Brother Pablo Molina
Leviticus 23:23-25 (ESV)
23 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
24 “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of solemn rest, a memorial proclaimed with blast of trumpets, a holy convocation.
25 You shall not do any ordinary work, and you shall present a food offering to the LORD.”
How can we ever get church to start on time? Maybe, more coffee! Less coffee! Quiet music! Loud music! Dim the lights! More cowbell! How about more trumpets?
Perhaps more on target would be a service worthy of blowing trumpets to gather people together for worship. When God’s people gather, the mood is critical.
Worship includes repentance, confession, adoration, prayer, singing, offerings, hearing from God, and responding to His Word. A church service that includes all of that. As it brings glory to God, exalts Jesus Christ, and is guided by the Holy Spirit would be worth blowing some trumpets.
Faithful worshippers gather as a sacred assembly of God’s people (vv. 23–24).
The Feast of Trumpets concluded the harvest festivals and gathered the congregation together to begin a new season of worship
When we gather as Christians, our time should be worthy of trumpet blasts. It should include offerings that recognize the fullness of God’s provision. The community of God should gather to hear from God, remember His accomplishment of redemption, and celebrate His provision in the future.
Faithful worshippers gather to remember their redemption and renew their commitment to the Lord (v. 25)
Sabbath is a time of cessation of work and separation to God. The Lord blesses the work of man’s hands with abundant harvest. God’s people recognize this blessing by giving offerings, but they also take a break from the hustle and bustle of life and gather together for sacred purposes. This time of Sabbath is not an intrusion but a gift from a loving God who invites us to rest in His presence on a regular basis until He calls us permanently into that rest.
Why do we gather? Is it worthy of trumpets? Do we approach it as a sacred assembly? Is the voice of God heard clearly? Is it an obligation an intrusion or is it a gift? How we approach the gathering of God’s people makes all the difference.
If we come away from a week of work and look back to see God’s provision not only through the week, but through the year, we will enter into His presence with joy and celebration.
If we come to hear His voice, remember His work, embrace His grace, and commit ourselves more deeply to Him, then the gathering will be more worthy of the God we worship. Perhaps it would be worthy of trumpet blasts.