Sermonette: A Memorial of Our Joyful Future

The Joyful Sound on the Day of Trumpets

Given 19-Sep-20; 15 minutes

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The Hebrew noun teruw'ah is a loud, resonating sound serving as 1.) an acclimation of joy and 2.) a cry of alarm (Psalm 81:1-5; 89:15; 47:4-7; Psalm 29). The trumpet sound is joyous to God's faithful but a terror to His enemies. Trumpet blasts preceded the fall of Jericho (likely on the anniversary of the Feast of Trumpets). Some scholars offer a compelling argument that Jesus was born on the Feast of Trumpets, the same day, according to Jewish tradition, that God created the world (Rosh Hashana) and the same day which prefigures the Marriage of the Lamb (Revelation 19:6-7), ushering in a blessed time when suffering and pain will come to an end, and when sorrow will be turned to joy (Revelation 21:1-2). To the reprobate world, the sound of teruw'ah represents terror and war, but to God's called-out ones it is a time to render praises of happiness and great joy.