Did you know that the Ram’s Horn shofar is a symbol of God’s provision?
Well, it is. To know this, we go back to the Book of Genesis 22:13-14
“Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son. Abraham called the name of that place THE LORD WILL PROVIDE, as it is said to this day, “in the mount of the LORD it will be provided.” Genesis 22:13-14 (NASB95)
Have you ever heard God’s name mentioned as Jehovah Jireh? This is where it came from. The only thing is that there is no “J” sound in the Hebrew language. In the Hebrew text it is written as “YHWH Yir’e”. Yes, God’s name proper is used. “YHWH” is a tetragrammation of God’s name. Hebrews, Israel, and Jews (there is a difference between the three) never wrote the full name of God nor did they speak it. It was (is) too Holy to be written by human hand or uttered by human lips. They refer to God as “Adonai” or “Ha-shem” which means “the name”. I’ve heard some people even use the name “Yah” as a partial pronunciation of God’s name instead of the full “YAHVEY” pronunciation. Even that pronunciation is debatable as it is unknown what the full spelling of the actual name was. That has been lost to antiquity.
Regardless, of the debate on the proper way to call upon God’s name, the issue at hand is that God had told Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac as a burnt offering to God. It was a test and Abraham passed with flying colors. As Abraham was about to strike Isaac with a knife to slay him, THE angel of the LORD (that’s a Christophany, a picture of Christ in the Old Testament. “THE” is a definitive article.) stopped Abraham and told him not to harm Isaac. Since Abraham did not hold onto his son and was ready to sacrifice him, he knew that God had made him a promise and that God would raise Isaac from the dead, if need be, to fulfill that promise. Instead, God provided a ram, a male sheep to be sacrificed in Isaac’s place.
As I have already mentioned, I remind you. I find it exceedingly interesting that a ram, a male sheep, was offered as a sacrifice in place of Abraham’s son, Isaac. I find it very interesting that a male lamb was chosen to be slaughtered and the blood smeared over the doors of the sons of Israel in Egypt during the Lord’s Passover. I find it exceedingly significant that our Lord, Jesus Christ, the Sacrificial Lamb of God, The Son, would later be sacrificed for the “sheep”. What is really exciting, is that these three events ALL occurred on the same date of the year, the fourteenth day of the first month. That’s not January 14 by the way. That’s another issue I’ll cover in a video at a later time. But these events happened the same date the same time of the year.
Since the time that the ram was provided to be sacrificed in Isaac’s place, the fact that the ram was caught in a thicket by its horns, the shofar has been viewed, historically, as a symbol of God’s provision. This is believed to be when God established the shofar as His instrument of choice.
What? You don’t believe that the shofar is God’s instrument of choice? To the best of my research capabilities thus far, the shofar (trumpet) and the lyre are the only two heavenly instruments mentioned. If any others are mentioned, I haven’t found them. Let me know if you do.
The Ram’s Horn shofar IS a symbol of God’s Provision! I thank Him every day for His provision!
Come back tomorrow for Day 6 of 40 Days of Awakening. Until then,
I am The Old Watchman, Ezekiel. Shalom!