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. 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
1 Chronicles 23 through 27 is all about how King David organizes all the various departments for the governing of Israel.
King David organizes:
- The Levites
- The Priests
- The Gate Keepers
- The Treasurers
- The Military
- The Tribal Leaders
- Other Officials
Who else does King David makes sure is organized?
In chapter 25, David organizes the musicians. Continue reading
The old men have left the city
The young men their music,
The joy of our hearts had ceased
Our dancing had been turned into mourning.
The book of Lamentations was written by the prophet Jeremiah, at least most subscribe to that idea.
Jeremiah told the Jews the words of God, prophesying their down fall and destruction.
Now here he is lamenting the destruction of their cities, wealth and once again being hauled off into captivity and oppression.
What I like about these verses is that Jeremiah is lamenting the loss of music and dance. Why do I like that?
Because many people through the years and to this very day declare some forms of music, especially modern music, as evil, the work of the devil. Generally the music declared to be evil is music that doesn’t suit the declarer’s taste. 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
Over the past twelve months, my writing has diminished, and I wasn’t sure why.
When I moved last year it threw all my habits into a tailspin. I started working from home, which at first I thought would really increase the amount of time I spent writing. But over the months my writing time became less and less. I tried very hard to at least maintain my habit of reading my Bible every morning but even that decreased.
Working from my home no longer required me to get up two hours prior to my start time. When I commuted to my job I had to get up, use the toilet, shower, shave, decide on my attire for the day, get dressed, eat breakfast, bring in the newspaper, and some days I had to shovel snow and scrape ice off my car.
Now if I want to start work at 7:00 AM I can lay in bed until 6:50 AM, which leaves me enough time to use the toilet and get a cup of coffee and voila, I’m at work. Continue reading
I have written about the simplicity of God and Christ and how the simplicity of life is you and your relationship with God. Work on your relationship with God and the rest will fall into place.
I cited Matthew 6:1-8 which is part of the Sermon on the Mount. Christ talks about how your relationship with God is just between you and God. Christ talks about getting your heart straight with yourself and with God. Once this is accomplished or I should say as you keep improving your relationship with God, the rest of your life will fall in line.
When I ponder this I think about how this is also true with music or any art. Your music, your art is a very private affair. Continue reading