Music And Song - A Gift Of AmazingLove To Mankind
This is a complete study sequel to the article: God's Gift Of Music (The Origin And Early History Of Music)
Many of the song references are used with permission from the Thompson Chain Reference Bible, Fourth Improved Edition, B.B. Kirkbride Bible Co. Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A (1964)
Bible version used is NKJV (unless otherwise specified).
All [bracketed] words in Scripture verses are mine.
FINDING JESUS IN SONG
Old And New Testament Songs Promote Prophecies Of Messiah
The Role Of Music And Songs In Scripture
Every person alive is exposed to music and has music affecting them in some way. From the most advanced society on the globe to the most primitive of native peoples, music is part of life. Music is everywhere. It helps to sell products on the internet, in television ads and radio commercials. It enhances shopping trips and quiets the nerves on elevators.To an unborn baby in the womb, music can be tones of familiarity helping the baby develop tastes in music and perhaps even enhancing perception of music in the young child's life. Music tends to calm the new-born and there are studies being done on the effects classical music has on both unborn fetuses and newborn children. All signs point to music having a beneficial effect on both mom and baby. In many young people, music is how they feel connected to humanity (which for them is social acceptance from their peers). To others, music helps provide an escape into a 3D world of gaming imagination. To many seniors, music is a connection to their younger selves, to an age gone by and a happiness that can never return this side of heaven. Music takes them to a time where their strength and vitality helped them to view life with less pain and mortality. Some love music for its entertainment value alone, some because it infuses an energy to complete a task with enthusiasm. Even silent orders of monks in monasteries will hear sweet sounds of chimes or gongs. Some see music as art. Some see music as life itself. In fact, ask any person, anywhere in the world, what music and their favorite songs mean to them and you will get a different answer from each one of them because music is woven into their very souls and each person is a unique creation of God.
Yet in ages past, music had filled a greater role in forming of worlds, civilizations and of societies. God tells us that angels watched and sung praises at the marvels of God as He spoke the universe into existence, thus showing that music was intrinsically built into the living creations of God.There is a basic principle of music that literally ties all of the universe together. This principle of music and musical vibration unites the universe like the string of a musical instrument. The stars give off vibrations that equipment trained on the skies can hear. These sounds are musical in nature, single note vibrations from every star, unique to every star. "The heavens [stars] declare [sing] the glory of God... Their line [influence pull reach, lit. musical string] has gone out through the whole earth and their words to the end of the world [world(s), universe]. (Ps.19:1,4) And if it wasn't enough to know that the stars together give off unique notes of musical vibration and sing in a heavenly choir to God, we also learned the correlation of this musical principle working in the microscopic worlds of science as well, musical vibration being an active and necessary part of all life on the cellular levels, each cell vibrating to obtain nutrients with unique musical vibration. God's use of music is infinitely more involved than we ever realized. [more info]
Have you noticed that almost every prophecy of the Messiah in Scripture or of things surrounding the Messiah's birth and earthly circumstance was given by God in song lyric and sung? It is an interesting custom to consider for those of us in America.
Consider this mandate in Numbers 1:17-19 for each man's lineage to be recited and sung:
"Then Moses and Aaron took these men who had been mentioned by name, and they assembled all the congregation together on the first day of the second month; and they recited their ancestry by families, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and above, each one individually. As the Lord commanded Moses, so he numbered them in the Wilderness of Sinai."
In this study on music, we will explore in greater detail how musical lyric was used to pass on important history from generation to generation, songs and musical tunes being critical to generational oral history. Knowing these facts about musical vibration and tones is only part of the story because there also is lyric that goes with those sounds to make songs.
Music As Communication And News Source
How many songs do we know that were formed long ago in history and are still sung everyday on a regular basis? You'd be surprised! Nursery rhymes like "Ring-A-Ring-Roses" ("Ring Around The Rosie") was originally written in the 14th century, in the days of the Bubonic Plague or "The Black Death" that killed an estimated 25 million people. This song was a doctor's list of symptoms set to music so that the common folk would all know what to look for in a case of someone suddenly falling ill.
