All You That Labor and Are Heavy Laden I Will Give You Rest

The rest of the Gospel is freedom from burden-lading musical rituals.  Click for the meaning of heavy laden.

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Musical Heresy in Churches of Christ


In 1 Corinthians 11 Paul defines three forms of religion:
  1. The Jews Seek a Sign (religious spectacles which PROVE)
  2. The Greeks seek Wisdon (Sophos: performing arts speaking, singing, playing drama)
  3. The Cross of Christ: the cross means to destroy all human passion, pride in composing and performing rituals to Aid the Word of Christ.

Paul always repudiates modern ceremonialism as either one or two. To join in the cross path you have to go outside of the gates and suffer reproaches if you want to REST and accept the gospel: "Come to me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest."  And of the twos and threes "Come learn of me."

All ancient religions were oppressive. Israel was no different: they "fired" God and demanded a human king so that they might worship like the nations. God warned that the kings would lead them into destruction. They would enslave the people and take the free-born boys and girls and make them into servants and musicians in their own house.

At the same time, the priests and elders of Israel utterly rejected the Word of God and failed to teach the people. They substituted religious rituals which were "new wine" festivals with instrumental music.

This was both the means and the sign of their rejection and abandonment by God (Isaiah 5, Job 21, Amos 5, 6, 8 and Ezekiel 33).

Based on the Bible and all ancient beliefs, musical idolatry was Satan working through his agents who were often the kings or even clergy. The most effective were the charismatic "prophesiers" which is defined by the use of music and ritual to lead the paying worshipers into the god's presence. Slobering insanity or what Paul called madness in Corinth was the only test of whether the god-manipulators had really delivered the 'word.'

One example was the contest between the musical prophets (950) owned by Jezebel, and Elijah as the lone warrior for God who just spoke words to defeat Asherah and Baal. God had only seven thousand who had not engaged in the worship of Baal.

When Jesus came, the temple had been turned into the site of a giant fertility ritual with music. Josephus warned that this was both illegal and destructive.

Jesus identified the temple-centered Jews (probably no more than ten thousand) as "children playing" the old fertility rituals of "wedding" and "funeral" which were, at that time, the worship of Dionysus or Bacchus. They "piped" and Jesus was supposed to sing and dance with the effeminates.

Rather than being "soft," Jesus said that John the Baptist was like Elijah. This has meaning only if the musical opponents of Christ were types of Jezebel and her pagan prophets where "soft" was almost a requirement. We will look at Isaiah to see that this was the clergy laying the burden of Satan on the people whom they used like "pack animals."

REST FROM THE CROOKED RACE IN PROPHECY:

The worst kind of "labor" or "burden" is spiritual or mental aggitation: people do that when they want to sell us something:  that is why Messiah would come to silence the Jewish ritualistic assemblies without ADDING new and approved rituals.  Jesus said that the kingdom does not come with "observation." That means "religious observations."  By eleminating all of the burden laders Jesus will give us REST without which you cannot be a disciple of Christ or a Christian:

Isaiah 28:14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD,
        ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
Isaiah 28:15 Because ye have said,
        We have made a covenant [cutting, smiting]with death,
        and with hell  are we at agreement;
        when the overflowing scourge shall pass through,
        it shall not come unto us
        for we have made lies [mendacium myths, fable, poetry] our refuge,
        and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:

Isaiah 28.15 dixistis enim percussimus foedus cum morte et cum inferno fecimus pactum flagelluminundans cum transierit non veniet super nos quia posuimus mendacium spem nostram et mendacioprotecti sumus
All "playing" or "plucking" a musical instrument words are derived from and often used to pluck or smite a person.  The Levites musically mocked Jesus as He was crucified:
Percutio1. (With the notion of the per predominating.) To strike through and through,
        to thrust or pierce through (syn.: percello, transfigo). a vein is opened, blood is let
b. To strike, play a musical instrument (poet.):lyram,Ov. Am. 3, 12, 40; Val. Fl. 5, 100.—
1. To smite, strike, visit with calamity of any kind (class.): “percussus calamitate,Cic. Mur. 24, 49: “percussus fortunae vulnere,id. Ac. 1, 3, 11: “ruina,Vulg. Zach. 14, 18: anathemate. id. Mal. 4, 6: “plaga,id. 1 Macc. 1, 32: “in stuporem,id. Zach. 12, 4.—
2. To strike, shock, make an impression upon, affect deeply, move, astound (class.): “percussisti me de oratione prolatā,
Muthos , o(,  7. talk of men, rumour, “aggelian . . tan ho megas m. aexeiS.Aj.226 (lyr.), cf. 188 (lyr., pl.), E.IA72; report, message, S.Tr.67 (pl.), E.Ion 1340.
2. fiction (Opposite logos, historic truth), Pi.O.1.29 (pl.), N.7.23 (pl.), Pl.Phd.61b, Prt.320c, 324d, etc. epos , words, speeches, 1. song or lay accompanied by music, 8.91,17.519.
Opposite Epagoge 2. bringing in to one's aid, introduction
4. allurement, enticement,tais elpisi kai tais e.D.19.322.
b. incantation, spell, in pl., Pl.R.364c, Lg.933d; Hekatēs phaskōn epagōgēn gegonena ispell, Thphr.Char.16.7.
7. leading away into captivity, captivity, LXX Is.14.17: generally, distress, misery,Si.23.14 Hsch.
saying that Hecate had put it under a ib.

THOSE WHO ARE "WASHED"

Isaiah 4:3 And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem,
        shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem:

Isaiah 4: 4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.

