Memorial Day

With the bugle sounding at Arlington Cemetery and in similar ceremonies around the country, people gathered will remember those who’ve served and died for their country in war.

But an even more ancient “bugle”—the shofar—was used by Israel to remind God they were going to battle, as in Numbers 10:9: "And when you go to war in your land against the adversary who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, that you may be remembered before the LORD your God, and you shall be saved from your enemies" (ESV)

The Hebrew Bible records many instances where the sound of the shofar was used to prepare the way for battle. But it also tells of the shofar used as an instrument to convene assemblies to symbolize significant announcements and messages to the people.

On this Memorial Day, engage with the Bible—and its continuing connection.

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