Ya’acov Natan Lawrence – A Study of Genesis 22 & The Three Trumpets (Shofarot)

In Jewish thought, Scripture speaks of three trumpets blasts (or shofar blasts): the first, last and the final or great
trumpet (or shofar). The first shofar sounded on Shavuot (Pentecost) at Mount Sinai (Exod 19:19), the last Shofar
blast would occur on Yom Teruah (the Day of Shofar Blasting) and the final or great shofar blast announcing
the Jubilee Year would occur on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement, Lev 25:9).

The first and last shofar blasts relate to the two horns of the ram caught in the thicket on Mount Moriah
(Gen 22:13). The ram is a prophetic shadow-picture of Yeshua who would become the Lamb whose sacrifice would
pay to redeem sinful man. The thicket represents the human sinfulness (Matt 13:22). Humanity is entangled in
the thicket of sin and unable to get free. Yeshua the Messiah, is the Lamb (Ram) slain from the foundation of the
world (Rev 13:8), who, while hanging on the cross, wore a crown of thorns.

The “ram caught in the thicket” in Genesis 22 is a prophetic picture of Yeshua carrying the sins of humanity
while dying on the cross. Scripture says that the sins of man were to be laid upon the Messiah (Isa 53:6). Furthermore,
in Matthew 13, in Yeshua’s Parable of the Sower, we see that some of the seed was cast into the thorns,
which Yeshua explained represents the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches that choke out the Word
of YHVH. These references to thorns and thicket are a picture of sin. The crown of thorns Yeshua wore while on
the cross is a picture men’s sins.

Scripture says that the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23). In Genesis 22, Isaac was about to die, but the ram
caught in the thicket that YHVH provided was substituted for Isaac. The ram that “saved” Isaac was a picture of
Yeshua whose name means “salvation.”

The horns of the ram are prophetically symbolic, as well. In Hebraic thought, the left horn, corresponding
to the right hand of YHVH, signifies mercy and grace. Furthermore, the left horn of the redemptive ram signifies
the purpose of the first coming of Messiah Yeshua as the Suffering Savior (or Messiah Son of Yoseph). At his first
coming, Yeshua brought mercy and grace—not quenching a smoking flax or breaking a bruised reed—and like a
meek and quiet lamb he was led to the slaughter (Isa 53:7; 42:3; Matt 12:20). The right horn of the ram represents
judgment. In Hebraic thought, Elohim’s right hand is the hand of power, might and judgment. Thus, this horn
represents the second coming of Messiah, who currently is seated at the right hand of the Father (Acts 2:32–33).
At his second coming, Yeshua will come to the earth in power as King of kings to judge the living and the dead,
and to rule the earth with a rod of iron for a thousand years.

That is why the first shofar blast (representing the left horn of the ram) is sounded on Shavuot (Pentecost),
for it represents YHVH’s grace and mercy upon his people from Abraham until the second coming
of the Messiah.

This period represents the time YHVH has given people to repent of their sin and return to him.
The summer months from Shavuot (Pentecost) in the spring to Yom Teruah (the Day of Shofar Blowing) in
the fall speaks prophetically of the time period between Yeshua’s first and second coming.

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