The Feast of Trumpets ("Rosh Hashanah") by David Cawston

The Feast of Trumpets ("Rosh Hashanah")
David Cawston
Leviticus 23:24

It is not uncommon for holidays to have musical instruments incorporated into their celebration, but rarely is the substance of the holiday celebration solely dependent upon a musical instrument – yet that is the case in Israel's fifth Holy Day known as Rosh Hashanah.
It has its roots firmly planted in the Bible.
It is never known by that name in Scripture.
Instead it is referred to as "Zikhron Teruah,"
or "Yom Teruah."
It is simply referred to as the "Feast Of Trumpets."

Rosh Hashanah literally means "head of the year."
However, this designation was not applied to this Feast until at least the Second Century A.D. – more than 1,500 years after the institution of the holiday.
It was following the A.D. 70 destruction of the temple that this celebration was radically changed.

The timing of the ancient Feast Of Trumpets coincides with the beginning of Israel's civil year.
It is observed in the autumn.
It occurs on the first day of Tishri – the seventh Hebrew month (usually mid-September to early October).
The last two holidays of the seven Feasts – Yom Kippur and Feast Of Tabernacles – occur only days later.

The Biblical record for the observance of Rosh Hashanah is neither lengthy nor complicated.
Israel was simply commanded to memorialize the day by blowing trumpets and to keep the day as a Sabbath rest.
(Leviticus 23:23-25)
A. The Sacrifices!
The Biblical record concerning temple sacrifices is equally straightforward.
(Numbers 29:2-6)
2 As an aroma pleasing to the LORD, prepare a burnt offering of one young bull, one ram and seven male lambs a year old, all without defect.
3 With the bull prepare a grain offering of three-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil; with the ram, two-tenths;
4 and with each of the seven lambs, one-tenth.
5 Include one male goat as a sin offering t ...

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