Welcome to Sounds of the Shofar
“Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill.
Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand”
The Tekiah Gedolah
A single unbroken blast, held as long as possible. A combination of all.
Tekiah the “blast,” one long blast with a clear tone. one long blast with a clear tone.
The shofar (ram’s horn) is often used as an instrument of spiritual warfare… For example, the Torah states, “When you go to war in your land against an adversary who is oppressing you, you are to sound an alarm with trumpets; then you will be remembered before the LORD your God and you will be saved from your enemies”
The Shofar in Scripture
In the Scriptures, the word shofar(שׁוֹפָר) first occurs in Exodus 19:16 when the Torah was first given to Israel during (i.e., “Pentecost”): “On the morning of the third day there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud shofar blast (קל שׁפָר חָזָק מְאד ), so that all the people in the camp trembled…. And as the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him in thunder.” This shofar blast is sometimes called the “first trump” of God.
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.
TEKIAH – A pure unbroken sound that calls man to search his heart, forsake his wrong ways, and seek forgiveness through repentance. The tekiah called the people to attention and to gather unto Moses. It is the calling note, calling your attention and holding you. It would be in general the summons to listen to God, to receive from Him the orders for the day.
SHEBARIM – A broken, staccato, trembling sound. It typifies the sorrow that comes to man when he realizes his misconduct and desires to change his ways.
TERUAH – A wave-like sound of alarm calling upon man to stand by the banner of God. Teruah in Hebrew means not only a certain unique sound. It also connotes “to break”, denoting breaking something and/or causing damage. It is the note for bustling, speedy activity, the signal for breaking up, for striking tents and breaking up camp.
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