Review A Gathered People Revisioning the Assembly as Transforming Encounter

John Mark Hicks, Johnny Melton, Bobby Valentine: A Gathered People Revisioning the Assembly as Transforming Encounter.

Added 3.21.13
John.Mark.Hicks Index  This is a working list of links to reviews of John Mark Hicks teachings. He gives himself the right to change the "reading" and use theology over the text. That makes it easy and "scholarly" to look at the TEXT as something to be PREACHED by being READ in the assembly and not something God provided as fodder for "doctors of the Law" to take away the key to knowledge.  I will organize this list in time..

John Mark Hicks, Johnny Melton and Bobby Valentine defend Old Covenant worship for the Church. The urge for a passionate encounter was the MARK of people being perverted from the Word of God.They quote suitable  texts but are not aware that the context is of a people abandoned to worship the starry host because of musical idolatry of the Egyptian trinity at Mount Sinai.  This is a review of the Authort's major points in a review.

The Qahal, synagogue, ekklesia or Church of Christ beginning at one level in the wilderness was solely for the purpose of teaching the Word and excluding those who made "vocal or instrumental rejoicing or rhetorical noises." We are transformed by God in Christ and not by a so-called ritualistic worship services.  Jesus died to give us rest and defined the CENI inclusively and exclusively.
Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:29 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.

Rest includes all of the laded burdens which were arousal songs or instruments which hinder the learning of the Word.

ana-pausis , poet. amp-, eōs, ,
A. [select] repose, rest, Mimn.12.2, Pi.N.7.52, Hp.VM 11, X.Lac.12.6: esp. relaxation, recreation, Pl.Ti.59c, X.Cyr.7.5.47.
2. c. gen. rei, rest from a thing, “kakōnTh.4.20; “polemouX. Hier.2.11; “kakōnEpicur.Ep.3p.61U.; “leitourgiasPFlor.57.56.
leitourg-ia
III  public service of the gods, “hai pros tous theous l.Arist.Pol.1330a13; “hai tōn theōn therapeiai kai l.D.S.1.21, cf. UPZ17.17 (ii B.C.), PTeb.302.30 (i A.D.), etc.; the service or ministry of priests, LXX Nu.8.25, Ev.Luc.1.23.
NOTE: lexicon listings show how a word or concept was expressed in texts of that time: while there is no pretense of translating the existing texts, the catalog of how words are used never seem to find any liberty for celebrative or sacramental worship which can be imposed on the School of Christ where He settled the issue by commanding that we teach and observe what HE commanded: that does not include the national Scribes who kept records for the UNLAWFUL monarchy, temple, sacrifices or the accompaniment of Levite noise known to be soothsaying with instruments.

WE DON'T NEED TO PROVE THAT ANY OF THESE LISTINGS WERE INTENDED BY THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST: THOSE WHO IMPOSE UPON THOSE JESUS SET FREE HAVE TO PROVE THAT THEY CAN JUSTIFY SOWING OF DISCORD FOR A PRICE.

3.28.12 we, like Isaiah, see the “face” of God... Through liturgical action, the assembly remembers the story of grace and enables us,  like Isaiah, to find our own place in the story
Hastings Encyclopedia 5. Protestantism, besides its emphasis on Word
        rather than Sacrament as means of communion with God,
        and in keeping with its idea of salvation by faith
        and not by deeds of ' merit' (rendered possible by sacramental grace),
regards worship not as a meritorious action or ' service' (
leitourg-ia) to God, but rather in the light of realized fellowship with God through Christ, as of children with a father.
Christ the Spirit didn't do narrative theology: He did not then or now make you participate in the historicial or spiritual record of the text.
Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning,
        that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15:5 Now the God of patience and consolation
        grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
Romans 15:6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God,
        even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.


2Peter 1:15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease
        to have these things always in remembrance.
2Peter 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables,
        when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
        but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
2Peter 1:17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory,
        when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory,
        This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
2Peter 1:18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard,
        when we were with him in the holy mount.
2Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy;
        whereunto ye do well that ye take heed,
        as unto a light that shineth in a dark place,
        until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
2Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture
         is of any private interpretation.
        [further expounding which would make you superior to the Spirit of Christ]
2Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:
        but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost

This was the Spirit OF Christ 2 Corinthians 3; 1 peter 1:11; Revelation 19:10

BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO POWER TO NARRATE AND BECOME A CHRIST

2Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people,
        even as there shall be false teachers among you,
        who privily shall bring in damnable heresies,
        even denying the Lord that bought them,
        and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

        This is denying that there is ONE God the Father in heaven
        And One Jesus of Nazareth whom God made to be both Lord and Christ.
        This makes one an ANTI-Christ denying that He had full authority.
2Peter 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways;
        by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
2Peter 2:3 And through covetousness
        shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you:
        whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not,
        and their damnation slumbereth not.