♫"Ring-a-ring of roses, .(symptomatic marks of red that first appeared on the face)
A pocket full of poses, ..(the herbal medicine carried in pouches to "treat" the Plague)
Ah choo! Ah choo! ........(the final spasms to mark the immanent death of the patient)
We all fall down!"♫ .......(to remind the patient needed to be quarantined.. or else!)
Nursery Rhymes Are Examples Of Songs That Were Used To Pass Current Events And News To The Common Folk
This powerful use of song to pass on vital information was used a lot during ancient times because music spread fast, brought news from abroad and committed to memory pieces of vital information that must not be forgotten. People of royalty or pedigree learned their heritages and genealogies by singing "their begats" (ie. ♫ Robert II of Willshire is the son of Thomas I, who is the son of John III, Lord of Greenwich, who is son of...♫ etc.)
Sometimes stories of how a ruler was defeated and who the new ruler would be was sung and told by traveling minstrels who relayed information throughout a realm that had no television, radio or internet.
Do you remember how Saul was angry because David was credited in song with killing ♫"tens of thousands"♫ and Saul on ♫"his thousands?"♫ (1 Sam. 18:8) We who read this account thought that Saul was petty and childish for becoming angry, and perhaps he was in part, but in hindsight you must realize that song was the way history would remember it. History would not be accurate to Saul about that event because the singing did not reflect what really happened.
Is it any wonder why music and words put to music has been used as a tool to effect entire civilizations of people in the Bible times and was used to teach countless generations of people, preparing them for the Messiah? In fact, if you have the "singing part" of the Bible committed to memory, you have the majority of the Old Testament and a significant part of the New Testament memorized!
New Testament Musically Sheds light on the Old Testament
In the New Testament you will find two types of song on its pages. You'll find quoted song, reminders of old songs and using song to point to Jesus' fulfillment of those prophecies. And you'll also find songs based on events of Jesus' ministry that were not songs previously in the Old Testament.
The Messianic Lineage was the first order of business in the beginning of the New Testament. The lineage of David and the kings of Judah was updated to include all the names up to Jesus to validate Jesus' claim to Messiahship in the minds of many doubters. They set the names to music and anyone could go and look up the genealogy to set his mind at ease about Jesus being rightful King and the promised Messiah.
Most songs contained in the New Testament are songs quoting prophetic songs sung about the coming Messiah and announcing "See Jesus fulfills that song that you have sung." But there are a few written in the era beginning with the birth of Christ until approximately 70 years after Jesus' resurrection, for example the sermon that Jesus preached that became known as "The Beatitudes" was set to music and sung in the manner of the Old Testament prophetic songs that had been sung since the creation of man (see Genesis ch.2,v.23).
Music and singing had always been incorporated in worship. Most of each meeting at Temple would be reading and singing Biblical history. Generational singing of these songs imbedded certain teachings (historical markers and such) that then began to be sung worldwide. Traders and travelers took such songs and spread them across the globe. (Hence, the wise men that noticed a Star and came from all over the globe to see the Messiah of fame sung about in songs and written about in Scripture). Now the whole world needed to be told of His advent. How would the New Testament church do this? How would they increase the effectiveness of the spread of the Gospel to the world now that Jesus had come and fulfilled all those prophetic Messiah songs sung throughout the ages?
They would use the same prophetic songs that had been sung during the Old Testament age (with a few more N.T. songs added) and send those songs abroad with the good news that Christ indeed had come!
So we will look generally at the songs of the Old Testament by using some examples quoted and sung in the New Testament and also looking at the book of Job which is the oldest book in the Bible. This still leaves many song prophecies of Messiah we won't have time to cite in the Old Testament and also a great many prophecies there that are not in song lyric. The Christ truly is "in the volume of the Book."
"But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He [Jesus] says:
♫"Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead,
And Christ will give you light."♫
See then that you walk circumspectly not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine in which is dissipation [excess] ; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another [teaching with song] in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord."
