Shofar Abuse

Ron Cantor —  August 12, 2015 —  Comments

Respecting the Sacred Symbols

Let me be clear! I love the blasting of the Shofar. However in our corporate worship, have we overused the shofar to the point of disrespecting it? Is it helpful when people are free to bring their own personal Shofar to a worship meeting and sound it at their every impulse? In private we are free to worship any way we please, but in public, with others around us, we must be respectful of their own worship experience as well. Furthermore, should not the Elders “who govern the affairs of the congregation” (1 Tim. 5:17) oversee the use of the Shofar in the congregation, even as the sons of Aaron did in Ancient Israel (Num. 10:8)? In our latest video, we deal these questions and more.

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  1. JuanPablo says:


    I’m interested to know on what you base on, when you say that only elders of church are allowed to blow the shofar. My bible tells that every follower (not just the church leaders or elders) of Yeshua are called to be the royal priesthood, aka priest of the Holy One. So why not every follower of Yeshua is allowed to blow the shofar?
    Second thing I noticed that you didn’t made a difference between shofar and trumpets even though they are clearly different things.

    1. Ron Cantor says:

      Hi Juan, that is not what I said, I said the elders “or those they appoint.” You are correct that we are all part of the royal priesthood, but corporately, when the body comes together for worship the New Testament is clear that Elders are to govern. There is no real controversy about this.

      The elders who direct the affairs of the congregation well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.1 Tim. 5:17

      The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. Titus 1:5

      Also 1 Cor. 14 speaks of order in the corporate worship service.
      Hope that helps

  2. marie says:

    I totally agree 100% with you Ron, this is not like any other instrument, respect PLEASE!!