Sound The Shofar! ?
So many New Testament believers are enamoured with the rams horn or more commonly known as the shofar. In fact many pentecostal or charismatic churches have a shofar laying around in an office or placed on a pedestal somewhere. They probably have someone who can actually blow it properly. You are probably thinking that I am against the shofar the way I started out this blog. Actually it is the opposite. I love the shofar and the sound it makes.
What I don’t like is so many people are so infatuated with the shofar and the sound they try to blow it without studying it’s history, purpose or even what the three or four notes are. Like so many things today there isn’t a lot of teaching out there. But here I just want to ask one question since I blow the shofar and I know many who do and have it at services from time to time is it ok for non Jewish disciples of Christ to blow the shofar?
The history of the rams horn being used as a shofar goes back to the ‘binding of Isaac” and the ram caught in the thicket. It reminds God of something that only He can do. Who can blow a shofar? In the Old Testament only male priests could blow the shofar. Since we are grafted in through Jesus as heirs of the promises of Abraham through faith in Jesus, and we are all priests according to New Testament teaching then any believer who has been saved, washed in the blood, and baptized can blow the shofar.
I believe one should not pick it up and try to blow it without clean hands and a pure heart. God’s voice is often compared to the sound of a shofar or trumpet. The shofar was used as an instrument of worship and war.It takes much practice, and ultimately after years of blowing the shofar I once asked the Lord to blow the shofar through me. That forever changed the sound that resounds when I blow.
But, is it still valid to sound the shofar as New Testament believers? In Psalm 150 a list is given of instruments used in worship. Among them is the trumpet or shofar. If you believe stringed instruments or percussion are valid today as instruments of worship then certainly the shofar is right there with them. However this is a special instrument that has limited purposes. This is why it is not an effective instrument as part of a worship team or set.
There are only a few notes and the sounds typically call for God to remembers us as is recorded in Numbers. Then there is the sound of awe and repentance, shuva shuva, commonly heard on the day of atonement. Most often what we hear is a call for God’s glory to come up and to remember us, and finally to send the enemy in confusion.
So you see I love the shofar and I know God loves it. Like anything we must understand it and treat it with respect and honor. We must honor what God is doing when we sound it. WE must believe The Lord shows up in power.
If you own a shofar or desire to take the time and learn the history and how to blow it. So I say Sound The Shofar!!