Patrick Mead: This bolsters an
silence" that, simply phrased, is: whatever God did not authorize, he
prohibited. God did not have to tell Nadab and Abihu all of the kinds
of fire they were NOT to bring. All He had to do was name the one fire
that was acceptable. That fire, by the way, came from the great brazen
altar in the court. The fire on the incense altar was not a perpetual
one: it couldn’t be. It was a mere foot and a half square, located in
an enclosed place.
was no temple and no brazen altar in the wilderness. Later, when the
tribes east of the Jordan errected an altar they almost brought on
civil war. There was only ONE rough stone altar which was a TESTIMONY
which bound all of the tribes together. God never changed His
mind and did NOT command the king, kingdom, temple or animal slaughter:
He did command that the Levites under the KING and COMMANDERS of the
Army stand in ranks and make a great noise to warn anyone from coming near.
As a matter of Fact God is quite competent and is
NEVER SILENT: some people can no longer hear or read the LOUD VOICE of
God because they mock His Word. The MARK in sight and sound of God
driving His enemies into hell are wind, string and percussion
instruments. See Isaiah 30 where
Christ defined that which most cannot read.
John repeats the patternism in Revelation 17 where
the beginning time Harlot returns and uses lusted after "fruits" as
speakers, singers and instrument players. John calls them SORCERERS in
Revelation 18 and says that they will be cast alive into the lake of fire.
These are the same wind, string and percussion
instruments Lucifer brought with him/her/it into the garden of Eden:
Christ calls him/her asinging and harp playing prostitute.
That might be true but Christ in the
Prophets and Apostles was NOT SILENT: if you cannot read BLACK
text on BROWN paper then you fall into the clergy group of Scribes and
Pharisees Jesus called hypocrites by naming performance preachers,
singers and instrument players.
those who make fun of the Nadab and Abihu story are fooled just as
Jesus said they were fooled from the foundation of the world by
parables. A parable does not mean that it is not true but that it is
MORE than a surface reading. It would be well to begin with
Jacob whom Jesus approved along with Abrham and the prophets
is 5475. cowd, sode; from
3245; a session, i.e. company of persons (in close
implication, intimacy, consultation, a secret:-assembly,
inward, secret (counsel)
The Israelites had
been turned over to
worship the starry host (Acts 7) because of musical idolatry at Mount
Sinai: Stephen confirms what Amos said about the use of David's
warrior's instruments for their sabbaths. This was NOT
they worshipped whatever their Scribes wrote.
Cyril of Alexandria, Commentary on John,
That the Pharisees puffed
introduction to "Sod,
the Mysteries of Adonis," explains
the word "Sod" as arcanum, religious mystery,
on the authority of Schindler's "Penteglott." "The secret
the Lord is with them
that fear him," says Psalm xxv., 14.
This is a mistranslation of the Christians, for it ought to read "Sod
(the mysteries of Ihoh) are for those who
(Dunlap, "Mysteries of Adonis," xi). "Al
(El) is terrible in the great Sod of
the Kadeshim (the
priests, the holy, the Initiated), Psalm
(ibid.). The Kadeshim
were very far from holy. (Vide Part II.,
"The Holy of Holies.")
to pretend that the Divine Word
them and in
therefore foolishly affirmed that they had advanced to marvellous
the Spirit Itself will
since Christ says by the
How do ye say, WE are
wise, and the word of the Lord is with us?
For nought to the scribes became their lying pen;
the wise men were ashamed,
were dismayed and taken;
what wisdom is in them? because
they rejected the word of the Lord.
Patrick Mead: Since that story was first used to
innovations and support patternism, it has been used for scores
issues. In addition to the few above we could add located preachers,
youth ministers, eating in the building, forming colleges, singing in
harmony, songbooks, etc.
John Calvin noted that there is no statute of
limitation about heresy: all of these WERE indeed considered heresy
from the beginning because there is no ROLE and assuredly no DOLE for
any of the above. And just because "we got away with little
heresy" does not give one the authority to violate direct commands
which no historical scholar was ignorant about.
Commands, Examples and inferences is well established in the
Bible and defended by all historic scholars who could read the Word..
Is. 8:20 To the law and to the testimony:
if they speak not according
to this word,
it is because there is
no light in them.
John 11:10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there
is no light in him.
The Monarchy was under NEITHER the Law or the Testimony of the
Prophets: if you speak from the curse of the sacrificial system there
IS NO LIGHT IN YOU.
1Pet. 1:10 Of which salvation the prophets have
inquired and searched diligently,
who prophesied of the grace that
should come unto you:
1Pet. 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of
Christ which was in them did signify,
when it testified beforehand the
sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
Rev. 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me,
See thou do it not: I am thy
and of thy brethren that have the
testimony of Jesus: worship
God: for the testimony of
Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Peter authorized the PROPHETS and the prophecies made more perfect for
out learning: if you private intgerpret or further expound then Peter
says that YOU are a false teacher. The Church and the national
sacrificial system have NOTHING in common. The New Style Music in fact
is the meaning of the BEAST in Revelation.
Patrick Mead: More than one
preacher has warned teens who
got too excited in worship that Aaron’s sons were also "on fire
Lord." Perhaps it would be beneficial to figure out what it was that
got Nadab and Abihu killed. Was it that they brought in an innovation;
an unauthorized fire (as some versions put it)? That they violated the
Law of Silence?
1 And Nadab H5070 and
Abihu H30, the sons H1121 of Aaron H175,
See more of the story:
- took either of them his
- and put fire therein
- and put incense
- and offered strange fire
- BEFORE the
which he commanded them not.
Patrick Mead: Impossible…because
of the synagogue.
respond that the synagogue wasn’t in place yet, understand that
The TEMPLE was designed as the CAPITAL, bank, center of animal sacrifices--not commanded under The book of the Covenant.
(h6951) kaw-hawl'; from 6950; assemblage (usually concr.): -
assembly, company, congregation, multitude.
