Are You Heavy Laden? JesusJesus came to remove the clergy off the backs of the congregation. This burden was spiritual anxiety from religious ritual. Remember that much of the Bible is to show the before and the after--the wrong and then the right way to serve a God of mercy and not harsh judgment from the "teams."
See 2 Chronicles 33: 2 Chronicles 29 is the PATTERNISM used to impose musical instruments into the "School of Christ" where He commanded that we teach what HE COMMANDED to be taught. Before and after chapter 29 the evidence is that the worship of the starry host proves that MUSIC in God's presence where HE teaches is in fact witchcraft.
See Matthew 11 to prove that those violently taking the kingdom by force and their laded burdens specificially point to the Scribes and Pharisees Jesus called hypocrites by naming self-speakers, singers and instrument players.
Almost without exception Paul begins by warning about the legalism of pagan religions before he defines the ekklesia or synagogue which is a school of the Bible and of Christ. A legalist usually does something in the belief that they can attract, appease or even seduce the "gods" into giving some reward. In paganism this could be a threat that the "god" might be abandoned if they did not deliver rain or more lambs.
This leagalism began as the world's oldest profession by those "making self a prophet." Perhaps accidentially they did some song, dance or even act of perversion and it rained. Thus people who were relieved of productive work to become witchdoctors, priests or even preachers were often physicially or sexually abnormal. That is because sexual activities "ferterlized" the lands.
All kinds of "praise singing" by the encomiast was a legalistic WORK intended to help the gods do their work. Not surprising, the STAFF in Babylon included prostitutes and sorcerers. This was prophetic of the end time church where John identifies the "Babylon Harlot" and identifies her singers, musicians and other religious operators as sorcerers (Revelation 18)
When Jesus was laden, Judas came to him to betray him. Psalm 41 prophesied that Judas would attempt to triumph over Jesus. The word meant to "make a loud instrumental noise and make a joyful noise before the Lord." This was the warrior's panic sounds and was outlawed for the assembly or synagogue (Num 10:7). This "triumph" put the enemy into panic because captives were often sodomized and then killed. Remember that Samson "ground" and was forced to "sport" or "play."
The real David was burdened and Nabal was the one who prospered and refused to lift the burden.
1 Sam 25:3 Now the name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail; and she was a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance: but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb.
H5036 Nabal naw-bawl' From H5034 ; stupid; wicked (especially impious):fool (-ish, -ish man, -ish woman), vile person.
1 Sam 25:25 Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send.
ALL musical instruments point to some Satanic or Vile concept.
Nabel (h5034) naw-bale'; a prim. root; to wilt; gen. to fall away, fail, faint; fig. to be foolish or (mor.) wicked; causat. to despise, disgrace: - disgrace, dishonour, lightly esteem, fade (away, - ing), fall (down, -ling, off), do foolishly, come to nought, * surely, make vile, wither..
Nebel (h5034) neh'-bel; or nebel nay'-bel; from 5034; a skin- bag for liquids (from collapsing when empty); hence a vase (as similar in shape when full); also a lyre (as having a body of like form): - bottle, pitcher, psaltery, vessel, viol
Because he refused to UNLOAD David's burden he met the same fate as Judas and all such traitors. Being churlish also points to the homosexual meanings attached to using music to further burden people to prevent the Word of God from being spoken.
kunikos , ê, on, ( [kuôn] ) dog-like, churlish, Vulgate 1 Sa 25.3 (?). Adv. -kôs, spômenoi Heliod. ap. Orib.48.38 tit.; in doglanguage, opp. boïkôs, etc., Porph.Abst.3.3.
Vulgate 1 Samuel 15:  Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail; and the woman was of good understanding, and of a beautiful face: but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb. 
II. Kunikos, ho, Cynic, as the followers of the philosopher Antisthenes were called, from the gymnasium (Kunosarges) where he taught, D.L.6.13; or from their resemblance to dogs in several respects, Diog.Cyn. ap. eund.6.60, Metrod.16, Polystr.p.20 W., Elias in Cat.111.2, etc.; “Kratēti tō k.” Men.117; k. hairesis, askēsis, philosophia, Ph.1.352, J.AJ6.13.6, Jul.Or.6.187a; “parrēsia k.” Plu.2.69c; “to k. tēs parrēsias” Id.Brut. 34. Adv. Comp. -ōteron Id.2.601e.
1 Sam 25:17 Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household: for he is such a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him.
Abigail helped David but:
1 Sam 25:36 And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house, like the feast of a king; and Nabals heart was merry within him, for he was very drunken: wherefore she told him nothing, less or more, until the morning light.
1 Sam 25:37 But it came to pass in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife had told him these things, that his heart died within him, and he became as a stone.
