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IF we have sown unto you spiritual things,
Is it a great thing if we shall reap from you carnal things? 1Corinthians 9:11
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Compiled by JS LOWTHER
In connection to the series that I had offered “why do we keep the feasts?”, this next series is offered, to help further support and encourage the Israel of God in her return to YHWH’s ordained worship according to the Scriptures.
I’d like to add that last year around this time I had offered as series on
THE LORD’S SUPPER
Sacrament of the Faith of Jesus Christ
As well as, just a few months back, I had more so established a systematic reason for keeping the feast as Christians under the New Covenant in the series:
How Do We Keep the Feasts?
By Remembering the Day of Trumps
(The Sound of Joy and War)
2Pe_1:2-8 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesu(s) our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, for they make neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesu(s) Christ.
Lev_23:23 And YHWH spake unto Moses, saying,
Lev 23:24 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.
Lev 23:25 Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto YHWH.
And so we have some elements to keep track of here:
• This is the 1st day of the 7th month, which is:
• Is a Sabbath
• Is a memorial or remembrance of blowing the trumpet
• It is a holy convocation
Many times before this feast has been used in showing the pattern of the New Moon based Sabbath as it correlates to the 4th commandment in the natural lunar cycle of weeks.
The language by which the remembrance of the Sabbath of the 4th commandment is spoken of in ‘remember the Sabbath day’, is directly related to the memorial of the New Moon.
Notice that while we often call this memorial, by the name ‘the feast of trumpets’, the language to call it such is lacking, rather very directly this time is called a ‘memorial’ in the Hebrew, is identical to ‘remembrance’ (ZKUR).
Num_29:1 And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you.
It is from this text we get the term ‘YoM TRUOH’, or ‘day of trumps’, this is where this phrase occurs.
Notice also the synonym of the word Sabbath in Leviticus 23 with the statement “ye shall do no servile work”, recognizing the that a Sabbath is a time of no servile work in both texts.
This Appointed Season is for the lunar sabbatarian perhaps more important than it is for others because this memorial works in symbiosis with the 4th commandments remembrance and is an evidential text to guide our calendar cycle, making this memorial upon the 7th New Moon of the year and emphasizing what was done every New Moon to be memorialized on this 7th New Moon season.
For a proper understanding of the trumpets role in the New Moon and assembly time is from :
Num_10:1 And YHWH spake unto Moses, saying,
Num 10:2 Make thee two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest use them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps.
Num 10:3 And when they shall blow with them, all the assembly shall assemble themselves to thee at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
Num 10:4 And if they blow but with one trumpet, then the princes, which are heads of the thousands of Israel, shall gather themselves unto thee.
Num 10:5 When ye blow an alarm, then the camps that lie on the east parts shall go forward.
Num 10:6 When ye blow an alarm the second time, then the camps that lie on the south side shall take their journey: they shall blow an alarm for their journeys.
Num 10:7 But when the congregation is to be gathered together, ye shall blow, but ye shall not sound an alarm.
Num 10:8 And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets; and they shall be to you for an ordinance for ever throughout your generations.
Num 10:9 And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before YHWH your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.
Num 10:10 Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months (LXX: New Moon), ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am YHWH your God.
The important thing to notice is the use of the Trumpet’s sound, and this sound being used to call the assembly of gladness and solemnity upon the beginning of every Month, that is the time of the New Moon, and this 7th New Moon is the remembrance of this time.
And so on this memorial, which we consider a holiday we carry this concept into the remembrance imposed by the this sacramental observance.
I literally encourage folks to purchase or make a rams horn, a bulls horn, a silver or brass horn if you can afford it. we use a ram’s horn, I’d love to have a double silver trumpet…just to have it and hear it, but i don’t have one yet, we blow the ram’s horn and other horns to make this memorial trump.
Often times we do not recognize simple language connections such as the tump in the word trumpet, and that when we blow a trumpet it makes a trump. And so on account of this many people just simply consider this memorial as a day of trumping, in any way, shouting, or singing or making a joyful noise to the Lord. In considering it it is easy to recognize, that the remembrance of this season of YHWH is a call to worship, and a reminder of one of te uses of Sabbath’s holy time encouraged to be engagued is in “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord… Eph_5:19
And in singing particularly from the word of God, in reciting a melodious remembrance of Godly worship it let’s… the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Col_3:16
This is a specific benifit of worshiping with biblical music above and beyond hymns composed of Godly men, godly as they may be.
Psalm singing, and biblical verse is spiritual. I particularly enjoy Isaac Watts and other Composers of hymns, but I more so enjoy YHWH through David, that is the Word of Christ, that gives wisdom, teaches and admonishes us while worshiping YHWH by his own word’s in our mouth.
Psa_47:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.
O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.
Psa 47:2 For YHWH most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.
Psa 47:3 He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.
Psa 47:4 He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.
Psa 47:5 God is gone up with a shout, YHWH with the sound of a trumpet.