Ab-lŭo ,  “abluere sitim,to quench, Lucr. 4, 876; and: abluere sibi umbras, to remove darkness (by bringing a light), id. 4, 378.—Of the washing away of earth by a shower, Varr. R. R. 1, 35.—In eccl. Lat., of baptism: munere divinitatis abluti, Cod. Th. 19, 6, 4.—
II. Trop., of calming the passions: omnis ejusmodi perturbatio animi placatione abluatur, be removed (fig. derived from the religious rite of washing in expiation of sin), Cic. Tusc. 4, 28, 60: “maculam veteris industriae laudabili otio,to wash out, Plin. Ep. 3, 7, 3: “perjuria,Ov. F. 5, 681 al.
Lucr. 4.378
Likewise, our shadow in the sun appears
To move along and follow our own steps
And imitate our carriage- if thou thinkest
Air that is thus bereft of light can walk,
Following the gait and motion of mankind.
For what we use to name a shadow, sure
Is naught but air deprived of light. No marvel:
Because the earth from spot to spot is reft
Progressively of light of sun, whenever
In moving round we get within its way,
While any spot of earth by us abandoned
Is filled with light again, on this account
It comes to pass that what was body's shadow
Seems still the same to follow after us
In one straight course. Since, evermore pour in
New lights of rays, and perish then the old,
Just like the wool that's drawn into the flame.
Therefore the earth is easily spoiled of light
And easily refilled and from herself
Washeth the black shadows quite away.

Shadows Niger: A. Of or pertaining to death:
D. Of character, black, bad, wicked: “Phormio, nec minus niger, nec minus confidens, quam ille Terentianus est Phormio,Cic. Caecin. 10, 27: “hic niger est, hunc tu, Romane, caveto,Hor. S. 1, 4, 85.
Phormio I. The name of a parasite in Terence, in a play of the same name.
II. A Peripatetic philosopher of Ephesus, who delivered a lecture in the presence of Hannibal on the duties of military commanders and on the art of war, Cic. de Or. 2, 18, 75; hence, transf., of a silly person, who talks about things which he does not understand:egomet in multos jam Phormiones incidi,id. ib. 2, 19, 77.—
Baptism REMOVES:
Perturbātĭo , ōnis, f. perturbo,
I. confusion, disorder, disturbance.
Ex-ercĕo , ŭi, itum, 2, v. a. arceo, .Opere  to drive on, keep busy, keep at work; to oversee, superintend; with an inanimate object, to work, work at, employ one's self about a thing B. To practise, follow, exercise any employment; to employ one's self about, to make use of any thing:
rhetoricen,Quint. 2, 1, 3; 2, 15, 27: “eloquentiam,id. 1, 4, 6: “artem,id. 3, 6, 18; cf.

Ars skill in joining something, combining, working it 
1. With the idea extended, any physical or mental activity, so far as it is practically exhibited; a profession, art (music, poetry, musicam, litterarum cognitionem et poëtarum  artes elegantes,id. Fin. 3, 2, 4: “laudatae,id. de Or. 1, 3, 9: “rhetorica,Quint. 2, 17, 4: “musica,poetry, Ter. Hec. prol. 23: “musica,music, Plin. 2, 25, 23, § 93:
4. Artes (personified), the Muses: “artium chorus,Phaedr. 3, prol. 19.—

ŏpĕra , ae, f. opus, I. service, pains, exertion, work, labor
It simply is imposibility to give attention to the Word of God when evil people are WAGED to create the laded burden of 'spiritual anxiety created by religious rituals."

The "gospel" of Jesus had as its core the freedom of believers from being these religious "pack animals" or "cargo ships." Jesus spoke one essential of the gospel when He that the agents or mediators were fired:

All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Matthew 11:27

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

The burden Christ imposes is "just the invoice" while He, as the "ship" carries the load. The most legalistic or works-intensive effort of all Satanic worship was musical or theatrical performance at the hands of trained agents; the only known traditions attribute that presumptive effort to Satan: there is no other evidence.

Therefore, pretending to teach the gospel and forcing people into mind-abrading rituals of both speech and song is a defacto bowing to Baal and denouncing God Who bought and brought liberty.


This "pattern" is repeated many times in the Old Testament. It began in the Garden of Eden but we will not go into that here. It is repeated at Mount Sinai and later as Israel demanded a "like the nation's" king, kingdom and pagan forms of worship. It is repeated today as un-apt elders demand: "Set a king over us."

For now, look at:

Isaiah Fifty Eight

The demand for kings to rule over us (Israel) was met with God's approval; to teach--with a rod--that no one can replace His direct rule.

You say, "We want to be like the nations, like the peoples of the world, who serve wood and stone." But what you have in mind will never happen. Eze.20:32

Later, in chapter 33, Ezekiel will repeat the Word Replaced With Music pattern which he equated to spiritual adultery.

After their failure, Isaiah warned that there NO MAN nor woman can intercede or mediate between God and mankind. This is in direct contradiction to those who claimed power to speak for God often using instruments such as "the familiar spirit" of the witch of Endor. For instance, Habakkuk wrote:

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 (spirit) at all in the midst of it.

Woe to those who command their lifeless wooden idols to arise and save them, who call out to the speechless stone to tell them what to do. Can images speak for God? They are overlaid with gold and silver, but there is no breath at all inside! Hab 2:19

The Psalmist having lost the presence of God cried out:

Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. Psa 57:8
Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever. Psa 44:23

"We even have a mention at a later date of a similar custom in connection with the cult in Jerusalem, where certain Levites, called me'oreim, 'arousers,' sang (every morning?) this verse from Ps 44:23: "Awake, O Lord! Why do you sleep? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever."

The Talmud tells us that John Hyrcanus suppressed the practice because it recalled too readily a pagan custom." (de Vaux, p. 247).

"A similar practice is attested in connection with the cult of Herakles-Melkart. According to Menander, as he is quoted by Josephus, the king Hiram, who was a contemporary of Solomon, rebuilt the temples of Tyre and, 'he was the first to celebrate the awakening of Heracles in the month of Peritius.'" (de Vaux, p. 247)

At that time Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years, the span of a king's life. But at the end of these seventy years, it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the prostitute: Is.23:15

"Take up a harp, walk through the city, O prostitute forgotten; play the harp well, sing many a song, so that you will be remembered." Is.23:16

At the end of seventy years, the LORD will deal with Tyre. She will return to her hire as a prostitute and will ply her trade with all the kingdoms on the face of the earth. Is.23:17

"In an inscription from Cyprus, in one from Rhodes and in several from around the district of Carthage, there are references to important personages who bear the title Mqm'lm which we can translate as 'arouser of the god.'" (de Vaux, Roland, The Bible and the Ancient Near East, Doubleday, p. 247).

