Leviticus 23:24 “Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.”
The first day of the seventh month, is the new moon of the memorial of blowing of trumpets. This day brings in the seventh month that was known as Ethanim (read, 1st Kings 8:2). In this day the silver trumpets were blown by the priests to gather the people to the worship of the Heavenly Father. Numbers 10:2 “Make thee two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest use them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps.” Verse 3: “And when they shall blow with them, all the assembly shall assemble themselves to thee at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.”
It is a memorial that in the seventh month the fast of the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles was approaching. But this day was also used to remind our people of the commandments of the Lord. Nehemiah 8:1 “And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law [Bible] of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel.” Verse 2: “And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.”
In the return from the Persian captivity our forefathers sought the most High; through able men that were learned in his law, namely Ezra the scribe. Ezra 7:6 “This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the LORD God of Israel had given: and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the LORD his God upon him.”
In the history we read of how the entire congregation gathered themselves together to commemorate this holy new moon; by studying the laws and praying unto the Father. Nehemiah 8:3 “And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.” Verse 6: “And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.”
Likewise we should practice those same righteous works unto our great God. Remember that this day is a Sabbath unto the Lord our God. Numbers 29:1 “And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have an holy convocation [a holy gathering, Sabbath]; ye shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you.” As we are commanded in the law we are not to do any work in this day. This means no buying and selling. Nehemiah 10:31 “And if the people of the land bring ware or any victuals on the sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy it of them on the sabbath, or on the holy day: and that we would leave the seventh year, and the exaction of every debt.” We could only do what pertains to the Feast.
Nehemiah 8:10 “Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Verse 11: “So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.” Verse 12: “And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.” These are the things we could do to enjoy this holy day, for this day is a day of great gladness! Prepare a great meal and send portions or gifts unto the poor, sing and play instruments unto the Lord and be filled with the joy of the Lord.
Note: Cooking on the weekly Sabbath, the seventh day of the week is not allowed. See, Exodus 35:2-3. This means that if Memorial of Blowing Trumpets coincides with the weekly Sabbath you must prepare the meal before the Sabbath; since you will not be able to cook. Please refer to the Sabbath report for more information.
This feast is a joyous moment and it has the practical use of being a memorial for upcoming feasts, symbolizing its prophetic nature. Numbers 10:10 “Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the LORD your God.”
Every new moon, the trumpets are blown to gather the people to celebrate the feasts. Psalms 81:1 “Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.” Verse 2: “Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery.” Verse 3: “Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.” Verse 4: “For this was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.” Showing us that the memorial of blowing trumpets is the seventh new moon of the year.
This represents how the most High sends his prophets to warn and gather the people before the second coming of Christ. Isaiah 58:1 “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” Please read also, Ezekiel 33:1-19.
Joel 2:1 “Blow ye 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 cometh, for it is nigh at hand;” Please read, Revelations 8:6. Therefore keep the feast with gladness, knowing it represents our faith in Christ our sacrifice. Shalam (Peace)!