Part 11: Music Ministerís Should Be Called


In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.

Greetings Brethren,

Peace be unto you. In the Book of Exodus 15:1 we see the great importance of music in the Biblical record of Israel. The children of Israel at this time had fled from Egypt. The Red Sea had been parted and they walked upon dry land. To see this clearly we note Exodus 14:31. "And Israel saw the great work which the Lord did upon the Egyptians and the people feared the Lord, and believed the Lord, and his servant Moses."

Here in the 15th chapter we see a precedent for Israel's worship and celebration. Exodus 15:1.

"Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord, and spake saying, I will sing unto the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the Sea."

Many theologians argue that this song as recorded in Exodus 15 is the oldest recorded song in the world. Meanwhile, we see the importance of singing and music in the historical record of the Jews. Thus singing became and expression of love and thanks. Singing also became a viable means to pass down oral tradition. Here we see an epic Poem or song celebrating God's victory over the Egyptians.

The last two verses note the relationship of music and prophecy.

Exodus 15:20. "And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and dances."

Miriam (the sister of Moses) was called a prophetess not only because she received revelations from God (see Numbers 12:1-2, Micah 6:4) but because of her musical skill. Prophecy and music were often closely related in the Bible (see 1 Samuel 10:5, 1 Chronicles 25:1). The timbrel was an instrument similar to the tambourine.

When Elisha predicted Israel's victory over Moab, (2 Kings third chapter) in the 15th verse he said:

"But now bring her a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him."

In the Old Testament times music often accompanied prophecy. (Also see 1 Chronicles 25:1). Also, the scripture lesson in 1 Chronicles 6:31-32 is very important. David did much to bring music into worship. He established song leaders and choirs to perform on a regular basis at the Temple. David was also hired to play the harp for King Saul (See 1 Samuel 16:15-23). He also wrote many of the songs found in the Book of Psalms. In these verses we see that when the builders had completed the Temple the priests and Levites had been given the responsibility to take care of it. The choirs, song leaders and members now exercised their God given talent in song and music. All people have a part in God's ministry.

A further note on the importance of music in the worship service is revealed in Psalms 81:2-4. Of special mention are verses 2-4. This hymn celebrates the Exodus from Egypt. It reflects on God's goodness verses Israel's waywardness. God is our deliverer in spite of our wanderings.

Music and warship go hand in hand. David instituted music for the Temple worship service. Worship involves the whole person. Thus, music helps focus worship by lifting one's thoughts and emotions to God. Through song we can reflect on our sins as well as celebrate God's greatness.

We are now called to make a final note on the importance of music in the church from the New Testament. Paul urged believers to sing in his various letters. (See Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16 and James 5:13). There is also a reference to heavenly singing noted in Revelation 5:9, 14:3.

However, our final and concluding scripture reference will be taken from 1 Corinthians 14:26.

"How is it then, brethren? When ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying."

The Apostle Paul in this passage 1 Corinthians 14:26-40 speaks about "Worship in an orderly way." Paul talks about several things that go on in the church and there is a direct reference to speaking in tongues in verse 26. However for our purposes we look at the notation by Paul that speaks of the worship service benefiting all worshipers. This principle therefore touches singing, preaching, teaching and spiritual gifts. But the most important element that Paul reveals here is love. Thus those that come to sing, preach and teach must have love as their motivator to do Godís work. Church leaders that insult, abuse and show favoritism among church congregations are not moved by love.

Peace and Love, Carl Patton a willing slave of Almighty God writing for the FreedomJournal 26 June 2006 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.

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