Hand Clapping in Worship Services

Kenneth Sublett, Piney.com, Hohenwald Tennessee
Hand clapping in worship services is related to RISING UP TO PLAY in the musical idolatry at Mount Sinai. This was a terminal sin and God turned Israel over to worship the starry host. That is, they "prayed for musical idolatry" and God answered their prayer by turning them loose and letting them go.

See how Fred Peatross, a member of the Grace Centered Magazine staff defines a form of pagan Voodoo as the wave of the emerging church.

See how the Stoneites which gave rise to the Christian Churches adopted the Methodist Shouting as an act of worship.

Giving Heed to the Word was the principle "act" of worship in the Christian Synagogue. "Preaching" Narrative Theology of cut-N-paste sermons was never an act of worship. Thomas Campbell and most older scholars define how the Word is the "Truth" of worship "in spirit" or in the mind which is the only kind and place God even bothers to look for. Outrageious Biblical illiteracy "among the scholars" is explained by Paul's teaching that "fools love to be fooled." Read how two people had to abandon churches built around pagan entertainment in order to discover the Word. Click and go down to where The Devil is Laughing to see how he and the watching world is not laughing WITH the new for-hire Bible Repudiators but laughing AT them and their followers just as the Israelites became a LAUGHINGSTOCK with their musical idolatry at Mount Sinai (Now the SCHOLAR'S pattern for worship and community.) 

5. The present practice of extending one's hand toward the person being prayed for is a natural extension of this principle. 6. Clapping the hands is used in Psalm 47:1 in rejoicing before God. Clapping is also attributed to the floods (Psalm 98:8) and the trees of the field (Isaiah 55:12) as nature praises the Lord. Clapping was used in this sense to rejoice before a newly crowned king (2 Kings 11:12). However, some sorts of clapping held a negative connotation (cf. Job 27:23; 34:37; Lamentations 2:15; Ezekiel 25:6; Nahum 3:19). 7. Here we see a combination of lifting the hands in blessing and the hand (singular) lifted up to God to solemnly swear before Him. Cf. Genesis 14:22; Exodus 6:8; Numbers 14:30; Deuteronomy 32:40; Ezekiel 20:5; 36:7; 47:14; etc. Lifting the right hand to swear in court survives in our culture. Member Madison Church of Christ, Nashville, Tennessee

Of Ishtar and Tammuz worshiped by the women in the temple trying to resurrect Tammuz to sing, dance, blow the magical flute (an obscene gesture) and smell the incense, Inanna/Ishtar was not just a charismatic woman but she was the change agent of Satan:

"As the goddess of war and strife, she held the title Ninkur-ra-igi-ga, "the queen who eyes the highland" meaning that other lands feared her. Battle was called the "dance of Inanna, and she was at the very heart of it. She was "the star of the battle-cry, who can make brothers who have lived together in harmony fight each other." She is known for causing the fall of the city of Agade.

See her picture by clicking here. Paul would identify the "uncovered, musical prophesying in 1 Cor 11:5 as the nakedness of the prostitute shorn of hair."

Only rank legalists claim that the ekklesia or synagogue or school of the Bible meets for CORPORATE WORSHIP with "sanging and clapping" where CLAPP is a disease and CLAPPING also means VOMIT or PUKE in the presence of a SPIRIT God whom EXTERNALISTS can never approach. They would be executed if they USED the laws of Judgment to then enter the Holy Place with singing, preaching, clapping and instruments. Only those who MAKE WAR would do so and become the Abomination of Desolation.

Psalm 47:1 Making an instrumental noise and "making a joyful noise before the Lord" was the Battle Cry of all nations and all "gods."

O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph. Psalm 47:1

For the Lord most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth. Psalm 47:2
He shall
subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet. Psalm 47:3
He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah. Psalm 47:4

God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. Psalm 47:5

Rinnah (h7440) rin-naw'; from 7442; prop. a creaking (or shrill sound), i. e. shout (of joy or grief): - cry, gladness, joy, proclamation, rejoicing, shouting, sing (-ing), triumph.