Psa 47:6 Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.
Psa 47:7 For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.
Psa 47:8 God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.
Psa 47:9 The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earth belong unto God: he is greatly exalted.
This is an excellent Psalm to sing on our memorial of Trumps, as a matter of fact the Hebrew Word TRUOH which is the Hebrew word for the Trump in this day of memorial of trumps or trumpets is found in this psalms context.
This Psalm is a hardy proclamation of YHWH’s Lordship sovereignty as king of all people, the king of earth, YHWH’s right to subdue peoples under Jacob his beloved, and this TRUOH, this shout is a shout of War in praise, a battle hymn if you will.
Joy to YHWH’s army is war in the ears of the heathen, and this day of memorial carries this with it as well.
In YHWH’s sovereignty both the concepts of Joy and Peace have only one distillation, I think is best summarized by the apostle Paul on a similar note, while perhaps not at all dealing with the memorial of trumpets:
2Co_2:14-16 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour (smell) of his knowledge by us in every place…. Paul says for those saved this knowledge is the savour of life unto life…. and in them that perish the smell of this knowledge is the smell is the savour of death unto death.
In many ways, the trumpet we remember shows us this same dichotomy rolled up into one sound, expressed in different notes and tunes to be to one a sound of joy and to the other a sound of war, depending upon your interpretation.
1Co_14:8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
This is what we recognize about the Sabbath and the new moon as well, Isaiah tells us in
Isa_56:2 Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.
And in a long context concerning the joy of the Sabbath Isaiah admonishes us, on one hand concerning the joy of Sabbath we are admonished to be “build the old waste places”: to “raise up the foundations of many generations” to be called, “The repairer of the breach”, and “The restorer of paths to dwell in”.
Isa_58:13 that, If… thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of YHWH, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
Isa_58:14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in YHWH; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of YHWH hath spoken it.
This same sabbath message heard by the trumpet on the memorial of trumpet as kept on the 7th New moon of the year is the same sound in Joy as it is in War. And I do not think that that is a happenchance of logic.
On the Sabbath, as we have talked about in many messages starting this series in developing the constative nature of the Sabbath with the festivals from Lev_23:3 always by the commandment brings within the remembrance of Bondage,
Deu_5:15 And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that YHWH thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore YHWH thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.
And so the 2 distillations are seen again, Joy in keeping the weekly season of Sabbath rest and the War YHWH fought so that Israel could do so for HIM. Bondage from doing your own pleasure on the Sabbath day will incur on some level if the Joy and pleasure is not partaken of as YHWH’s delight.
It’s a war in heathen world to bound to YHWH’s delight according to our flesh.
And so the trumpet is blown for remembrance of this to be remembered on the 7th new moon to memorialize the meaning of the trumpet.
We have a ram’s horn we blow to assemble for bible study and worship, we should blow it on every new moon, we blow it on sabbath, and on feast days, but an extra trump is announced on this 7th New Moon sabbath to remember and memorialize what this means.
Is is a joyful time of celebration? yes it is, and when we blow that trumpet we also recognize that it is a blast of war to those who hate YHWH derived worship. Some people say “oh, thats neat you guys do that!” and others say “You, know you don’t realy have to do that under the new covenant…I rest in Jesus… every day.”
In rolling these concepts into one whole that is the memorial of the 7th New Moon in instructing us and reminding us to remember the Sabbath day by YHWH’s cycle which he commands, and that this time is to be a joy or a pleasure to us, a day of gladness and worship that is solemn assembly, and in opposition to the trumpet as a sound of rejoicing in YHWH’s deliverance and mercy, the trumpet will be heard as war when Joy is not found therein. Be not mistaken, the trumpet is blown in the heavenly type regardless in the recognition of the New Moon as the cHodeSh / renewal of the Sabbath cycle, in ignoring the Sabbath’s sign and call to worship we will head it as a call to war against Heavenly worship, there is no middle ground for the willful.
As when Moses in Exo 32:17 heard the feast proclaimed to yhwh the golden calf as dancing and joy in sin Joshua heard it as a noise of war, yet in fact that the noise of joy was this time the noise of war as well, war against YHWH’s Law.
A psalm which demonstrates the very nature of the Sabbatic New Moon as worship
Psa_81:1 A Psalm of Asaph. Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.
Psa 81:2 Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery.
Psa 81:3 Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.
Psa 81:4 For this was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.
Psa 81:5 This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out through the land of Egypt: where I heard a language that I understood not.
Psa 81:6 I removed his shoulder from the burden: his hands were delivered from the pots.
Psa 81:7 Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder: I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah.
This type of Sabbatic worship upon the Heavenly Cycle proclaimed by the New Moon is a memorial we are called to, and within this sabbath we are called to worship remembering Many concepts carried into the ‘trumpet’ that we can focus on, but they all distill into 2 categories Joy and War, yet both distil into one Lordship and how we respond to that one call.
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