We have added some meaning of LITURGY below.  Please note that Rhonda Lowery is worship leader and a liturgist.

Before supplying some context to the randomly-selected proof texts and promoting as "patternism" the abandonment during the Biblical and extrabiblical festivals, we should look at the thesis that any human can supply the transforming or transfiguring power through "Liturgical Actions." I take these "scholarly" inventions to launch my own discipleship and follow every lead to its conclusion.  Therefore, only I need to be able to read it with tolerance.

Jesus called the Scribes and Pharisees, Hypocrites: in the Ezekiel version Christ named self-speak mercinary preachers, singers and instrument players andequated this hypocritical practice to NOTHING MORE THAN (NIV).  Jesus also said that the Doctors of the Law take away the key to knowledge.  To fulfil that ordained vocational mandate:

Lipscomb University Preaching 2008 From Denominational Imagination! 
"This conference proposes that WE allow the worlds imagined
        in the essential biblical narratives
        to dramatically shape our preaching and lives.
We believe that preaching REconstitutes biblical paradigms when it engages Scripture’s vision
by REpresenting what is absent
and making present what is INaccessible
to the end that followers of God will live into a God-shaped reality.
THE SPIRIT OF (preposition) CHRIST REPUDIATES LU and all who use their imagination

Jer. 16:12 And ye have done worse than your fathers;
        for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart,
        that they may not hearken unto me:
The Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites (speakers, singers, instrument players Ezek 33) composed their own songs and sermons SO THAT THEY would not have to speak the Word of God. That was so that they could sell long prayers (hymns) and fleece the widow out of her living.
Jer. 18:12 And they said, There is no hope:
        but we will walk [dīco speak] after our own devices,
        and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.
ĕo (compositio),1. To go or proceed against with hostile intent, to march against: “aliae contradictiones id. 9, 4, 142: “cum per omnes et personas et affectus eat (comoedia),
2.
Mercant. t. t. for vēneo, to go for, be sold at a certain price
Quint. Inst. 5 9.1 Every artificial proof consists either of  indications, arguments or examples. I am well aware that many consider indications to form part of the arguments. My reasons for distinguishing them are twofold. In the first place indications as a rule come under the head of inartificial proofs: for a bloodstained garment, a shriek, a dark blotch and the like are all evidence analogous to documentary or oral evidence and rumours; they are not discovered by the orator, but are given him with the case itself. Artĭfĭcĭālis

Quint. Inst. 1 8.14 He will not do this by way of censuring the poets for such peculiarities, for poets are usually the servants of their metres and are allowed such licence that faults are given other names when they occur in poetry: for we style them metaplasms,1 schematisms and schemata,2 as I have said, and make a virtue of necessity. Their aim will rather be to familiarise the pupil with the artifices of style and to stimulate his memory.
1 The formation of cases of nouns and tenses of verbs from a non-existent nom. or pres.: or more generally any change in the forms of a word.
2 schematismus and schemata both seem to mean the same, sc. figures.
pŏēta , a maker, producer, contriver, trickster, oratores et poëtae,id. ib. 3, 10, 39: “versificator quam poëta melior,

carmen , ĭnis, n. (old form cas-men , Varr. L. L. p. 86 Bip.) [Sanscr. çasto declaim, praise; cf.: camilla, censeo], I. a tune, song; poem, verse; an oracular response, a prophecy; a form of incantation
I. In gen., a tune, song, air, lay, strain, note, sound, both vocal and instrumental citharāque [guitar], lyrae carmen, With allusion to playing on the cithara: “hoc carmen hic tribunus plebis non vobis sed sibi intus canit,
5. A magic formula, an incantation: The nomos (legalism) of Saturnian verse, also a formula in religion or law, a form.
As Jacob warned that the tribe of Levi would be scattered, Jesus promises the same thing for those who THINK that anything that comes out of the human mind has any spiritual falue.
Luke 1:50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
Luke 1:51 He hath shewed strength with his arm;
        he hath scattered the proud in the imagination [dianoia] of their hearts.
[dianoia] II. process of thinking, thought ē praktikē ē poiētikē ē theōrētikē
V.  intellectual capacity revealed in speech or action by the characters in drama, Arist.Po.1450a6, b11, 1456a34, Rh.1404a19, al.
diaskorp-izō ,
A.  scatter abroad, LXX Ge.49.7(v.l.), al.:—Pass., Ev.Jo.11.52, Plb.1.47.5, BGU1049.7 (iv A. D.); squander,ousianEv.Luc.15.13; confound, ib.1.51; winnow,sunagōn hothen ou dieskorpisasEv.Matt.25.24.
Those who use their vain imagination to IMPOSE the Levites as the pattern for musical performance to replace the Word of God AND reap more money, totally missed the warning of Jacob:
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 their habitations.
                 (stabbing, dig through furnace, for burning
                 Bellor fight,  carry on war,
Gen. 49:6 O my soul,
        come not thou into their secret;
        unto their assembly,
        mine honour,
        be not thou united:
                for in their anger they slew a man,
                and in their selfwill they 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 Israel.
Divido I. To force asunder, part, separate, divide (very freq. and class.; cf.: distribuo, dispertio; findo, scindo, dirimo, divello, separo, sejungo, segrego, secerno).
The Proud:
Huperēpha^n-os , A  overweening, arrogant,
2.  rarely in good sense, magnificent, splendid, sophia, ergon, Pl.Phd.96a, Smp.217e; The usual proverb of the truthfulness of wine (oinos kai alētheia) was sometimes extended to oinos kai paides alētheisTruthful are wine and children.”

