THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS
The name of the feast is "a memorial of blowing of trumpets... as shown in Lev. 23 ."
Why is it important that we keep this feast?
"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."
Yes, it is a HOLY COMMANDED ASSEMBLY and it is a SABBATH.
How do we observe it?
25 Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
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.
Why do we no longer do as specified in:
2 And ye shall offer a burnt offering for a sweet savour unto the LORD; one young bullock, one ram, and seven lambs of the first year without blemish:
3 And their meat offering shall be of flour mingled with oil, three tenth deals for a bullock, and two tenth deals for a ram,
4 And one tenth deal for one lamb, throughout the seven lambs:
5 And one kid of the goats for a sin offering, to make an atonement for you:
6 Beside the burnt offering of the month, and his meat offering, and the daily burnt offering, and his meat offering, and their drink offerings, according unto their manner, for a sweet savour, a sacrifice made by fire unto the LORD.
It is an attention-getter. The Pharisees had a trumpet blown when they were "doing their alms" (making an offering) so that people would notice what they were doing.
God had trumpets blown to get the attention of the Israelites for assemblies, meetings, and war. Certain kinds of trumpets were blown for certain things, such as silver trumpets for the calling of assemblies, and for travel.
Trumpets were of a great variety of forms, and were made of different kinds of materials. Some were made of silver (#Nu 10:2) and were used only by the priests in announcing the approach of festivals and in giving signals of war.
Some were also made of ramsí horns (#Jos 6:8) They were blown at special festivals, and to herald the arrival of special seasons (#Le 23:24 25:9 1Ch 15:24 2Ch 29:27 Ps 81:3 98:6)
"Trumpets" are among the symbols used in the Book of Revelation (#Re 1:10 8:2)
Trumpets were, at first, horns perforated at the tip, used for various purposes (#Jos 6:4,5) Flasks or vessels were made of horn (#1Sa 16:1,13 1Ki 1:39) But the word is used also metaphorically to denote the projecting corners of the altar of burnt offerings (#Ex 27:2) and of incense (#Ex 30:2)
The horns of the altar of burnt offerings were to be smeared with the blood of the slain bullock (#Ex 29:12 Le 4:7-18)
The criminal, when his crime was accidental, found an asylum by laying hold of the horns of the altar (#1Ki 1:50 1Ki 2:28)
The word also denotes the peak or summit of a hill (#Isa 5:1) where the word "hill" is the rendering of the same Hebrew word.
This word is used metaphorically also for strength (#De 33:17) and honour (#Job 16:15 La 2:3)
Horns are emblems of power, dominion, glory, and fierceness, as they are the chief means of attack and defence with the animals endowed with them (#Da 8:5,9 1Sa 2:1 16:1,13 1Ki 1:39 22:11 #Jos 6:4,5 Ps 75:5,10 132:17 Lu 1:69 etc).
The expression "horn of salvation," applied to Christ, means a salvation of strength, or a strong Saviour (#Lu 1:69)
To have the horn "exalted" denotes prosperity and triumph (#Ps 89:17,24)
To "lift up" the horn is to act proudly (#Zec 1:21)
Horns are also the symbol of royal dignity and power (#Jer 48:25 Zec 1:18 Da 8:24)
Why are they important to us today?