(Ephesians 5:13-19 - Isaiah 60 - whole quoted song below)
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
For behold the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the LORD will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
The Gentiles will come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising...
...Then you shall see and become radiant,
And your heart shall swell with joy."♫ - Isaiah 60:1-3, 5
The Bible is a wonder to explore and study. It is a literary impossibility yet it exists for a testimony to the power of The Spirit of God. There were facts of Scripture that were a mystery to teachers and readers and singers of the Old Testament in their own day, but that now can be clearly seen with the eyes of hindsight, how God has masterfully created His written word. People throughout history sang songs with double meanings, with deeper significance than mere entertainment or review of history. Music was used as a way to prophesy what God was going to do and how His Son would come to earth. A lifeline was thrown to any who were looking to discover the truth of the Messiah to come.
This is what is referred to as the Scarlet Thread of Scripture, the role that prophecy set to song has played from the beginning of the Bible to the end, pointing people to Jesus Christ and Life. This Scarlet Thread binds all of Scripture together into one Book (instead of 66 separate books bound into one volume) and that one Book having one continuous theme:
- BELIEF AND FAITH IN THE MESSIAH IS SALVATION -
One Woman's Faith And Her Use Of A Scarlet Cord Becomes a Symbol of Salvation Remembered in Song and a Link To The Messiah
I"Then she [Rehab] let them [Joshua's spies] down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the city wall; she dwelt on the wall. And she said to them, 'Get to the mountains, lest the pursuers meet you. Hide there three days, until the pursuers have returned. Afterward you may go your way.' So the men said to her, 'We will be blameless of this oath of yours which you have made us swear, unless, when we come into this land, you bind this line of scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you bring your father, your mother, your brothers, and all your family to your own home. So shall it be that whoever goes outside the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we will be guiltless. And whoever is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on him...'"
"But Joshua had said to the two men who spied out the country, 'Go into the harlot's house, and from there bring out the woman and all that she has as you swore to her.'" (Joshua 2:15-19; 6:22)
"By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe [her faith in the coming Messiah saved her] when she had received the spies with grace."(Hebrews 11:31)
The spies' rope of escape became, in symbolism, the scarlet cord of salvation of Rahab who had faith in Christ, and also the Blood Covenant which signifies Christ's blood sacrifice and salvation for all. This same term "scarlet cord" or "scarlet thread" has used by Bible believers ever since to mean the salvation message of Jesus Christ that runs throughout the whole of Scripture.
"Then he sent young men of the children of Israel who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the LORD. And Moses took half the blood and put it in basins, and half the blood he sprinkled on the alter. Then he took the Book of the Covenant [which spoke of and pointed to Messiah] and read in the hearing of the people. And they said, 'All that the LORD has said we will do, and be obedient.' And Moses took the blood, sprinkled it on the people, and said, 'This is the Blood Of The Covenant [animal blood picturing Jesus' blood] which the LORD has made with you according to all these words.'" (Exodus 24:3-8)
So God made an oath that He would cover their sin if they would obey the law and believe in all the blood covenant stood for, an earnest belief in the Christ to come.
Notice this song that David wrote in Psalm that the writer quotes in Hebrews 10:5-7:
"Therefore, when He [Jesus] came into the world He said: [from Psalm 40:6-8]:
♫'Sacrifice and offering You did not desire,
But a body You have prepared for Me.
In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure.'
Then I said, 'Behold I have come-
In the volume of the Book
It is written of Me -
To do Your will, O God.'" ♫
And this passage that describes the "scarlet thread" a bit more:
"Philip found Nathaniel and said to him, 'We have found Him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote - Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.'" (John 1:45)
And this passage with even more detail about Jesus in the Old Testament:
"Then He [the resurrected Jesus] said to them, 'These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses [Pentateuch, the first 5 books of the O.T. and including the books of Joshua, Judges and Ruth... right up until the time of the setting up of the kings of Israel] and the prophets [the time of the kings of Israel until the end of the Old Testament Bible excluding Job, the Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Solomon, and Lamentations], and the Psalms [which do include Job, the Proverbs, the Song of Solomon, and Lamentations] concerning Me.' And He [Jesus] opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. Then He said to them, 'Thus it is written and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things." (Luke 24:44-48)
66 individual books, woven by God into one message of love to all mankind. Jesus is visible within all 66 books, either in direct prophetic words, or very noticeable themed purpose. It truly is amazing, a miracle only God could engineer. The fact that so much of this Book of books is written in song and meant to be sung is amazing!