The Proud are the wise from whom God HIDES Himself. Certainly those who PROMOTE using their imagination to interpret the Word of God are deluded:
Sophia , Ion. -, , prop. A. cleverness or skill in handicraft and art,
of the Telchines, Pi.O.7.53[Simon, father of Judas was a Telchine]
in music and singing, tekhnē kai s. h.Merc.483, cf. 511; in poetry, Sol.13.52, Pi.O.1.117, Ar.Ra.882, X.An.1.2.8
cunning, shrewdness, craft, Hdt.1.68, speculative wisdom,
The Proud are OCCUPIED in order to earn a wage: no wonder that the Work of the "organon" or musical instrument as "a machine for doing hard work" is compared to ergon.  In the classics most often speaking of the religious worship of the "gods" to whom God also abandoned Isreal (Acts 7).  And the Prophetic Type used by John of the Babylon mother of harlots (Revelation 17) in chapter 18 are the "lusted after fruits' defined as craftsmen [tekhnē] , singers and instrument players and also defined as sorcerers who had deceived the whole world. Apollo was clearly one of the sun gods worshipped at Mount Sinai.
Ergon 1. in Il. mostly of works or deeds of war,
2. result of work, profit or interest, ergon [khrēmatōn] interest or profit on money, Is.11.42, cf. D.27.10. “Aphroditēsh.Ven.1 ; also “teknōn es e.A.Ag.1207
Aphroditē [i_, , aphros)
II. as Appellat., sexual love, pleasure, Od.22.444; “hup' Apollōni psauein AphroditasPi.O.6.35
III. ho tas Aphroditas astēr] the planet Venus [Lucifer], Ti.Locr.97a, cf. Pl.Epin.987b, Arist.Metaph.1073b31, etc.
Proverbs 3:31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
Proverbs 3:32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD:
        but his secret is with the righteous.
illūsor (inl- ), ōris, m. id., I. a mocker, scoffer ( Lĕgo ,
Lĕgo , To gather together
1.
To take out, pick out, extract, remove:
2.  To pluck, strip, gather fruit from (a tree, etc.)
5. To take to one's self unjustly, to carry off, steal, purloin, plunder, abstract

Sermōcĭnātĭo conversation, discussion is with the righteous.
Simplex , simple, plain, uncompounded, unmixed, simple in a moral sense, without dissimulation, open, frank, straightforward, direct, guileless, artless, honest, sincere, ingenuous,
As God hides Himself from the wise (sophists) but speaks to 'babes," Proverbs says:

Proverbs 3:33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked:
        but he blesseth the habitation of the just.
One curse is that God sends strong delusions to those who have no love for the truth.

ĕgestas
I. indigence, extreme poverty, necessity, want rationis, want of knowledge, i. e. ignorance, Lucr. 5, 1211.

The wicked are:
impĭus (inp- ), a, um, adj. 2. in-pius, I. without reverence or respect for God, one's parents, or one's country; irreverent, ungodly, undutiful, unpatriotic; abandoned, wicked, impiousloqui,” i. e. treasonably,
Proverbs 3.34 Surely he mocks [deludes] the mockers, But he gives grace to the humble.
dē-lūdo , To play false, to mock, deceive, make sport of, delude.
delude the ănĭmus , I. In a general sense, the rational soul in man (in opp. to the body, corpus, and to the physical life, anima), psukhē: by the response of Apollo responso (Apollo)

