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I am taking part in the 2014 A-Z Challenge - 26 posts on 26 days of April, with Sundays off. Today's letter is: M for Music [Click here to see my other AtoZ posts]
Since the beginning of time right down to today, music and melody have always served a purpose, be it on joyful occasions or in times of sorrow, but especially in worship of Jehovah God, the "happy God." (1 Timothy 1:11)
At Genesis 4:21, we learn of Jubal, the "founder of all those who play the harp and the pipe." At Exodus 15:1, 20, 21, there's Moses and the sons of Israel making music in praise to Jehovah for having delivered them out of Egypt by parting of the Red Sea. Think of the poetry found in the book of Psalms, many of which were composed and sung by the Bible's most notable musician, King David. Then there's the love poem in the Song of Solomon. The apostle Paul even gave instructions about singing and songs at Ephesians 5:18, 19 which states: "Also, do not get drunk with wine, in which there is debauchery, but keep getting filled with spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, praises to God, and spiritual songs, singing and accompanying yourselves with music in your hearts to Jehovah."
So what kind of instruments did they play? Well to name a few, there's the tambourine, harp, cymbal, trumpet, horn, bagpipe and zither. (Numbers 10:2; 2 Samuel 6:5; Daniel 3:5, 7)
*Scriptures ~ New World Translation Bible (2013) available to read/download free here