A Child's Lenten Meditation-Day 13-Festival of Trumpets

Numbers 29
1 " 'On the first day of the seventh month hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. It is a day for you to sound the trumpets. 2 As an aroma pleasing to the LORD, offer a burnt offering of one young bull, one ram and seven male lambs a year old, all without defect. 3 With the bull offer a grain offering of three-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with olive oil; with the ram, two-tenths4 and with each of the seven lambs, one-tenth. 5 Include one male goat as a sin offering to make atonement for you. 6 These are in addition to the monthly and daily burnt offerings with their grain offerings and drink offerings as specified. They are food offerings presented to the LORD, a pleasing aroma."


Ten days before Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, there is another sabbath rest day called the Festival of trumpets, or Rosh Hoshanna. The Bible doesn't tell us that much about it. We don't know why they held it, or what exactly was being celebrated, but if we look a little deeper at Jewish tradition we get a few answers. Rosh Hoshanna is a New Year celebration. They celebrate the new year and then in 10 days they go before God to make the atoning sacrifice for the year just past.


They blow trumpets made from the horns of rams called Shofars. 



There are a lot of different symbols and tradition around this day. They eat sweet things in wishes for a sweet year to come. They bake bread into a round shape like a crown. Some say that that day is the actual birthday of the world, on that day that God created the earth. It is also a day to celebrate that God is king of the world and all creation.


Later on in Israel's history, when they are settled in the land God brought them to, they would blow trumpets when a king was crowned.


It's of particular interest to us a little later on that they celebrated God as king so soon before Yom Kippur.


Do you think it would be hard, or easy for the Israelites to obey God's commands to not do any work on certain days?

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