Ranan (h7442) raw-nan'; a prim. root; prop. to creak (or emit a stridulous sound), i. e. to shout (usually for joy): - aloud for joy, cry out, be joyful, (greatly, make to) rejoice, (cause to) shout (for joy), (cause to) sing (aloud, for joy, out), triumph.

And there came a fire out from before the Lord, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces. Le.9:24

Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people. De.32:43

Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the Lord, because he cometh to judge the earth. 1Chr.16:33

Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: lift up thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children, that faint for hunger in the top of every street. Lam.2:19

Hand clapping in worship services is the authentia authority of the female and effeminate over the masculine (male and female). It is a show of contempt. David "sang to the Gentiles" and shed the blood of the Gentiles with his foot on their neck. However, Jesus shed His blood FOR the Gentiles and taught them the Word.

First, the concept of PRAISING God or anyone is to tell the story of GOD using the history of God. That is why the DIRECT COMMAND is to SPEAK "that which is written." Is that difficult.

We would BE AWARE that even when we were children if we met to TOAST a war hero and just childishly repeated his name 50 time and clapped he would KNOW that he was being insulted: God is just as sensitive. There is not a hint of a PRAISE SERVICE for God. This is one of the oldest superstitions know in ALL ignorant and legalistic tribal people: they PRAISED their gods to GET RAIN or often to THREATEN Him by praising another "god" -- say the praise leader.

Paul in Corinth shows that they have REVERSED THE DIRECTION OF INFORMATION FLOW: they are speaking to "god" (a generic word) and Paul said that they were just SPEAKING INTO THE AIR. The assembly or synagoue even in the wilderness was for GOD to flow information FROM Him TO the people. That is why the PRAISING called the TRIUMPH or ALARM was outlawed for those assemblies. No 6 year old would have insulted God and His Word by trying to sing, clap or play the flute in the SYNAGOGUE.

History well documents: "There was NO praise service in the synagogue." Jesus invited people to gather to Him and the word means SYNAGOGUE. Paul's words for gather or assembly are forms of SYNAGOGUE. They never had PRAISE services when the school bell rang.

Hand clapping is only rarely seen in the sense of applauding someone in a positive sense: it was to BOO the looser. In theater or SOME CHURCH SERVICES the hand clappers are in SYNC with the leader of the pack. They intend to prove to the loosers that their fella is the winner. Theater always had an organized CLAQUE hired by or a supporter of the singer, actor or speaker. God and HIS WORDS are clearly the LOOSERS if you hallucinate that you ought to do that when Jesus says, COME REST, come learn of ME.

(2 Kings 11:12) Athaliah murdered everyone but missed one grandson as one of Paul's "proof texts" about female rule-over authority which is "both erotic and murderous."

And ye shall compass the king round about, every man with his weapons in his hand: and he that cometh within the ranges, let him be slain: and be ye with the king as he goeth out and as he cometh in. 2 Kings 11:8

And the captains over the hundreds did according to all things that Jehoiada the priest commanded: and they took every man his men that were to come in on the sabbath, with them that should go out on the sabbath, and came to Jehoiada the priest. 2 Kings 11: 9

And to the captains over hundreds did the priest give king Davids spears and shields, that were in the temple of the Lord. 2 Kings 11: 10

And the guard stood, every man with his weapons in his hand, round about the king, from the right corner of the temple to the left corner of the temple, along by the altar and the temple 2 Kings 11:11

And he brought forth the kings son, and put the crown upon him, and gave him the testimony; and they made him king, and anointed him; and they clapped their hands, and said, God save the king. 2 Kings 11: 12

And when Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the people, she came to the people into the temple of the Lord. 2 Kings 11: 13

