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Contrasts in Scriptures
- Not Contradictions -


Music and the OT / Gospel Kingdom
Psalm 68:4
Music and the Body of Christ Today
Colossians 3:16
Can / Should we look to the Old Testament, including the Gospels, for our music and purposes of music in our churches and families and in our personal preferences?

Morning Stars

  • Job 38:4a,7 - Where wast thou when... ... the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Purpose of Music
  • Psalms 68:32,33 -  Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah: To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo, he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice.
  • Psalm 68:4 - Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.
Sing Unto God
I.  Sing Praises to His Name - (At Others / From Me / To Him
  • Isaiah 48:20 - Declare redemption to all the earth
  • Deuteronomy 31:19-30 - Teach, convict and judge using music as a tool
  • Psalm 9:11 - Sing & declare His doings among the people
  • Psalm 51:14 - Their 'tongue' shall sing of righteousness
  • Psalm 57:9 - Sing praises among the people & among the nations
  • Psalm 66:2 - Sing forth the honour of His name
  • Psalm 89:1 - Make known His faithfulness to all generations
  • Psalm 89:1 - Sing of the mercies of the Lord forever
  • Psalm 101:1 - Sing of mercy and judgment
  • Psalm 108:3 - Sing praises among people and nations
  • Psalm 149:1 - Sing in the congregation of saints
  • Psalm 149:1 - Sing unto the Lord a new song
  • Psalm 105:2 - Sing of His wondrous works
  • Psalm 105:2 - Sing Psalms unto Him
  • I Samuel 10:5-7 - Musicians prophecy as a sign
  • Ezra 2; Nehemiah 12: I Chronicles 5 - Music ministered during building projects
  • I Chronicles 9:33; 23:3-5; 25 - Full time music ministry
  • I Chronicles 15:16 - Musicians appointed
  • I Chronicles 25:3 - Musicians prophecy with a harp
  • Psalm 28:7 - Praise Him because of His strength
  • Psalm 33:2 - Praise Him with harp, psaltery, etc.
  • Psalm 100:2 - Come before His presence with singing
II.  Extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH (To Him / From Me)
  • II Samuel 22 - David's song of thanksgiving
  • Exodus 15:1-21 - Moses after crossing the Red Sea
  • Psalm 65:13; 66:4; 96:1; 98:4 - Earth will sing
  • I Chronicles 23:5 - David's purpose for his instruments
  • II Chronicles 23:18 - David's command of rejoicing with singing
  • Psalm 69:30 - Praise & magnify God with song and thanksgiving
  • Psalm 47:6; 9:2; 68:32; 75:9; 96:1; 98:4 - Sing praises to His name!
  • Psalm 13:6 - He hath dealt bountifully with me
  • Psalm 21:13 - Sing and praise His power - exalt the Lord
  • Psalm 27:6 - In His tabernacle
  • Psalm 30:4 - Sing thanks at the remembrance of His Holiness.
  • Psalm 100:2 - Come before His presence with singing
  • Psalm 145:7 - Memory of His goodness / righteousness
  • Leviticus 23:24 - holy convocation of praise with trumpets
  • II Chronicles 35:15 - Musicians in place for worship services
  • Proverbs 29:6 - Righteous sing & rejoice
  • Psalm 98:4-9 - Sing unto the Lord with instruments
III.  Rejoice before him. (From Me / From Him)
  • I Samuel 16:14-23 - Music affects the soul, spirit and the flesh - body, soul, spirit.
  • Psalm 89:15 - Blessed are those who know the joyful sound
  • II Kings 3:15 - Following minstrel
  • Joshua 6 - Jericho was taken with trumpets, etc.
  • Proverbs 25:20- Singing to a heavy heart
  • Psalm 42:8 - God's "song" shall be with me at night
  • Psalm 61:8 - Singing His praise helps accomplish daily vows
  • Psalm 71:23 - My redeemed soul rejoices when I sing unto the Lord
  • Psalm 100:2 - Come before His presence with singing
  • Job 35:10 - God gives 'songs' in the night
  • Isaiah 35:2,6,10 - The ransomed return singing joyfully
  • Psalm 28:7 - Praise Him because of His strength & refuge
  • Psalm 33:3- Play skillfully with a loud noise
  • Psalm 47:7- Sing praises with understanding

David and King Saul and music
I Samuel 16:14-23
  • Music affects all parts of us:
    • Body - Physical - was well
    • Soul - Mental - was refreshed
    • Spirit - Spirit - evil spirit departed
  • Not to be used today, though, for any 'proof text' for the power and healing of music today.
    • Saul had an evil spirit, NOT the Spirit of God
  • The Spirit of God is our comfort today, etc. through the King James Bible - NOT through music.