prospaizō , prospaizousa tois ōmois komē playing over,
II. c. acc., theous p. sing to the gods, sing in their praise or honour, Pl.Epin.980b: c. dupl. acc., humnon prosepaisamen . . ton . . Erōta sang a hymn in praise of Eros, Id.Phdr.265c.
2. banter, “tous rhētoras
paizô ,
Speak on! for he who ne'er had spoke untrue,
Apollo's self, did mock my listening mind,
And chanted me a faithful oracle
Rē-spondĕobut also of writing: epistulae,Cic. Att. 9, 9, 1 et saep.; v. infra: “ab his sermo oritur, respondet Laelius,
b. Trop., to answer, respond, reply to, re-echo, resound, “respondentia tympana, deliberantibus Pythia respondit
non mihi respondent veteres in carmine vires,id. H. 15, 197 
THIS IS THE CLAIM THAT THEIR IMAGINATION CAN TRUMP THE WORD OF CHRIST TO TRANSFORM (TRANSFIGURE) OUR LIVES INTO THE POST-RESURRECTION STATE. The purpose driven goal is to deny that the Christ-ordained assembly from the wilderness onward has a purely edification purpose.

BEFORE LOOKING AT THE CONTEXT OF THE RANDOMLY SELECTED PROOF TEXTS IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE CHURCH IS BUILT UPON THE FOUNDATION OF THE PROPHETS AND APOSTLES: THE PROPHETS BY THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST AND THE FULFILMENT BY JESUS CHRIST.  EDIFICATION IS EDUCATION AND THE WORD OF GOD IS THE ONLY TEXTBOOK.

Hicks, Melton, Valentine: Finally, this one is from a contemporary writer who follows the “Edification Model” that sees no special presence of God in the assembly but views worship as a way of filling the tank of discipleship to go on living in “daily worship.”
The Assembly has only ONE FUNCTION:
Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners,
        but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the APOSTLES and PROPHETS,
        Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Epoikodom-eō , ; epi themelion or themeliō, 1 Ep.Cor.3.12, Ep.Eph.2.20 ;
phusei mathēmata
b. edify,heautous pisteiEp.Jud.20:—Pass., “-oumenoi en KhristōEp.Col.2.7.
Phusis
II. the natural form or constitution of a person or thing as the result of growth
4. of the mind, one's nature, character,ēthos hekaston, hopē ph. estin hekastō
Math-ēma , atos, to, (mathein) A. that which is learnt, lesson,
2. learning, knowledge, Ar.Nu.1231, Av.380, Th.2.39, PSI1.94.9 (ii A. D.), etc.; hoi kathistamenoi epi tōn m. educational authorities

[heautous] pistis , give god credit, good faith, 2. means of persuasion, argument, proof,

2 Corinthians 7.1 Having therefore these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves [heautous] from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
1Corinthians 3:8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one:
        and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
1Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God:
        ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.
1Corinthians 3:10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me,
        as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon.
        But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
A wise guy with NO BUILDING SKILLS Sophist poets and musicians, Pi.O.1.9, P.1.42, 3.113; en kithara s. E.IT1238 (lyr.) 3. subtle, ingenious, opp. amathēs  A. ignorant, stupid, without knowledge of a thing, unlearned, 2. of things, a. parrēsia boorish freedom of speech,
1Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1Corinthians 3:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
1Corinthians 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it,
        because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
1Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.
        For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
1Corinthians 3:20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

Colossians 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
Colossians 2:7 Rooted and built up in him,
        and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil [Steal your church house rob, despoil, “ton oikon”]
        you through philosophy and vain deceit,
        after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Colossians 2:10 And ye are complete in him,
        which is the head of all principality and power:

phi^losoph-ia , , A. love of knowledge, pursuit there of, speculation,
peri tous logous ph. the study of oratory, “ dogmatikē, Akadēmaikē, skeptikē ph.

2Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses,
        the same commit thou to faithful men,
        who shall be able to teach others also.
2Timothy 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
2Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God,
        a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
        rightly dividing the word of truth
Spoudazō , I. to be busy, eager to do a thing 3. to be serious or earnest they have worked hard, lecture, teach,
ortho-tomeō,  cut in a straight line,tas hodousLXXPr.3.6 : metaph., o. ton logon teach it aright, 2 Ep.Ti.2.15.