"For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His Majesty. For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the excellent glory: 'This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.' And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines into into a dark place until the day dawns and the morning star rises in our hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit." (2 Peter 1:16-21)
In The Beginning... God Made A Way For Sinners To Know Christ...
Immediately after Adam and Eve sinned God revealed (in what would become a song) that there will be a Messiah and that He would resolve the problem of sin. No one knows when this verse became a song but I believe it was put to music very early during the lives of Adam and Eve, to help preserve the accuracy and to promote anticipation of this coming event. No one was to forget this song!:
♫ "And I [God] will put enmity,
Between you [Satan] and the woman [Israel; line of Abraham, Jacob, David],
And between your seed and her Seed [Jesus];
He shall bruise your head [Jesus puts Satan in hell destroying him for eternity]
And you shall bruise His heel.♫ [Satan's followers will crucify Jesus] (Gen. 3:15)
But action did God take about the sins committed right there in the Garden? God atoned for them, He covered them with a blood sacrifice. "Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of [animal] skin and clothed them." (Gen. 3:21) An innocent animal had to die to cover the sin and the "nakedness" of sin before God. That was the first animal to die for sin, instituting blood sacrifice that would point to "the Lamb of God that would take away the sin of the world" by shedding His blood. (Jn.1:29) It's evident- God had made it perfectly clear- atonement for sin had to be paid for with blood. Someone had to have told Adam and Eve's children that they must offer a blood sacrifice for their sin. Remember, at this point no human ate meat. That didn't happen until after the flood when God put a fear of man in animals. But an innocent animal had to die all the same for its blood to be poured out, a symbolic temporary atonement for sin, a reminder that a Redeemer would come to take away sin permanently. There was a set time to do this similar to the set times that Moses would institute and be told by God to write into the law.
"In the process of time [lit: "when it came time for" the sacrifice] it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD. And Abel brought of the firstborn of his flock, and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering." (Genesis 4:3-4)
Adam and Eve's firstborn Cain offered a sacrifice made by his best effort growing crops in a ground that was cursed. It was the best he could do with what he had. However, that sacrifice was not good enough to cover his sin in the eyes of God. His offering was not accepted because there was no life's blood in the sacrifice (to signify the Messiah to come and the life's blood He would give). Good works will never cover sin. No one knows how many sacrifices Cain refused to make before God came to him and encouraged him to make an appropriate sacrifice that could be accepted. I'm convinced it was more than one time that Cain refused to comply. He was aware of what was required. Instead of repenting, he killed his brother and spilled his brother's blood on the ground, a human sacrifice. God called this murder.
Since the time of this first blood sacrifice that God did on the behalf of Adam and Eve, each generation God has included more positive reminders into the good tradition pointing to the Savior. By the time Moses penned the official documents of the Law many traditions, symbols,and rituals were already in place among believers in the coming Messiah, and there would be many more, making the Messiah that much more recognizable when He came. For example is the traditional meaning behind how Matzo bread was/is baked. There is no leaven (yeast) in it, symbolizing sin. The dark char marks on the bread depict the "stripes" Jesus would take for us. The tiny piercings on the bread indicate the One who would be "pierced" for our iniquities. A tradition in certain ceremonies of the bread being broken and hidden under a napkin and then recovered from under the napkin was to foreshadow the Son of Man's death, burial and resurrection. Many of these traditions are based in prophecies surrounding the Messiah, and most of those were in prophetic song.