"A community, qahal in Hebrew, is a Jewish community of any size. The
qahal was a well established concept and was called an
ekklesia in the Nazarean Codicil. In English we translate the Greek ekklesia as church. So, whenever we see the word church in
our Nazarean Codicil's, we should have in mind the concept of a qahal, a community or
The Septuagint uses the word Ecclesia seventy
times when it translates the Hebrew word: kve (qahal could also be spelled Cahal), from which we get our English word call. It means to call together, to assemble, or gather together.
The synagogue serves the same
purpose for a community that the Temple served for the nation.
From this midrash
we learn that the study and application of the scriptures and the
oral law, are the work that a group of people put in
to establish a qahal. However, without a structure to impart this wisdom,
the qahal will not prosper. The structure that establishes and
prospers a qahal is the synagogue.
The outlawed alarm which
Judas would try on Jesus was:
(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
The assembly was for hearing
the Words of God:
Specially the day
that thou stoodest before the Lord thy God in Horeb, when the Lord
said unto me, Gather
me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that
they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their
THE QAHAL, SYNAGOGUE OR CHURCH OF
CHRIST IN THE WILDERNESS NEVER CHANGED..
Psalms 74:8 They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together:
they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land.
Psalms 74:9 We see not our signs:
there is no more any prophet:
neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.
Psalms 74:10 O God, how long shall the adversary reproach?
shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?
Preachers look for words like "synagogue"
and because they cannot find them make great leaps over firey furnaces
and give people authority to repeat the folly. For people who
have violated the direct commands of God it is too late: for others,
ignorance about the synagogue is DELIBERATE because the Church of
Christ has exactly the pattern of the Synagogue with the addition of
the Lord's Supper as the ONLY preaching commanded.
Mark 1:21 And they went into Capernaum;
and straightway on the sabbath day
he entered into the synagogue, and taught.
Mark 1:23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
Mark 1:29 And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue,
they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
Both the Jews and Gentiles were well
prepared for Christ. If you believe the following then you will
understand why false teachers PROVE that some things are correct by
mocking the music issue:
Acts 13:26 Men and brethren, children of
the stock of Abraham,
and whosoever among you feareth God
to you is
the word of this salvation sent.
Acts 13:27 For they that dwell at
Jerusalem, and their rulers,
because they knew him not,
nor yet the voices of the prophets
which are read every sabbath day,
they have fulfilled them in
Acts 15:21 For Moses of old time
hath in every city
them that preach him,
being read in the
synagogues every sabbath day.
DON'T LET ANYONE IMPOSE ANYTHING UNDER
THE SACRIFICIAL SYSTEM: YOU TOO WILL REMAIN BLIND.
IF THEY DO NOT FOLLOW THAT SIMPLE PATTERNISM PLEASE STOP FEEDING
2Cor. 3:13 And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face,
that the children of Israel could
not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
2Cor. 3:14 But their minds were blinded:
for until this day remaineth the same
in the reading of the old
which vail is done away in
2Cor. 3:15 But even unto this day,
when Moses is read,
the vail is upon
2Cor. 3:16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall
be taken away.
2Cor. 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of
the Lord is, there is liberty.
2Cor. 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory
of the Lord,
are changed into the same image
from glory to glory,
even as by the Spirit of the
See what all Bible
readers know about the synagogue.
Patrick Mead: When the people were taken into
destroyed (after being stripped of its treasures, including the Ark of
their worship changed far more
dramatically than most
We repeat: the Godly people NEVER
worshipped at the temple much less INSIDE of the temple. The
Civil-Military-Clergy complex had been been abandoned to WORSHIP THE
STARRY HOST. Why would a preacher try to lead you into the curse
of animal sacrifices as an approved patternism. I repeate the
Jacob says I have
waited for thy salvation, O Lord!" Of Simeon and Levi the patriarch
remarks that they
Genesis 49.5 Symeon et Levi fratres vasa iniquitatis bellantia
Gen. 49:5 Simeon and Levi are brethren;
instruments (weapon, psaltery)
of cruelty are in
(stabbing, dig through furnace, for burning
Bellor fight, carry on war,
Unfairness, injustice, unreasonableness: luxuria, praetoris, unreasonable demands in the shape of taxes,
Both the Sabbath and the tithe or "taxes" came from Babylon.
Cruelty h2555 unjust gain Habitations h4380 Stabbing, a sword a furnace, boiling
Instruments: 7015. qiynah, kee-naw´; from 6969; a dirge (as accompanied by beating the breasts
or on instruments):—lamentation.
6969. quwn, koon; a primitive root; to strike a musical note, i.e. chant or wail (at a funeral):—
lament, mourning woman [from CAIN]
Remember That Cain was of the wicked one and Paul said that Eve was totally deceived as a wife is taken before her husband.
Verg. A. 11.660 The maids of Thrace
ride thus along Thermodon's frozen flood,
and fight with blazoned Amazonian arms
around Hippolyta; or when returns
Penthesilea in triumphal car
'mid acclamations shrill, and all her host
of women clash in air the moon-shaped shield.
Ululo (Halal) Howl, make to ring, resound,
Gallus castrated priests of Cybele.A.
Galli , ōrum, m., the priests of Cybele, so called because of their raving, . Quint. 7, 9, 2: “resupinati cessantia tympana Galli,” —And satirically
(on account of their emasculated condition), in the fem.: Gallae , ārum, Cat. 63, 12, and 34.—
Tumultus of thunder, a sudden or impending war, civil war, insurrection, pertubatio
Of an orator or an oration, diffuse, prolix: “fiunt pro grandibus tumidi ... laetis corrupti, compositis exsultantes,”
Gen. 49:6 O my soul, come
not thou into their secret;
their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united:
in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged
down a wall.
Consilior to take counsel, to consult,
h5475 Sod h3245session, deliberaton, secret.
