The Significance of the Shofar

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.   – Psalm 100

 

 

A shofar is Hebrew for a trumpet made from a Ram or Kudu horn.

Since the times of the Israelites, Yahweh has blessed the use of the shofar for His worship and His proposes.

  The shofar is used for the following:
2 Ch 29:26-28, Ps150:3, 2 Sam 6:15 as a call to gather for worship:

“Praise him with the sound of the trumpet (Strong H7782: שֹׁופָ֑ר shofar): praise him with the psaltery and harp.” Psalm 150:3

2 Sam 6:15, 1 Chron 15:14

Psalm 98:6

announcing and ushering in the weekly Sabbath and yearly festivals and announcing the presence of the Lord:

“With trumpets and shofar (Strong H7782: שֹׁופָ֑ר shofar) sound, call out before the King, Yahweh.”

1 Sam 13:3 when making a proclamation:

“And Jonathan smote the garrison of the Philistines that was in Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. And Saul blew the trumpet (Strong H7782: בַּשֹּׁופָ֤ר bashovfar) throughout all the land, saying, Let the Hebrews hear.”

1 Kings 1:34 when a king is coronated:
And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there king over Israel: and blow ye with the trumpet, (Strong H7782: בַּשֹּׁופָ֤ר bashovfar) and say, God save king Solomon.
Numbers 10:9 as a call to battle and war:

“And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; (Strong H2689: בַּחֲצֹצְרֹ֑ות bachatzotzerovt, an ancient trumpet) and ye shall be remembered before the Lord your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.”

Judges 7:22 also induces fear & confusion in the enemy:

And the three hundred blew the trumpets, (Strong H7782: הַשֹּׁופָרֹות֒ hashovfarovt) and the Lord set every man’s sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host: and the host fled to Bethshittah in Zererath, and to the border of Abelmeholah, unto Tabbath.”

Joel 2:1 to herald the Day of the Lord:

“Blow a shofar (Strong H7782: שֹׁופָ֑ר shofar) in Zion, And sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming; surely it is near.”

1 Thess 4:16 will announce the 2nd Coming of Messiah:

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, with the shofar (Strong G4536: άλπιγγι, salpingi, trumpet) of God and the dead in Christ shall rise“

1 Cor 15:52 will be blown before the dead rise:

“in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last shofar (Strong G4536: άλπιγγι, salpingi, trumpet); for the shofar will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.”

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