A Shofar Test: Recognize the Sounds

For many of us if we hear a bugle call – Revele or Taps – (or me the sound of the steam engine passing by our house) we immediately recognize the sound and know its purpose.  Do we know and understand the Sounds of Yom Teruah as acutely?  Here is a  ‘test’ of your knowledge of shofar blasts.   Read each verse and decide which sound should be blown.  It is our hope that after you do this little exercise, whenever you read about the trumpet in the Scriptures or you hear the blast of a shofar , you will have ‘ears to hear’ the voice of Yahweh in a new way.

The Tekiah Gadolah

Here are the types of blasts:

Tekiah – Medium length blast with low to high pitch transition. Hard, short push on low pitch, slight sustain on high pitch, sometimes ended with a short, pushing higher pitched burst; Worship

Shevarim – Short broken blasts with a low to high pitch; Repentance

Teruah – Rapid, staccato blasts repeated at least nine times; Battle Cry

Tekiah Gadolah – To blast as long as the breath can hold out ending with a high-pitched blast at the end; The Great Shofar

“And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other” (Matthew 24:31).

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“Oh, my anguish, my anguish!  I writhe in pain.  Oh, the agony of my heart!  My heart pounds within me, I cannot keep silent.  For I have heard the sound of the trumpet; I have heard the battle cry” (Jeremiah 4:19).

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“Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?” (1 Corinthians 14:8).

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“Shout it aloud, do not hold back.  Raise your voice like a shofar.  Declare to my people their rebellion and to the house of Jacob their sins”  (Isaiah 58:1).

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“But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets” (Revelation 10:7).

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“All you people of the world, you who live on the earth, when a banner is raised on the mountains, you will see it, and when a trumpet sounds, you will hear it” (Isaiah 18:3).

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“Put the shofar to your lips!  An eagle is over the house of Yahweh because the people have broken my covenant and rebelled against my Torah” (Hosea 8:1).

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“So the Levites stood ready with David’s instruments, and the priests with their trumpets. Hezekiah gave the order to sacrifice the burnt offering on the altar.  As the offering began, singing to Yahweh began also, accompanied by trumpets and the instruments of David, King of Israel” (2 Chronicles 29:26-27).

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“Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly” (Joel 2:15).

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“I have not come to call the ‘righteous’, but rather to call sinners to turn to God from their sins” (Luke 5:32).

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“Then David danced and spun around with abandon before Yahweh, wearing a linen ritual vest.  So David and all of the house of Israel brought up the Ark of Yahweh with shouting and the sound of the shofar” (2 Samuel 6:14-16).

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“Look, I will tell you a secret – not all of us will die!  But we will all be changed!  It will take but a moment, the blink of an eye, at the final shofar.  For the shofar will sound, and the dead will be raised to live forever, and we too will be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51-53).   _________________________________________

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