The Birth of Messiah on Yom Teruah Pt. 2

Luke 1:67-71

And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying”

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,

for he has visited and redeemed his people

and has raised up a horn of salvation for us

in the house of his servant David,

as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,

that we should be saved from our enemies

and from the hand of all who hate us…”

This prophecy from the Holy Spirit, through Zechariah, is another hint that Yom Teruah is the appointed time for Messiah’s birth.   I saw the phrase The “HORN of salvation” in this prophecy, and was instantly excited about this slam dunk–but then realized that “horn” in this case was not a shofar, but instead was figuratively referencing  a horn on the head of a powerful creature.   I was sad to delete this verse from the original post, but I did.

A “horn” is typically alluding to the power and might of a strong leader.   A strong goat, or even a rhino (which the King James translates as a “unicorn”) would wield that same type of authority over it’s territory.  However, it dawned on me today that that same horn is cut off to make a shofar.  When we blow the shofar, it’s not just any other wind instrument.  It symbolizes the might that the horn had (when originally attached) as well as the power of the creature from whose head it came.

So yes, on Yom Teruah, we do raise up a horn of salvation as we blow through our shofar as we await the sound of a much louder horn in return.  It will be the sound of the coming of the powerful one who will save us from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us.

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