Shofars/Shofar Bags

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 History Of The Shofar

The word Shofar is Hebrew word for Trumpet the Shofar is made from a curve rams horn. To sound the rams horn came from the root word “Teruwah” in Hebrew which means clangor of trumpets, acclamation of joy, clamor, rejoicing, high joyful sound, loudly. “Uwah” means to spilt ears with sound.

The rams horn represents the ram that was caught in the ticket, Abraham was about to sacrifice Isaac.

Literally translated, the Hebrew word shofar is “a sense of increasing; cutting or burning into” and it comes from a root word meaning “beauty”. Obviously the sound of the shofar was more than a mere horn blast to the ancient Hebrews for it to earn a name that signified a cutting or burning into the heart and soul of the people from a sense of beauty rather than harshness.

For Christians the shofar represents Jesus & reminds us of God’s provision of oblation that is both sufficient & sacrifice.

 

 It is like the shofar is an instrument in preparing the whole person for what is imminent relationship with the Farther.

By studying the Scriptures, we see that the Shofar is extremely important to God as well as the harp.

Differences between  the two interments.   

The Harp is mentioned 47 times in the bible. The shofar is mentioned 112 times in the bible starting in Exodus to Revelations..  The shofar is mentioned 65 more times than the harp. every time you see the word Trumpet or Trumpets it means Shofar or Shofars in the Hebrew.

 The shofar is the most spoken of instrument in the Bible the harp is the second.  It is such an important Item in the bible that we still are to celebrate the Feast of Trumpets every year.

Le 23:24,25; Nu 29:1-6

The harp was used for calming the soul and spirit.

“And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubled thee.  Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.”
1 Samuel 16:15-16

Scriptures on when to blow the Shofar

 

Blow to heard the Lords decadents & giving of the law on Mount Sinai  Ex 19: 16-19,  20:18

Blow to usher in the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanna)

Numbers 29:1

Blown to herald the day of Atonement

Lev 25:9

Blown to announce the year of Jubilee

Lev.  6: 4- 20

Blown at taking an oath

*2 Chronicles 15:14

Today’s  oath is when we are Baptism proclaiming that we confess Jesus Christ is our Lord & we will follow him.

Blown in praise & worship to God

Psalms 47:5. 98:6, 150:3,  Isaiah 27:13, 18:3, Revelations 1:10

Watchmen Prophetic

*Ezekiel 33:1- 7,  *Jeremiah 6:17a

Blown to usher in the ark of the Lord (His Presence) as David danced.

2 Samuel 6:15,  2 Chronicles  15:14

Blown when the King was anointed

1 kings 1:34 , 39,  41 2 Kings 9:13

Blown sound  alarm of war

Jeremiah 4: 19-21,  6:1-17,  51:27  *Joel 2:1

Blown to rally the troops

Blown By Gideon to rally the troops & the 300 men in his army   in battle. Judges 6:34,  7:8, & 16:20

Nehemiah 4:18, 20

Blown to call people to repentance

Isaiah 58:1, Hosea 8:1,

In the Jewish culture the twist that you see in the shofar stands for circle of life. 

Note in every shofar there is 3 twists.

Shofar is so important in the Jewish culture, this is why we carry it around in a velvet bag with a silk lining.

It is reasonable to think or believe that the shofar as we know it was developed by the Hebrews.

 

Some people however believe the shofar by another name predates the Hebrews in Egypt and the practice of how to make the shofar may very well have come from the Egyptians.

The shofar is first mentioned in Exodus 19: 13b, 16

Exodus 19: 13b  VS 13b, Only when the ram’s horn sounds a long blast may they go up to the mountain.

Exodus 19: 16  VS 16, On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lighting, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blasted. Everyone in the camp trembled.

The last time the shofar is mentioned is in   Revelations 9:13a  The sixed Angel blew his Trumpet

Josephus gives this description of the shofar. It was composed of a narrow tube, somewhat thicker than a flute but with much breath as sufficient for a admission of breath of a mouth; it ended in the form of a bell.

 

“To the place of the blowing of the trumpet [shofar].”

There has been archaeological excavations at the southeast area surrounding the Temple Mount, in an area called the “Ophel.      

In the debris of stones from the destruction of the Temple in  A.D. 70, archaeologists  actually found a piece of stone with the above inscription” (Zangla, 1998).

There was an inscription on the inside wall of the Temple that said, “To the place of the blowing of the trumpet [shofar].”

There was an inscription on the inside wall of the Temple that said, “To the place of the blowing of the trumpet [shofar].”

 

The shofar was commonly taken out to war so the troops would know when a battle would begin. The person who would blow the shofar would call out to the troops from atop a hill. All of the troops were able to hear the call of the shofar from their position because of its distinct sound.   The shofar is a symbol of power.  The horn is an animal’s source of power and physical strength.

Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holly hill.  Yet the shofar prepares the soul & awakens the  spirit, it brings a calling of attention to the people for what is to come.

In Hebrew animal horns are called keren. Most are hollow & are suitable for use as a musical instrument; these are called Shofars.

There for every shofar is a keren but not every keren is a shofar.  The Jewish law sates what shofars are kosher & can be used as a shofar in the feast etc.

Cattle- including males are (oxen) & females are (cows) they possess horns that are hollow & can theology be made into a shofar. However,  because of the Jewish law states that such a horn is not kosher because of the Torah designates as a Keren indicates it is not considered as a shofar from the standpoint of the Jewish Law. this goes for Bison or any form of wild cattle.

Exodus 32:3,4 “And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

Why did the Israelites chooses to make a Idol into a golden calf.

To understand why a golden calf  we first need to understand the culture behind the golden calf & where it came from.

Now the Israelites lived & were enslaved for about 400 years in Egypt.

 The ancient Egyptians believed that Apis, the sacred bull of Memphis was a manifestation of Ptah upon the earth. Whenever an Apis bull died in Memphis it was embalmed and mummified.  Each bull had its own huge sarcophagus and its birth and death were recorded, carved onto the walls.  There is a law concerning the position in which to hold the shofar potentially bearing on the species for the shofar. 

The curve horn, symbolizing how we should bend in contrition of the Judgment Day

Why did the Israelites chooses to make a Idol into a golden calf.

To understand why a golden calf  we first need to understand the culture behind the golden calf & where it came from.

Now the Israelites lived & were enslaved for about 400 years in Egypt.

 

The ancient Egyptians believed that Apis, the sacred bull of Memphis was a manifestation of Ptah upon the earth. Whenever an Apis bull died in Memphis it was embalmed and mummified.  Each bull had its own huge sarcophagus and its birth and death were recorded, carved onto the walls. 

There is a law concerning the position in which to hold the shofar potentially bearing on the species for the shofar.

The curve horn, symbolizing how we should bend in contrition of the Judgment Day

Why did the Israelites chooses to make a Idol into a golden calf.

To understand why a golden calf  we first need to understand the culture behind the golden calf & where it came from.

Now the Israelites lived & were enslaved for about 400 years in Egypt.

 

The ancient Egyptians believed that Apis, the sacred bull of Memphis was a manifestation of Ptah upon the earth. Whenever an Apis bull died in Memphis it was embalmed and mummified.  Each bull had its own huge sarcophagus and its birth and death were recorded, carved onto the walls. 

There is a law concerning the position in which to hold the shofar potentially bearing on the species for the shofar.

The curve horn, symbolizing how we should bend in contrition of the Judgment Day  It is also to be pointed out that the original ram used in the replace of slaughtering Isaac as it speaks about in

Geniuses
22: 9 – 13. Only a curve horn could be caught in the thicket by the horns.

In Biblical days, the shofar was used in a variety of ways. The first and most important use was for announcing the onset of Sabbath and holidays. It was also used at the coronation of a king or as a sound to rally to battle. Gideon used the sound of the Shofar to confound and scare the Midianites, who so outnumbered Gideon’s three hundred men (Judges 6 & 7). Shofars were used by Joshua for bringing down the walls of Jericho (Joshua 6:2-5).

While the Shofar is primarily associated with Jewish worship, its use is growing in popularity throughout Christian culture as well. An increasing number of Christian ministries choose to incorporate the use of the Shofar at the beginning of their Sunday services. It is also placed in some Christian churches and households as a decorative element and a symbol of respect for the roots of the Faith.

Shanah Tova!

 

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is the appropriately designated Hebrew name of the first of Jewish holidays. It literally translates to “Head of the year”. Rosh HaShanah is celebrated in the first two days of the Hebrew month of Tishrei.  This holiday carries with it a spectrum of significance in the spirit of new beginnings. Rabbi Eliezer ben Shammua maintains that Rosh Hashanah is a celebration of creation of man. The creation of man is certainly one important aspect of the holiday, but more traditionally Rosh Hashanah is seen as the beginning of judgment period. It is believed that Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of a period where the important books of the heavens are opened for review and all people are examined closely. The fate of everyone is carefully considered by the one and only God based on their deeds and merits.

 

How Shofars Are Made in Israel.

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Blowing The Shofar Over Calgary

Blowing The Shofar Over Calgary

 

 

Shalom

And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.

Joshua 6:16
King James Bible

So Joab blew a trumpet, and all the people stood still, and pursued after Israel no more, neither fought they any more.

2 Samuel 2:28
King James Bible

They shouted out their oath of loyalty to the Lord with shofars blaring and rams horns sounding.

2 Chronicles 15:14

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