The Father Of Music

Genesis 4:21

His brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipes.

It’s funny how you can look at something every day and not notice some significant details.  It’s funny how you can drive by the same location on your way to work, look at the same scenery and then one day see something that you never saw before.  It was always there but you were so busy thinking about your upcoming day or distracted by something more prominent.  You never noticed that piece of interest on an otherwise familiar landscape.

I have read the book of Genesis a number of times and never really took notice to or thought about the verse cited above.  But this time I did and decided to write it down.

I never realized that Jubal was considered the first musician.

The Hebrew meaning of Jubal is: The ram, inventor of the harp and pipes and founder of music making.

Jubal was a direct descendant of Adam.  Here is the lineage according to Genesis 4:17-21.

You have Adam who was Cain and Abel’s father and we all know that Cain slew Abel.

Cain fathered Enoch.  Enoch fathered Irad and Irad fathered Mehujael.  Mehujael fathered Methusael.  Methusael fathered Lamech and Lamech fathered Jubal.

That makes Jubal the great, great, great, great, great, great grandson of Adam.  And it makes me wonder, were there six or seven generations without music?  I can’t imagine a world or time without music.

No, that couldn’t be the case, because even without man you have music in the world.  It occurs naturally every day.  Birds sing, dogs howl, the rhythmic crashing of waves, and on and on.

Even before the first musical instrument was invented man has his natural musical instruments, his voice, his hands, his feet.

I guess what Jubal did was expand music.  He made us able to express our music in so many different ways.

So there you have it, Jubal the father of those who play music.

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