And when she looked, behold, the king stood by a pillar, as the manner was, and the princes and the trumpeters by the king, and all the people of the land rejoiced, and blew with trumpets: and Athaliah rent her clothes, and cried, Treason, Treason. 2 Kings 11: 14

But Jehoiada the priest commanded the captains of the hundreds, the officers of the host, and said unto them, Have her forth without the ranges, and him that followeth her kill with the sword. For the priest had said, Let her not be slain in the house of the Lord. 2 Kings 11: 15

And they laid hands on her; and she went by the way by the which the horses came into the kings house: and there was she slain. 2 Kings 11:16

God will have the last Clap over women who exercise sexual authority in any stand over, preside over, non-sedentary role. She knows before she stands up that she projects sexual power: Why else would Abaddon's Seeker Cults USE her?

When you hear the music and the hand clapping in worship services perhaps God is removing the queens (male and female) who are both "erotic and murderous" and restoring masculine (male or female) or rational leadership.

The music and hand Clapping was a show of contempt for the LOOSER. The music and mocking to TRIUMPH OVER JESUS was to show contempt by identifying Him as Beliar: the enemy of the Jews. Justin Martyr Wrote:

Ye who come to the evil day, who are approaching, and who hold to false Sabbaths; who lie on beds of ivory, and are at ease upon their couches; who eat the lambs out of the flock, and the sucking calves out of the midst of the herd;

who applaud at the sound of the musical instruments; they reckon them as stable, and not as fleeting,

who drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments, but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.

Wherefore now they shall be captives, among the first of the nobles who are carried away; and the house of evil-doers shall be removed, and the neighing of horses shall be taken away from Ephraim.'

And again by Jeremiah: "Collect your flesh, and sacrifices, and eat: for concerning neither sacrifices nor libations did I command your fathers in the day in which I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt.'

And again by David, in the forty-ninth Psalm, He thus said: "The God of gods, the Lord hath spoken, and called the earth, from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof. Out of Zion is the perfection of His beauty. God, even our God, shall come openly, and shall not keep silence. Fire shall burn before Him, and it shall be very temptestuous round about Him. He shall call to the heavens above, and to the earth, that He may judge His people. Assemble to Him His saints; those that have made a covenant with Him by sacrifices. And the heavens shall declare His righteousness, for God is judge.

Hear, O My people, and I will speak to thee; O Israel, and I will testify to thee, I am God, even thy God. I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices; thy burnt-offerings are continually before me.

I will take no bullocks out of thy house, nor he-goats out of thy folds: for all the beasts of the field are Mine, the herds and the oxen on the mountains. I know all the fowls of the heavens, and the beauty of the field is Mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee; for the world is Mine, and the fulness thereof.

If God needs to be ENTERTAINED or sexually stimulated He has the angelic host: He WOULD not tell you what He NEEDED from you!

We do know that Jesus read the Septuagint which reads:

who excel in the sound of musical instruments;
they have regarded them as
abiding, not as fleeting pleasure." Amos 6:5 LXX



Here are some examples from the Old Testament:

Macha (h4222) maw-khaw'; a prim. root; to rub or strike the hands together (in exultation): - clap.

Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together. Ps.98:8

For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Is. 55:12

The visions of your prophets were false and worthless; they did not expose your sin to ward off your captivity. The oracles they gave you were false and misleading. Lam 2:14

All who pass your way clap their hands at you; they scoff and shake their heads at the Daughter of Jerusalem (Sodom Rev 11:8): "Is this the city that was called the perfection of beauty, the joy of the whole earth?" Lam. 2:15

therefore I am going to give you to the people of the East (see the nature of those who have captured you) as a possession. They will set up their camps and pitch their tents among you; they will eat your fruit and drink your milk. Ezek 25:4

I will turn Rabbah into a pasture for camels and Ammon into a resting place for sheep. Then you will know that I am the LORD. Ezek 25:5

For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because you have clapped your hands and stamped your feet, rejoicing with all the malice of your heart against the land of Israel, Ezek 25:6

Therefore I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and will deliver thee for a spoil to the heathen; and I will cut thee off from the people, and I will cause thee to perish out of the countries: I will destroy thee; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord. Eze. 25:7

This is what the Sovereign LORD says: 'Because Moab and Seir said, "Look, the house of Judah has become like all the other nations," Ezekiel 25:8

None of this hand clapping has to do with "worship in praise to God."

