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Two silver trumpets of Yom Teruah and the Body of Messiah

Richard AgeeApostle Paul tells us that we are to be ready to preach “in season” (2nd Tim. 4:1–2), translated from καιρός kairos (Strong’s lexicon No. G2540), the Greek word used for the appointed times of God. Because this is the “season” of  יוֹם תְּרוּעָה Yom Teruah (Num. 29:1), this is the focus of today’s talk.

We will get to hear the sound of the trumpet if we respond to the Messiah’s call of salvation first. The blowing of the trumpets gives us an idea of what God has in mind. We might seem unimportant to those in the world but God has a job for all of us to do.

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Rededicating our ‘temples’ to a unified portrayal of God and His High Priest

Chanukah candles on day 8The overarching theme of Chanukah is dedication and rededication of the physical temples of God. Yet the prophets’ warned that God can’t be contained in buildings (1 Kings. 8:27; 2 Chr. 6:18; cf. Jer. 7:1–7), even ones He ordered built (Ex. 25:40; Heb. 8:5). And Messiah Yeshua told a woman in Samaria that worshiping God “in spirit and in truth” doesn’t have to be in a building (John 4:20-24).

The apostles Paul and Peter taught that the physical bodies of believers, especially their minds, are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19; 1 Pet. 2:4–8). As such, believers are interconnected with one another through the Spirit and Messiah in a mutually supportive network (Rom. 12:3–13; 1 Cor. 12:12–26).

Paul said we believers also are “ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Cor 5:20). The need for unified “good news” is so important that the Messiah prayed, “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John 17:20-21). Earthly leaders of nations recall their ambassadors or consuls general if they are not “one” in message and attitude with the leader. Yet many believers in the Messiah haven’t learned such “earthly things” in their treatment of other believers, and thus are working against the message of “heavenly things” (John 3:12).

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