Does the Shofar have a place in Messianic or gentile Christian worship?

YES! Just as singing and the playing of modern musical instruments, drums, and tambourines, can enhance and ignite our worship experience, so can the Heavenly notes from a Shofar bring us back to the days when Yeshua (Jesus) walked the earth! And, take us ahead to that time when He returns! Without question, Jesus responded to the call of the Shofar at the beginning of every Biblical Festival and Holy Day. And, when He comes again, it will be at the sound of the Shofar coming from Heaven. The command to blow the Shofar is given over and over again in the Torah, and the Israelites have used it, with great meaning and reverence and purpose, for centuries.
 

10 REASONS Jews Blow the Shofar based on Rav Saadiah Gaon

  1. Rosh Hashanah is the day that commemorates the creation of the world and it is described as the "coronation" of God. As it is customary to sound a trumpet at a king's coronation, so we blow the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah. By blowing the Shofar we recognize the "purpose" of the creation.
     
  2. The Shofar blast marks the beginning of a period of amnesty that is known as The Ten Days of Repentance (during the High Holy Days). Repentance is based on the fact that since humanity has been given free-will, and our actions are not pre-determined, we must take responsibility for our actions. The ability to repent teaches us that our future is not bound by our past and that by changing our behavior we have the ability to change our past.
     
  3. When the Jews accepted the Torah at Mount Sinai, the sound of the Shofar is described as "continuously increased and very great" (Exodus 19:19). The Shofar serves to remind us of the revelation at Mt. Sinai and therefore to renew our commitment to the Lord and to accept that Torah morality is absolute and God given - not relative, nor does it depend on human understanding.
     
  4. The prophets called out to the Jewish People and aroused them to improve their ways. The Shofar reminds us of the admonitions of the prophets and their calls to repentance. We should be aware of the fact that Yahweh communicated with us, via the prophets, and displayed through them His desire to perfect us rather than to punish us.
     
  5. The Shofar reminds us to pray for the rebuilding of the Temple where trumpets and Shofars were sounded. Just as God manifests His presence in the world in specific places like the Temple in Jerusalem, He also manifests His presence at special times, such as the Ten Days of Repentance.
     
  6. The ram's horn (Shofar) reminds us of the binding of Isaac when Abraham demonstrated his absolute faith in El Shaddai by being prepared to sacrifice his son. God demonstrated His absolute love for Abraham by having him sacrifice a ram in his place.
     
  7. The sound of the Shofar is to inspire fear in the hearts of those who hear it. It allows one to dwell upon fear of punishment, to progress from there to the fear of doing evil against God, and then to fear of God. Finally one arrives at the feeling of awe of the Lord.
     
  8. The Shofar reminds us of the Day of Judgment in the not-too-distant future, and it inspires us to pray for the perfection of world, all of mankind and the Messianic era.
     
  9. The sound inspires us to yearn for the ingathering of the Israelites that will be heralded by the sound of a Shofar. There will be absolute unity amongst the Israelites and our connection to Land of Israel will again be absolute.
     
  10. The Shofar recalls the resurrection of the dead that will be accompanied by the sound of a Shofar. As the Lord is the source of all life and the Creator of all existence so He has complete control over death.
     

Additional reasons from other sources:

  • The Shofar ushers in the Divine court session and shows our trust in the Lord’s determinations. By showing our eagerness to be judged by Yahweh we thus confuse the heavenly prosecutor, the Satan.
     
  • Shofar blasts were sounded preceding a war - to rally the troops for action and to call the people together for prayer and repentance. The Shofar is therefore like an air raid siren that alerts us to danger, and a bugle that summons us to action.
     


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