Caphaq (h5606) saw-fak'; or saphaq (1 Kings 20:10; Job 27:23; Isa. 2:6), saw-fak'; a prim. root; to clap the hands (in token of compact, derision, grief, indignation or punishment); by impl. of satisfaction, to be enough; by impl. of excess, to vomit: - clap, smite, strike, suffice, wallow

And Balaks anger was kindled against Balaam, and he smote his hands together: and Balak said unto Balaam, I called thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast altogether blessed them these three times. Nu.24:10

Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place. Jb.27:23

For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against God. Jb.34:37

Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers. Is.2:6

Make ye him drunken; for he magnified himself against the Lord: Moab also shall wallow in his vomit, and he also shall be in derision. Je.48:26

All that pass by clap their hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men call The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth? Lam.2:15

And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. Re.11:8

Connected to Rising Up To Play in Musical Idolatry:

And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play. Ex.32:6

Cachaq (h6711) tsaw-khak'; a prim. root; to laugh outright (in merriment or scorn); by impl. to sport: - laugh, mock, play, make sport.

And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said, Call for Samson, that he may make us sport (h7832) . And they called for Samson out of the prison house; and he made them sport (h6711) : and they set him between the pillars. Jud.16:25

Sachaq (h7832) saw-khak'; a prim. root; to laugh (in pleasure or detraction); by impl. to play: - deride, have in derision, laugh, make merry, mock (-er), play, rejoice, (laugh to) scorn, be in (make) sport.

And David and all the house of Israel played (h7832) before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals. 2S.6:5

Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 1 Co.10:7

This is certainly not talking about praise or worship nor in the context of music. You will notice that David stripped off with the following girls and claimed that he was honored in their eyes and he would make himself even more vile. His praise meant to make a fool of oneself.

At Mount Sinai:

> "Not to be overlooked here is the accompaniment of music and dancing which, with the character of the ensuing phenomena, makes the diagnosis (of idolatry) certain." (Schaff-Herzog, Ecstasy, p. 71).

> "The triumphal hymn of Moses had unquestionably a religious character about it; but the employment of music in religious services, though idolatrous, is more distinctly marked in the festivities which attended the erection of the golden calf." (Smith's Bible Dictionary, Music, p. 589).

> "And the people celebrated this feast with burnt-offerings and thank-offerings, with eating and drinking, i.e. with sacrificial meals and sports, or with loud rejoicing, shouting, antiphonal songs, and dances, in the same manner in which the Egyptians celebrated their feast of Apis (Herod. 2, 60, and 3, 27)." (Keil and Delitzsch, Vol. II, p. 222).

> "Let revelry keep away from our rational entertainments, and foolish vigils, too, that revel in intemperance. For revelry is an inebriating pipe, the chain of an amatory bridge, that is, of sorrow. And let love, and intoxication, and senseless passions, be removed from our choir.

Burlesque singing is the boon companion of drunkeness. A night spent over drink invites drunkeness, rouses lust, and is audacious in deeds of shame.

For if people occupy their time with pipes, and psalteries, and choirs, and dances, and Egyptian clapping of hands, and such disorderly frivolities, they become quite immodest and intractable, beat on cymbals, and drums, and make a noise on instruments of delusion." (Clement, Instructor, Eerdmans, p. 248)

The prophets of Baal performed a noisy form of "prophesying" but they could not "bring their gods into their presence." This "prophesying" was not pretty; it involved singing, music, naked dancing and even cutting themselves. The emotional "high" proved that the god was in them.

