The Power of the Trumpet – Shofar Blast!

I have pondered and observed that the Trumpet is linked to the VOICE of GOD.

I especially like how God shows us picture type parallels from the Old Testament through the patriarch’s lives, which are relevant for New Testament teaching for us today.

In Exodus 19:16 it says that the Israelites heard the VOICE of the TRUMPET and they trembled… it must have been so loud that they couldn’t help but take notice. God would have got their attention for sure!

In Revelation 1:10 John heard a GREAT VOICE behind him as of a TRUMPET too when God spoke to him. God was wanting to get John’s attention too!

Trumpets and shouting seem to go together all throughout scripture.  It is interesting that particularly in Exodus and Revelation the trumpet is referring to the “Voice of God“.  The trumpet being blown represents the words of God being trumpeted out, or shouted out for all to hear. In ancient times the Israelites blew the rams horn – or shofar/trumpet as a warning from God to their enemies but the shofar was also blown to announce the day of God’s rest.

In Judges 7:18 when Gideon and his men were to fight the Midianites, the men were commanded to break open their pitchers which surrounded their torches so that the light could easily be seen, blow the trumpets, and to shout out “the sword of the Lord and of Gideon”.  Now the sword is also likened to the word of God in the New Testament. Gideon and his men won the battle without ever actually using any regular weapons of war for fighting. The only weapons they used were the exposed light of their lamps, their trumpets and voices sounding and shouting out together what God had commanded them to say. We will win the battle today against the resistance of the enemy within people when we hold up and expose the Light of God in our lives for all to see, use the sword/word of God which is sharper than any two edged sword and speak out boldly ‘like a trumpet’ for Him so that the message of the good news of the gospel is noticed and can be heard by all people so that they may understand and enter into His Kingdom and rest! (Our lives should reflect the shofar blast which is sounded for warning and rest).

Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

When Joshua and the priests and his men, conquered Jericho they were commanded to walk around the city with the ark of God (which represents God’s presence with them), to blow the trumpets, and to shout. They did what God commanded them to do and through these three simple steps God acted by miraculously breaking down the walls of Jericho before their very eyes without any weapons ever being used by them.  When we walk forward in the presence of God, speak out His words boldly like a trumpet, we watch on as God breaks down the walls of resistance that people have built up for themselves in their lives.

At Pentecost the Holy Spirit came down on the people who were gathered together from different nations and languages and they spoke the words of God “as one” and could be understood by each other, breaking down the walls that had been built up from the time of Babel through the boundaries of differing languages and customs. Another interesting fact regarding Pentecost is that it took place on the 50th day after the resurrection. The number five represents redemption.  It is through the word of God being boldly spoken that redemption comes.  Faith comes by hearing.  Romans 10:17 so then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

When the Israelites were rebuilding the walls for the temple of God in Nehemiah’s day, they were commanded to carry a sword with them and blow the trumpet.  It is no different for us today.  We are to carry the sword of God’s word with us and blow the trumpet of the Lord, speak out his word boldly in order to help rebuild the “walls of salvation” – or in other words “in order to help rebuild the walls of restoration and deliverance through His Holy Spirit for the Living Temple of God today so that He may dwell in us”. (It is interesting to note that brothers and sisters in Jewish tradition in the Old Testament were regarded as “strong fences or walls”. When we grow together we become strong)

Isaiah 26:1 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah.  We have a strong city; God makes Salvation or (restoration and deliverance) its Walls/Strength and ramparts.

Ephesians 2:22 In Him the whole building is fitted together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord and in Him you too are being built together into a dwelling place for God in His Spirit 

God is in the business of gathering His people together
Zechariah 9 14- Then the LORD will appear over them, and his arrow will go forth like lightning; the Lord GOD will sound the trumpet and will march forth in the whirlwinds of the south. 16 On that day the LORD their God will save them, as the flock of his people; for like the jewels of a crown they shall shine on his land. 17 For how great is his goodness, and how great his beauty! Grain shall make the young men flourish, and new wine the young women. Paralleled in Matthew 24:31 And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Judges 6:34 But the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon and he blew a trumpet and ‘Abiezer’ was gathered after him.

Abiezer Means – My Father’s helps. Gideon blew the ‘trumpet of the Lord’ and he received the Father’s help.  We just have to be willing to be his messengers/angels and speak out the words of the Lord boldly like a trumpet as Gideon did and God will do the rest and gather in the harvest so then his flock of people will shine in their beauty like jewels in a crown and shine in his land. © D A Cleland.