And Paul warned the Corinthians:

If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will any one know what is played? 1Co.14:7

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2Co.10:4

The word translates eithe "lifeless instruments" or "carnal weapons."

However, God warns:

But the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him. Hab 2:20

Therefore, God through Isaiah said:

CRY aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. Isaiah 58:1

Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, [Seek like a necromancer]

Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at En-dor. 1 Sam 28:7

Son of man, speak unto the elders of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Are ye come to enquire of me? As I live, saith the Lord God, I will not be enquired of by you. Eze.20:3

as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God:
they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they
take delight in approaching to God. Isaiah 58:2

God was saying that the people cry "Lord, Lord" but they don't really want to hear the Word of God and obey it. In fact, their religious rituals were really fun and games. And Amos 5 and 6 shows that the leaders had increased the rituals to a daily "offering plate" for the poor while they enjoyed themselves with wine, women and instrumental music.

Ezekiel made the same point to show that the fun-loving "worshipers" were treating God and Ezekiel exactly as they would treat a harp-playing prostitute singing "amorous" love songs and playing instruments:

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. Isaiah 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. Isaiah 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. Isaiah 33:32

The Jews were performing their rituals including crying aloud in response but speaking their own words and wondering why God wasn't watching their "idolatry of talent." Again, let's examine verse three closer:

Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours. Isaiah 58:3

The word "afflict" like the word "melody" in both Hebrew carries the idea of singing to the point of laying a burden on people or "grinding them into bits."

Anah (h6031) aw-naw'; a prim. root [possibly rather ident. with 6030 through the idea of looking down or browbeating];

Anah (h6030) aw-naw'; by implication to respond; by extens. to begin to speak; spec. to sing, shout, testify, announce: - give account, afflict, (cause to, give) answer, bring low, cry, hear, Leannoth (The Suffering of Affliction), lift up, say, give a shout, sing together by course, speak, testify, utter, bear witness

No wonder that God was not listening: this was quite identical to the musical idolatry at Mount Sinai where the same form of singing was taking place as a certain sign of idolatry. When Moses and Joshua came close to the camp:

And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp. Exodus 32:17

However, Moses could recognize the sound of idolatry when he heard it:

And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome; but the noise of them that sing do I hear. Exodus 32:18

Noise is:

Qowl (g6963) kole; from an unused root mean. to call aloud; a voice or sound: - / aloud, bleating, crackling, cry (/ out), fame, lightness, lowing, noise, / hold peace, [pro-] claim, proclamation, / sing, sound, / spark, thunder (-ing), voice, / yell

Noise is:

Anah (h6031) aw-naw'; a prim. root [possibly rather ident. with 6030 through the idea of looking down or browbeating];

And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing (the circular dance): and Moses anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount. Exodus 32:19

This was Egyptian form of music which was idolatry:

"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, Music, p. 589).

Their worship was lading the "audience" down with burdens of religious ritual. These never created anything other than spiritual anxiety.

Contrary to the literal fasting and sacrificing of animals God asked:

Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord? Isaiah 58:5

God, answers: "No!" Rather,

Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed (cracked or abraded) go free, and that ye break every yoke? Isaiah 58:6

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>Burden is:

Aguddah (h92) ag-ood-daw'; fem. pass. part. of an unused root (mean. to bind); a band, bundle, knot, or arch: - bunch, burden, troop.

And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together after Abner, and became one troop, and stood on the top of an hill. 2 S.2:25

The burden in Hebrew:

Massa (h4853) mas-saw'; from 5375; a burden; spec. tribute, or (abstr.) porterage; fig. an utterance, chiefly a doom, espec. singing; mental, desire: - burden, carry away, prophecy, * they set, song, tribute.

The self pleasuring Paul outlawed for the assembly in Romans 15:

Airo (h142) ah'ee-ro; a prim. verb; to lift; by impl. to take up or away; fig. to raise (the voice), keep in suspense (the mind); spec. to sail away (i.e. weigh anchor); by Heb. [comp. 5375] to expiate sin: - away with, bear (up), carry, lift up, loose, make to doubt, put away, remove, take (away, up).
 
Aresko (g700) ar-es'-ko; prob. from 142 (through the idea of exciting emotion); to be agreeable (or by impl. to seek to be so): - please.
 
Areskos
 A. pleasing, mostly in bad sense, obsequious, cringing, Arist.EN1108a28, 1126b12, Thphr.Char.5.1.
 
II. areskos, ho, the staff borne by pornoboskoi [brothel keeper] on the stage, Poll.4.120. 
Arist.EN1108a28 Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics book 2
 
[12] In respect of truth then,the middle character may be called truthful, and the observance of the mean Truthfulness1 ; pretence in the form of exaggeration is Boastfulness, and its possessor a boaster; in the form of understatement, Self-depreciation, and its possessor the self-depreciator.
 
[13] In respect of pleasantness and social amusement, the middle character is witty and the middle disposition Wittiness; the excess is Buffoonery and its possessor a buffoon; the deficient man may be called boorish, and his disposition Boorishness. In respect of general pleasantness in life, the man who is pleasant in the proper manner is friendly, and the observance of the mean is Friendliness; he that exceeds, if from no interested motive, is obsequious, if for his own advantage, a flatterer; he that is deficient, and unpleasant in all the affairs of life, may be called quarrelsome and surly.