Coitus come A. Abstr., a coming or meeting together, an assembling: A. A uniting, joining together, combination
h3519 Kabod theglory or darkness of the temple
Gen. 49:6 O my soul, come not thou into their secret;
their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united:
in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill
digged down a wall.
Gen. 49:7 Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath,
for it was cruel:
I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in
To force asunder, part, separate, divide (very freq. and class.; cf.: distribuo, dispertio; findo, scindo, dirimo, divello, separo, sejungo, segrego, secerno).
the Sabbath (made musical noises) by making
sacrifices. The GODLY people attended synagogue from the wilderness
onwared to LEARN THE WORD OF GOD ONLY.
Mead: What instruments they
were able to take with them
were still used, but they often mourned so deeply that they hung their
harps on the willow trees so that God’s wind (same word as Spirit
of the time) could make music on them, as they could not. They had
access to priests, the Ark, the brass altar, the incense…nothing.
Christ the Rock ordained the synagogue for the
godly people. He abandoned the Levites to worship the starry
host. Christ said that God did not command animal slaughter or
burnt offerings: He did not command the king, kingdom, temple or
anything during the Monarchy.
Acts 7:41 And they made a calf in those days,
No one but a Levite could make "noise" with a
musical instrument in a religious sense. God promised that
the SONGS in their temples would be MOURNING when they were taken
into captivity because God said He would "not pass by them again."
Mourning was PUNISHMENT for making music instead of teaching the people
the Worod of God. They hungered and thirsted for the WORD because the
PREACHERS were fleeching them and making music in the temple.
and offered sacrifice unto the idol,
and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.
euphrainō , Ep. euphr-, fut. Att.155.12,
Acts 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein,
I. 6 Just as we mix the second
bowl of wine when the men's symposium is
flourishing, here is the second song of the Muses for Lampon's
and their athletic victories: first in Nemea, Zeus, in your honor they
received the choicest of garlands, (the Crooked Race)
I. 7 In which of the local glories of the past, divinely
blessed Thebe, did
you most delight your spirit? Was it when you raised to eminence the
one seated beside Demeter of the clashing bronze cymbals,
flowing-haired  Dionysus?
But since ancient grace sleeps, and mortals are forgetful
of whatever does not reach the highest bloom of skillful song, joined
to glorious streams of words,  then begin the victory
procession with a sweet-singing hymn for Strepsiades;
Ach. 5 Just imagine how this blow struck
straight at my heart! On the other hand, what joy
me at the musical competition, when he played a Boeotian melody
on the lyre! But this year by contrast!
Hom. Od. 2.309
Then wise Telemachus answered him:  “Antinous, in no wise is it
possible for me in your overweening company to sit at meat quietly
to make merry with an easy mind.
Is it not enough, ye wooers, that in
ye wasted many goodly possessions of mine,
while I was still
But now that I am grown,  and gain knowledge by
the words of others, yea and my spirit waxes within me,
seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth,
dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
Acts 17:25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands,
as though he needed any thing,
seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
Acts 7:42 Then God turned,
, i, n., = holokauston
, Which God had not commanded.
surrexi and subrexi, surrectum and subrectum, applaude,
up AGAINST GOD. ESPECIALLY OF AN ORATOR first on the list of
Play is LUDO to play at a game, to sport, dally,
wanton play, Amourous play
Esp., to play on an instrument of music, to make or compose
music or song: “ludere quae vellem calamo permisit agresti,” Verg. E. 1, 10:
Musa the muses goddessess of poetry,
music, mimic, oratory
Canto I. Neutr., to
produce melodious sounds (by the voice or an instrument), to
sound, sing, play
III. In the lang. of religion, as v. n. or a.,
to use enchantments, charms, incantations,
to enchant, to charm,
Carmen declaim I. . a tune,
song; poem, verse; an oracular response, a
prophecy; a form of incantation (cf.: cano, cantus, and canto).
I. In gen., a tune,
song, air, lay, strain, note, sound,
both vocal and instrumental
and gave them up to worship the host of heaven;
as it is written in the book of the prophets,
O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts
and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness?
Acts 7:43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star
of your god Remphan,
figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you
away beyond Babylon.
"The Hebrews became
infected with Sabeanism, the oldest form of idolatry, the
worship of the Saba or starry hosts, in their stay in the Arabian desert,
where Job notices its prevalence (Job 31:26); in opposition, in Am 5:27, Jehovah declares Himself "the God of hosts."
. Acts 7:44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the
Amos 5:21 I hate, I despise
your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.
Amos 5:22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings,
I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace
offerings of your fat beasts.
Amos 5:23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs;
for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.
Amos 5:24 But let judgment run down as waters, and
righteousness as a mighty stream.
Amos 5:25 Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the
wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?
Amos 5:26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch
and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to
Amos 5:27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond
Damascus, saith the LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.
as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should
make it according to the fashion that he had seen.
Acts 7:45 Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus
into the possession of the Gentiles,
whom God drave out before the face
of our fathers, unto the days of David;
Acts 7:46 Who found favour before God,
and desired to find a tabernacle
for the God of Jacob.
But Solomon built him an house.
Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as
saith the prophet, Acts 7:48
Acts 7:49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool:
what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the
place of my rest?
Acts 7:50 Hath not my hand made all these things?
Acts 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears,
ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so
Acts 7:52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted?
and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of
the Just One;
of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:
Acts 7:53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and
have not kept it.
Jer. 7:21 Thus
saith the LORD of hosts, the God of
Put your burnt
offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh.
Jer. 7:22 For I
spake not unto your fathers, nor
day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt,
burnt offerings or sacrifices:
thing commanded I
your God, and ye
shall be my
in all the ways
that I have commanded
well unto you. Jer 7:23
their ear, but
walked in the counsels and in the imagination
evil heart, and went
backward, and not forward. Jer
the day that your
fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto this
unto you all my servants the prophets, daily
rising up early
and sending them: Jer 7:25
God permitted David to build a tent at Zion
rather than let him be killed.
