Yom Ha T'ruah : Day of Trumpet Blasts
The autumn Biblical Feasts begin in the seventh month of the biblical calendar with Yom Ha T’ruah literally the Day of Trumpet (shofar) blasts. Being the seventh month, these appointed times parallel the idea of the seventh day being a Sabbath - as a set apart time - a special, holy time to seek the Lord. This season is a time of reflection, contemplation and putting things right in our relationship with God and each other.
The haunting sound of the shofar blasts calls us to attention and heralds in this special time. The shofar is a hollowed out ram’s horn that is used for various purposes in the Old Testament, but especially for calling the people of God to attention. In modern times, this appointed time has become the Jewish New Year and is commonly referred to as Rosh Hashannah (literally the head of the year). It is fitting that we would begin a new year by getting ourselves right before God. New Year for the Jewish people is not about raucous partying but about repentance and getting ourselves in a right posture before a Holy God.
For Messianic Jews today, this day of blowing the shofar is a reminder of the Lord’s imminent return at the sound of the trumpet.