The burden Jesus removed was:

Phortizo (g5412) for-tid'-zo; from 5414; to load up (prop. as a vessel or animal), i.e. (fig.) to overburden with ceremony (or spiritual anxiety):- lade, be heavy laden.
 
epôidos , on, epaidô A. singing to or over, using songs or charms to heal wounds, epôidoi muthoi Pl.Lg.903b .  b. Subst., enchanter, e. kai goês E.Hipp. 1038 (but goês e. Ba.234): c. gen., a charm for or against,  c. c. dat., assisting, profitable,  2. Pass., sung to music, phônai Plu.2.622d ; fit for singing, poiêtikên e. parechein S.E.M.6.16 .  2. epôidos, ho, verse or passage returning at intervals, in Alcaics and Sapphics, D.H.Comp.19 ; chorus, burden, 

The yoke is:

Mowtah (h4133) mo-taw'; fem. of 4131; a pole; by impl. an ox- bow; hence a yoke (either lit. or fig.): - bands, heavy, staves, yoke

This yoke was work, labor and like the "spiritual anxiety from religious ritual" destroyed:

Mowt (h4131) mote; a prim. root; to waver; by impl. to slip, shake, fall: - be carried, cast, be out of course, be fallen in decay, * exceedingly, fall (-ing down), be (re-) moved, be ready, shake, slide, slip
>The Septuagint (Jesus did quote this one) has God demanding:

Must ye always rejoice, and go into my holy places continually, as they that keep a ieast? and must ye go with a pipe, as those that rejoice into the mountain of the Lord, to the God of Israel Isaiah 30:29 LXX

The LXX asks a question. And from the use of the flute we know that the people were not worshiping God. Rather, this processional describes the procession to Topheth where children were burned in the Molech idol. The pipe, never used for religious purposes, is the Hebrew:

Chalil (h2485) khaw-leel'; from 2490; a flute (as perforated):- pipe.

And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts:
but they regard not the work of the Lord,
neither consider the operation of his hands. Is.5:12

Therefore mine heart shall sound for Moab like pipes, and mine heart shall sound like pipes for the men of Kir-heres:

because the riches that he hath gotten are perished. Je.48:36

and the Lord shall make his glorious voice to be heard and the wrath of his arm, to make a display with wrath and anger and devouring flame: he shall lighten terribly, and his wrath shall be as water and violent hail. Isaiah 14:30 LXX

For by the voice of the Lord the Assyrians shall be overcome, even by the stroke where with he shall smite them. Isaiah 14:31 LXX

And it shall happen to him from every side, that they from whom their hope of assistance was, in which he trusted, themselves shall war against him in turn with drums and with harp. Isaiah 14:32 LXX

And in every place where the grounded staff shall pass, which the Lord shall lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets and harps:and in battles of shaking will he fight with it. Isaiah 14:32KJV

PENTHEUS in Euripides The Bacchae defines "Psallo"

Already, look you! the presumption of these Bacchantes is upon us, swift as fire, a sad disgrace in the eyes of all Hellas. No time for hesitation now! away to the Electra gate!

order a muster of all my men-at-arms, of those that mount fleet steeds, of all who brandish light bucklers,

of archers too that make the bowstring twang; for I will march against the Bacchanals. By Heaven this passes all, if we are to be thus treated by women.

For thou shalt be required before thy time: has it been prepared for thee also to reign? nay, God has prepared for thee a deep trench, wood piled fire and much wood: the wrath of the Lord shall be as a trench kindled with sulphur. Isaiah 30:33 LXX

The lamenting upon the flutes or pipe as they mocked Jesus was God's lamenting for Israel because they refused to come to Him. A million Jews were burned upon the garbage pit of Topheth when the Romans attacked.

Chrysostom's Commentary on Galatians:

Galatians 5:1.-"With freedom did Christ set us free; stand fast therefore.115 ."

Ver. 12.

"I would that they which unsettle you would even cut themselves off." And he says well "that unsettle you."
"A man that is heretical after the first and second admonition refuse." (Tit. iii: 10) If they will,

let them not only be circumcised, but mutilated.

Where then are those who dare to mutilate themselves; seeing that they draw down the Apostolic curse, and accuse the workmanship of God, and take part with the Manichees? ... But if you will not allow this,

why do you not mutilate the tongue for blasphemy, the hands for rapine, the feet for their evil courses, in short, the whole body?

For the ear enchanted by the sound of a flute hath often enervated the soul;

and the perception of a sweet perfume by the nostrils hath bewitched the mind, and made it frantic for pleasure.

The Apostolic Father, Arnobius, in Against Heresies IV notes that:

For to be called what you are, and what you feel yourself to be, is less offensive, because your resentment is checked by the evidence supplied against you on privately reviewing your life;169 but that wounds very keenly which brands the innocent, and defames a man's honourable name and reputation.

33. Your gods, it is recorded, dine on celestial couches, and in golden chambers, drink,

and are at last soothed by the music of the lyre, and singing.
You fit them with ears not easily wearied;

and do not think it unseemly to assign to the gods the pleasures by which earthly bodies are supported,
and which are sought after by
ears enervated by the frivolity of an unmanly spirit.

you extol with praise that spurs them on, so as to rouse their recklessness to greater vehemence. They mourn over the wounds of their bereavement, and with unseemly wailings accuse the cruel fates; you are astonished at the force of their eloquence, carefully study and commit to memory that which should have been wholly put away from human society, and are solicitous that it should not perish through any forgetfulness. They are spoken of as being wounded, maltreated, making war upon each other with hot and furious contests; you enjoy the description; and, to enable you to defend so great daring in the writers, pretend that these things are allegories, and contain the principles of natural science.

Rather than loading burdens upon those whom Christ died to free, Isaiah asked:

Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Isaiah 58:7

Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rereward. Isaiah 58:8

Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry (address by name), and he shall say, Here I am.

If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; Isaiah 58:9

Vanity is speaking to the "panting" stage but in vain or mourners. Just idolatry.

And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday: Isaiah 58:10

And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. Isaiah 58:11

And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. Isaiah 58:12

If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Isaiah 58:13

Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. Isaiah 58:14

There is no evidence that God will ever ask how talented we were in performing musical rituals. Rather, the test will be based upon whether we "laded" people down with spiritual anxiety in religious ceremony or whether we help extend the gospel rest Jesus gave to the world as He disbanded organized religion:

Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: Matthew 25:34

For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Matthew 25:35

Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Matthew 25:36

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? Matthew 25:37

When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Matthew 25:38

Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? Matthew 25:39

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matthew 25:40

The Solution: To get the Burden Laders off the Backs of the Poor:

God will come as His Own Right Arm or Hand to reject the human but failing redeemers or mediators.

