Bible Commentary: “Yom Teruah (Rosh HaShana)”September 28, 2011 at 7:44 am | Posted in Bible Commentary | 1 Comment
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“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.’ ” (Leviticus 23:23-25 NKJV)
“‘And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work. For you it is a day of blowing the trumpets” (Numbers 29:1 NKJV).
The origin of Rosh HaShana is biblical as seen in our text above. It is a sacred occasion commemorated with loud blasts of the Shofar (the ram’s horn). The bible refers to the holiday as Yom Teruah (the day of the sounding of the Shofar) and Yom Zikaron Teruah (the day of remembering the sounding of the Shofar). Previously the day has been called Yom HaZikaron (Day of Remembrance) and Yom HaDin (Judgment Day) but the name Rosh HaShana or Head of the Year) has become the name of choice.
Yom Teruah (Day of Trumpets) in traditional Judaism signifies the first day of the Jewish civil year (Rosh ha Shanah, or “Head of the Year”). It is also the first day of the Days of Awe (a period of repentance and introspection culminating ten days later in the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur. A part of traditional Judaism recognizes the Day of Trumpets as the anniversary of the creation of the world.
There are three themes in Yom Teruah/Rosh HaShanah, according to traditional Judaism: The Sovereignty of God, the Remembrance of God (of all men’s deeds, with justice), The Trumpet of God, heralding the initial revelation of God at Sinai as well as the final messianic revelation and redemption to come at the end of days. Jesus spoke of the day when He will fulfill Yom Teruah/The Day of Trumpets: “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Mat. 24:30-31 NKJV).
Child of God – Why is this day important to us who are not Jewish? By the blood of Jesus we have been grafted into the vine and are now joint heirs with Him. As Jesus was Jewish and we are now all brothers and sisters then our roots are part of this rich and vibrant spiritual heritage. Let us join with our Jewish family and celebrate a tradition that God Himself originated with Moses and will fulfill with Jesus. Paul told us Yom Teruah (Day of Trumpets) signifies the day when Yeshua
will come for those who are His, and we will all be changed: “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed–” (1 Corinthians 15:51 NKJV).
Lord, thank you for giving us a path to look at in your Word that we may know that the symbols we can see in it are also for us to appreciate and wait on. When you come back we will hear the trumphet and we will see your glory! Amen.
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