I want to ask a question: What does the Shofar have to do with the first 12 verses of the 11th chapter of Hebrews, known as “The Faith Chapter”?
Hebrews 11:1-3 reads, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. Through faith, we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God so that what is seen was not made out of things unseen”
Remember this Faith Principle:
If you don’t use “Now Faith, Through Faith, By Faith”, you wind up “Without Faith”
Question: How does a person go from Believer to Disciple, to Leader?
By the Worship of God, to the Walk with God, to the Work with God
Worship is found in Leviticus 23 with the Cycle of Sanctification, called the “Moadim”. [The Feasts]
The Feasts creates a Circle. You can come in at any time, but you will come back to where you started, calling it the dance of the “Moadim.”
1) Abel is the first person to worship God as recorded in Hebrews 11:4
Question - How does a holy body worship God?
You cannot answer this question from the Brit Hadashah (New Testament) but from the Torah. If God had changed His mind, He would have done it in the Brit Hadashah – He did not!
Abel lines up with the 1st sound from the Shofar – the Tekiah
2) Enoch is the first person to walk with God as recorded in Hebrews 11:5-6
How do you walk with God?
Colossians 2:6-7 reads, “As you, therefore, have received the Messiah, Yeshua as Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude”
Here is the problem. Once you are given the word of God, and you apply that word to your life because of your love for God, you can never go back to the way you were
Luke 9:62 reads, “…Yeshua said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back is not fit for the kingdom of God”
You must go through worship to walk with God and become a disciple. You cannot walk with God until you can worship God with a heart of gratitude.
By going through this transformation, a person becomes a disciple through a broken heart. Enoch lines up with the 2nd sound blown from the Shofar – the SHEVARIM
3) Noah is the first person to work with God as recorded in Hebrews 11:7
How do you work with God?
Ephesians 4:11-12 reads, “And He gave to some as Apostles, and some as Prophets, and some as Evangelists, and some as Pastors and Teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service to the building up of the body of the Messiah”
You cannot be a leader and work with God without first walking with God.
You cannot walk with God without dealing with the true worship of God.
To worship God must be done in spirit and truth, not in the flesh.
It is God who takes you from 1 dimension to another. To get to the 3rd dimension, you must take off your garments and put on the garments of service to enter God’s presence – The Holy of Holies
Noah lines up with the 3rd sound from the Shofar – the TERUAH
4) Abraham and Sarah are the first to experience the Resurrection from the Dead as recorded in Hebrews 11:11-12
How can a Jewish person not believe in a miracle birth?
They are related to Isaac.
If a miracle birth did not happen, they would not exist.
I Corinthians 15:52 reads, “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”
Abraham and Sarah line up with the 4th sound from the Shofar – the TEKIAH HAGADOLAH,
Psalm 150:3-6 talks about the Shofar. It reads,
“Praise Him with the sound on the Shofar”
“Praise Him with lute and Lyre”
“Praise Him with tambourines and dancing”
“Praise Him with flutes and strings”
“Praise Him with clanging cymbals”
“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD”
How is the Shofar made?
Remove and clean Inside
Before the horn can become an instrument of praise, the flesh has to be removed.
Clean and Polish Outside
The next step is to remove the rough edges from the outside to bring out the beauty of the horn.
The next process is to form and reshape the Shofar to produce the sound that we are accustomed to hearing.
To do this, intense heat and pressure must soften the Shofar.
Cut Hole at End
The last step is the most important.
It is to pierce the smaller end of the horn, creating a place through which air passes, creating the sound of the Shofar
Every procedure in the Shofar’s creation culminates with this:
• Breath being blown through an object which before was crude and inanimate, transforming it into an instrument of Praise to God
Even with all the preparation and work going into the creation of the Shofar, if breath does not pass through the Shofar, it does not serve its purpose.
You and I are like the Shofar. We have been created for a purpose – to praise God.
The first step to become an instrument of praise, we must allow God to remove the flesh from our life. “They that worship Him, must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.” If God does not remove the flesh, in worship, just like the Shofar, the odor goes into the nostrils of God; and doesn’t smell good
The second step is we must allow God to remove the rough edges and polish us into a beautiful instrument
The third step is to accept God’s trials and tribulations coming our way to produce the heat and pressure need to mode us into the instrument He wants us to be
Last, we must allow God to pierce our hearts opening and preparing for His holy breath – His Ruach HaKodesh. When He breathes His Spirit into us, we become the instruments of praise He created us to be
How does the Shofar sound work today?
Messianic Believers have gone through seasons where a certain message is prevalent.
For some time, there was a call to heart-felt worship [TEKIAH].
Next came the message to repent [SHEVARIM].
Now we are hearing the word ‘Prepare’ for what may be ahead [TERUAH].
3 of the 4 sounds have been blown.
The next sound will be the voice of the Archangel and the trump of God, corresponding with the “last trump”
The next time you hear the sound of the Shofar, know this:
For some of you, when you hear the Tekiah, know God is calling you to the true worship of Abel.
For some of you, when you hear the Shevarim, know God is calling you to walk with Him, as Enoch, with repentance
For some of you, when you hear the Teruah, know God is calling you, like Noah, to prepare the way of the Lord.
For ALL of you, when you hear the TEKIAH HAGADOLAH, know God is calling you, like Abraham, to experience the resurrection and reign of the Messiah
Matthew 24:30-31 reads, “…and they shall see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with tremendous power and glory. He will send out his angels with THE GREAT SHOFAR, and they will gather together his chosen people from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other”