"All these texts point, explicitly or implicitly, to the fact that the dance had a musical accompaniment. Even though the Bible makes no mention of it we must assume that the movements of the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel were made with an accompaniment on certain musical instruments... There is an obvious satirical intent in the biblical story and we could find no better illustration of a similar attitude than a rather curious bas-relief in the Museo delle Terme in Rome which

derides a ceremony of Isis. In front of a row of images of the gods, men and women are dancing with grotesque contortions; their knees are all bent their heads thrown back and their arms upraised; they are holding castanets or the double flute.

An aged choirmaster and a group of spectators mark time by clapping their hands." ( de Vaux, Roland, The Bible and the Ancient Near East, Doubleday, p. 242).

Heredotus II notes that "The following are the proceedings on occasion of the assembly at Bubastis. This also defines the "rising up to play" in the same worship at Mount Sinai. Because this was their "prayer" to worship their old demons, God turned them over to worship the starry host.

Men and women come sailing all together, vast numbers in each boat, many of the women with castanets, which they strike, while some of the men pipe during the whole time of the voyage; the remainder of the voyagers,

male and female, sing the while, and make a clapping with their hands.

When they arrive opposite any of the towns upon the banks of the stream,
they approach the shore, and, while some of the women continue to
play and sing,

others call aloud to the females of the place and load them with abuse, while a certain number dance, and some standing up uncover themselves. After proceeding in this way all along the river-course, they reach Bubastis, where they celebrate the feast with abundant sacrifices.

More grape-wine is consumed at this festival than in all the rest of the year besides.

The number of those who attend, counting only the men and women and omitting the children, amounts, according to the native reports, to seven hundred thousand.

Arnobius wrote:

35. But is it only poets whom you have thought proper to allow to invent unseemly tales about the gods,
..........and to turn them shamefully into sport?
..........What do your pantomimists, the actors, that crowd of mimics and adulterers? Do they
....................not abuse your gods to make to themselves gain,
....................and do not the others find enticing pleasures
....................in the wrongs and insults offered to the gods?
At the public games, too, the colleges of all the priests and magistrates take their places, the chief Pontiffs, and the chief priests of the curiae; the Quindecemviri take their places, crowned with wreaths of laurel,
and the
flamines diales with their mitres; the augurs take their places,

who disclose the divine mind and will
and the chaste maidens also, who cherish and guard the ever-burning fire;

36. But this crime is not enough: the persons of the most sacred gods are mixed up with farces also, and scurrilous plays.

And that the idle onlookers may be excited to laughter and jollity,
the deities are hit at in jocular quips, the spectators shout and rise up,
the whole pit resounds with the
clapping of hands and applause.

Flamen : plural FLAMINES, in ancient Rome, a priest devoted exclusively to the worship of one deity; the name derives from a root meaning "he who burns offerings." Of the 15 flamines, the most important were Dialis, Martialis, and Quirinalis, who served Jupiter, Mars, and Quirinus, respectively. Chosen from the patrician class and supervised by the pontifex maximus, or chief priest, the flamines had a distinctive dress, its outstanding feature being the apex, a conical cap. They offered daily sacrifices, and their lives were regulated by strict rules and taboos. The priests' wives, the flaminicae, served as their assistants and were also bound by ritual regulations. In imperial times, flamines Divorum ("priests of the Gods") were instituted for the worship of deified emperors both in Rome and in the empire's outlying provinces, where they often served as important representatives of the central government.

PLEASURING the crowd to INCITE excitement was something Paul said JESUS CHRIST WOULD NOT DO. In Romans chapter 15 Paul prescribed the Synagogue of Christ (Synagogues never had PRAISE SERVICES) to with ONE MOUTH and ONE VOICE glorify God by speaking THAT WHICH IS WRITTEN. Only the Pharisees (preacers), Scribes (sermon writers) and Sectarian Hypocrites would do anything to call attention to themselves. James still says that to SHOW PARTIALITY still brings the whole law down on your head.