The pagans attempted to "ascend" or "descend" or to arouse or awaken their gods most often with music. The Jews adopted those rituals because they seemed to work for the Baal worshipers. However, God is not lost:

BEHOLD (surprise!), the Lords hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: Isa 59:1

But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. Isa 59:2

For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. Isa 59:3

God is not found in the musical rituals but "out in the marketplace" where people need help:

None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief (labor, bone-wearing effort), and bring forth iniquity. Isa 59:4

They hatch cockatrice (serpent) eggs, and weave the spiders web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper. Isa 59:5

Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands. Isa 59:6

Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. Isa 59:7

The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths; whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace. Isa 59:8

Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness. Isa 59:9

We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men. Isa 59:10

We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation (yeshuwah or Yasha), but it is far off from us. Isa 59:11

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. Zec.9:9

Joshua or Jesus is "Jehovah-yasha" or Jehovah-Saves.

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>The roar of the burdened is:
Hagah (h1897) haw-gaw'; a prim. root [comp. 1901]; to murmur (in pleasure or anger); by impl. to ponder: - imagine, meditate, mourn, mutter, roar, * sore, speak, study, talk, utter.
 
Hagiyg (h1901) haw-gheeg'; from an unused root akin to 1897; prop. a murmur, i. e. complaint: - meditation, musing.
 
(To the chief Musician upon Nehiloth, A Psalm of) David.) GIVE ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Ps.5:1

The mourning of the burdened is:

Hamah (h1993) haw-maw'; a prim. root [comp. 1949]; to make a loud sound (like Engl. "hum"); by impl. to be in great commotion or tumult, to rage, war, moan, clamor: - clamorous, concourse, cry aloud, be disquieted, loud, mourn, be moved, make a noise, rage, roar, sound, be troubled, make in tumult, tumultuous, be in an uproar.
 
Huwm (h1949) hoom; a prim. root [comp. 2000]; to make an uproar, or agitate greatly: - destroy, move, make a noise, put, ring again.
 
And when the ark of the covenant of the Lord came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again. 1 Samuel 4:5
 
Threneo (g2354) thray-neh'-o; from 2355; to bewail: - lament, mourn.
 
Worship which is conducted in musical rituals comes from the orgies of Orpheus:
 
"Nor are these Thracian orgies, from which the word Worship (threskia) is said to be derived; nor rites and mysteries of Orpheus, whom the Greeks admired so much for his wisdom that they devised for him a lyre which draws all things by its music. Nor the tortures of Mithras
 
The word in the Bible is:
 
Threskos (g2357) thrace'-kos; prob. from the base of 2360; ceremonious in worship (as demonstrative), i.e. pious: - religious.

James does not PERMIT rituals but says

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. Ja.1:27
 
Thlipsis (g2347) thlip'-sis; from 2346; pressure (lit. or fig.): - afflicted (-tion), anguish, burdened, persecution, tribulation, trouble.
 
Thlibo (g2346) thlee'-bo; akin to the base of 5147; to crowd (lit. or fig.): - afflict, narrow, throng, suffer tribulation, trouble.
 
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Mt.7:14
 
Thriambeuo (g2358) three-am-byoo'-o; from a prol. comp. of the base of 2360 and a der. of 680 (mean. a noisy iambus, sung in honor of Bacchus); to make an acclamatory procession, i.e. (fig.) to conquer or (by Hebr.) to give victory: - (cause) to triumph (over).
 
James agrees with all of the so-called "musical" passages. The RITUAL kind of triumph over we feel in Christ is internal:
 
Now thanks be unto God, which always
 
Internal: causeth us to triumph in Christ,
 
External: and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. 2Co.2:14
 
See how this parallels all of the so called "singing" passages:
 
External: Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
 
Internal: singing and making melody in your heart to the
Lord; Eph 5:19
 
Fasten, kindle, set fire and: Throeo (g2360) thro-eh'-o; from threomai , (to wail); to clamor, i.e. (by impl.) to frighten: - trouble
 
That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 2Th.2:2   And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. Mt.24:6  
This was the obscene initiation they tried on Jesus Christ because the Jews hoped that Messiah would be Dionysus or Bacchus:
 
They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept. Lu.7:32
 
Wailing was often the product of the 'initiation' into pagan mystery religions:
 
Threneo (g2354) thray-neh'-o; from 2355; to bewail: - lament, mourn.
 Threnos (g2355) thray'-nos; from the base of 2360; wailing: - lamentation.
 
However, Jesus will triumph over the Jews and demonic powers:
 
And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Col.2:15'
 
When the Jews mocked Jesus they were playing their pipes and trying to triumph over Him. However, the ones doing the mocking are beig "trumped" by the cross. See the prophecy of Judas in the Dead Sea Scroll translation of Psalm 41.

See the meaning of the triumph over of Jesus which failed.

>Men Failed: Will Always Fail:

For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them; Isa 59:12

In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. Isa 59:13

And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. Isa 59:14

Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey. And the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment. Isa 59:15

And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm (Jesus) brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. Isa 59:16

For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak. Isa 59:17

In Isaiah 11 he wrote of this new "clothing":

AND there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: Isaiah 11:1

And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; Isaiah 11:2

According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompense to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompense. Isa 59:18

And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: Isaiah 11:3

Messiah will not judge spirituality by "show and tell." Rather, he will judge whether we honor His Word and receive the "gift of the Holy Spirit" (Holy Mind) by accepting wisdom, understanding, knowledge and etc.

So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up (carry them away) a standard against him. Isa 59:19

And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord. Isa 59:20

As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord;

My spirit that is upon thee, and
my words which I have put in thy mouth,

shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seeds seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever.

In our study of Jude's use of the book of Enoch the contest is between mankind who follow God's rules as surely as trees and the seasons do what God commanded them, as opposed to the children's musical play where Enoch supports the almost-universal understanding about music as the weapons of Satan. In fact, in both Hebrew and Greek the word for "instrument" and "weapon" is identical. Jude says that God will come with ten thousand of His saints to judge the musical change agents of Satan.

