A Voice in the
September 20, 1998
Fig leaves -"heat"
This past week a few days ago, the evening news carried a segment that NASA reported that the "entire globe" has been heating up this past year. (I would guess from the way it was stated, that this warming is more than the previously-assumed "global warming" amounts.) Usually such phenonenon is accompanied by solar flairs, etc. But not this time. This particular report "could not explain it."
Maybe a precursor to this....? "And the fourth angel poured out his vial onto the sun. And it was given to him to burn men with fire. And men were burned with great heat. And they blasphemed the name of God, He having authority over these plagues. And they did not repent in order to give Him glory." (Rev16:8-9)
The "beginning of sorrows"...? (Mt24:8)
A Cappella Music?
This "a cappella" issue is a totally different subject. As I see where the "church" has taken music, I have tended to think that "a cappella" might not be a bad idea; it would get rid of the "rock" aspects. However, "a cappella" alone would not resolve the matter of non-Christians participating in worship, nor the charismatic "mantra" thing which can still be done a cappella...in fact, is even better "suited to" it.
"A cappella" meaning "without accompaniment."
Typically, the reasons I've heard for "a cappella" music in church comes from two N.T. passages. "..singing and making melody in your hearts.." (Eph5:19) and "..singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." (Col3:16)
It is often interpreted that "making MELODY" involves the absence of harmony or rhythm. And because these passages don't mention instruments, it is assumed that God intended them NOT to be used. And thus, as history shows, eventually singing in monophony developed into what is commonly called "chant" from the French "chanter", which came from the Latin "cantus", "to sing." The monks used it a lot, and to shorten this history lesson way down, it has become popularized as what is called "Gregorian Chant" ...from Pope Gregory.
However, when looking it up with Strongs, "making melody" in Eph5:19 comes from "psallo" == "to pluck off, to cause to vibrate by touching." And the association is made with "stringed instrument, or harp." In a very real sense, the vocal chords are a type of "string" (muscle) which are "caused to vibrate" when the breath passes through them.
I have not found any N.T. passage which makes the O.T. use of instruments obsolete, such as Ps150, etc. These two proof-texts neither support nor prohibit the use of instruments. They simply don't say, either way. When the Jerusalem leadership established some "rules" for the Gentiles, "music" was not on the list. (Acts 15:20,29)
The O.T. mentions the use of instruments A LOT in the temple worship. The N.T. doesn't mention "instruments" at all, either yea or nay. Neither Jesus nor the Apostles touch on the matter of "instruments." Thus, I tend to think that the use of instruments is just fine...because they are used in the O.T. and Psalms is full of them. The O.T. was not thrown out the window when the Church was established.
However, if some Believers feel they should not use instruments; well, I'm not going to judge them. (Rom14) This is not an issue which will save or condemn a person regarding their eternal standing with God. But neither should they judge those who do use instruments; for instruments' sake alone. The few times I have visited an "a cappella" fellowship, they have invariably sung in "4-part harmony." Not..."melody." And as such, they apparently don't even necessarily always follow their own suppositions of Scriptural interpretation and application.
But...what beautiful singing!! The likes of which I've not heard anywhere else! ...full harmony and all!
And you'll find his "three friends" are descendants from both Esau and Abraham through Keturah. (Job2:11 vs. Genesis chs 25,36,37)
So...contrary to "popular" belief...Job was not nearly as "ancient" as many suppose. Was he around, possibly, during the time Israel was in Egypt? I have not stumbled onto the passages that might indicate it...nor have I calculated from these I've just given...if it is even possible to calculate from what's given. 'just never studied it.
So...obviously, this was "after" the flood, when the seasons had become established. In Job 9:9,38:31 is mention of "Pleiades" ...thought, by many, to be part of the "equation" of the causes of the Flood. And in ch38 God is explaining to Job all His power and mentions the flood in vs34. Obviously, such a concept was "past tense" ...since it had not rained on the earth before the flood.
Satan: heaven, to earth, and back?
Yes...we are sinners, in these bodies...albeit "saved by grace." (Eph2:8) Therefore we are, "accepted in the Beloved" (Eph1:6) and are the "righteousness of God in Him [Christ]" (2Cor5:21)
Saint == holy
We are exhorted to "be holy" (1Pt1:16)
The word "holy" means to be "separated, set apart" and so, as such we are not to be "unequally yoked" with unbelievers. (2Cor6:14) and are to "come of her my people" (Rev18:4)
But for now...we are still "flesh and blood" ... Sigh!