This is an exciting day. This morning I started writing my morning devotionals again. They have been kind of hit and miss for the last two months after I got sick and then recovered and then went on a two-week vacation. But today was worth writing about and I want to expand on my thoughts here. It is Rosh Hashanah today and tomorrow. It is the Feast of Trumpets. This is a celebration that Jesus Christ is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Call Him Yeshua HaMessiah. Call Him Savior and Lord. Whatever you call Him, today is a day that belongs to Him. It is a day to give Him honor and glory and praise. There is so much that God has revealed about Himself and His plan through this day. When Paul says that we will be changed at the last trump, he was talking about this day. Awake and celebrate, you who love the Lord of Hosts. I was reading a question and answer at Torah.org and saw this interesting bit of information. In question number six it says this:
Question: Why do we blow the shofar?
Answer: Since Rosh Hashanah is the anniversary of the creation of the world, it follows that it is also the anniversary of God being sovereign over the world. Rosh Hashanah is a coronation of sorts, and thus we trumpet the shofar just like at a coronation ceremony.
Insight: In truth, Rosh Hashanah marks the creation of Man, not the world. The actual creation of the world took place five days before the first human beings were created. In Judaism, the creation of the entire universe is marked by celebrating the creation of the purpose of the world: the free-willed human being.
The word shofar is related to the Hebrew word, l’shaper. The word l’shaper means “to beautify.” The call of the shofar reminds us each of our own calling, the calling to live beautiful lives. Why does our King decree the celebration of holidays and the performance of mitzvot, commandments? Only as a way to guide us in the process of beautifying ourselves and the world we live in.
Now hold that answer in your mind and read this passage from 1 Corinthians 15 with fresh eyes:
35But someone may ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” 36How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. 39All flesh is not the same: Men have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. 40There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. 41The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.
42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.
50 I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Rosh Hashanah has been for the Jews a celebration of the creation of man in the garden. When Jesus Christ comes at the last trump, it will be a celebration of the creation of the new man. I am certain that Paul had this in mind when he wrote this passage. Remember that Paul was a Pharisee and certainly understood the Jewish feasts and what was taught about them. He says that he is unlocking a mystery or a secret that God has held until this time. He talks here about the creation of Adam in verse 45 and uses the progression to explain how God will make us anew in verse 49. This day celebrates what God has done and will do. Is this the year He will come again to His own and take us to the place He has prepared for us? I can’t answer that. But I am watching and waiting this Rosh Hashanah as the trumpet call goes out. I am awake and alert for His coming. Are you ready?