1 Sam 25:38 And it came to pass about ten days after, that the Lord smote Nabal, that he died.
Of God, Isaiah wrote--
He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Is.53:11
In addition to loading the people of God down with their own burdens, Jesus pronounced:
Woe unto you, lawyers for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered. Luke11:52
When Jesus came He was assaulted by the musical "game-playing" children who wanted Him to grieve and lament to prove that they had defeated him or triumphed over him. Of the poor, oppressed lambs "laden" down by the nomos or doctors of the law, Jesus delivered a primary bit of good news of the gospel is that Christ takes away the burdens laden on the backs of people used by the clergy as pack animals. He said:
Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Matthew 11:29
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:30
Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Mt 11:28
And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers. Lu.11:46
The Lawyers had changed the Laws of God and imposed their own. This gave occupation to the Pharisees, Saducees and "hypocrites." The hypocrits were a sectarian group of singers, musicians and actors. Jesus pointed to Isaiah also quoted by Ezekiel 33 to specify "speakers, singers and talented musicians." The hypocrites or actors worked for money and the audience paid for entertainment.
Nomos (g3551) nom'-os; to parcel out, especially food or grazing to animals; law through the idea of prescriptive usage, regulation of law or Gospel...-Nomos , ho, ( [nemô] ) can mean "the Law of God" without respect to MOSES.-A. that which is in habitual practice, use or possession, not in Hom. (cf. J.Ap.2.15), though read by Zenod. in Od.1.3.I. usage, custom, “Mousai melpontai pantōn te nomous kai ēthea kedna” Hes.Th.66; “n. arkhaios aristos” Id.Fr.221; entha n. (sc. esti) c. inf., where it is the custom .
b. in VT, of the law of God,
b. in VT, of the law of God, en tôi nomôi Kuriou to thelêma autou LXXPs.1.2 , al., cf. Is.2.3;
-Mousa 1 [*maô]
I. the Muse, in pl. the Muses, goddesses of song, music, poetry, dancing, the drama, and all fine arts, Hom.: the names of the nine were Clio, Euterpe, Thalia, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Erato, Polymnia or Polyhymnia, Urania, and Calliope, Hes., d.24.60; named in Hes.Th.75 sqq.
II. mousa, as Appellat., music, song, “m. stugera” A.Eu.308 (anap.); “euphamos” Id.Supp.695 (lyr.); “kanakhan . . theias antiluron mousas” S.Tr.643 (lyr.); “Aiakō moisan pherein” Pi.N.3.28; tis hēde mousa; what strain is this ? E.Ion757; “aluros m.”
-Homer, Odyssey 1: Tell me, O Muse, of the man of many devices, who wandered full many ways after he had sacked the sacred citadel of Troy. Many were the men whose cities he saw and whose mind he learned, aye, and many the woes he suffered in his heart upon the sea-Pind. N. 3 Queenly Muse, our mother! I entreat you, come in the sacred month of Nemea to the much-visited Dorian island of Aegina. For beside the waters of the Asopus young men are waiting, craftsmen of honey-voiced  victory-songs, seeking your voice. Various deeds thirst for various things; but victory in the games loves song most of all, the most auspicious attendant of garlands and of excellence. Send an abundance of it, from my wisdom;  begin, divine daughter, an acceptable hymn to the ruler of the cloud-filled sky, and I will communicate it by the voices of those singers and by the lyre. The hymn will have a pleasant toil, to be the glory of the land where the ancient Myrmidons lived, whose marketplace, famous long ago
- whom far-famed Orestes, Agamemnon's son, had slain. Thinking on him he spoke among the immortals, and said: "Look you now, how ready mortals are to blame the gods. It is from us, they say, that evils come, but they even of themselves, through their own blind folly, have sorrows beyond that which is ordained.
 where he reached the goal that sent him back home again, and he made the land known. My spirit, towards what foreign headland are you turning my voyage? I bid you to summon the Muse in honor of Aeacus and his race; consummate justice attends the precept, “praise the noble.”  And no man should prefer to desire what is alien. Search at home; you have won a suitable adornment for singing something sweet.
That is EXACTLY what God always says.
Rom VIII WEB. There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who don't walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
Paul defines this in Romans 1 which is NOT the Covenant of Grace.
 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death.  For what couldn't do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh;
Aristos The best of its kind, speaking,
Isa 2: It shall happen in the latter days, that the mountain of Yahweh's house shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be raised above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it.  Many peoples shall go and say, "Come, let's go up to the mountain of Yahweh, To the house of the God of Jacob;
And he will teach us of his ways, And we will walk in his paths. For out of Zion the law shall go forth, And the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem.
lex, to fasten; Lat. ligo, to bind, oblige; cf. religio] ,
I. a proposition or motion for a law made to the people by a magistrate, a bill (cf. institutum). [nomokos]
 He will judge between the nations, And will decide concerning many peoples; And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning-hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war any more.