But, Solomon built God a HOUSE.
But, God does not live in houses built by human hands or
the works of human hands.
|John Chrysostom who had READ Acts 7 knew what almost
no preacher knows or cares about.
Hence these same "customs"
date their origin,
hence the sacrifices:
themselves the first that made sacrifices
it is marked,
Note 7: dia gar touto epishmainetai.
is: Stephen was accused
of speaking against "the customs,"-sacrifices, temple, feasts,
etc. Therefore he
significantly points to that critical conjuncture. from which these
"customs" date their introduction: namely, the Provocation at Horeb.
Prior to that, he tells of "living oracles," life-giving precepts:
and as its consequence, sacrifices, etc.,
statutes which were not
good, and ordinances by
which a man shall not live, as God says by Ezekiel.
a word of sacrifice till
then: and the first mention is, of the sacrifices
offered to the calf. In like manner, "they
rejoiced," "the people ate and drank, and rose up to play:" and in consequence of this, the feasts were prescribed: kai eufrainonto,
fhsin: dia touto kai eortai.-'Epishmainetai might be rendered, "he
a mark upon it" (so the innovator, who substitutes,
touto kai Dauid epishmainomenoj legei): we take it passively, "there is
a mark set over it-it is
emphatically denoted." In the active, the verb taken intransitively
betoken or announce itself," "make its first appearance."-
the Treatise adv. Judaeos, iv. §6. tom. i. 624. C.
St. Chrysostom gives this account of the legal sacrifices: "To what
purpose unto Me is the multitude of your sacrifices? etc. (Isaiah i.,
ye hear how it is most plainly declared, that God did not from the first require
these at your hands? Had He required them, He would have obliged those
famous saints who were before the Law to observe this practice.
wherefore has He permitted it now?
In condescension to your infirmity. As a
physician in his treatment of a delirious
patient, etc.: thus
did God likewise. For seeing them so frantic
in their lust for
sacrifices, that they
unless they got them, to desert
idols: nay not only
that they had already
deserted, thereupon He permitted sacrifices. And that this is the
reason, is clear from the order of events.
the feast which they made to the
demons, then it was that He permitted sacrifices: all but saying: `Ye are mad, and will needs
sacrifice: well then, at any rate sacrifice to Me. 0'"-(What follows
may serve to illustrate the brief remark a little further on, Kai h
aixmalwsia kathgoria thj kakiaj.)
even this, He did not permit to continue to the end, but by a most wise
method, withdrew them
from it ...
He did not permit it to be done in any place of the whole world,
Anon, when for
a short time
openly said, Desist, they, such was their insane passion for sacrificing, would
not readily have complied. But now perforce, the place being taken away, He secretly withdrew
them from their frenzy."
they had sacrificed, he destroyed the city.
here: "Even the captivity impeaches
wickedness (which was
the cause of
the permission of sacrifice.")
Patrick Mead: They
designed an entirely new way of worship based on communion and
congregation; mutual leadership in prayer, reading, and contemplation
(think of a gathering of the Society of Friends [Quakers] without the
strident pacifism and political ardor).
The temple system was Babylonian because that is what the elders
requested and what God abandoned them too. The godly people always
RESTED on the Sabbath: they READ and DISCUSSED the Word of God and
NEVER did any kind of congregational worship at the temple. The
always attended synagogue which by direct command "had no praise
service" and the Godly people still attend what Paul called "synagogue"
to PREACH "that which is written for our learning" with ONE MIND and
ONE MOUTH (unison, human language).
Mead: None of this was
authorized. All of it
degrees away from the Torah’s regulations on worship. And God
the worship. No one was struck with lightning (the probable meaning of
the fire coming from God to kill Nadab and Abihu).
a matter of fact God did NOT command the Temple worship which was
NATIONAL like other nations and He sentenced Israel to go into
captivity and death. Later He sent Judah into Captivity and only a tiny
remnant ever returned to a tiny temple which was soon deserted.
If a nation of more than three million was trimmed down to about 50,000
who returned and probably the 120 reserved and baptized by John.
And all of the temples were destroyed and not a trace remains.
How can you say that God did not strike THE WHOLE NATION with plagues?
was the Civil-Military-Clergy which burned down all of the synagogues
and murdered the prophets. God had COMMANDED the synagogue as the
church of Christ in the wilderness: that pattern never changed until
Jesus. Jesus further destroyed the Civil-Military-Clergy complex,
had the temple burned down and the people scattered. The
Synogogue never ceased to exist for the godly people.
Mead: Jesus worshiped
according to the new, innovative pattern not found in Leviticus and
did His followers. It was what they expected. It was what they were
used to. While never authorized by God, their worship was accepted
Jacob cursed the tribe of Levi and everything until the time of Shiloh
whose assembly He commanded them and us to attend. Since Christ the
ROCK ordained the Synagogue in the wilderness which excluded "vocal or
instrumental rejoicing or elevated form of speech" Jesus as Shiloh was
to come and continue the synagogue after finally scattering the evils
of Judaism which plagued Jews, Gentiles and everyone.
Matthew 26.30 When they had 'hymned" they went out to
the Mount of Olives.
I believe that the Latin agrees with the common understanding that
"singing was using the normal inflections of the human voice."
Especially when you are confessing God the Father by the use of a hymn
or prayer which gives HIM the glory. Mature males then and probably now
do not agree to get together to appease God with singing.
Matthew 26.30 et hymno dicto exierunt in montem Oliveti
Hymnus , i, m., = humnos, I. a song of praise, a hymn: “hymnus cantus est cum laude Dei,” Aug. Enarr. in Psa. 148, 17; Ambros. Expos. Psa. 118, prol. § 3; Lucil. ap. Non. 330, 9; Prud. Cath. 37 praef.; 4, 75: “divinorum scriptor hymnorum,” Lact. 4, 8, 14; Vulg. Psa. 60 tit.; id. Matt. 26, 30.
