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The Shofar at Sinai and Now

Remembered that 3,500 years ago the sound of the shofar – almost the sound of a human voice crying out – was heard at Mt. Sinai announcing G-d’s arrival to become betrothed to His people. Of course, His people answered, His proposal saying, We will hear and we will do. Their intentions were good, but we all know the repeated problems 

G-d’s people had in obeying this great G-d. They were regularly pulled in the direction of the surrounding nations and strayed from the G-d who loved them so – the One who wanted to bless them and make them great, but ultimately their actions brought the consequences of dispersion. The temple was destroyed, G-d’s presence left, and they have been dispersed to lands where they are strangers.

In time God sent His Son, quietly – without pomp and circumstance, and  He was rejected, though He had come to bring salvation. The years continued to be torn from the calendar, and now 2,000 since the King of the Jews was crucified, raised and ascended into heaven, everything points to His soon return.  Now, we His people blow the shofar – answering G-d’s original call, way back on Mt. Sinai. Now we are crying out with the sound of the shofar and proclaiming that we crown Him King, and we yearn for His return. With the plaintiff almost human cry of the shofar, we answer His original cry to us, and say, We crown you King! We yearn for you to come and set up your eternal kingdom! His voice from heaven was the sound of the shofar, and now we are answering back with the same sound echoing His voice to us.  

Isaiah 51:11 so My word that proceeds from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please, and it will prosper where I send it. 

During the month of Elul we blow the shofar every day, right up to the great day of Rosh Hashanah when the Great, final blast of the shofar is sounded.

                The King is in the field and He is listening for His beloved’s reply.

   Now is the time to repent and be ready for the event all history has longed for.  

                           Are we answering His proposal?