Part 11: Music Ministerís Should Be Called
In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.
Peace be unto you. In the Book of Exodus 15:1 we see the great importance of music in the Biblical record of
Here in the 15th chapter we see a precedent for
"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 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
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
"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
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
Music and warship go hand in hand. David instituted music for the
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 ,
Colossians and James ). 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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