Proverbs 3:1 My son, forget not my law;
             but let thine heart keep my commandments:
Proverbs 3:2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
Proverbs 3:3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee:
        bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
Proverbs 3:4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;
        and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil

logi^k-os , ē, on, (logos) A. of or for speaking or speech, merē l. the organs of speech, Plu.Cor.38:
logikē, , speech, Opposite. mousikē, Opposite phantasia expressed in speech,
II. possessed of reason, intellectual, “merosTi.Locr.99e, al.; “to l. zōon   
        dianoētikai, Mind Opposite. ēthikai, Arist.EN1108b9.
        And:
        Ethi^k-os , A. ēthos11) moral, Opposite. dianoētikos, Arist.EN1103a5,
        al.; ta ēthika a treatise on morals,
2. dialectical, argumentative, hoi l. dialogoi
    logical, l. sullogismoi, Opposite. rhētorikoi, Rh.1355a13.
   
peri logikōn title of work, Opposite to phusikon, to ēthikon,
The Foundation the Spirit OF (preposition) Christ laid in the Prophets warns against the Lying Pen of the Scribes who spoke for the Monarchy abandoned to worship the starry host.

Ephesians 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
Ephesians 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

As only God the Father had the power to transfigure Jesus of Nazareth into His Holy Spirit State.

Ephesians 3:7 Whereof I was made a minister,
        according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

Ephesians 3:8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given,
        that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery,
        which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

Ephesians 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places
        might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

Ephesians 3:11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
Ephesians 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith OF him.
Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you,
        and todesire that ye might be
                filled with the knowledge of his will
                in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

Colossians 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing,
        being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Colossians 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power,
        unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father,
        which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, [The Ceremonial Legalism of The Law]
        and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
Trans-fĕro
1. Botanical t. t., of plants, to transplant; to transfer by grafting
A. In gen., to convey, direct, transport, transfer:
4. To change, transform:

Methistēmi : I will change thee this present, i. e. give another instead, introduce a new polity,
3. [select] remove from one place to another

ba^sil-eia metaph., “epoiēsen hēmas b.Apoc.1.6; “b. tōn ouranōnEv.Matt.3.2; tou theou ib.6.33, etc.
being ruled by a King
Revelation 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth,
        and they that hear the words of this prophecy,
        and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
Revelation 1:4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ,
        who is the faithful witness,
        and the first begotten of the dead,
        and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us,
        and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Revelation 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father;
        to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Philippians 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven;
        from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
Philippians 3:21 Who shall change our vile body,
         that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body,
         according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

con-fĭgūro, to form from or after something, to fashion accordingly
vitem ad similitudinem sui,
Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God,
        the firstborn of every creature:


Matthew 17:1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother,
        and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
Matthew 17:2 And was transfigured before them:
        and his face did shine as the sun,
        and his raiment was white as the light.
Matthew 17:3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
Matthew 17:4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here:
        if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
Matthew 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them:
        and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said,
        This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
trans-fĭgūro , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a.,
I. to change in shape, to transform, transfigure, metamorphose (post-Aug.; cf.: verto, muto).
1. With se, to assume to be, pretend to be: “transfigurantes se in apostolos,Vulg. 2 Cor. 11, 13.
THAT IS WHY JESUS SAID THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD DOES NOT COME WITH RELIGIOUS OBSERVATIONS.

All that these men propose as having magical TRANSFORMING power is baded on performing ceremonial legalistic acts such as singing, playing or acting. This they claims brings God into their presence. In the literature this is the mania or madness Paul warned about which is manufactured by attacks on the spirit and emotion of people.  Proof that it achieves NOTHING commanded by God can be proven by looking at "proof texts" and quoting the context to prove that they are directly opposite of the Spirit of Christ.

Aphrahat 4th century

19. Now thus is faith; when a man believes in God the Lord of all, Who made the heavens and the earth and the seas and all that is in them; and He made Adam in His image; and He gave the Law to Moses; He sent of His Spirit upon the prophets; He sent moreover His Christ into the world.

Furthermore that a man should believe in the resurrection of the dead; and should furthermore also believe in the sacrament of baptism.

This is the faith of the Church of God. And (it is necessary) that a man should separate himself from the observance of hours and Sabbaths and moons and seasons,
and
divinations and sorceries and Chaldaean arts and magic,
from fornication and from festive music, from vain doctrines,
which are
instruments of the Evil One,
from the blandishment of honeyed words, from
blasphemy and from adultery.

And that a man should not bear false witness, and that a man should not speak with double tongue. These then are the works of the faith which is based on the true Stone which is Christ, on Whom the whole building is reared up.

Excerpt from A Gathered People
10/27/2007

Hicks, Melton, Valentine:

by John Mark Hicks, Johnny Melton and Bobby Valentine
September - October, 2007

Leafwood/ACU Press 2007


From the wilderness onward the Qahal, Synagogue or Church of Christ was defined both inclusively and exclusively:
Inclusive Rest, Read and Rehearse the Word of God handed down from Moses.
Exclusive: vocal or instrumental rejoicing including any kind of elevated form of speech
That's what Jesus appoved and NEVER attended Sabbath worship around the Temple

If you assemble only to PREACH the Word by READING and discussing the Word then godly people will never think about training rhetoricians, singers and instrument players as BACK UP for God speaking ONLY through His Word through Prophets and Apostles.

