Ah, we had such a blessed little Feast of Trumpets celebration in our home earlier in the week, and I can’t wait to share it with you! I meant to post earlier, but Hurricane Florence has been quite the distraction. We do not live in an evacuation zone, but we still have been weighing our options as to whether the kids and I wanted to leave or not. I have decided to stay put, especially since my husband works along the South Carolina coast for an electric co-op. He is on stand by, and it looks like our home will experience tropical storm force winds, tops.
Okay, so where do I begin? With the desire to grow closer to the Lord, my family started slowly celebrating/honoring several of the Biblical Feasts a couple of years ago after we stopped celebrating Christmas. This has been such a blessing to us! 2018 marks our first ever Feast of Trumpets celebration. I fully intended on honoring this feast last year, but our move to the low country threw me off. But this year it was a go!
I’m linking our first experience with the Feast of Tabernacles here. Our desire is to celebrate the Feasts of the Lord in a Biblical way, while trying to avoid man-made traditions when we can. I must admit, I was a bit confused by the overlap of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Teruah (or, the Day of Trumpets). We did not want to celebrate the Jewish New Year, since we believe the Biblical calendar begins in the Spring. I started going with an apple and honey theme, and then I realized these things were tied to Rosh Hashanah. I kind of went with it, but next year I plan to fully focus on being called to repentance and the second coming of Christ. We believe that our Savior did not come to “do away” with any of the commands of His Father, but instead, to make them full. Yom Teruah is all about Him!
The Feast of Trumpets is mentioned in Leviticus 23:4. “On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of Sabbath rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts.” This day is known as “the day that no man knows,” since it begins with the new moon at the start of the month of Tishrei. Historically, appointed watchman would sound the ram’s horn to notify the people that the new moon arrived when they first saw the sliver of moon appear.
This corresponds with the Lord’s second coming. He will return with a great blast!
For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
This feast lends itself perfectly to some deep discussions about the future resurrection with older children. On a slightly different note, I might share my faith testimony with you here someday. My oh my, how the Lord has led me to a new and closer walk with Him over the past year! One of my views which has changed involves heaven and the afterlife. I came to my husband weeping as my beliefs began to shift. In that moment, it honestly felt like the rug was being pulled out from under me as doctrine upon doctrine that I thought was solidified in my mind was changing. I’m so thankful for his encouragement, and now I am grateful. Letting go of the doctrines of man and looking fully to the Word of God *in context* to come to conclusions is hard. But at the same time, it is needful and wonderful too.
For our younger children, we planned several fun activities, and they loved it. We talked about repentance, and our need for a Savior. We talked about sounding the trumpets and calling ourselves and others to the Lord. I used several worksheets from Bible Pathway Adventures Fall Feast Activity Printable Pack. I highly recommend them!
I was so excited when I found a cute megaphone/trumpet craft for the kiddos at Hobby Lobby that read “Speak God’s Word” for us to decorate. We read the story of Jericho and reenacted the last day, marching around our homes seven times in the dark before blowing our party blowers. (The little kids thought this was great fun, by the way.) We also spent extra time on a few other Bible crafts and making a cake. Since it was a Sabbath day, no schoolwork for all! Our shofar came in just in time as well. We had great fun, and the kids cannot wait until the Feast of Trumpets next year.
As a mom, it warms my heart to see my little ones embracing the Biblical Feasts. We are now talking about the Day of Atonement, which will be here soon. I pray their hearts begin to understand their need for a Savior, and the importance of casting off sin. We will begin to weave the story of Jonah in our studies over the next several days.
This is such a joyous time. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to teach my children that Yeshua (Jesus) is the fullness of this time of feasting. He is the Father in the flesh, and He is coming again one day!
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