(January 9, 2017) Dr Jim McClure, respected theologian, continues his series on selected scripture words…
As we have just entered a New Year, it is appropriate to mention a very important year in the history of the people of Israel.
In Leviticus 25:8-10 we read God’s instructions to Moses Mount Sinai, ‘Count off seven sabbaths of years – seven times seven years – so that the seven sabbaths of years amount to a period of forty-nine years. Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land. Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you.’
Trumpets played a significant role in the Hebrew religion and different trumpets were employed for specific functions. The Old Testament refers to two types of trumpet, the chatsotseroth and the shophar. (more…)