Christianity fulfills the prophecy: Music-Lading as Opposed to Burden Unlading.

One of the fulfillments of this offer of rest in opposition to anxiety-creating rituals was spoken by Jesus and recorded in Matthew:

AND it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities. Matthew 11:1

Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, Matthew 11:2

And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Matthew 11:3

Singing or lamenting and dancing while the clergy played the pipe would be the supernatural sign that Jesus was the resurrected Dionysus or Bacchus or Tammuz which the women in the Jerusalem Temple tried to call into their midst to play the magical flute and smell the incense. This musical performance was legalistic: the most works-intensive effort to lead the worshipers into the presence of the gods or even to resurrect the gods.

Remember also that on Mount Carmel fire from heaven would be the Asherah and Baal prophet's forced response to their singing, dancing, playing instruments and even wounding themselves.

In the case of Jesus, the Judas Bag carried "the mouthpieces of wind instruments" and one might ask whether hanging himself was his final appeal to Satan for action.

On the other hand, the power of God is not in earthquakes, fire or whirlwinds: it is in the quietly spoken word of Elijah. Remember also that Elijah relieved the burden of the widow by providing everlasting oil and bread (1 Ki 17:16)

Therefore, the only sign John would recognize from Jesus would be to see Him lifting the burdens of people and preaching the other gospel or good news to them. One bit of good news was that they could quit dancing to the clergy's pipes:

Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: Matthew 11:4

The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. Matthew 11:5

And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. Matthew 11:6

Jesus didn't sing or "browbeat" or command, example or infer "praise services." Rather, in direct fulfillment that He would put down the "anxiety-creating" singing and relieve the burdens of the afflicted he served the people. He was not God's "Bob Hope's USO troup."

Jesus then begins to compare His work to the battle between the prophets of Baal and Asherah in the contest with God through Elijah:

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>And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? Matthew 11:7

Shaken is the Hebrew:

Saleuo (g4531) sal-yoo'-o; from 4535; to waver, i.e. agitate, rock, topple or (by impl.) destroy; fig. to disturb, incite: - move, shake (together), which can [-not] be shaken, stir up.
 
Salos (g4535) sal'-os; prob. from the base of 4525; a vibration, i.e. (spec.) billow: - wave
 
Saino (g4525) sah'ee-no; akin to 4579: to wag (as a dog its tail fawningly), i.e. (gen.) to shake (fig. disturb): - move.
 
Salpigc (g4536) sal'-pinx; perh. from 4535 (through the idea of quavering or reverberation): a trumpet: - trump (- et).
 
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Mt.24:31

But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings houses. Matthew 11:8

"Soft" in the service of the king points to the catamites or male prostitutes.
 
Arnobius, Against Heresies asked:
 
"Do they recall to memory those lamentations with which the tower-bearing Mother, along with the weeping Acdestis, wailing aloud, followed the boy?
 
"Or if the things which we say are not so, declare, say yourselves--
 
those effeminate and delicate men whom we see among you in
the
sacred rites of this deity--what business, what care, what concern have they there; and
 
why do they like mourners wound their arms and breasts, and act as those dolefully circumstanced." (Arnobius Against the Heathen, Ante-Nicene, VI, p. 496).
 
We shall pass by the wild Bacchanalia also, which are named in Greek Omophagia, in which
 
with seeming frenzy and the loss of senses you twine snakes about you; and ,
 to show yourselves full of the divinity and majesty of the god, tear in peaces with gory mouths the flesh of loudly-bleating goats." (Arnobius Against the Heathen, Ante-Nicene, VI, p. 496).
 
"If any one perchance thinks that we are speaking calumnies, let him take the books of the Thracian soothsayer (Orpheus the inventor of musical soothsaying), which you speak of as of divine antiquity; and he will find that we are neither cunningly inventing anything,
 
nor seeking means to bring the holiness of the gods into ridicule, and doing so: for we shall bring forward the very verses which the son of Calliope uttered in the Greek,
 
and published abroad in his songs to the human race through out all all ages." (Arnobius Against the Heathen, Ante-Nicene, VI, p. 499).

But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. Matthew 11:9

For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. Matthew 11:10
 
Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding, he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. Matthew 11:11
 
John was greater than any prophet and he helped prepare the way for the kingdom but he was not in the kingdom which began on the day of Pentecost.
>In the story of Elijah we understand the charismatic prophets collected around the Canaanite high places and placed their emphasis on what we would not call "singing with instrumental music" and "speaking in tongues." The music expressed the belief that through magic they could arouse or awaken a god and the "tongues" was really "ventriliquism." This was pretending to return a message from their god. From historical evidence we also know that the prophets of Baal used music and what we would call "speaking in tongues" as a primary "weapon" against the foolish--

"We know that Canaanite prophets were organized in guilds centered on the larger sanctuaries, as, for example, 'the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the Asherah four hundred,' with whom Elijah had memorable dealings on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18).

Similarly, Israelite cultic prophets were to be found in and around the sanctuaries, roving about in rowdy troops, working themselves up into frenzies by dancing and music, and uttering semi-coherent oracles which the credulous accepted as divinely inspired." (Heaton, E. W., Everyday Life in the Old Testament, p. 221, Scribners)

When Omri became king he wanted to cement relations between Israel and Phoenicia and arranged for his son, Ahab, to marry Jezebel, the daughter of Ethbaal, king of Tyre.

Ahab brought Jezebel to Samaria and built a "temple of Baal," with an image of Asherah, the mother goddess (1 Kings 16:32-33). The Baal was Baal-Melkart who was the official god of Tyre.

