Rosh Hashanah—A Day of Blowing—Feast of Trumpets (Num 29:1)
Hebrew word Rosh means, “Head beginning”. Hashanah means: “the year”.
1st time Ezek.40: 1 The Scriptural name is “The Feast of Trumpets” The celebration of a New Year. It is not in conflict with the New Year Day, January first. Rather, it is intended to be a celebration making a “Spiritual” new year, a very special time set apart for a new beginning with Yahuweh. Rosh Hashanah celebration is the birthday of the world. The Hebrew calendar is very old. It is believed that the counting of the years originated with creation.
One system to count the months began in the morning, beginning every time there is a new moon. Hebrew festivals are celebrated on this lunar calendar.
In keeping with tradition it is fitting that the 7th month is set apart, the Spiritual New Year begins with this month.
Tishri generally falls on the end of September / beginning of October. Just as Friday is preparation for the Sabbath each week, the sixth month Ehul is to be spent in special preparation for the all important, 7th month Tishri. If you count the days from the beginning of Ehul until the final day of this festival it will be called the forty days of preparation, reserved for the purpose of personal contemplation and prayer. “Return O Israel Yahuweh your Elohim, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity” (Hos14: 1-2). It begins on the morning after the appearance of the new moon in the sixth month, Elul and ends with Yom Kippor, The Day of Atonement. The Shofar is blown, announcing to Elohim’s people their need to prepare themselves for the coming, set-apart-time.
“All the sixth month before eating and sleeping let every man set and look into his soul, and search his deeds that he may repent.” This is a time for gentleness and personal reflection, a time to put things in order.
The sounding of the Shofar was a reminder that the great set apart days were coming in one month. The blast was repeated every morning during Elul, with the exception of the Sabbath and the morning before Rosh Hashanah.
Our master set an example in his life as he was led by the Spirit into a time of fasting and preparation before he began his ministry, Luke 4:4-18 and Math. 4:1
In Scripture this day is called Yom Teruah “The Day of Sounding the Trumpet” “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying in the seventh month on the first of the month (Lev.23:24) you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets a set apart convocation. It is the beginning of ten days called “High set apart days” or “Days of Awe”.
Because of their meanings these days are also called Days of Repentance, Days of Admitting, Days of Returning. The observance includes Yom Kippur, “Days of Atonement”.
Three strands or cords are braided together to give significance to this celebration. 1) It is a day to honor the kingship of Elohim and his authority over creation. “The heavens are telling of the esteem of Elohim, they are a marvelous display of His craftsmanship.” Day and night they keep on telling about YHWH, without a sound or word, silent in the skies, their message reaches out to all the world. Psalm.19: 1-3, Psalm 150:1-3, Psalm 19:7-11.
Romans 3:23 reminds us that the King’s rights and requirements have been violated;
This, than is the “Day of Judgment” when the worshipers appears before the Supreme Judge of all the earth. On the New Years Day all the children of men pass before him like lambs. “YHWH” looks from heaven, He sees all the sons of men from his dwelling place.
He looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth. Psalm 33:13-15. We know that Elohim waits to forgive us every day if we repent. 1st John 1:7-9. This day simply focuses our attention on repentance and provides a special opportunity or reminds us that we need to repent. It gives us an opportunity to share with our children the principle of returning to YHWH.
Secondly, it is a “Day of Remembrance”, a time to consider ones place in the universe and ones personal part in the unfolding of Yahweh’s plan for the world. It is a time when the past is recalled, memories are aroused, and a personal inventory taken. We are commanded many times in Scripture to “remember, remind” YHWH and his marvelous works.
This is also a time of bringing oneself into the remembrance of YHWH, that you might be remembered before YHWH.
Be careful to declare your acceptance of His word. “I am YHWH your Elohim” on this day of remembrance, everything is to be remembered from the beginning.
These two principles of remembrance are seen a Yahushua’s stake, just before He was sacrificed, Yahushua said to his disciples, “Do these things in remembering me”, The one thief on a stake next to him said, “remember me when Thou join Thy Father in heaven”. Place a goblet of wine or grape juice and a piece of unleavened bread on the table and remember. He has promised you.
The third thread refers to the revelation of Elohim; the sounding of the Shofar is a symbolic signal to Yahuweh’s people that it is time for a spiritual awakening.
This instruction in the Old Covenant to blow the rams horn became a significant day of remembrance. It grew out of Genesis 22:13-14 and the account Yitsahaq (Isaac) spared, often referred to as a sacrifice of Yitsahaq (Isaac). Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked and behold---. Abraham called the name of that placed “Yahuweh Yiyereh” Yahuweh will provide.
Because of this the Shofar was blown to signify important occasions. As a communication device, messages were relied across many miles. On Friday, it was a signal to stop working as the Sabbath was about to begin. It was sounded at Mt. Sinai, Exodus 19:19. In this session it was blown to call Israel to repentance. Rom 13:11-12, Eph 5:14.
In the after of Rosh Hashanah there is a special called “Tashlich” “Thou shall cast it into the sea”, at this time the rocks, stones which symbolize our sins, are thrown into the sea and are than carried away by the moving water.
Halle lu YAH