So far in a series of offertory messages over the past few holy days I have commented a little bit on some of the sorts of offerings that God expects of us. These offerings include not only money, but a repentant heart, generosity towards those who are poor and foreigners, as well as our living sacrifices of acts of service towards others. Today I would like to talk about another sort of offering that God commands us to give that is particularly appropriate for the Feast of Trumpets. So, in the brief time that I have today, I would like to talk briefly about the offering of music that is commanded to be given at the holy days.
To find this command, let us first look at Psalm 81:1-4. Psalm 81:1-4 reads: “Sing aloud to God our strength; make a joyful shout to the God of Jacob. Raise a song and strike the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the lute. Blow the trumpet at the time of the new moon, at the full moon, on our solemn feast day. For this is a statute for Israel, a law of the God of Jacob.” Here we see a law that is very straightforwardly referred to in Psalm 81. It is a command to praise God with songs and with musical instruments and with joy. We are to honor God with our hearts and our voices, as well as our wallets.
Let us also spend a little bit of time examining when we are commanded to worship God with singing and the playing of musical instruments. The passage says that we are to blow the trumpet at the time of the new moon, at the full moon, on our solemn feast day. Today, the Feast of Trumpets, is the only Feast of God that occurs on the new moon. Two of the feasts, the Feast of Tabernacles and the Days of Unleavened Bread, begin at the time of the full moon. It is therefore proper that we should celebrate the offering of music that is commanded on this day as we give another commanded offering.
We find this law referred to in two places. Let us look at them. First, let us turn to Numbers 10:10. Numbers 10:10 reads: “Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and other the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be a memorial for you before your God: I am the Lord your God.” And Leviticus 23:24 gives the special connection of today with trumpets. Leviticus 23:24 reads: “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.”
Obviously, as trumpets are musical instruments, we should expect that the Feast of Trumpets has a lot to do with music as a whole. All of the Sabbaths, New Moons, and Holy Days were honored with music from singing and musical instruments, and the Feast of Trumpets even more so than most days. Since trumpets are so important to the Feast of Trumpets, and since we do not have a shofar here, I thought it would be appropriate to play the sort of trumpet blast that the Bible talks about for this day. [Note: Play shofar from Hanna’s computer.]
It should not be surprising that music is associated with the Feast of Trumpets. Let us close today by remembering that when Jesus Christ returns at the seventh trumpet, recorded in Revelation 11:15, that there will be an offering of song. Revelation 11:15 reads: “Then the seventh angel sounded: and there were loud voices in heaven, saying “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
Today we have seen that a part of the offerings that are required by God are music. Let us all remember to praise God as He commands on days like the Feast of Trumpets, and to appreciate the many sorts of offerings that God requires from us—not only money, but also generosity, regular acts of love and service, as well as music. May we all be fortunate enough to be present with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ when He returns to the sound of the trumpets to establish His rule over this earth.