"The Canaanite Baalism which had been practiced since Israel came into the land now had an official sponsor at the highest levels of power. Jezebel was not content to worship in her private temple but imported hundreds of prophets and put them on the public payroll just as God had warned. She went further to kill the prophets and tear down the altars for the worship of God. She was typical of the foreign wives who brought ecstatic worship into the nation of Israel and Judah. Of her it is said--

"But Jezebel was not content with maintaining a private shrine where she herself might practice her own religion; she appears to have organized the worship of Melqart on a fairly large scale and maintained a large staff of cultic officials, who enjoyed positions of influence at court. The worship of Melqart was essentially Canaanite in character, and its introduction into Israel led to a great revival of Canaanite worship of Baal and Asherah." (Bruce, Israel, p. 44).

"... the violent dance which, as it went on, induced a frenzy... in Hebrew it generally means 'to limp,' which is... to 'bend the knee or the ankle.' A passage from the Greek novelist Heliodorus tells us more about these actions. He describes a feast at which Tyrian sailors made celebrations for their god Herakles:after the banquet they danced to music in the Syrian fashion, 'Now they leap spiritedly into the air, now they bend their knews to the ground and revolve on them like persons possessed.'"

"Now compare with the passage in 1 K 19:18 where God promises Elijah that he will spare 'those who have not bent the knee before Baal.'... This also explains Elijah's reproach in 1 K 18:21 where he accuses those who would serve both Baal and Yahweh at the same time of 'hobbling first on one leg, then on the other." (de Vaux, p. 241).

"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, p. 242).

The relligion of the first century Jews in the temple was under the "kings" while the religion of the people was practiced "outside the camp" and in the synagogues. This was like the ancient contest between Jezebel and God. She had taken the civil kingdom by force and was attempting to force her own pagan religious "kingdom" on Israel. God sent Elijah to speak the quiet words to do battle with the agents of force.

Therefore, Matthew wrote:

And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. Matthew 11:12

From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. Matthew 11:12NIV

And from the time John the Baptist began preaching and baptizing until now, ardent multitudes have been crowding toward the Kingdom of Heaven, Matthew 11:12LIV

Jesus makes this connection to show that the agents of force were identical to the agents of Jezebel:

For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. Matthew 11:13
And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. Matthew 11:14
He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Matthew 11:15

After identifying John the Baptist as the anti-type of Elijah, Jesus identified the Jews and especially the hired clergy as fulfilling the type of Jezebel and her prophets (singers, instrument players and dancers)

But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, Matthew 11:16

And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented. Matthew 11:17

Scholars note that the worship in the temple in Jerusalem was quite identical to that of Baal in many respects:

"We have evidence of ritual dances in the context of other Syrian cults. One of the Ras Shamra poems, in a passage...mentions mrqdm 'dancers' apparently in connection with a sacrifice. Herodian depicts Heliogabalus at a sacrifice to his god of Emesa, 'dancing round the altars to the sound of every kind of musical instrument; with him certain women of his country performed a sprightly round, with cymbals and tambourines in their hands. At Dair ee-Qala'a, near Beirut, there was a sanctuary dedicated to Baal-Marqod, 'Baal of the Dance' whose cult evidently involved dancing. An inscription relating to the sanctuary mentions a deuterostates, a technical word for one who stands in the back row of the choir." (de Vaux, p. 241).

"This is how Apuleius describes the cortege of the Syrian goddess '...they began to howl all out of tune and hurl themselves hither and thither, as though they were mad. They made a thousand gestures with their feet and their heads; they would bend down their necks and spin round so that their hair flew out in a circle; they would bite their own flesh; finally, every one took his two-edged weapon and wounded his arms in divers places." ( de Vaux, Roland, The Bible and the Ancient Near East, Doubleday, p. 242)

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. Matthew 11:18

The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children (Translated:"you are liars.") Matthew 11:19

We noted above that Judas' hanging himself is consistent with the "prophets of Asherah" who wounded, emasculated or even killed themselves as a way to "arouse the gods. The prophecy of Psalm 41 is that Judas would not triumph over God Incarnated as Jesus and that "triumph over" is to blow wind instruments and make a loud noise of rejoicing or weeping. Now, the Judas Bag is for carrying the mouth pieces of wind instruments. You can see the leopord- or fawn-spotted flute case and the little box or bag on the side is the Judas bag. The worship of the eternal wine-god demanded eating and drinking. Jesus said: "You are liars."

At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Matthew 11:25

Even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight. Matthew 11:26

All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Matthew 11:27

The Baal or Dionysus worshipers believed that the gods would reveal themselves to anyone who could "make themselves vile" (i.e. the praise of David) with a new wineskin religion including musical praise. We noted that Isaiah said that Messiah would not be attracted by sight or sound. And Jesus puts the revealing of Himself solely in Himself.

Because the Jewish worship was often an attempt to force God to arouse Himself or to awaken and come and meet their needs, if we can hear Jesus we will hear His warning against force to continue to fit the model of Baal worship. which, in turn, was merged with the "like the nations" temple worship demanded by Israel and certainly practiced in the temple in Jerusalem:

"The priest stands on the threshold (of the temple) and awakens the god calling to him in the Egyptian language." This is how Arnobius mocks the ritual of Isis:' Why these revels you sing each morning to awaken him, accompanying your songs on the flute? Do the gods go to sleep, then, that they need to be awakened?' At Delphi the Thyads went to waken the young Dionysus, just as at Rhodes Bacchus woke gently from his sleep to the sound of the hydraulic organ." (de Vaux, Roland, The Bible and the Ancient Near East, Doubleday, p. 246).

"We even have a mention at a later date of a similar custom in connection with the cult in Jerusalem, where certain Levites, called me'oreim, 'arousers,' sang (every morning?) this verse from Ps 44:23: "Awake, O Lord! Why do you sleep? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever."

The Talmud tells us that John Hyrcanus suppressed the practice because it recalled too readily a pagan custom." (de Vaux, p. 247).

"A similar practice is attested in connection with the cult of Herakles-Melkart. According to Menander, as he is quoted by Josephus, the king Hiram, who was a contemporary of Solomon, rebuilt the temples of Tyre and, 'he was the first to celebrate the awakening of Heracles in the month of Peritius. It is very likely that an inscription from Amman contains a reference to an 'arouser' of Herakles... In an inscription from Cyprus... there are references to important personages who bear the title Mqm'lm which we can translate as 'arouser of god."

