For a number of years we have observed Rosh Chodesh and sounded the shofar somewhat regularly, but I have often wondered, ‘Why?’
Certainly, because it is a statute in Israel, we sought to be obedient, but often fell short simply because we did not make it a priority! The Scriptures say,
3 Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon,Psalm 81
and when the moon is full, on the day of our festival;
4 this is a decree for Israel,
an ordinance of the God of Jacob.
5 When God went out against Egypt,
he established it as a statute for Joseph.
(And, I suddenly realize that I have additional digging as this specifically names ‘Joseph’ in the Psalm that follows 80!! I need to dig into that possible connection, too! [The Hint…])
Anyway, this past weekend, I was blessed to host ‘Camp Ephraim‘ as he travelled through the region encouraging the house of Israel/Ephraim to ‘get ready.’ One of the blessings he shares with brothers across the planet is a live sighting of the moon from Jerusalem on Rosh Chodesh each month. Connect with him on Signal, Mewe, Gab, Telegram or The Torah Network for the monthly video link to sound your shofar with mishpocha on nearly every continent. But, I digress….
As we were on the live video conference for Rosh Chodesh, it suddenly hit me why we celebrate the sliver of the new moon!!
Several years ago, I posted Two great lights and a lot of fireworks… In it, I shared a bit about a blessed evening I spent with friend and Breaking News Israel author, Eliyahu Berkowitz. He shared a reading from the Gemara concerning the sun and moon that set off fireworks in my head. I suddenly recognized the parallels between the Almighty and the Mashiach that are written on the sun and the moon. See that article for a number of details. What I did not connect, at that time, was/is the significance of Rosh Chodesh!
We cannot look at the sun without burning our retinas, but we can gaze fully into the face of the moon that reflects the light of the sun! Similarly, no man can see God and live, but the Mashiach has fully revealed Him.
The sun is ever present, but the moon ‘dies’ and is ‘buried’ for a couple days, then we rejoice with the shofar at the ‘resurrection.’ The Rosh Chodesh celebration is a monthly reminder of the risen Mashiach! This also is, I believe, a pointer that supports the sighted moon instead of the calculated conjunction. Further, Yeshua was only witnessed by a few, dimly, as it were, when He first rose, but He has gotten brighter and brighter ever since.
I believe that Rosh Chodesh is a monthly reminder and celebration of the miracle of Yeshua’s resurrection!! And, as I roll this around in my head, Pesach and Sukkot always happen at a full moon which parallels those events as happening during His first and second appearing.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and hope to see you on the next live sighting from Jerusalem as we celebrate the King and His Kingdom!