This blood covenant using animal blood remained in place until Christ came and fulfilled the prophecies by dying on the cross and shedding His divine blood for sin once for all time. Christ's blood atonement stands forever as a lifeline for sinners to have their sins forgiven.
"But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of bulls and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of an heifer, sprinkling the unclean sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works, to serve the living God? And for this reason, He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of His death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance." (Hebrews 9:11-15)
So "peeking out" from the pages throughout the Old Testament are songs that describe the Messiah, how He would be born, where, when, and the circumstances of his life, how He would die and many, many other things, many of which were put to song and sung as a way to prepare the world for the arrival of the Lamb of God that would take away the sin of the world.
Prophecies Of Salvation In Song Throughout The Writings of Moses And O.T.
Moses was a very learned man, raised in Egypt, and having been taught science, mathematics, the arts and music. His writings contain musical prophecy adding to that of those in the Book of Job, (that predated Genesis and that also had verses of song pointing to the Christ to come).
Before The Cross All Scripture Pointed To The Promised Coming Messiah And The Cross
After The Cross, All Scripture Writings Have Pointed BACK To The Messiah's Blood Sacrifice Fulfilling the Law
Let's Look For The Scarlet Thread
The Book Of Job Came First
We will highlight some of the Old Testament using the eyes of the writers of the New Testament, with their hindsight, and time of reference, Jesus being "recently" departed from them. But before we do that I believe a special consideration should be given to the Book of Job.
Although the Book of Job was not put first in our modern volume of Scripture it was written before Moses wrote Genesis and stood alone as the scroll to which people of the time would point and say "That is Scripture." So we will begin to look for verses of song in Job that foretells and points to the coming Messiah.
The Book of Job is a story of a man whose righteousness is tested by Satan. With God's permission, Satan poses the premise to God that if circumstances were different and God withdrew His hand of blessing, making Job lose all of the cherished things in his life (his health, family, friends, wealth, etc.), Job would curse God to His very face. Of course Job's faith was real and he did not sin in the way that Satan said he would. But this event gave Job the chance to voice much prophecy that was then set to music and sung. Job began to bewail his situation, and in the process of describing himself, was given prophetic utterances regarding the Son of God. Note here the beginning of the Scarlet Thread of penned Scripture showing Jesus in song...
The Messiah would be marked by God to be counted as guilty, and even though He was righteous, That He could not lift up His head and was in disgrace:
♫"Even if I am righteous,
I cannot lift up My head.
I am full of disgrace;
See My misery! ♫ (Job 10:13-15)
He would be beaten and reproached by the ungodly:
♫"They gape at Me with their mouth,
They strike Me reproachfully on the cheek,
They gather together against Me.
God has delivered Me to the ungodly,
And turned Me over to the hands of the wicked."♫ (Job 16:10-11)
He would be spat upon:
♫"But He has made me a byword of the people,
And I have become one in whose face men spit."♫ (Job 17:6)
He came in the form of sinful man:
♫"He has stripped Me of my glory,
And taken the crown from My head."♫ (Job 19:9)
♫"He has also kindled His wrath against Me,
And He counts Me as one of His enemies [Christ became sin]."♫ (19:11)
His friends would abandon Him and Judas would betray Him.
♫"All My close friends abhor me,
And those whom I love have turned against me."♫ (19:19)
Job also told of his saving faith and of his own bodily resurrection someday and of his anxiousness to see God.
♫"And after my skin is destroyed,
This I know, That in my flesh I shall see God,
Whom I shall see for myself,
And my eyes shall behold, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!"♫ (19:26-27)
Nearly all of the Book of Job was set to music. I believe that was because the book of Job was the only canonical Scripture in existence until Genesis. It is plain that the songs of Job put people in the attitude of needing redemption and of looking for the Savior's arrival.
Highlights Of Old Testament Prophecy Set To Music From New Testament Books
The New Testament uses the songs of the Old Testament in vital doctrinal proofs, little snapshots of truth of which all of the Jews at that time were familiar and many of the Gentiles were too. The complete list of all prophecy would be too voluminous to include in an article on Hubpages and is against the policy of using one source for most of a written work, so I give here a few examples of song in the New Testament to reflect the pattern of the Old Testament so that its use of song can be understood.
