Talking Point #45 talked about the god of Islam’s loathing for music. It went into detail about why (review the story of Lucifer and his musical abilities given him by God of the Bible) and then showed that the opposite holds true for the God of the Bible. This post will go into a bit more detail about how the God of the Bible feels about music and will look at the origination of music in the Old Testament, Biblical times.
Let’s go directly to Scripture first. In the book of 1st Chronicles we read of King David’s instantiation of the musical leadership among Israel.
“Moreover David and the captains of the host separated to the service of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals: and the number of the workmen according to their service was: Of the sons of Asaph; Zaccur, and Joseph, and Nethaniah, and Asarelah, the sons of Asaph under the hands of Asaph, which prophesied according to the order of the king. Of Jeduthun: the sons of Jeduthun; Gedaliah, and Zeri, and Jeshaiah, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the hands of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with a harp, to give thanks and to praise the LORD. Of Heman: the sons of Heman; Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamtiezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth: All these were the sons of Heman the king’s seer in the words of God, to lift up the horn. And God gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters. All these were under the hands of their father for song in the house of the LORD, with cymbals, psalteries, and harps, for the service of the house of God, according to the king’s order to Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman. So the number of them, with their brethren that were instructed in the songs of the LORD, even all that were cunning, was two hundred fourscore and eight.”
1st Chronicles 25:1-7
Did you see it? Don’t fret if you didn’t…it isn’t the easiest thing to see. In fact, you have to know a bit about Hebrew to see what I’m about to give you. I’m definitely not a Hebrew scholar, but I do serve a Jewish King whose Father (and my Father by the way) created the Hebrew language and wants us to understand His position from that point of view. So let’s dive in, shall we?
I remember back when my wife and I were attending a Baptist church and one morning the Pastor brought to the floor the notion of using some of the church’s money to hire a “worship leader” (I thought that was the Pastor’s job at the time…still do in fact). This man wasn’t a worship leader, though…he was music leader. He was the “minister of music” if you will. He was in charge of music. Well, in verse 1 above, King David, in plain English, is setting up musical praise and “worship leaders” for the congregation – Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun! King David is assigning these men to lead the musical portion of worship for Israel in the House of the LORD (of the Bible).
By now you’re probably asking yourself “how could anyone possibly know that?” The Bible doesn’t tell us that…it says David “…separated to the service…” these three men who “…should prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals:” It doesn’t say anything about making them musical worship leaders! Remember when I said you needed to know a bit about the Hebrew language? Well this is where it comes in handy.
Hebrew names have meanings. We name our children today based on what feels/sounds good or perhaps after a family member. Maybe we name our children whatever we decide after going through a book of baby names and choosing the name that is most popular (or least popular). For whatever the reason, we name our children based on things other than the reasons that children were named during times such as the times we’re studying in this lesson. Here’s an example wherein the Bible specifically tells us about a child’s name and the reason he received that name:
“And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.”
Can you see that Seth was named so because God had appointed another son in lieu of Abel? In other words, he was named Seth because that is what his name means – anointed or compensation. She was given another son in place of the one that she lost.
I want to make sure you understand that this is a practice created by God (of the Bible) it continues today (as foreign as it may seem to you right now) and it will continue into the future as well. We looked at Genesis – now let’s go to the other end of the Bible to Revelation and see another glaring example.
“And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.”
Just in case you haven’t studied the book of Revelation (and many have not, believing it too hard or too full of symbols to be understood – wrong!), this is happening when the 5th angel sounds his trumpet to let loose the “creatures from the bottomless pit”, the locusts! And these locusts, bent towards the torment of the men of the earth who do not have the mark of God (of the Bible) on them, have a king whose name is Abaddon. And Abaddon is appropriately named – his name means ruin, destruction, or the destroyer! Is that not appropriate for this creature, this king of the locusts bent on the destruction of the earth-dwellers? It is appropriate, and it is scary (if you are not His).
So, let’s get back to the three men mentioned in 1st Chronicles 25. The names Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun also have meanings, and this time it comes with a bonus. Notice the order in which God (of the Bible) has provided the names. He gave us Asaph first and He ordered them in the order that He would have us receive them. Here is what they mean:
Asaph: collector, gatherer, who gathers together
Heman: their trouble; tumult; much; in great number; faithful
Jeduthun: his law; giving praise
So, now you know the names’ meanings, so let’s go further and determine why the Scriptures give us the name in the order in which it does. Put the meanings of the names together, in order, to make a sentence and you have the following:
The men who gather together great numbers of faithful to give praise.
Whoa! Is not the God of the Bible an awesome God? He certainly is!! And He doesn’t make mistakes, His Word is True and pure, and we have just learned something very cool indeed! In fact, we learned that, regardless of my misgivings at the title of “worship leader” (remember, back in the Baptist church days?), that title was exactly correct! These three men were “worship leaders”! They were worship leaders in the most incredible way because their very names lent them to proving this hidden message in the Word of God, and they fit right into the course of this and the previous post – that of proving that the God of the Bible loves music, especially that applied to His worship!
So what about the Quran? The false god of Islam, in his unholy book, specifically forbids music proving that he is nowhere near the caliber of a god that God of the Bible is! The two are not the same, and…
Jesus is NOT in the Quran!