 House of Jacob, come, and let us walk in the light of Yahweh.
 For you have forsaken your people, the house of Jacob, Because they are filled from the east, With those who practice divination like the Philistines, And they clasp hands with the children of foreigners.
augur , ŭris (earlier also auger , Prisc. p. 554 P.), comm. (cf. Prob. p. 1455 P., and Phoc. p. 1695 P.) [avis and Sanscr. gar, to call, to show, make known. Van.],
II. [select] Transf., any soothsayer, diviner, seer, in gen.: augur Apollo, as god of prophecy (v. Apollo), Hor. C. 1, 2, 32; so, “augur Phoebus,” id. C. S. 61: “Argivus,
2Chr 33:6 And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom:
also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft,
and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD,
to provoke him to anger.
 transireque fecit filios suos per ignem in valle Benennon observabat somnia sectabatur auguria maleficis artibus inserviebat habebat secum magos et incantatores multaque mala operatus est coram Domino ut inritaret eum
Augŭrātrix , īcis, f. id.,I. a female soothsayer or diviner (post-class.), Vulg. Isa. 57, 3 (as transl. of the Heb. ; but in Paul. ex Fest. p. 117, the correct reading is argutatrix; v. Müll. ad h. l.).
Augŭrĭum , ii, n. (plur. augura, heterocl., like aplustra from aplustre, Att. ap. Non. p. 488, 2, or Trag. Rel. p. 217 Rib.) [augur : augurium salutis, an augury instituted in time of peace, for the inquiry whether one could supplicate the Deity for the prosperity of the state
C. The art of the augur, augury: “cui laetus Apollo Augurium citharamque dabat,” Verg. A. 12, 394 (v. Apollo and augur): “Rex idero et regi Turno gratissimus augur,” id. ib. 9, 327; Flor. 1, 5, 2.
The Art used by Apollo (Abaddon, Apollon) was thecĭthăra , ae, f. kithara,
I. the cithara, cithern, guitar, or lute (very freq. in the poets, esp. in Hor.), Lucr. 2, 28; 4, 981; Tib. 2, 3, 12; 2, 5, 2; Verg. A. 6, 120; 9, 776; Hor. C. 1, 15, 15; 2, 12, 4; Varr. L. L. S, § 61 Müll.; id. R. R. 2, 1, 3; Auct. Her. 4, 47, 60; Plin. 7, 56, 57, § 204; Quint. 1, 10, 3; 1, 10, 10; 2, 8, 15; Tac. A. 14, 14; 15, 65 al.— “decantare,” Cic. Div. 1, 47, 105: accipere, to understand or receive as an omen, Liv. 1, 34; 10, 40; Val. Fl. 1, 161II. Meton., the music of the cithara, or, in gen., of a stringed instrument, the art of playing on the cithara, Prop. 2 (3), 10, 10; Verg. A. 12, 394; Hor. C. 1, 24, 4; id. S. 2, 3, 104 and 105.
De-canto , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. (in the class. per. freq. in Cic.; elsewh. rare). I. To sing a thing off, to repeat in a singing manner (v. cano and canto). A. Usually with the secondary idea of something trite, worn out, absurd; to repeat often, to say over and over again ( = semper repetere, in ore habere
C. Esp., to repeat as a charm, and hence to bewitch, enchant, charm: “nullo decantatus carmine,” App. M. 3, p. 138, 35: “verbis et amplexibus aliquem,” id. ib. 5, p. 165, 6; id. ib. 3, p. 137, 12; Vulg. Isa. 54, 1 al.—
B. To play (upon an instrument): “decantandi jus tibicinibus ademit,” Aur. Vict. Vir. Illust. 34, 1.
The burden was:
Phortizo (g5412) for-tid'-zo; to load up (as a vessel or animal), figurative: to overburden with ceremony or spiritual anxiety: - lade, be heavy laden. (Lots of "invoices")
However, Jesus carries the burden and we just "sing" about the paperwork. Therefore,
However, our "burden" is:
Phortion (g5413) for-tee'-on; an invoice as part of freight...
The Jewish clergy (who took away the key to knowledge) treated the people like mules and piled on more and more programs and rituals which, science fully knows, just creates endorphins or "morphine-like" drugs and creates spiritual anxiety--"do this and God will not chastise you and you will prove your worth to the institution." "Don't pick up sticks or psallo the grain on the Sabbath or we will have to have a party at the foot of a Roman cross." The burden Jesus absolutely removed, others want to tie around our necks is the planned anziety which the clergy imposed upon the "worshipers" to force them to conform even if it emotionally damaged them.
