God’s Favorite Instrument

I used to play the clarinet in middle school.  After playing it a few years, I wished that I had picked the saxophone like my younger brother had, but I was stuck with the clarinet at this point.  I didn’t really like this instrument probably because we always want what others have and my instrument just wasn’t cool enough.  I also play the piano, and although I really enjoy this instrument, I haven’t played it in quite a few years.  I would have to say that now, the piano is my favorite instrument, but drums come a close second.

Do you know what God’s favorite instrument is?  Oddly to me, it’s a trumpet (or a “shofar” in the Hebrew, which is really a long ram’s horn and not like our modern day trumpet, although sometimes it is referenced to being made of silver.)  I’m not sure why, but maybe it’s because they can be the loudest of the instruments.  He references them 105 times in the Bible.  A close second is the harp, but only at 50 times.  Timrels (tambourine like) makes it in there 10 times.  Cymbals makes it 15 times.  Cornets makes it twice.  The word music only makes it 21 times and there are 60 references to songs.  So, we can conclude from this that there is something extra special to God about the trumpet, so let’s talk a bit about it.

The Feast of Trumpets

God likes trumpets for much, that out of all the seven feasts established for the nation of Israel, He chose trumpets to be the name of one of them, The Feast of Trumpets, one of the three fall feasts.  Trumpets must be the perfect melody to His ears.

  • 23 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 24 “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of solemn rest, a memorial proclaimed with blast of trumpets, a holy convocation.”  Lev 23:

God tells Israel about their use for trumpets, which was to be blown by the priests and leaders, and His various reasons for wanting them blasted is as follows:

  • Time to pack up camp and move on, when the Israelites were traveling in the desert
  • Time to gather the people and call an assembly
  • To mark a sacrifice on a feast day
  • A warning of war or danger
  • To praise
  • To declare a procession or feast
  • Proclaiming a king
  • Assembling the troops for battle
  • To be used in battle
  • To declare victory

Here are some Bible references to their use:

  • “And when you go to war in your land against the adversary who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, that you may be remembered before the Lord your God, and you shall be saved from your enemies.” Numbers 10:9
  • “8 And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow the trumpets. The trumpets shall be to you for a perpetual statute throughout your generations. And when you go to war in your land against the adversary who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, that you may be remembered before the Lord your God, and you shall be saved from your enemies. 10 On the day of your gladness also, and at your appointed feasts and at the beginnings of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings. They shall be a reminder of you before your God: I am the Lord your God.” Numbers 10:8-10
  • The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Make two silver trumpets. Of hammered work you shall make them, and you shall use them for summoning the congregation and for breaking camp. And when both are blown, all the congregation shall gather themselves to you at the entrance of the tent of meeting. But if they blow only one, then the chiefs, the heads of the tribes of Israel, shall gather themselves to you. When you blow an alarm, the camps that are on the east side shall set out. And when you blow an alarm the second time, the camps that are on the south side shall set out. An alarm is to be blown whenever they are to set out. But when the assembly is to be gathered together, you shall blow a long blast, but you shall not sound an alarm. And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow the trumpets. The trumpets shall be to you for a perpetual statute throughout your generations. And when you go to war in your land against the adversary who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, that you may be remembered before the Lord your God, and you shall be saved from your enemies. 10 On the day of your gladness also, and at your appointed feasts and at the beginnings of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings. They shall be a reminder of you before your God: I am the Lord your God.” Numbers 10:1-10

Trumpets also have connections to other events:

  • God’s power to raise the dead (1 Corinthians 15:52, 1 Thessalonians 4:16)
  • The proclamation of the gospel (Psalms 89:15)
  • The bold and faithful preaching of prophets (Isaiah 58:1, Hosea 8:1, Joel 2:1)
  • The final day judgments (Revelation 8:2 and 13)

We will see also that trumpets will be used for two future events:

Harpazo / Rapture / Catching Away:

  • 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words. ” 1 Thes 4:16
  • 50 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. ”  1 Cor 15:50-53

The Day of the Lord (Judgement):

  • Blow a trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming; it is near,  ” Joel 2:1
  • The great day of the Lord is near,  near and hastening fast; the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter;  the mighty man cries aloud there. 15 A day of wrath is that day,  a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness, 16a day of trumpet blast and battle cry against the fortified cities  and against the lofty battlements.” Zephaniah 1:14-16
  • 30 Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, 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 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.32 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 34 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”  Matthew 24:30-35

Thank you, God, that your trumpets remind us of the victory call that Yeshua (Jesus) has paid the sacrifice for the atonement of our sins, that the battle has been won, and that we can freely enter into Your precious rest and feast.  We look forward to the day when the final trumpets will sound and we will forever be with you.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

 

 

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