How could they be when the law had been hidden from them in exile? Now they were hearing it for the first time and they were convicted! They began to grieve but instead, Nehemiah exorts them...

 “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” (Neh 8:10)

In verses 12 and 18 of this chapter we read that they 'celebrated' this 'holy day' and were filled with great JOY!

So tomorrow, we will be eating "choice food" and I'll be making up the sweet fruit punch that I made last year. We will be celebrating just as a family tomorrow - this will be our sacred assembly of 7!

The children are colouring in THESE SHOFAR PICTURES TODAY and we will be blowing the shofar tomorrow too! The kids LOVE that part! We will take time to pray for others and read the Scriptures aloud together. We will rest and celebrate! We will remember that one day our Messiah will come on the clouds at the sound of the Trumpet which the angels will blow! We will read about this in MATTHEW 24 tomorrow.

Depending on how the children are, we also may go to the lake and read from Micah as we did last year, and throw some stones into the water to remind us of these words,

"Who is a God like you,
who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever
but delight to show mercy.
You will again have compassion on us;
you will tread our sins underfoot
and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea". {Micah 7:18-19}

Ok, baby is stirring so must fly but for those celebrating, Happy Feast and may Yah touch you in a fresh and wonderful way!

More to come another time,
Lus x


singing mama said...

Hello lovely Lusi :)
I think there is something special about you guys celebrating this feast 'only' as a family as seven. A releasing from Yah and a leading into something new. I pray you guys have an absolutely beautiful time as a family in setting apart his appointed feast of Yom Teruah!
Hopefully we will get to catch up in the next few weeks!!!!! love and hugs Donna

lusi said...

Thanks mate! We are looking forward to a special time together tomorrow although we'll miss seeing all you guys. We just don't want go get anyone else sick. Sooooo looking forward to catching up with you all soon!!!
Much much love x

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nettypike said...

Blessings, shalom and joy to all you guys in NSW! What a wonderful season we are entering and how blessed are we that the Ruach HaKodesh has led us into the truth. Hallelu Yah!!!

tribalmama said...

Thanks for sharing, I enjoy reading how others spend these appointed times.
May your home be filled with His divine presence!

jeana said...

This is our first feast to celebrate and we are SO excited! God is certainly leading us down this wonderful path, and I'm so thankful to find familes like you!


lusi said...

Chag Sameach (happy feast!) to you Annette, Emily and Jeana! May you and your families have a wonderful time together today as you remember this set-apart time of YHVH's!
Love Lusi x

Lilacstitcher said...

Lovely Post ,Lusi, as always. The feasts of Yehovah are a wonderful lesson and shadow of things to come. It's not always easy learning the ancient paths. Each year we learn more, another layer, it's incredible.
Love to you and yours. xx


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