PROPHECY IN SONG FROM THE BOOK OF MATTHEW
King to come from Bethlehem of Judah.
"And when he [Herod] had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was going to be born. So they said to him, 'In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:
♫'But you Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
Are not the least among the rulers of Judah;
For out of you shall come a Ruler
Who will shepherd My people Israel.'"♫ (2:4-6: - Micah 5:20)
A PROPHECY IN SONG FROM THE BOOK OF MARK
John the Baptizer will come first.
"As it is written in the Prophets:
♫'Behold I send My messenger before Your face,
Who will prepare Your way before You.'♫
A PROPHECY IN SONG FROM THE BOOK OF LUKE
Jesus makes Himself known to those in the synagogue.
"And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:
♫'The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.' ♫
A PROPHECY IN SONG FROM THE BOOK OF JOHN
Jesus prevented from working signs in his hometown.
"But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke:
♫'Lord, who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?'♫
Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again:
♫'He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts,
Lest they should see with their eyes,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I could heal them.'♫
These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him [Jesus]." (12:37-41 - Isa. 53:1; Isa. 6:9-10)
A PROPHECY IN SONG FROM THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
"But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, 'Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
♫'And it shall come to pass in the last days says God,
That I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophecy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams,
And on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
And they shall prophecy,
And I will show you in wonders in heaven above
And signs in the earth beneath:
Blood and fire and vapor of smoke,
The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before that great and awesome day of the LORD.
And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the LORD
Shall be saved.'"♫ (2:14-21 - Joel 2:28-32)
A PROPHECY IN SONG FROM THE BOOK OF ROMANS
Jews not better than Gentiles because all are sinners.
"What then? Are we [Jews] better than they [Gentiles]? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin. As it is written:
♫'There is none righteous, no, not one;
There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.'
'Their throat is an open tomb;
With their tongues they have practiced deceit';
'The poison of asps is under their lips';
'Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.'
'Their feet are swift to shed blood;
Destruction and misery are in their ways;
And the way of peace they have not known.'
There is no fear of God before their eyes.'"♫ (3:9-18 - Ps. 14:1-3; Ps. 5:9; Ps. 140:3; Ps.10:7; Ps. 36:1)
A PROPHECY IN SONG FROM THE BOOK OF 1 CORINTHIANS
To people of the world the cross of Christ is foolishness.
"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:
♫'I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.'"♫ (1 Corinthians 1:18-19 - Isa. 29:14)
A PROPHETIC SONG FROM THE BOOK OF 2 CORINTHIANS
Receive the grace of God before it is too late.
"We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you no to receive the grace of God in vain [in emptiness]. For He says:
♫'In an acceptable time I have heard you
And in the day of salvation I have helped you.'"♫ (2 Corinthians 6:1-2 - Isa. 4:8)
Prophetic Song In The Book Of Galatians
The apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians and reassured them that the Jerusalem though under bondage was free because they belonged to the Jerusalem from above who was symbolically their mother. He uses the passage of song in Isaiah 54:1 to present the N.T. song in Galatians 4:27:
MESSIANIC AND PROPHETIC SONGS IN THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS
The mystery of Christ descending into the bowels of the earth and then ascending into heaven is discussed.
"But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore He says:
♫'When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men.'♫
The New Testament Song In The Book Of 1 Timothy
The "mystery of Godliness" explained with what would become a New Testament song made up of quotes from the New Testament Books of John (1:14), Matthew (3:16; 28:2), Acts (10:34), Romans (16:26), and Luke (24:51).
"And without controversy great is the mystery of Godliness:
♫'God was manifest in the flesh,
Justified in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Preached among the Gentiles,
Believed on in the world,
Received up into glory.'"♫ (1 Timothy 3:16)
Will You Die In Your Sin Or Will Your Debt Be Stamped...
