Feast of Trumpets | The Feasts | Part 3 | Jahson Saunders
From the series: The Feasts
Good morning, Church. Glad to be with you guys this morning. My name is Jasan Saunders and it is a pleasure. How are you guys doing? Good. Listen, I know some of you are like, I’m good, but why don’t you just blow that trumpet? What was that for? And I’ll tell you why. Because… See more
Good morning, Church. Glad to be with you guys this morning. My name is Jasan Saunders and it is a pleasure. How are you guys doing? Good. Listen, I know some of you are like, I’m good, but why don’t you just blow that trumpet? What was that for? And I’ll tell you why. Because we’re in this series called The Feasts, just like what Chase was sharing with us. And today I get to share with you guys about the festival of can you guess, the trumpets.
And so just like Chase was sharing, there’s a lot of different factors that we’ve been hearing about recently. I think Joe did an amazing job of sharing about the Passover and connecting it to Jesus, the lamb who was slain. And then we heard Mike last week talking about the first fruits, about giving the first your best to God because Jesus was the best of God and he gave that to us. And as we’re going through the feast, we’re seeing the beauty of the scriptures revealed to us.
And there’s all these parallels and connections between the New Testament and the Old Testament. And there’s all these incredible things and a lot to chew on. And I’d love to tell you that the Festival of Trumpets is the same way, but unfortunately, it’s not. Actually so much so that while I was going while studying it out, it kind of made me wonder. How does this festival carry the same amount of importance and weight and the richness and depth that the the feast before it had. What it got one for us to glean from this?
What do you want us to understand? There’s two passages that are directly related to the Festival of the Trumpets, and I’d like for us to read it together. Here’s the first one. It’s in Leviticus chapter twenty three, verse twenty three. It says, the Lord says to Moses, say to the Israelites, on the first day of the seventh month, you are to have a Sabbath, a day of Sabbath rest a sacred assembly commemorated with the trumpet blasts. Do no regular work but present a food offering to the Lord.
The next scripture is a little bit longer with more description. So please bear with me numbers. Chapter twenty nine verses one through six says on the first day of the seventh month, hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. It is a day for you to sound the trumpets as an aroma pleasing to the Lord offer a burnt offering, one of one young bull, one ram and seven male lambs a year old, all without defect. With the bull offer, a green offering of three tenths of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with olive oil with the Ram two tenths, and with each of the seven lambs one tenth. Include one male goat as a sin offering to make atonement for you. These these are in addition to the monthly and daily burnt offerings with their grain offerings and drink offerings as specified. They are food offerings presented to the Lord, a pleasing aroma.
One of the things that stick out in this in this passage, in both of the passages that we just read, is that we see the festival of trumpets takes place on the Sabbath. And we know that during the Sabbath, the Israelites were called to stop and to remember. To stop and remember. So in the scriptures, we see that this day was commemorated by two things one, the Sabbath, which is that time of rest of praise, of remembrance. And then you see the offering, which in this case was a drink offering and a food offering. And that’s just about it. That’s all we got. There’s not much of any other information that’s given.
And now there are some things that scholars speculate. So I want to throw out one of these things out for you. Throughout the scriptures, we see that trumpets are used for a number of different reasons, but specifically it’s with the intent to call his people’s attention to something significant. In Exodus 19, God sounds a trumpet as a signal to the nation of Israel as he prepared to give them his commandments on Mount Sinai. Numbers, Chapter 10, The Priest Blow. I’m sorry, God instructs Moses to make silver trumpets to call for Assemblies of the People and for journeying signals as well as battle signals.
And then in Joshua six, the priest blow the trumpets during the battle of Jericho. And then we come to this story where this in this particular case, where the trumpets are used to call the people to just stop. And to just remember. To stop and just remember. Now, to remember what specifically? We’re not told, we’re not told what, but maybe it’s because there’s so many things that we can think about, maybe it’s to keep it vague so that we have the freedom to hone in on whatever aspect of remembrance we would like to.
But either way, it’s important for us to make this distinction. God is intentional. He’s intentional. And so we have every reason to believe and to trust that God gave us all that he wanted us to know about this festival. I’d like for us for a moment to just consider this thought. If at the blow of a trumpet, God was asking them to stop and remember, what could he have possibly been asking them to remember? I have a little bit of speculation about this, and there’s a couple of scriptures that are going to appear on the screen.
First one is Deuteronomy, chapter eight, verse 11. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord, your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I’m giving you this day or Psalm 103 verse two praise the Lord, my soul and forget not all his benefits. Or check this out in Isaiah Chapter forty six. Remember the former things those of long ago. I am God. There is no one other I am God. There is none like me. God has physically given the people many things to remember. But not only that we see in the Scriptures that he himself is giving the people things to remember. And again, this is just a speculation, but it begs the question, if that’s what God intended for the people of, then then what do you think he is asking us now to remember? God rescued the people from slavery in Egypt, and many of us know that a few chapters later we see them complaining and claiming that God was trying to kill them in the desert.
God freed his people. The Red Sea was parted, and they claim that he was trying to kill them. Then some time later, the people were challenged to remember God, the God of Israel, all that he’s done for you and your generations, and they bowed down, they worshiped him. They thanked him. They were devoted to him. Holy. But when Moses went up on Mount Sinai to receive the the commandments from from God and spend time with God, he came back down to find them worshiping a golden statue that they made.
Now, this is a little bit obvious, right, because we know these stories and. And it almost seems like intentionally they’re forgetting God, but I believe that we are called to remember because we, too, are tempted to forget, we too are tempted to forget. And I know this from personal experience, because life goes by so fast, so fast that the call to remember is such a good call for all of us. So today we get to just simply bask in the spirit of this festival of the trumpets, which is to stop.
And just remember. Just remember, and that’s going to be the focus for the whole service this morning, and I want to tell you about a little bit about how we’re going to remember. The service today consists of a plethora of songs and a bunch of different moments that are intended to help us to stop and remember to remember how great God is, to remember what he’s done for you, to remember how God has come through for you or your family or the people close to you.
To remember his promises, to remember to just stop and look at God’s beauty and splendor, to simply remember. So today isn’t so much about teaching as it is experiencing, we’re going to keep it super simple and just sing some songs and remember God. And listen, if your mind is prone to wander like me, this may be difficult for you. I’ll just tell you, if your mind is prone to wander, it might be difficult for you because there’s so many different things that can distract us.
There’s so many different things that are competing for our attention. And so I want to encourage all of us right now. We could do this all together. Just stop. Let’s all take a big, deep breath. And let’s just spend some time today remembering God, amen. Let’s all stand and let’s sing together.