Thomas Aquinas: "It seemed to some that this argument about the allurements of music as God"s temporary device to arouse a dull and unresponsive people would apply equally against the continued use of singing in the church. This objection is considered in an anonymous work, of uncertain date,"called "Questions and Answers to the Orthodox": [Note: We believe that this is from Thomas Aquinas on LIPS and SONG. ksl]

"Question: If songs were invented by unbelievers to seduce men, but were allowed to those under the law on account of their childish state, why do those who have received the perfect teaching of grace in their churches still use songs, just like the children under the law?

"Answer: It is not simple singing that belongs to the childish state, but singing with lifeless instruments, with dancing, and with clappers. Hence the use of such instruments and the others that belong to the childish state is excluded from the singing in the churches,

and simple singing is left.

For it awakens the soul to a fervent desire for that which is described in the songs, it quiets the passions that arise from the flesh, it removes the evil thoughts that are implanted in us by invisible foes, it waters the soul to make it fruitful in the good things of God, it makes the soldiers of piety strong to endure hardships, it becomes for the pious a medicine to cure all the pains of life.

Paul calls this "the sword of the spirit," with which he arms the soldiers of piety against their unseen foes. for it is the word of God, and when it is pondered and sung and proclaimed it has the power to drive out demons."

More Word Study: Look in Vain for Hand Clapping in Worship Services

Nakah (ha5221) naw-kaw'; a prim. root; to strike (lightly or severely, lit. or fig.): - beat, cast forth, clap, give [wounds], * go forward, * indeed, kill, make [slaughter], murderer, punish, slaughter, slay (-er, - ing), smite (-r, -ing), strike, be stricken, (give) stripes, * surely, wound.

And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick. 1S.18:6

And it came to pass in the twelfth year of our captivity, in the tenth month, in the fifth day of the month, that one that had escaped out of Jerusalem came unto me, saying, The city is smitten. Eze.33:21

Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the Lord. Ezek 33:30

And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. Ezek 33: 31

And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not. Ezek 33: 32

And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them. Ezek 33: 33

Taqa (h8628) taw-kah'; a prim. root; to clatter, i. e. slap (the hands together), clang (an instrument); by anal. to drive (a nail or tent-pin, a dart, etc.); by impl. to become bondsman (by hand-clasping): - blow ([a trumpet]), cast, clap, fasten, pitch [tent], smite, sound, strike, * suretiship, thrust.

And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly: Jud.3:21

Then Jael Hebers wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples, and fastened it into the ground: for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died.Jud.4:21
And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon. Jud.7:20
..........And the three hundred blew the trumpets,
..........and the Lord set every mans sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host:
..........and the host fled to Beth-shittah in Zererath, and to the border of Abel-meholah, unto Tabbath. Jud.7:22

Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it? Am.3:6

Ruwa (h7321) roo-ah'; a prim. root; to mar (espec. by breaking); fig. to split the ears (with sound), i. e. shout (for alarm or joy): - blow an alarm, cry (alarm, aloud, out), destroy, make a joyful noise, smart, shout (for joy), sound an alarm, triumph.

But when the congregation is to be gathered together, ye shall blow, but ye shall not sound an alarm. Numbers 10:7

Judas would try to triumph over Jesus. That meant to play the instruments, clap the hands, mock the enemy and "make a joyful noise before the Lord." That was a war chant and not worship.

In the Dead Sea Scrolls translation of Psalm 41 the triumph over would be from the Levitical musicians David as king and the commanders of the army assigned as warrior musicians or agents of panic. However, in victory, Jesus would praise God with the "instruments" of his lips. Click to see and read the ugly of musical triumph over Jesus as the message of clapping of hands.