When this article started out I had it in my heart to have a reference article and an exhaustive piece that could be referred to by anyone and have much resource material, but I will be satisfied if one person can be blessed by the content that is allowed and chooses to have a closer relationship with a Holy God.
Jesus loved you enough (and all mankind enough) to put aside His glory and to put on a human body. He chose to come here to where sin runs rampant through every person. He then allowed Himself to be hung on a cross for all peoples in all generations... and that includes you and me.
Jesus, who knew no sin, became sin for us. He allowed God to put the sin of all time on His head and then punished Jesus for your sin and mine. He offers you a lifeline to grab onto, a Scarlet Cord of Salvation so you can be pulled to safety by Jesus' blood. But you must accept it! God will not force you to want Him. He respects you more than that. You must realize that you're a sinner and are incapable of saving yourself. Then all you have to do is cry out in prayer to Jesus to save you.
Pray this with me: Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and if I die in my sins I can't pay the price to come into heaven. I need a Savior. I ask You to forgive me of my sin and save me right now. I believe You died for me and that You were buried for me and that You raised on the third day for me. Thank You for loving me so much, that You gave so much for me. I pray this in your precious name, Jesus. Amen.
Tamara Moore on May 29, 2017:
I agree! Comments are very encouraging and helps writers to feel as if what they are doing matters...or, has some effect.
Robert E Smith (author) from Rochester, New York on May 29, 2017:
Thanks for your input, Tamara. I do the same thing when I hear some love songs. There's one by Rod Taylor that I immediately heard as a hymn. I said, aloud (and at work), "That could be a hymn!" and I got such reaction from everyone that I spoiled a good love song by pointing out that it sounded like it was being to God. I thought that was kinda funny.
Thank you for saying this was concise and helpful to you. I have been on Hubpages for a long time but compliments are so
special when I get incouraged by a reader. God bless you. Bob.
Tamara Moore on May 25, 2017:
Thank you for this concise and amazing article! Sometimes when I listen to songs that are not about God, I make them about Him, still. For example, that song by Elvis Presley, Love Me Tender...Well, God and Jesus love us tender, and He fulfills our heart's desire, too!
Robert E Smith (author) from Rochester, New York on February 25, 2016:
That means a lot coming from you. You are a good writer and I'm glad you were blessed by the article. It was most interesting to me because before I began to try to learn music, I couldn't appreciate its value to everyone. I began to try to learn music in earnest only a few years ago. Before that I loved a few songs and liked a few but singing was of little importance to me because I have no voice for singing. But when I started blowing on that recorder and then the ocarina, a whole new world opened up to me. Music became part of something much bigger and I felt a part of that. People have always said I have no talent but now it doesn't matter because I have found my joy in the Lord. I know that is how it was in the old Testament days when so much Scripture was sung and genealogies were put to music. It had to make people feel a part of the whole of God's plan. Especially when they sung of the coming Messiah. Thank you for coming and commenting and for following me. Bob.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 24, 2016:
Interesting and informative about the use of song in Scripture. You quoted some excellent pieces of poetry, of which the Book of Job has some of the best--in my opinion. The appeal with which you conclude reveals your heart for God. Good job!
William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on July 22, 2015:
I'll be waiting!
Robert E Smith (author) from Rochester, New York on July 22, 2015:
Yes, I love the pure sound of the ocarina. It is haunting and serene. It is happy and calming. I will share when I know how to make a video. I'm not too good with technology.
William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on July 22, 2015:
I played guitar for years and so enjoyed it. Now the arthritis is setting in and its much harder, but I never think it's too late to learn. As a matter of fact, it's inspiring so keep at it. If or when you feel ready, maybe you could make a video to share with us here on HP. I'd love to see and hear you play. What instrument are you learning - the ocarina?
Robert E Smith (author) from Rochester, New York on July 21, 2015:
Never too late, my friend. I haven't been writing like I did. I have been lending doctrine to a support group on Facebook called "Christian Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses Support Group." It has been keeping me busy. But I have to get back to it. This article is because the Lord has had me try to learn to play an instrument, for some reason (he knows). The music has made an impact on me. I never have had any musical experience. There is a second article about music too. It's called "God's Gift Of Music (The Origin and Early History of Music) and is about music itself and its creation.
