Yom Terurah – A Call To Repentance? (And A Linky Party!)

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Our family has been celebrating the Biblical festivals for nearly 25 years now.  It has always been a blessing to learn so many lessons during these “appointed times” that the Heavenly Father has created so that He can meet with His people.  Next week will be Yom Terurah, or the Feast of Trumpets.  It is also sometimes called Rosh Hashanah.  There are many different aspects to this feast, one of them being that many people believe this is the time at which the Messiah will return.  I shared a post about this last year.

But I want to share a slightly different viewpoint in this post.  When you look up the word “trumpet” (or shofar) in the Scriptures, it is used many different times to call people together – sometimes for worship, sometimes for war and sometimes for repentance.

Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. – Isaiah 58:1

As we approach this feast of YHWH, I believe each of us ought to prayerfully consider if we have anything for which we need to repent.  We also need to prayerfully consider “sounding the trumpet” to call others to repentance, just as the verse says.  It seems that each day we are faced with blatant sin, and it is becoming more and more blatant.  It is our job to warn people of their need for repentance, in love and humility.  They may not appreciate it, they may scorn or mock, but if it’s just for the one person, is that not worth everything?  I encourage each of you to prayerfully consider this as we approach this time of the fall festivals.

Now, we are hosting a linky party and we would like for you all to join!  Please share any posts that are related to the Feast of Trumpets in the linkup below.  Please also visit the other hosts to read their posts!

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21 thoughts on “Yom Terurah – A Call To Repentance? (And A Linky Party!)

  1. It’s always wonderful to worship the LORD together. I’ve never thought much about trumpets, but you make some wonderful points. They can call us to worship. They can also be an instrument of worship.

    1. Yes, I believe most of the references to trumpets throughout Scripture are in reference to worship – something that many people are missing out on today!

  2. “Sometimes for worship, sometimes for war and sometimes for repentance.”
    And that so perfectly describes what winning souls for Christ is like. It is a battle, a time of repentance, and a time of worship all wrapped up in one.
    Thank you for posting this!

  3. This is a good reminder! So often we get caught up in preparations, we forget to consider the reasons for the Holy-days to begin with. It is a sober time we are living in. We need to make sure we are ready for the Trumpet Sound. Happy Yom Terurah!

  4. Such lovely thoughts, and so important. This is our first year celebrating the feasts, and we are learning so much. It has been so good for us to stop and be reminded of the things that are truly important.

    1. Hi Channon, that is so exciting that this is your first year celebrating the feast! I enjoyed reading the post that you linked up – thanks so much! (I tried to leave a comment but it wasn’t letting me do it without requiring a special account) We hope that you will link up with us for the next feasts coming up as well! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. What a neat idea for a linky 🙂 We have celebrated the Blowing of the Trumpets all my life and I look forward to another year! Such a serious Holy Day and so much to reflect on…Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays!

    1. That is so neat that you have celebrated all your life. Many of the Biblical holy days are times of rejoicing but I believe this one is really a time for serious reflection, especially leading into Yom Kippur – which I hope to blog about next week.

  6. Happy Feast of Trumpets everyone.
    Very good point we should blow the trumpet as well shine the light. The Holy days give us a rehearsal every year of what we should be doing, what we are looking forward to, and a reminder of what God has done in times past.

  7. Are there any special recipes or foods your family likes to prepare for Yom Teruah? I’m still trying to decide what to make.

    1. That is a good question! As a family, we do not have any specific foods that we associate with Yom Terurah. Traditionally, people often serve apples dipped in honey (to symbolize a sweet year ahead) and bake a round challah (symbolic of the never-ending yearly cycle or wheel of time). We haven’t established any family traditions regarding food for this festival but generally just try to have a more special meal to set it apart from the other days of the week – like what we do for the weekly sabbath. This year, I have hopes of being able to put our brand new grill into action on our new deck to celebrate being in our new home! That’s kind of the incentive around here right now – I told my brothers I will buy steaks for the family but they only get to grill them once we move in 🙂 That would make for a festive meal!

  8. Hannah,
    Very interesting article! Our family celebrates Passover and a Christian Bar/Bat Mitzvah for our children, but not Rosh Hashana (yet!)…
    Thank you for sharing this at Coffee and Conversation last time – we’ll be featuring your post this week!
    Be blessed 🙂

  9. Thank you for being willing to write about something that most people don’t want to hear about anymore – that we sin and that we need to repent.

    I so appreciate our Messianic community. One part of our feast is to bring an emblem (or emblems) of repentance and leave them on the alter for God to work out in us / take away this year. And He never fails to do so!

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