"The Hithpa'el of nb', in the ancient texts, refers to ecstasy and delirium rather than to the emission of a 'prophecy,' 1 Sam. 10:5; 18:10; 19:20f). (de Vaux, p. 243)

After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy: 1 Sam 10:5

And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned (perverted) into another man. 1 Sam 10:6

And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Sauls hand.18:10

And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied. 1 Sam 19:20

"The 'arousers' of Melkart referred to in the Carthaginian inscriptions are very important personages who are usually suffetes, i.e. supreme executive magistrates of the republic, perhaps even the heads of the state. At Tyre, we are told by Menander, that the office was filled, or at least was filled for the first time, by the king in person." (de Vaux, p. 249).

Later, the king of Tyre as the earthly agent of Lucifer would repeat this:

And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king:after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot. Isaiah 23:15

"Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered. Isaiah 23:16

David praises God in a very similar way but turns the practice away from self-inflicted wounds to demand that God cut his enemies:

Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp. For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation. Let the saints rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds. May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands, to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, Psa 149:3-7

Remember that when Israel "fired" God as their Theocratic ruler they were forced to rely on their own effort. As a result, the people were put into virtual slavery -- as God promised -- and what they called worship was actually defined by falling prostrate.

SEE HOW RELIGIOUS MUSIC IS CALLED HERESY.

Contrary to the Anxiety-creating rituals of either Canaanite Baalism of Judaism or modern "works-intensive worship," Jesus 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

Labor is what we call "religion" and "worship."

Phortizo (g5412) for-tid'-zo; from 5414; to load up (prop. as aa vessel or animal), i.e. (fig.) to overburden with ceremony (or spiritual anxiety):- lade, be heavy laden.

Ana pauo (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.

Ana means "every one of you."

Pauô, includes to: bring to an end, stop or silence by death, take one's rest, cease, have done, of one singing or speaking.

Yoke means a beam balance:the strong oxen helps carry the load of the weak one.

STAND fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Galatians 5:1

Meek means humble, non-demanding.

Lowly means the opposite of religious performers.

His Burden is:

Phortion (g5413) for-tee'-on; dimin. of 5414; an invoice (as part of freight),

That means: "Jesus carries the freight and you just carry the invoice."

Rest is:

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.

Anapausis (g372) an-ap'-ow-sis; from 373; intermission; by impl. recreation:- rest. When you hear people yelling for you to do this here religious program, it is not God. Believe me. I tell my folks that they are reloading me with the burden Jesus died to remove just by anouncing (and anouncing and anouncing) all of those "busy" programs. All good of course, but not added to our "to do list" by Jesus.

So, you have heard it straight from Jesus:"Go enjoy an ice cream cone, sleep late, go for a long walk in the forest or along the beach, and just relax."

Pauo means stop the polemos or battle, fight, war: stop levying war against another, anaireisthai or airô egeirein, kathistanai, epagein to begin a war; p. poieisthai to make war, -- opp. to p. anapauein, kataluesthai to put an end to it, make peace, all in attic

The singing which is to PAUSE to give rest is b. mostly of things, make an end of, stop, abate

Pauo means: STOP the: melôid-ia , hê, singing, chanting,

II. chant, choral song, melôidias poiêtês, lullaby, generally, musis

Pauo means: Stop the pain of: aoidê [aeidô]

1. song, a singing, whether the art of song, Hom.; or the act of singing, song, Il.
2. the thing sung, a song, Hom., etc.
3. the subject of song, Od.

Pauo means: Stop worshipping the MUSES

kata-pauô put an end to, stop

3. depose from power, k. tina tês archês, tês basilêïês, Hdt.4.1, 6.64; tous turannous Id.5.38 , cf. 2.144, 7.105; Mousas depose them from their honours, cease to worship them, E. HF685 (lyr.):--Pass., tês basilêïês katepausthê Hdt. 1.130 , cf. 6.71.

Euripides, Heracles (ed. E. P. Coleridge)  Never will I cease to link in one the Graces and the Muses, [675] sweetest union. Never may I live among uneducated boors, but ever may I find a place among the crowned! [680] Yes, still the aged singer lifts up his voice of bygone memories: still is my song of the triumphs of Heracles, whether Bromius the giver of wine is near, or the strains of the seven-stringed lyre and the Libyan pipe are rising; [685] not yet will I cease to sing the Muses' praise, my patrons in the dance.

The Psalmist agreed:

THE Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:
He maketh me to
lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. Psalm 23:2

To lie down in Hebrew is:

Rabac (h7257) raw-bats'; a prim. root; to crouch (on all four legs folded, like a recumbent animal); by impl. to recline, repose, brood, lurk, imbed:- crouch (down), fall down, make a fold, lay, (cause to, make to) lie (down), make to rest, sit.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his names sake. Psalm 23:3

Leadeth is:

Nahal (h5095) naw-hal'; a prim. root; prop. to run with a sparkle, i. e. flow; hence (trans.) to conduct, and (by infer.) to protect, sustain:- carry, feed, guide, lead (gently, on).

Still is:

Menuwchah (h4496) men-oo-khaw'; fem. of 4494; repose or (adv.) peacefully; fig. consolation (spec. matrimony); hence (concr.) an abode:- comfortable, ease, quiet, rest (- ing place), still

That means, "stay at home with God and your family."

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Psalm 23:5

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Psalm 23:6

That and not make work rituals and programs is the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ who came to tear down our reliance on "place" as worship and to give us the rest which is the only way you can meet with God in His Holy Temple.

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 (spirit) at all in the midst of it. Hab 2:19

But the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him. Hab 2:20

This is what Jesus made a key to the gospel:

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. Jn. 4:23

God is Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. Jn. 4:24

This is what Jesus practiced:

In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight. Luke 10:21

Fred Peatross: Clapping and Raising hands.

Heredotus and Hand Clapping: Background to Mount Sinai

Hand Clapping to Replace the Amen: Rubel Shelly

Escaping God's Grace into Legalism: the Musical Burden

Christ Died To Give us Rest
 

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