TEKIAH GEDOLAH – The prolonged, unbroken sound typifying a final appeal to sincere repentance and atonement.
The Shofar blowing on Yom Teruah is a combination of the various sounds. The Tekiah is sounded first to call man’s heart to give attention and hear the following ‘sound’ of the Shofar message. It is then followed by the Teruah which would then give His order to break off and away from every attachment that estranges us from God, and from our own purposes and present mode of life which is displeasing to God, and leave behind every worthless activity. The broken sound reminds us that we have a job of “breaking” to do as well – the breaking of our evil inclination.
The Shevarim ‘speaks’ for the heart of man initiating the call to repentance and godly sorrow of heart.
The tekiah which then follows, calls one to a new standpoint, a new attitude, of faithfully following God’s way of life.
It is to rally us to come to a new place in Yahweh God.
The repetition of these sounds is for the purposed of penetrating deep into the recesses of man’s being to bring a complete change of heart and complete reconciliation with our heavenly Father.
These four sounds form a set, called a Tekiyo of shofar blasts. In the sounding of the Shofar the Tekiah is 1 blast, the Shevarim is 3 wavering continuous blasts, and the Teruah is 9 staccato blasts.