Rest was important because the national system had been abandoned to Sabazianism or that which they brought out of Egyppt.  Christ the Rock quarantined the godly people on the REST day while the Levites were profaning the Sabbath with impunity because God had radically disconnected from those these writers want to IMPOSE on you to "transform" you.

CHRIST'S WAY OF TRANSFORMING US:
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that
        YE present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,
First, the body of flesh must be sacrificed or burned up:
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have
crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
G2378 thusia thoo-see'-ah From G2380 to sacrifice (properly by fire, but generally); by extension to immolate (slaughter for any purpose):—kill, (do) sacrifice, slay.; sacrifice (the act or the victim, literally or figuratively):—sacrifice.

Even the Godly quarantined from the Jewish system
Isaiah 58:13 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:
Because Jesus called the Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites and Christ in Ezekiel 33 includes rhetoricians, singers and instrument players as the MARK of merchandising with no intention of obeying the Word, you have to crucify your own vain imagination or silly first person stories and, like the synagogue from the wilderness onward be Word of God Centered.

       
which is YOUR reasonable service. [Latreia, lat latreuo a hired menial

       
tēn logikēn latreian humōn:

Greek rational worship demands:

logi^k-os , ē, on, (logos) A. of or for speaking or speech, merē l. the organs of speech, Plu.Cor.38:
logikē, , speech, Opposite. mousikē, Opposite phantasia expressed in speech,
II. possessed of reason, intellectual, “merosTi.Locr.99e, al.; “to l. zōon   
        dianoētikai, Mind Opposite. ēthikai, Arist.EN1108b9.
        And:
        Ethi^k-os , A. ēthos11) moral, Opposite. dianoētikos, Arist.EN1103a5,
        al.; ta ēthika a treatise on morals,
2. dialectical, argumentative, hoi l. dialogoi
    logical, l. sullogismoi, Opposite. rhētorikoi, Rh.1355a13.
    peri logikōn title of work, Opposite to phusikon, to ēthikon,
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world:
        but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
        that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God

Jesus was transformed into another [
allēlōn] Comforter.  The name of that transfigured Comforter is Jesus Christ the Righteous.
Metamorph-oō, “heauton eis tiAel.VH1.1; disguise, “heauton” “apo doxēs eis doxan2 Ep.Cor.3.18; to be transfigured, Ev.Matt.17.2, etc.

2Corinthians 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:
2Corinthians 3:14 But their minds were blinded:
        for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the READING of the old testament;
        which vail is done away in Christ.
 
At baptism Christ gives us A holy spirit or A good conscience (1 Peter 3:21) which means consciousness or the co-perception of the word.

2Corinthians 3:15 But even unto this day,
         when Moses is read,
        the vail is upon their heart.
2Corinthians 3:16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, [convert is parallel to baptism]
        the vail shall be taken away.

Then you will NOT be confused about a "trinity" or family of gods:

2Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit:
        and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
2Corinthians 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 Lord.
Even as from the Lord, the Spirit ASV, WEB, NIV
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing:
        the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life

When the "perfect" is come and we have matured:

1Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly;
        but then face to face: now I know in part;
        but then shall I know even as also I am known.

Denying Christ is depriving Him of His full authority.

THAT IS CLEARLY THE "LEFT MEMORIES" OF THE APOSTLES

2Peter 1:15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease
        to have these things always in remembrance.
2Peter 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables,
        when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
         but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
2Peter 1:17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory,
        when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory,
        This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners
        spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, [not kings or priests]
Hebrews 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son,
        whom he hath appointed heir of all things,
        by whom also he made the worlds;
Jeremiah 51:15 He hath made the earth by his power,
        he hath established the world by his wisdom,
         and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding.
Jeremiah 51:16 When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens; and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth: he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.

Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory,
        and the express image of his person,
        and upholding all things by the word of his power,
        when he had by himself purged our sins,
        sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
2Peter 1:18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard,
        when we were with him in the holy mount.
2Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy;
        whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, [the only worship concept]
        as unto a light that shineth in a dark place,
        until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
2Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
2Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:
         but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

WARNING TO ANYONE CLAIMING TRANSFORMING POWERS

2Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people,
         even as there shall be false teachers among you,
        who privily shall bring in damnable heresies,
        even denying the Lord that bought them, 
                [by denying the ONE God and Jesus whom God made to be both Lord and Christ]
        and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2Peter 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways;
         by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
2Peter 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you:
        whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

Hypocrites (Ezek 33) are self-speakers, singers and instrument players.
They saw godliness as a means of financial gain: occupation.
Corrupting the Word is "selling learning at retail."
Musical worship teams with or without instruments claim to be able to lead you into the presence of God: this paper seems to promise the same thing. That means that they are standing in the holy place claiming to be God or MEDIATORS to replace Jesus and HIS transforming Word.
Nothing men can invent is the Will of God.

