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SERMON DATE AND TITLE: 20190922 DAYS OF AWE

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THE DAYS OF AWE

SERMON STARTER

 

          In Jewish tradition the blowing of the shofar is a call to deep reflection, conviction, repentance, healing and permanent, personal change. In the Jewish religious culture it happens once a year. It is called in Jewish culture, "Yom Terauh," The Day of the Blast." It begins Sunday Sept. 29th and Ends The evening of Tuesday, Oct. 1st.

          Christian use of the shofar has grown in certain traditions over the past 25 years, along with interest in the Holy Land and dispensationalist understanding of the end times. Believers who incorporate the shofar often echo biblical references to sounding a trumpet, such as its

1. Use in warfare by Gideon’s army (Judg. 7:15–22) or

2. The battle of Jericho (Josh. 6), as

3. A call for repentance (Is. 58:1, Hos. 8:1),

 

1 "Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression, And the house of Jacob their sins. Isaiah 58:1

 

1 "Set the trumpet to your mouth! He shall come like an eagle against the house of the LORD, Because they have transgressed My covenant And rebelled against My law. Hosea 8:1

 4. A way to gather an assembly (Num. 10:3, Joel 2:15),


3 When they blow both of them, all the congregation shall gather before you at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. Numbers 10:3

 

Joel 2:15
15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly;

 

or for other occasions of praise and proclamation (Psalms and Revelation).

Here is the formula for shofar blowers:

THE SOUNDS OF THE SHOFAR

Tekiah -- one long, straight blast

 Shevarim -- three medium, wailing sounds 

Teruah -- 10 quick blasts in short succession

My sermon is about the Jewish Days of Awe and how they impact Christians today:

Pastor Phil  <><<

September 22, 2,019 - Sheepfold Ministries

Rev. Phil Roland

 

THE DAYS OF AWE

Leviticus 23:23-37

The Jewish New Year 5779

'”Four of the Jewish High Holy Days occur in September and October of our calendar. They are all on the seventh month of the Jewish annual calendar. Feast of Booths (Sukkot),  Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah), Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) and Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). The Days of Awe call Jewish people  to deep reflection, conviction, repentance, healing and permanent, personal change.”                           Pastor Phil <><<

 

8 Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.           Psalm 33:8

 

There are seven Holy Feasts in Ancient Israel:

1. Feast of Passover                            4. Pentecost (Feast of Weeks)

2. Feast of Unleavened Bread              5. Feast of Trumpets

3. Feast of Firstfruits                           6. Day of Atonement

                              7. Feast of Booths (Tabernacles)

 

THE FIVE CALLS OF THE SHOFAR

I. THE SHOFAR IS GOD'S CALL TO REPENTANCE

          A. The MESSIANIC ASHAMNOO - 1 John 1:9

                    8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in

            us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and

            to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

                    1. Self-Examination

                    2. Private / Open Confession

          B. The Lord's Table is an Open Table

                    1. Invite Christ into your life

                    2. Walk daily in the light of his teachings

                    3. Renew your covenant with Jesus through Communion

 

THE SECOND CALL OF THE SHOFAR

II. THE SHOFAR IS GOD'S WARNING - Joel 2:1,12,13

1 Blow the trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; For the day of the LORD is coming, For it is at hand:

12 "Now, therefore," says the LORD, "Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning."

13 So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm.

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          A. Danger is approaching - Jeremiah 6:17

                    17 Also, I set watchmen over you, saying, 'Listen to the sound of the     trumpet!' But they said, 'We will not listen.'

                    1. Willful, deliberate sin deafens spiritual ears

                    2. Many will not hear or respond to the call of God's Shofar

          B. Israel was 'Judged for ignoring the prophets' warnings

                    1. God warns about consequences of sin

                    2. Ignoring His Voice is dangerous for your soul

 

THE THIRD CALL OF THE SHOFAR. . .

Ill. THE SHOFAR IS A REMINDER OF GOD'S COVENANT

          A. Promise thru Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - Genesis 12:2,3

                    2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great;

            And you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will

            curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be

            blessed."

                    1. The Shofar reminds us that God keeps his covenants

                    2. God has never forgotten His repentant people

          B. The Shofar is God's call to repentance

                    1. Jewish people repent and are forgiven annually

                    2. The Days of Awe are a yearly reminder to seek God and pray

          C. God has never forgotten His people or His promises

            14 And the LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: "Lift your

            eyes now and look from the place where you are--northward, southward,

            eastward, and westward; 15 for all the land which you see I give to you and

            your descendants forever. Genesis 13:14-15

                    1. Palestine do not inherit the land and it isn't theirs

                    2. Christians do not usurp God's Promise to Israel

          D. The Shofar reminds us that we have a Covenant-Keeping God

 

THE FOURTH CALL OF THE SHOFAR. . .

IV. THE SHOFAR REMINDS US THAT JESUS IS GOD'S LAMB

16 Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. Exodus 19:16

          A. Abraham prophesied that God would provide the lamb- Gen.22:8

                    8 And Abraham said, "My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a

            burnt offering." So the two of them went together.

                    1. Abraham was ordered to sacrifice his only son

                    2. 2,000 years later, Jesus sacrificed on the very spot!

          B. Moses was the Great Deliverer who spoke and God answered

                    1. The sound of the Shofar became louder and louder

                    2. The voice of God was heard in the midst of the sound

          C. Jesus was a Greater Deliverer than Moses

                    1. He was baptized in the Jordan and God's voice was heard

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                    2. John the Baptist declared, Jesus is God's Lamb - Jn. 1:29  

                                        29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said,

                        "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

 

THE FIFTH CALL OF THE SHOFAR. . .

V. THE SHOFAR IS THE BATTLE CRY OF ALARM - Matt. 24:30-31

30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

          A. The Great Day of the Lord - Zeph. 1:14-16

                    14 The great day of the LORD is near; It is near and hastens quickly. The             noise of the day of the LORD is bitter; There the mighty men shall cry out.

            15 That day is a day of wrath, A day of trouble and distress, A day of

            devastation and desolation, A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of

            clouds and thick darkness, 16 A day of trumpet and alarm Against the

            fortified cities And against the high towers.

                    1. Tune your ear to the sound of the Shofar

                    2. It will sound in the Eastern sky when you least expect it

                    44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an                                hour you do not expect. Matthew 24:44
           
B. Messiah will return and fight with us in a Great Final Battle

          16 "Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps

            his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame."

            16 And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew,

            Armageddon.   Revelation 16:15-16)

                    1. Battle of Armageddon  - The Plain of Megiddo

                    2. All the world's armies will assemble

                    3. Plus the unchained forces of darkness

                    2. We will overcome

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THE DAYS OF AWE, Text:

Leviticus 23:23-37 (NKJV)
23 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
24 "Speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.
25 You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD.' "
26 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
27 "Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the LORD.
28 And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the LORD your God.
29 For any person who is not afflicted in soul on that same day shall be cut off from his people.
30 And any person who does any work on that same day, that person I will destroy from among his people.
31 You shall do no manner of work; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
32 It shall be to you a sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your sabbath."
33 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
34 "Speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the LORD.
35 On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it.
36 For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it.
37 These are the feasts of the LORD which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire to the LORD, a burnt offering and a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, everything on its day--

 

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