It almost feels like it is too late to be learning music. My hands are not as steady as they were.
This article came about because I had learned that the words in Italics at the top of each Psalm was actually Scripture and not added for clarity. I was very angry that no preacher had ever told me about them. As much of the Scripture as I had heard and studied, no one had ever covered those words at the top or even acknowledged them. I have been reading the Bible cover to cover for years now. I use an audio Bible and THEY also act as if the words there can be skipped, as if they don't matter. The more irritated I got the more I thought to write. Until I ended up with these two articles. I'm glad this one blessed you, brother. I am going to try to pick up on another series that is half-done on works of the flesh. I believe the next of those is about "wrath" (perhaps it will help me not get so angry). Thank you for stopping by because I surely do appreciate it. Bob.
William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on July 20, 2015:
Checking in late, but at least I got here. I never get notifications anymore for whatever reason. Thanks for the thorough research and the development of the theme. I always look forward to reading you - even if it's late!
Robert E Smith (author) from Rochester, New York on May 28, 2015:
Thank you James. I so appreciate you stopping by. I do have a sequel to this article, if you care to read it. I think that I learned a lot in writing it too. I pray you keep "speaking to God in songs and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord." A Rock beat is not bad but lyrics no matter what the accompaniment can be devilish. Make sure your singing to Him with the right heart and not mindlessly voicing an evil intent and enjoy the music that God has made for all of us to share. Bob.
James Lumpkin on May 27, 2015:
Great article Bob, I'm a music lover & this really opened my eyes.... God has spoken to me in music for years..... even Rock music (yes it's NOT devil music, it's all about how you interpret it) I KNOW music speaks to the soul and this confirms that.......You're doing a great job buddy, keep up the good work.....EVERYONE needs to read this........God Bless
Robert E Smith (author) from Rochester, New York on May 12, 2015:
Hi Tamara, I was amazed too. This is the extent of my music articles, I think. I have had a love affair with the sound of the flute since I was a little boy. But things kept me from being exposed to making music and now I am in a place very alone with a constant push from God to learn music. This and the previous article was what I learned as I was learning to play my ocarina and meditating on music with the Lord. I was amazed at the first article but it did not seem too many others were affected that much. I was not as affected by this article and it seems that others may gravitate to it more. God is mysterious... So thank you and I will be visiting you today with comments because I gotta get busy, do some work and then practice my music some more. Love you sister in Christ. Bob.
Robert E Smith (author) from Rochester, New York on May 12, 2015:
Thank you Jo. I so appreciate this. It has been too long since my last article. To tell the truth I had wondered at one point if I was to keep writing but then I see people coming to read and feel that maybe someone may be helped to grow so I get back to it. Much love, Bob.
Tamarajo on May 12, 2015:
A good piece Bob! I forget how much of the Bible is song. In fact after reading your article many places i didn't even know were song. Job i had never considered.
The older i get the more disconnected i get with music, but i see what an integral part of our faith prayers and praise Song is.
The trouble i think I'm having with music, from a worship perspective is the modern, romanticized, self focused, thing that currently dominates the scene.
My kids bought me an antique book for a gift by Isaac Watts who took the psalms and versed them to be sung in English. They are beautiful in just their poetry and would be joyed to hear them set to music.
Thanks for the lesson going to get back to singing....like you alluded to in your article about even the science behind vibrational sound and the power it may contain
God bless you Bob!
Jo_Goldsmith11 on May 12, 2015:
You have really outlined wonderfully my favorite book of the bible. ( one of them, at least)
JOB is one of those books when you read it, you need to really meditate on the scripture. It seems in this day and age, we have many in this world who can relate to JOB. How many of us could relate to Ruth?
This is another excellent study I enjoy visiting when time allows and when I am led to do so.
Up, shared and thank you for the blessing of reading the truth~you share. ((((((((((((( Bob )))))))))))))))))))