THAT IS THE CHRIST-COMMANDED, CHRIST-EXAMPLED AND UNIVERSAL EDIFICATION WITH THE WORD PATTERN

The Will of God who made Jesus of Nazareth to be both Lord and Christ and the only authority for His church or Kingdom in "exile" because it is within us and cannot be seen, felt or heard.

The UNIVERSAL pattern is the WILL OF god

THE DEVILS WAY OF TRANSFORMING:
2Corinthians 11:1 Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.
2Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy:
        for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
2Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty,
        so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
2Corinthians 11:12 But what I do, that I will do,
        that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion;
        that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.
2Corinthians 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers,
        transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
2Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
2Corinthians 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness;
         whose end shall be according to their works.


PETER AND OTHERS RECORDED A MEMORY OF THEIR EYE AND EAR WITNESS.
The Prophecies by Christ and made more certain by Jesus of Nazareth are not subject to "further expounding."

2Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people,
        even as there shall be false teachers among you,
        who privily shall bring in damnable heresies,
        even denying the Lord that bought them,
        and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2Peter 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
2Peter 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you:
        whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

JOHN SPOKE OF THE SAME SPIRITS OF DEVILS

Revelation 18:22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters,
        shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be,
        shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;
Revelation 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee;
        and the voice of the bridegroom [Heiros Gamos] and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee:
        for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries WERE all nations deceived.

Hicks, Melton, Valentine: Life and Assembly in God’s Story

The following are three quotes that describe worship. This one is from Israel’s worship.
Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.

Psalm 95:6
Bow down or fall on your face is the only thing called worship in the Old Testament.

IN CONTEXT:MAKING WAR AND PRONOUNCING JUDGMENT
Now, the rest of the Psalm gives the reason for making a loud noise because all pagans believed they could appease or even threaten the gods to forstall their doom.
YOU HAD BETTER NOT COME WITH YOUR OWN IMAGINED "LITURGY."
Psa. 95:2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving,
        and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
Psa. 95:3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
Psa. 95:4 In his hand ARE THE DEEP PLACES OF THE EARTH:
        THE STRENGTH OF THE HILLS IS his also.
Psa. 95:5 The sea IS HIS, AND HE MADE IT: AND HIS HANDS FORMED THE DRY LAND.
Psa. 95:6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.

BECAUSE HERE IS WHAT HAPPENS TO THOSE WHO DO NOT HEAR HIS VOICE.
Psa. 95:7 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
        To day if ye will hear his voice,
The only thing we mortals can do is to be disciples: A Disciple doesn't do superstitious rituals: a disciple goes to the School of Christ.
Audĭo, to hear, to perceive or understand by hearing, to learn
A.1.
2. Aliquem, of pupils, to hear a teacher, i. e. to receive instruction from, to study under
B. Aliquem, aliquid, or absol. audio, to hear a person or thing with approbation, to assent to, agree with, approve, grant, allow:

Genesis 14.14] When Abram heard that his relative was taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued as far as Dan.

John 11.[42] I know that you always listen to me, but because of the multitude that stands around I said this, that they may believe that you sent me.

Vŏco 2. To bid, invite one as a guest, to dinner,
6.  In eccl. Lat., to call to a knowledge of the gospel, Vulg. 1 Cor. 1, 2; id. Gal. 1, 6; id. 1 Thess. 2, 12.—

Cor A. The heart, as the seat of feeling, emotion, etc., heart, soul, feeling, spirit
Psa. 95:8 Harden not your heart, as in the provocation,
        and as in the day of temptation [attack] in the wilderness:

Psa. 95:9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.
Psa. 95:10 Forty years long was I grieved with this generation,
        and said, It is a people that do err in their heart,
        and they have not known my ways:
Offendo  to hit, thrust, strike, or dash against something, legi, to offend against or violate the law, Dig. 22, 1, 1.—Hence (eccl. Lat.), to offend, commit a sin:

Ths proof textproves that our jobs as mortals is to LEARN FROM God.