Does loud preaching or singing work? Certainly, on many. By rousing the group, spiritual anxiety is created and the pagan soothsayer could sell that as "spirituality." It has always been that way.
Many self-doubting sermons and musical worship teams have anxiety as their most important product. That is why they come out. However, this is a violation of a direct command of Jesus and repeated by Paul:
Take therefore no thought (do not be anxious) for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Mt.6:34
Jesus didn't tell people not to do the impossible. We all worry. However, He demanded that we not be overly concerned over those things beyond our control:
And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. Lk 12:22
The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. Lk12:23
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Ph.4:6
While it may sound "spiritual," science knows fully well that that music is effective by creating endorphins or morphine-like drugs. After a short period (very short for some of us) the grating, abrading nature of "show and tell" begins to short-circuit our nerve-endings and we feel like fleeing--but the low bass or the "booming" nails our feet to the floor in appeasement. Later, that which seemed so spiritual (like LSD), turns and rends the people and "your assemblies do more harm than good" (1Cor 11:17).
However, Jesus said that if we are not willing to leave the war-like rituals of family and city and follow Him "outside the gate" then we will just have to continue to be some rabbi's pack mule. When we give it up and follow Him, He removes this burden and "church" will be quiet, peaceful and no one will "lay a guilt trip" on you and then fail to lift the burden.
Because he knows that he is assualting God's people "able to instruct one another" he is forced to feed them fermenting wine (song or sermon) from his now-open wineskin:
For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. Hab 2:14
Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness Hab 2:15
Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the Lords right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory. Hab 2:16
The loud speaker or singer believes that his self-induced hypnotic trance is enthusiasm and he believes that this means that god is within. He doesn't even know that Philo coined this word to describe those afflicted, as in Corinth, with enthus o mania - just momentary insanity.
Loud music from living or dead idols, often musical instruments, was sold to the fools as the voice of the gods or demons. However, God warned:
What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols? Hab 2:18
Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it. Hab 2:19
Jubal and family or Genun or Geni (magi) in the Babylonian world proves that they were superstitious. When the strings twanged it was "shooting out" a hymn. They believed that the "gods" lived in the instruments. Down through history instruments were "baptized" and organs are still "dedicated" believing that it is a RADIO from God.
But the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him. Hab.2:20
Worshippers, such as known from statues as previously mentioned, may have been in attendance, and the ceremony could have included singing or accompaniment by music.
Statues of the gods, or of new gods being inaugurated into the city, were made and installed, as text 6:2 tells us, noting a "year in which Isme-Dagan installed the copper statue of Ninurta for the Esumesa in its high dais" (Postgate:118). Here we see a possible use of the stone block, already noted in the figure worship of the Assyrian Tukulti Ninurta. Again, such dedications would have been accompanied by sacrifices, ritual and possibly prayer.
What Jesus has to give is rest, freedom from spiritual anxiety of religious ceremonies--
Anapausis (g372) an-ap'-ow-sis; from 373; intermission; by impl. recreation: - rest.
Anapauo (g373) an-up-ow'-o; from 303 and 3973; (reflex.) to repose (lit. or fig. [be exempt], remain); by impl. to refresh: - take ease, refresh, (give, take) rest.
Jesus did His praying (even hymning to Himself) in quiet places. This word is made up of two parts:
To "take your peace," or "come apart from the milling crowd and smell the roses." After all, the new disciples are "outside the gates" and walled off from the rituals.
Pauo (g3973) pow'-o; a prim. verb ("pause"); to stop (trans. or intrans.), i.e. restrain, quit, desist, come to an end: - cease, leave, refrain.
If anxiety--real or artificially created by music and noise--is our concern then we truly fret over our salvation. There is, throughout Scripture and ancient writings, an insecure feeling which only music could soothe. It could first soothe Saul and then drive him into raving "prophesying" as a sign of judgment that he had no interest in God's Word.
A true appreciation for God's grace removes the insecurity felt by a brutalized orphan now adopted and given a new name and a new family. Then, Jesus said that our part of the burden of a ship laden with cargo is just the invoice: just proof that we own the goods--
Phortion (g5413) for-tee'-on; an invoice as part of freight...
Our burden is just the ship's bill of lading. It certifies that Jesus Christ has taken the burden of religious ritual and ritualizers off our backs and has given us the authority to excise them like a doctor removes a wart.
The Colossians, Ephesians and all of the churches had a rabble of men trading slavery for food. They wanted to drag the people back under the bondage or burdens of religious rituals, usually with music. The message in Corinthians 11-14 makes this clear to open eyes.
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