Psalm 60 A
teaching poem by David, when he fought with Aram Naharaim and with Aram
Zobah, and Joab returned, and killed twelve thousand of Edom in the
Valley of Salt.
There is no SINGING TUNEFULLY involved in hymning:
Dīco, to say, tell, mention, relate, affirm, declare, state; to mean, intend (for syn. cf.: for, loquor stands for the Gr. eipein pros tina,
Ontōs , Adv. part. of eimi A.
(sum), really, actually, verily, with Verb
Alēth-ēs a^, Dor. ala_thēs , es, (lēthō,
Hom., Opposite. pseudēs, in phrases alēthea muthēsasthai, eipein, agoreuein, alēthes enispein
of oracles, true, unerring, “alathea mantiōn thōkon” Pi. P.11.6, cf. S.Ph.993, E.Ion1537; of dreams, A.Th.710. “alēthei logō khrasthai” Hdt. 1.14
Opposite Epos 1.
song or lay accompanied by music, 8.91,17.519. b.
generally, poetry, even lyrics
celebrate, of poets, “Aiantos bian
Acts 7:38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:
Romans 3:2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.
Hebrews 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
1Peter 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God;
if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth:
that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom
be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Luke 2.34 and Simeon blessed them, and said to
Mary, his mother, "Behold, this child is set for the falling and the
rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which is spoken against.
When Dico is translated SING it never speaks of tunefulness:
Dīco, 4. To describe, relate, sing, celebrate in writing (mostly poet.): “tibi dicere laudes,” Tib. 1, 3, 31; so, “laudes Phoebi [Apollo, Abaddon, Apollyon] et Dianae,” Hor. C. S. 76: “Dianam,
, laud, commend
, extol, eulogize
a funeral oration
over a person:
, i. e. dismiss with a compliment
, name, quote
, cite a
person as any thing: sermo
, ōnis, m. 2. sero, qs. serta, conserta oratio
, Of prose as opposed to poetry
of verses in a conversational style
, To Inculcate
, a manner of speaking
, mode of expression
, etc. (cf. lingua
IF PATRICK IS WRONG THEN HE HAS JUST
LIED TO GOD AND ABOUT GOD FOR HIS OWN PROFIT.
LET PATRICK MEAD FIND ANY MUSICAL
INSTRUMENTS COMMANDED IN THE TORAH.
Patrick Mead: So how do we reconcile what
Abihu with the license given to those who worshiped God in the
synagogue? Nadab and Abihu’s sins were much deeper than breaking an
established pattern of worship. They were sons of Aaron, called nobles
in Israel (Ex.24:11). God asked for them by name in Exodus 24:1 to come
commune with Him on Sinai. They were men of power, privilege and status
in the religious world.
just read the Biblical text and understand that the Synagogue was
always Christ's pattern to let people REST from the horrors of
slavery. They were to READ and REHEARSE the Word of God as it was
delivered. There was no preaching, singing or passing the collection
plates. The Church from the wilderness onward was to protect the godly
people FROM religious worship services.
one but the tribe of Levi and only those on rare duty entered IN THE
TABERNACLE. There was no singing with or without instruments in the
synagogue where the godly-not cursed Levites assembled in their own
little area to REST, Read and Rehearse the Word of God.
God knew that the Levites had been an old
Molech infant burning, instrumental noise makers in Egypt. Therefore,
in Exodus 31 God COMMANDED them not to permit any kind of MUSIC MAKING
on the REST DAY. Music would MARK them as pagans and violate the
Sabbath. Because they had refused to listen to God's voice, they
were blinded to the Word. As a result, they engaged in MUSICAL
IDOLATRY. God removed The Book of The Covenant of Grace, Gave
them The Book of The Law and sentenced them back to "beyond Babylon."
Click for Exodus 31 and
32 to define the New Style of Musical Idolatry.
Exod 31:14 Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for
it is holy unto you:
every one that DEFILETH it shall
for whosoever doeth any
work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
8104. shamar, shaw-mar´; a primitive root; properly, to hedge
about (as with thorns), i.e. guard; .
Keep in Latin: Custodio II. With the access.
idea of hindering free motion, A. In gen., to hold
something back, to preserve,
keep: To prevent PLAY or Ludo A. To sport, play
with any thing, to
practise as a pastime, amuse one's self with any thing, B.
To sport, dally, wanton Esp., to play on an
instrument of music, to
make or compose music or song:
It is a fact that the Apis calf represented Osiris and the
whole Egyptian trinity. What happened at Mount Sinai is well
documented by the Greek and Egyptian literature by those well aware of
the Jews. Therefore, if we look where the Bible POINTS we will
not force godly people to repeat the terminal folly of instrumental
|Verg. G. 2.386
For no offence but this to Bacchus bleeds
The goat at every altar, and old plays
Upon the stage find entrance; therefore too
The sons of Theseus through the country-side—
Hamlet and crossway—set the prize of wit,
And on the smooth sward over oiled skins
Dance in their tipsy frolic. Furthermore
The Ausonian swains, a race from Troy
Make merry with rough rhymes and boisterous mirth,
Grim masks of hollowed bark assume, invoke
Thee with glad hymns, O Bacchus, and to thee
Hang puppet-faces on tall pines to swing.
Hence every vineyard teems with mellowing fruit,
Till hollow vale o'erflows, and gorge profound,
Where'er the god hath turned his comely head.
Therefore to Bacchus duly will we sing
Meet honour with ancestral hymns, and cates
And dishes bear him; and the doomed goat
Led by the horn shall at the altar stand,
Whose entrails rich on hazel-spits we'll roast.
