How The Sound of the Shofar
Affects Our Destiny
"God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet" (Psalms 47:5)
We are exhorted in the Word to shout unto God with the voice of triumph. God goes UP with a shout, and the LORD with the "sound of the trumpet." (Psalm 47:5) The trumpet in this Psalm is the shofar.
The sound of the shofar from earth affects the heavenly realms and facilitates our connecting with the Lord. Our spirit man is awakened by the sound of the shofar. This sound can reveal places where we have stopped moving in God's cycles. Once made aware, and if we receive the revelation, we can be set free and re-connect with a stronger relationship than ever.
The Scriptures are full of information on the power of the shofar's sound. May we all look at one such story from Judges. Judges incorporates several stories of unlikely men and women who were chosen as temporary leaders in order to defeat Israel's enemies. There wasn't an earthly king in those days because the Lord Himself wanted to be Israel's king. In truth, nothing has changed today. God wants to be our King, our Saviour, our Husband, our Healer, our Deliverer, our Shepherd, our everything.
Upon close inspection, we will find a consistent unhealthy pattern or cycle in the book of Judges. It would serve us well to apply this study to our lives and judge our own selves. What was this pattern in Judges? After being delivered from Egypt, Israel was unfaithful, not impressed by God's miracles and forgot His many acts of kindness to them. Because of their rebellion, God would deliver the people into the hands of their enemies. Time after time, they would eventually repent and cry out for mercy. God would appoint a judge to deliver them from their troubles and they would again begin to prosper. But sadly, the cycle would repeat itself and the people would become unfaithful again and again until God had had enough.
THE DELIVERER WILL ARISE
In Judges 3:12, we discover that the Children of Israel had gone back to doing evil in God's sight. Because of this, the LORD recruited the Ammonites and Amalekites to strike Israel. This judgment caused the children of Israel to be in servitude to King Eglon of Moab for eighteen(18) years. Again, the children of Israel began to cry out to the LORD and once again, God raised up a deliverer named Ehud.
Eglon in it's root form means: to revolve, to be circular. Please meditate on this for a moment. To revolve or be circular is a picture of a cycle. How many of us have not been able to break out of certain cycles? Though we have prayed and have had prayers spoken over us, we seem to remain trapped in the same trial(s).
Ehud, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, was chosen and equipped by God to help the Israelites be delivered from King Eglon of Moab. After God moved on Ehud, he made himself a two-edged dagger, and he did gird it under his raiment on his right thigh. (Judges 3:16)
Focusing on ourselves, we should ask "what is our two-edged dagger needed to combat endless cycles?" Our two-edged dagger is the Word of God. "For the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Heb. 4:12). Our two-edged dagger is the high praises of God in our mouth. "Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron" (Ps. 148:6-8).
Ehud approached King Eglon and told him he had a message for him. This got Eglon's attention and caused him to rise up. The enemy knows full well, as we speak what has already been written, he is defeated. The message was in the form of a dagger. This message was not going to be for Eglon's ear, but for his fat belly. (Judges 3:20-21). After Ehud escaped from assassinating Eglon, he blew the shofar in the mountain of Ephraim. When the children of Israel heard the "Sound of the Shofar," they gathered for war. "So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel and the land had rest for eighty (80) years.
The children of Israel received the "sound" and came into proper alignment after eighteen (18) years. The eighteen (18) year unholy cycle was broken and eighty (80) godly years of peace were unlocked. Demonstrating the interdependency of God's Hebrew language, please note that the 17th letter of the Hebrew alphabet is the "Pe" and has the numerical value of 80. The "Pe" signifies the mouth and serves as a reminder of the importance of our words.
THE POWER OF SOUND
Sound (our words) can destroy material objects, as well as spiritual objects. As we speak God's Word, the LORD will dismantle the works of ungodly cycles (rulers over us, if you will) and set us free. We are encouraged by remembering another sound. The sound of the shofars and the shout of the people were so powerful they brought down the ungodly walls of Jericho.
I pray this letter will encourage you to continually use your mouth to praise God. May our words be such as to encourage God to inhabit them and us. The LORD will go up with the shout, the LORD with the sound of the trumpet (shofar). (Psalm 47:5).