We need to be very careful about the term "self-interpreting" as it relates to the WORD. You open up many theological "cans of worms" that are not needed. Simply be intellectually honest. You cannot find anything wrong with the practices of: (1) Lifting Holy Hands - 1 Timothy 2:8 (2) Singing with the Spirit or Singing with Spirit (3) Clapping your hands either in appreciation or to GOD with the singing or to each other to edification. Madison Church of Christ Member definding their practice.

John Chrysostom and all of the fathers and Classical writers grasped that BODY WORSHIP was something for the homosexuals. It has been noted that for a MALE to sing and play and clap and dance he had to be DRUNK or HOMOSEXUAL.

"I have often seen a man (actor)-- and have been amazed to see, and the amazement has ended in contempt, to think how he is one thing internally, but outwardly counterfeits what he is not--

giving himself excessive airs of daintiness and indulging in all sorts of effeminacy;
darting his eyes about; sometimes throwing his hands hither and thither, 

and raving with his face smeared with mud (sweat, spit and dust); sometimes personating Aphrodite (female), sometimes Apollo (male); a solitary accuser of all the gods, an epitome of superstition, a vituperator of heroic deeds, an actor of murders, a chronicler of adultery, a storehouse of madness, a teacher of cynaedi, an instigator of capital sentences;-- and yet such a man is praised by all. But I have rejected all his falsehoods, his impiety, his practices,--in short, the man althogether.

But you are led captive by such men,
while you revile those who do not take a part in your pursuits.

I have no mind to stand agape at a number of singers, nor do I desire to be affected in sympathy with

a man when he is winking and gesticulating in an unnatural manner."...
"Why should I admire the
mythic piper... We leave you to these worthless things;
and do you believe our
doctrines, or, like us, give up yours." (Tatian to the Greeks, Ante-Nicene, Vol. II, p. 75).

So again these same persons,
if any
admirable musician come amongst them,
leave all that they had in hand, which often is necessary and pressing business,
and mount the steps (in the arena), and sit listening very attentively to the words
and the accompaniments, and criticising the agreement of the two.
This is what the many do.

"Again; those who are skilled in rhetoric do just the same with respect to the sophists,
for they too have their
theaters, and their audience, and clappings of hands, and noise, and closest criticism of what is said.

"And if in the case of rhetoricians, musicians, and athletes, people sit in the one case to look on, in the other to see at once and to listen with such earnest attention;

what zeal, what earnestness ought ye in reason to display, when it is no musician or debater who now comes forward to a trial of skill,

On the other hand, one speaking for Christ is not effeminate:

(2) For the son of thunder, the beloved of Christ, the pillar of the Churches throughout the world, who holds the keys of heaven, who drank the cup of Christ, and was baptized with His baptism, who lay upon his Master's bosom with much confidence,

this man comes forward to us now; not as an actor of a play, not hiding his head with a mask,
(for he hath another sort of words to speak,)
nor mounting a platform,
striking the stage with his foot, nor dressed out with apparel of gold,
but he enters wearing a
robe of inconceivable beauty.

For he will appear before us having "put on Christ" (Rom. xiii. 14; Gal. iii.27)
having his beautiful "feet shod with the
preparation of the Gospel of peace" (Eph. vi. 15);
wearing a girdle
not about his waist, but about his loins,
not made of scarlet leather nor daubed outside with gold,

but woven and composed of truth itself.

All this leads to the conclusion that there is no use of clapping in worship or praise in the Old Testament. We will see that the same is true of a superstitious or music-induced waving of the hands in the air.

This deliberately denounces God Who seeks worshipers only "in spirit" or in the minds. Jesus eleminated any other PLACE where God meets us. Noisy music and clapping, as the universal meaning of music as worship: "I will show contempt for God to keep Him out of My mind and I will make sure that no one else gets a moment of silence to meet God." Clapping of hands was always a show of contempt for the loser. But, don't count god out just yet.

Kenneth Sublett

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