2 Chronicles 30:18-19
For a majority of the people, many of them from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet they ate the Passover otherwise than as prescribed. For Hezekiah had prayed for them, saying, “May the good Lord pardon everyone who sets his heart to seek God, the Lord, the God of his fathers, even though not according to the sanctuary’s rules of cleanness.”
Hezekiah was the thirteenth king of Judah. According to the Old Testament, he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. Hezekiah cleansed and restored the temple of the Lord and returned Judah to the laws and traditions as set down by Moses. This included the celebration of the Passover.
Many people came from tribes outside of Judah to celebrate the Passover. They had not consecrated or cleansed themselves per the laws of Moses. Hezekiah understood what was truly important about this feast. It was a milestone for all the tribes of Israel to be returning to their laws and traditions and once again celebrate the Passover. He knew it wasn’t about following processes and procedures. It wasn’t about having all your I’s dotted and T’s crossed. Continue reading
1 Kings 20:11
And the king of Israel answered, “Tell him, ‘Let not him who straps on his armor boast himself as he who takes it off.’”
When I read this verse I knew I liked it but it took me a couple of times it to understand the simple message that King Ahab, the king of Israel, was conveying to King Ben-Hadad, the king of Syria.
King Ben-Hadad had gathered all his forces together, which included the armies of thirty two other kings. That must have been a substantial military force. For some reason Ben-Hadad wanted to conquer Samaria which was part of Israel and part of King Ahab’s domain. Ben-Hadad massed all his forces around Samaria and was ready to attack. Continue reading
2 Chronicles 34:12-13
And the men did the work faithfully. Over them were set Jahath and Obadiah the Levites, of the sons of Merari, and Zechariah and Meshullam, of the sons of the Kohathites, to have oversight. The Levites, all who were skillful with instruments of music, were over the burden-bearers and directed all who did work in every kind of service, and some of the Levites were scribes and officials and gatekeepers.
Many passages in the Old Testament reference the importance of music, especially in a spiritual way. There are verses in Samuel about the musicians accompanying the prophets and playing music as the prophets prophesied. There are verses speaking about Saul, when given to his fits of psychosis and whatever else afflicted him, how he would have the musicians play to soothe his troubled mind.
King David assigned great importance to music. He had a department of music in his government right along with his department of defense, department of the gatekeepers, department of the treasury, etc., etc. Continue reading
As I was reading through 1 Samuel I came across more examples of how music is truly a wonderful gift from God. These verses demonstrate the power of moving air in waves at various frequencies to produce a healing and enlightening power. These are the things they never teach about music in school.
1 Samuel 10:4-6
And they will greet you and give you two loaves of bread, which you shall accept from their hand. After that you shall come to Gibeath-elohim, where there is a garrison of the Philistines. And there, as soon as you come to the city, you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with harp, tambourine, flute, and lyre before them, prophesying. Then the Spirit of the Lord will rush upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man.
Samuel, the last Judge of Israel, is explaining to Saul what will happen as he is to become the first king of Israel. Continue reading
But you shall seek the place that the Lord your God will choose out of all your tribes to put his name and make his habitation there. There you shall go, and there you shall bring your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and the contribution that you present, your vow offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock. And there you shall eat before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your households, in all that you undertake, in which the Lord your God has blessed you.
Moses is addressing the tribes of Israel as they are about to cross over the river Jordan and begin their trek into the promised land. Moses is instructing them to be aware and be attentive to the guidance of the Lord in finding their spot to settle and worship God.
The first verse of these verses is what intrigued me the most: But you shall seek the place that the Lord your God will choose… Continue reading
The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them, If I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their watchman, and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people, then if anyone who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.
God is telling Ezekiel he is the watchman for Israel and if he follows through by warning them of their impending doom then he will have no blood on his hands. But if he fails to warn them he is just as guilty as those that God is going to destroy.
To me this also speaks about our personal responsibilities. Continue reading
When their drink is gone they give themselves to whoring, their rulers dearly love shame.
I knew what this meant to me when I first read it and wrote down the verse. But I thought I would read what scholarly people think of it and compare my thoughts with theirs.
The scholars and theologians say this verse deals with the tribe of Ephraim, one of the twelve tribes of Israel, that has become a bunch of drunks, alcoholics, the people along with their leaders.
That may be true for the times this book was written but here is my modern day assessment of this verse.
Society today loves its “feel good”. Continue reading