Jubal, father of...
  • from the lineage of Cain

  • Genesis 4:21 - And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.
Lucifer, the Devil himself is a musician!
  • Ezekiel 28:13c... the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
The Devil Uses All Kinds of Music
Daniel 3:5,7,10,15
  • Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar prove that he devil knows how to use 'all kinds of music' - not just so-called bad music such as 'rock,' etc.
  • Verse 7 - Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.

Woe to them that are at east in Zion...
  • Amos 6:1,5 - Woe to them that are at ease in Zion... That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David;
  • Changing this verse by adding a comma and adding the word 'did,' as the modern bible versions do, this corrupted verse can than be used to show how music can be used to please ourselves, instead of God - "like David did."
God refused their music.
  • So, there IS a reason for God reject man's music!
  • Amos 5:23 - Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.

David's truthful purpose for his musical instruments.
  • I Chronicles 23:5 - Moreover four thousand were porters; and four thousand praised the LORD with the instruments which I made, said David, to praise therewith.

Play skillfully
  • Psalm 33:3 - Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.

Solomon wrote 2005 songs
  • I Kings 4:32 - And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five.
David - Sweet Psalmist of Israel
  • II Samuel 23:1 - Now these be the last words of David.  David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,

Musicians were as one... with results!
  • II Chronicles 5:13,14 - It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.

Jesus sang an hymn just before He was arrested!
  • Matthew 26:30 - And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

Over 500 verses in the King James Bible on music!

We can even learn from Moses:
  • Moses can teach us a lot about music in churches today who are trying to have favour with all the people with their music! (Acts 2:47)
  • Numbers 20:11 -And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.
  • Even though Moses received abundant water, he still was wrong.
  • So, just because 'music' today can bring in a 'crowd,' that doesn't mean it is right!
Music is a voice -
  • the universal language - nonetheless, it is a voice!
  • I Corinthians 14:10,11 - There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification. Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.
    • The language of music... do you know it? 
      • Do you know about those dots, lines, chord progressions along with good and bad chords?
      • How about melody?  rhythm?  harmony?
      • Timbre?  Instruments - types / history / testimony, etc.
      • Can you play any instrument at all?
      • If not...
        • Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me. (I Corinthians 14:11)

Study the Big Picture of Music
  • Genesis 9:25-27
    • Shem - Oriental music / melody emphasis - spiritual
    • Ham - African music / rhythm emphasis - flesh
    • Japheth - European music / harmony emphasis / mental
  • One can learn to approve music that is excellent (Philippians 1:9,10; 4:8) as you abound more and more in knowledge and judgment concerning music.
    • 1I Thessalonians 5:21 - Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
  • One can learn exactly where music is today - and what it has done in the past - and certainly one can learn what part music plays in the future, including the Tribulation and Eternity!
  • Not 'Christian' music, but music that is distinctive in it's sound!  Clean, etc. according to Philippians 4:8.
    • I Corinthians 14:7,8 - And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
  • Calling something 'Christian' doesn't mean it is Christian!!
  • This all CAN be applied to music, not just about 'speaking' voices. 
    • See vs 9 "likewise." and vs 15 "singing" with the spirit and with understanding.

Paul & Silas sing while in jail...
  • Acts 16:23-29
  • Vs 25 - And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: 
  • Was it the music that 'won the guard?'
    • the prisoners heard them, not necessarily the guard.
  • or was it because they didn't leave when they could have?
    • vs 27-30

Paul's direct words concerning music.
  • Colossians 3:16 - Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
  • Being filled with the Spirit 'not' speaking in tongues, but speaking in song..
  • Ephesians 5:18-20 - And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
    • word of Christ dwells!
    • teaching and admonishing 
    • psalms and hymns and spiritual songs
    • singing 
    • with grace in our hearts TO the Lord.
    • being filled with the Spirit
    • making melody
    • giving thanks unto God for all things

  • Ignorant Worship of an Unknown God today!
    • Acts 17:22-31
    • Acts 17:24,25 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
    Future Worship now preparing for Antichrist.
    • Fleshly worship today - fleshy music!
    • Acts 2:14-18 - preparing for the Second Coming means the Spirit of God will be upon all flesh and will be taking place IN the Tribulation. 
    • Today's worship is preparing folks for fleshly worship tomorrow using false & fleshly worship today!
    Worship during the Tribulation
    • The Beast will demand worship from all!
      • Revelation 13:4,5,12; 14:9
    • God also will ask for worship - and it will be with the flesh - the walk, as well as faith, and not taking the mark of the beast.
      • Revelation 14:6,7; 11,12
      • Acts 2:14-18

    The Final New Song
    • Revelation 14:1-5 - And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.