SYMMACHUS, LAMPRIAS, MOERAGENES. Plutarch
Here Symmachus, greatly wondering at what was
spoken, says: What, Lamprias, will you permit our tutelar god, called Evius, the inciter of women, famous
for the honors he has conferred upon him by madmen, to be inscribed and
enrolled in the mysteries of the Jews?
Or is there any solid reason that can be given
to prove Adonis to be the same with Bacchus? Here Moeragenes
interposing, said: Do not be so fierce upon him, for I who am an
Athenian answer you, and tell you, in short, that these two are the
And no man is able or fit to bring the chief
confirmation of this truth, but those amongst us who are initiated
and skilled in the triennial [Greek omitted] or chief mysteries of
But what no religion forbids to speak of among
friends, especially over
wine, the gift of Bacchus, I am ready at
the command of these gentlemen to disclose.
When all the company requested and earnestly
begged it of him; first of all (says he), the time and manner of the
greatest and most holy solemnity of the Jews is exactly
agreeable to the holy rites of
Bacchus; for that which they call the
Fast they celebrate in the midst of the vintage, furnishing their
tables with all sorts of fruits while they sit under tabernacles made
and ivy; and the day which immediately goes before this they call the
day of Tabernacles.
Within a few days after they celebrate
another feast, not darkly but openly, dedicated to Bacchus, for they have a
feast amongst them called Kradephoria, from carrying
palm-trees, and Thyrsophoria, when they
enter into the temple carrying thyrsi.
What they do within I know not; but it is very
probable that they perform the rites of
Bacchus. First they have
little trumpets, such as the Grecians used to have at their Bacchanalia
to call upon their gods withal.
Others go before them playing upon harps, which
they call Levites, whether so named from Lusius or Evius,--either word agrees
And I suppose that their Sabbaths have some
relation to Bacchus; for even now many call the Bacchi by the name of
they make use of that word at the celebration of Bacchus's orgies.
And this may be discovered out of Demosthenes
and Menander. Nor would it be out of place, were any one to say that
the name Sabbath was given to this feast from the agitation and
[Greek omitted] which the priests of
Patrick Mead: Seeing this, one could ask if God
to a minor infraction in Leviticus 10 and Numbers 3. Some commentators
— conservative, non-fringe ones, at that — believe the evidence points
to Nadab and Abihu attempting to offer their incense in the Holy of
Holies, an area they were not allowed to enter. They knew that, but
could have been convinced that they were important enough to enter it
even though they were not High Priests. Look at Leviticus 16:1,2 and
see what is being inferred there.
is true: in order to offer the not-commanded incense they had to DOUBT
that the job done by Moses and Aaron was good enough. The command
of God was that the Levites "stand gurad" at the gate of the Tabernacle
and later temple and EXECUTE any one not on duty. If the
Holy Place was a type of the Body or Church of Christ the prophetic
message was that "any rhetorician, singer or instrument player" who
enters into the church was to be executed.
Any Levite who went into the Holy Place
(type of church) or the Most Holy place (our spirit were we meet God's
Spirit) was by TORAH commanded to be executed.
There is evidence
that Nadab and Abihu
did not revere
God or the sanctuary as they should’ve done. See Leviticus 10:3 and
compare it to Psalms 111:10 and Leviticus 19:30.
The strange fire
was only part of the
of Nadab and Abihu that day. God had legislated what fire was to be
brought in and how it was to be kindled on the incense altar. They
didn’t violate a law of silence, but one of specificity.
The fire to be
used was the offspring of the original fire God used to send down to
the brazen altar to consume sacrifices. It was fire from God, not from
man. These two priests attempted to enter an area that was forbidden to
them, in a way that showed disrespect to God, and bringing fire that
wasn’t from God. This was no minor — or mistaken — action. It was an
act of open defiance and self-deification.
WELL, WE WILL JUST HAVE TO LISTEN TO THE WORD.
1 And Nadab H5070 and
Abihu H30, the sons H1121 of Aaron H175,
- took either of them his
- and put fire therein
- and put incense
- and offered strange fire
- before the
which he commanded them not.
issued commands to Moses and Aaron: He did not command Nadab or Abihu
to do any of the listed things. It is a fact that any Levite teacher,
singer or instrument player who went NEAR or INTO any holy place was to
be executed by their brethren as the Levites executed 3000 of their
brethren because of musical idolatry at Mount Sinai.
The Holy Place had all of the typical
furnishings to define the future church: the bread of fellowship, the
candlesticks or 7 spirits of God (Isa 11) all the knowledge of God and
the incense altar which is now our own prayers looking into the Most
The Prophetiic Type would threaten any of
the performing arts in the School of Christ where the inclusive /
exclusive goal is to "teach that which has been taught" or "that which
is written for our learning."
H2114 zûr zoor A primitive
root; to turn aside (especially for lodging); hence to be a foreigner,
strange, profane; specifically (active participle) to commit
adultery:—(come from) another (man, place), fanner, go away, (e-)
strange (-r, thing, woman).
Christ in Isaiah 24 had something to say about the STRANGE people.
From the uttermost part of the earth have
heard songs, even glory to the
righteous. Isa 24:16
(h2158) zaw-meer'; or zamir zaw-meer'; and (fem.)
zÿmirah zem-ee-raw'; from 2167; a song to be accompanied
- psalm (-ist), singing, song
Horror hath taken hold upon me because
the wicked that forsake thy law. Psa 119:53
But, David who was never a Worship
been my songs in the house of
my pilgrimage. Psa
I have remembered thy name, O Lord, in the night, and
have kept thy
law. Psa 119:55
But I said, My leanness, my leanness,
be terrible unto them: for he
will famish all the gods
of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place,
even all the isles of the heathen. Zep.2:11
me the treacherous dealers have dealt
treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.
(h898) baw-gad'; a prim. root; to cover
a garment); fig. to act
covertly; by impl. to pillage: - deal
deceitfully (treacherously, unfaithfully), offend, transgress (-or), (depart), treacherous
(dealer, -ly, man), unfaithful (-ly, man), * very.
Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the
in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the
branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low. Is.25:5
The Branch of the terrible ones is corrected to the :
(h2158) zaw-meer'; or zamir zaw-meer'; and (fem.) zÿmirah
zem-ee-raw'; from 2167; a song to be
accompanied with instrumental music:
- psalm (-ist), singing, song
25:5 Thou shalt bring down
strangers, as the heat
in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought
It is important
to look at
individual words and we won't be lusting after MUSIC. Music is always
called NOISE in one form or another:
Shaown (h7588) shaw-one'; from
(as of rushing); by impl. destruction: - * horrible, noise, pomp,
rushing, tumult (* -uous).
enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their
glory, and their multitude, and their pomp,
and he that rejoiceth, shall descend
into it. Is.5:14
Zuwr (h2114) zoor; a prim.
root; to turn
aside (espec. for lodging); hence to be a foreigner, strange, profane; spec. (act. part.) to
- (come from) another (man. place), fanner, go away, (e-) strange
they have sown
the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk; the
bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall
swallow it up. Ho.8:7
(h7891) sheer; or (the orig.
form) 7788 (1 Sam. 18:6),
shoor; a prim. root [rather ident. with 7788 through the idea of strolling
minstrelsy]; to sing: -
behold [by mistake for 7788], sing (-er, - ing man, -ing woman).
Shuwr (h7788) shoor; a prim.
root; prop. to
turn, i. e. travel about (as a harlot or a merchant): - go, sing. See also
symbol of kings
descended from royal
17:3, Eze 17:10; Dan
11:7); of prosperity (Job 8:16); of the Messiah, a branch out of the
root of the stem of Jesse (Isa 11:1), the "beautiful branch" (Isa
4:2), a "righteous branch" (Jer 23:5), "the Branch" (Zac 3:8; Zac
6:12). Disciples are branches of the true vine (Joh 15:5, Joh 15:6).
"The branch of the terrible ones" (Isa 25:5) is rightly translated in
the Revised Version "the
song of the
terrible ones," i.e., the song
victory shall be
brought low by the destruction
of Babylon and
the return of the Jews from captivity. The "abominable branch" is a
tree on which a malefactor
has been hanged (Isa 14:19). The
"highest branch" in Eze 17:3 represents Jehoiakim the king. [Easton's
Patrick Mead: Why did they do this? The evidence
that they were
drunk! Right after this incident, read what was said to Aaron in
Leviticus 10:9,10. Interesting point: in almost every classical
commentary, drunkenness is given as the reason for their actions. It is
after the rise of Scottish Rationalism and the resultant religious
patternism that we first find this being given as a moral lesson
against tampering with the worship of God.
Keil and Delitzsch 354). J.A. Selbie wrote in Dictionary of the Bible
(James Hastings, ed.), "There is not the slightest warrant for the
idea. . . that the prohibition (v. 8f) against the use of wine
or strong drink by priests on duty implies that Nadab and Abihu were
intoxicated when they committed their fatal offence"
(III:471). Even if the sons of Aaron were drunk, they compounded their
sin in offering "strange fire before the Lord, which
he commanded them not." Whereas later texts emphasize that Nadab and
Abihu sinned in offering "strange fire," not once is
there any evidence that they were guilty of drunkenness (cf. Num.
3:2-4; 26:60-61). The effort to find Nadab and Abihu
guilty of drunkenness in connection with their worship stems from an
unwillingness to believe that God would punish Nadab
and Abihu with death for the relatively small offense of taking fire
from an unauthorized source!
Before you rush to
try to force this
story into the
instrumental music question (or any of those listed above) please
remember that God did, in fact, order instruments in worship (and
indicated great joy in them).
They chose their own method of returning thanks and giving praise to God, a method unsanctioned by God's command,
unauthorized by their official superiors (F. Meyrick, The Pulpit Commentary 2:150).
Their crime was not in doing what was forbidden, but in doing what was not enjoined. Will-worship is offensive to God. No
body of uninspired men has any business to "decree rites and ceremonies" (J.A. McDonald, The Pulpit Commentary 2:157).
For their essence of their sin was this, that it was will-worship; worship in which they consulted not the revealed will of God
regarding the way in which He would be served, but their own fancies and inclinations. The directions for worship had been,
as we have seen, exceedingly full and observed, "Doubtless it seemed to Nadab and Abihu a matter of no consequence at all
that they should take fire from one altar rather than from another. To us it may seem a comparatively small thing, when
viewed in connection with the terrible doom that immediately ensued. Obviously, however, it was a great thing in the sight
of God" (The Pulpit Commentary 158).
BUT, PATRICK MEAD IS RUSHING TO MAKE IT GIVE
AUTHORITY FOR WHAT HE CONFESSESTO BE SIN.
never commanded sacrifices or the instrumental NOISE which is called
SOOOTHSAYING as part of an exorcism of a NOT-commanded temple.
God DID NOT command the
king, temple, sacrificial system or EXORCISM noises with the warrior's
instruments. 2 Chronicles 29 was a plague stopping exorcism
conducted close to 300 years after David's first exorcism animal
sacrifice WITHOUT instruments. The Levites under the KING and
COMMANDERS of the Army DID NOT make any noise during the animal
sacrifices for the king, kingdom, city and temple which had become
polluted by Assyrian idolatry which INCLUDED instruments in the holy
AFTER that, Hezekiah decided ON HIS OWN to burn some
goats for Israel which was the Instrumental Sectarians of that day. He
did this as a UNITY effort. You have to read further to see just
WHAT the Levites actually performed and by WHOSE authority:
2Chr. 29:26 A. And
Levites stood [in ranks] with the instruments of David, (Military)
priests with the trumpets. (Religious)
2Chr. 29:27 And Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt offering upon
And when the burnt offering
B. the song of the LORD began
also with the trumpets,
A. and with the instruments
ordained by David king
Anyone who says that THIS is God commanding "congregational singing
with instrumental accompaniment" should turn in their still bleeding
sheep skin. Shame.
