I had a really short conversation today with someone about Rosh Chodesh (‘ch’ pronounced as a ‘k’ like in Bach), the new moon festival. Later, I thought it would be a good idea to post a brief overview for the benefit of those learning the basics of what Scripture teaches.
Personally, I had no idea that Scripture has so many special feasts and occasions! When Father convicted us of the pagan roots of Christmas and the fact that it is nowhere found in Scripture, we thought we’d lost a lot. (Parts of my story and details here, here and here.) Only after we began investigating did we discover that our Father has SEVEN great feasts, two lesser/minor festivals and 12-13 new moon feasts each year!! Wowzers! Talk about a lot! (We traded two Christian ‘holy days’ for
One of the simplest of the feasts is the monthly New Moon festival.
Briefly, Genesis 1:14 tells us that God made the sun, moon and stars for signs and seasons. The Hebrew behind ‘seasons’ is moedim, meaning ‘appointments,’ not ‘spring, summer, fall and winter.’ The stars, sun and moon help us know when God has us on HIS calendar!! (See Leviticus 23 for a whole bunch more!) How cool is that?
Psalm 81:3 says, “Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our feast day.” That echoes Numbers 10:10 that says in part, “Also in the day of your gladness and in your appointed feasts, and on the first days of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings…”
We can see a bit of the way this was treated at the time of King Saul and David if we read I Samuel 20. Notice ‘new moon’ in verses 5, 18 and 24.
As the feasts go, this is a very simple one: Blow the shofar on the New Moon. Feast desired, but not required.
The idea, I believe, is to insure you and everyone in the community is paying attention to the change of the month on the calendar. -Easier today with calendar apps and paper calendars everywhere, but not so easy in an agrarian culture 3500 years ago… Never-the-less, the command stands and it is a good excuse to go out with the boys, honk on the shofar and have a semi-special (sometimes) dinner.
Seriously, this stuff is so easy once we start to adjust our ‘clocks’ to HIS timing and roll with HIS feasts and festivals. (I even have a moon phase app to alert me of the upcoming new moons… LOL!)
What is cool is that once you understand the flow of the calendar, then you begin to pick up little details in Scripture that help give you a sense of time for events, etc…
As an aside, while pondering this short missive, it occurred to me that I should add a page with simple basic ‘how to’ instructions for the new Messianic. I hope it will be a place to which we can direct new folks on this journey with questions about ‘how.’ Watch for that to be up very soon!