Patrick Mead: It wasn’t His command that
use, but the swords and shackles of barbarian invaders. There is no
evidence of His resending His orders, though, as He is a God of grace,
He accepted the worship that the people were able to offer Him, even
though it was miles away from the commands He had issued.
God was not REQUIRED to rescend something He did NOT COMMAND.
God was not REQUIRED to rescend the instrumental noise under the
KING and COMMANDERS of the Army if the King is dead and the Jewish Army
If God turned them over to worship the STARRY HOST and they used the military musicians, He is not REQUIRED to rescend the worship of the Starry host
for those who are not Disciples of Christ: Disciples are students.
Students do not make war or perform religious rituals. Disciples of
Christ attend the School of Christ to Rest, Read and Rehearse the Word
By Christ's permissive will He had their CHURCH HOUSE
torn down and burned up three times. Can't get the HINT?
Christ OUTLAWED "vocal or instrumental
rejoicing" for the synagogue in the wilderness.
Christ repudiated the civll-military-clergy as robbers and parasites in
Jesus called the Scribes and Pharisess, hypocrites by naming false
preachers, singers and instrument players.
Patrick Mead: The synagogue
stands as a testimony to God’s willingness to listen to those who seek
Him; even if they don’t do everything right.
THE SYNAGOGUE WAS COMMANDED BY CHRIST
(THE ROCK) AS THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN THE WILDERNESS.
Even if TOLERATED and therefore
PATTERNISM for TOLERATING the use of Instruments the GRACE CONCEPT is a
clear confession that WE ARE SINNING if we use instruments BUT grace is
going to cover it up like a dog pile. Sowing discord will NEVER be
tolerated or forgiven. Here is the PATTERNISM endorsed by Jesus,
commanded by using the word, ekklesia, commanded and defined by Paul
and Peter with "that which is written" the ONLY resource to be
read. It cannot be private interpreted or further expounded and
it cannot be corrupted meaning SELLING LEARNING AT RETAIL. Grace
is another word for Jesus: He teaches us to DENY that which selfish men
want to impose for their own PLEASURE.
Acts 15:21 For Moses of old time
hath in every city
them that preach him,
being read in the
synagogues every sabbath day.
WHAT IS DIRECTLY COMMANDED FOR
years, that is in the year of release,
during the feast of Tabernacles,
the Law was to be read before all the people
according to the command found
in Deut., xxxi, 10.
this enactment was probably soon found to be
and thus the Jewish authorities arranged
to read on every
commencing with the
sabbath after the feast of
Tabernacles in one year of release
and ending with the
Tabernacles in the next year of release,
a portion of the Law so
calculated that the whole
Pentateuch would be read through in seven
some way the commandment be fulfilled. Some time later,
the Jews of
Palestine lengthened the sections for each sabbath
that he entire Law could be read in three years (Talm. Babyl.
(h4744) mik-raw'; from 7121; something called out,
i. e. a public meeting (the act, the persons, or
the place); also a rehearsal: - assembly, calling, convocation, reading.
they read in the
book in the law of God
the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. Ne.8:8
the Lord will create upon
every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies,
and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for
upon all the glory shall be a defence. Is.4:5
WHAT IS DIRECTLY EXCLUDED FOR
only authorized the two silver trumpets: these were reserved for
sending important signals. However, many people had their own
flutes or shofars, tambourines and sistrums: Miriam had here sistrum as
a priestess or prophetess in Egypt. The women especially were
prone to parade around singing, clapping, dancing and beating on
instruments. Therefore, the command:
Num. 10:5 When ye blow an alarm, then
the camps that lie on the east
parts shall go forward.
Num. 10:6 When ye blow an alarm the second time, then the camps that
lie on the south side shall take their journey: they shall blow an
alarm for their journeys.
between the Mosaic
and the Egyptian
cults, it can
denied that Egyptian
influence on Jewish
significant. They would stand
to reason because of the high quality of egyptian cultic music.
The tambourine or timbrel, a hoop of bells
over which a white skin was stretched, came from Egypt. Miriam
instrument to accompany the singing and
on the shores of the Red Sea (Ex. 15).
The trumpet blown for decampment, at the gathering
of the people and
on different cultic
occasions, especially during
sacrifices (2 Chron. 30:21; 35:15; Num 10:2), was the signaling
instrument of the Egyptian army.
The sistrum, according to 2 Sam
6:5, was used by the Israelites
and bore the name mena'aneim. It
was the same as the Egyptian kemkem
which was employed in the cult of Isis.
solemnity celebrated on the
occasion of the transferring of the Ark to Sion, as well as the
dances of the daughters of Israel at the annual
feast of the Lord of Shiloh
(Judg 21:21), were similar in thier musical embellishments to Egyptian
customs in the liturgy and at parades. As
sang the praises of Osiris while likenesses of the gods were born
about and, during the festival
of Diana at Bubastis,
of men and women sang
beating of drums
the playing of flutes." (Quasten, Johannes, Music and Worship in
Pagan and Christian Antiquity, p. 65)
THIS IS THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN HOLD SYNAGOGUE OR SCHOOL OF THE
Numbers 10.  quando autem congregandus est populus simplex tubarum clangor erit et non conciseululabunt
congregation. Collect into a flock, where plato taught, scholars
are called Academici, and his doctrine Philosophia Philosophia Academica,
THE DIRECT COMMAND: ē-lŏquor
I. v. dep. a., to speak out, speak plainly,
to utter; to pronounce, declare, state, express:
ornate B. Trop., to
adorn, decorate, set off; to commend, praise,
extol; to honor, show honor to, distinguish:
from Stoica, Cynica, etc., Cic. de Or. 1, 21, 98; id. Or. 3, 12; id. Fin. 5, 1, 1 al.—