Co-gnosco , I.  To become thoroughly acquainted with (by the senses or mentally), to learn by inquiring, to examine, investigate, perceive, see, understand, learn
III.  With the access. idea of individual exertion (cf. Gr. gignōskō), to seek or strive to know something, to inquire into, to investigate, examine (so freq. only as a jurid. and milit. t. t.): “accipe, cognosce signum,Plaut. Ps. 4, 2, 31.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him:
        for he that cometh to God must believe that he is,
        and that he is a rewarder [pays wages] of them that diligently seek him
Inquīro , I. to seek after, search for, inquire into any thing (cf. anquirere).
B. [select] To search, pry, examine, or inquire into any thing
searched into or for: “res,Liv. 10, 40, 10: “corpus magna cum cura inquisitum,searched for, id. 22, 7, 5:
    inquīsītē , with investigation, thoroughly, Gell. 1, 3, 9; comp., id. 1, 3, 21.
1 Peter 1.10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets sought and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, 

Gell. 1, 3, 9 So too many subsequent students of philosophy, as appears in their works, p15have inquired very carefully and very anxiously, to use their own language, εἰ δεῖ βοηθεῖν τῷ φίλῳ παρὰ τὸ δίκαιον καὶ μέχρι πόσου καὶ ποῖα. [The sentence which follows translates the Greek literally, except that for τὸ δίκαιον, "what is right," we have in the Latin ius moremve, "law or precedent." The Romans laid great stress on the mos maiorum, the precedent set by their forefathers. ]  That is to say, they inquired "whether one may sometimes act contrary to law or contrary to precedent in a friend's behalf, and under what circumstances and to what extent."...
For when a friend asked him to perjure himself in court for his sake, he replied in these words: "One ought to aid one's friends, but only so far as the gods allow." [That is, so far as one can do so without violating the laws of the gods or breaking an oath which one has taken in the name of a god; cf. Cic. Off. III.44, quae salva fide facere possit.]

21 Theophrastus, however, in the book that I have mentioned, discusses this very question more exhaustively and with more care and precision than Cicero. 22 But even he in his exposition does not express an opinion about separate and individual action, nor with the corroborative evidence of examples, but treats classes of actions briefly and generally, in about the following terms:

Psa. 95:11 Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.

HERE IS WHY

Exod 31:12 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
Exod 31:13 Speak thou also unto the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL,
        saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep:
        for it is a sign between me and you
        throughout your generations; [your revolution of time]
        that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you.

That doesn't sound like A DAY OF WORSHIP to me! The word KEEP is:

Exod 31:14 Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you:
        every one that DEFILETH it shall surely be put to death:
        for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.

Defile is h2490 Play the flute, steal people's inheritance, pollute or prostitute.

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 cautiously, carefully: “ut parce custoditeque ludebat!Plin. Ep. 5, 16, 3.
Plin. Ep. 5, 16, 3. how eagerly , how intellegenter lectitabat! when moderately custoditeque ludebat!
FORBIDS:  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:

PEOPLE MISS ACTS 7 ON THEIR WAY TO OCCUPATIONAL THEOLOGY

Acts 7:41 And they made a calf in those days, 
        and offered sacrifice unto the idol, 
        and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.
Euphrainō , Ep. euphr-, fut. Att.155.12, Pi.I.7(6).3   II. Pass., make merry, enjoy oneself,

Pind. 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 children and their athletic victories: first in Nemea, Zeus, in your honor they received the choicest of garlands,
Aristoph. Ach. 5 I was in ecstasy and I love the Knights for this deed; ‘it is an honour to Greece.’ But the day when I was impatiently awaiting a piece by Aeschylus, what tragic despair it caused me when the herald called, “Theognis, introduce your Chorus!” Just imagine how this blow struck straight at my heart!

Xen. Sym. 7.5 However, these questions also fail to promote the same object that wine does; but if the young people were to have a flute accompaniment and dance figures depicting the Graces, the Horae, and the Nymphs, I believe that they would be far less wearied themselves and that the charms of the banquet would be greatly enhanced.”
Acts 7:42 Then God turned,
        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.
WHY WOULD PEOPLE BE WAGED OR PROFESSIONED WITHOUT THE ABILITY TO READ THAT?

Because of musical idolatry at Mount Sinai Israel lost their right to rest in Canaan: the penalty was that they should be abandoned to Babylon and Babylonianism.  Jesus uses acted parables to repudiate all of the EXTRA BIBLICAL festivals the Jews brought with them.


LOUD NOISE IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE WAIL OR MOURNING OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST CONNECTION WITH THE HEAD.

Therefore thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the Chaldeans, and into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and he shall take it: Jer 32:28

And the Chaldeans, that fight against this city, shall come and set fire on this city, and burn it with the houses, upon whose roofs they have offered incense unto Baal, and poured out drink offerings unto other gods, to provoke me to anger. Jer 32:29
For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have only done evil before me from their youth: for the children of Israel have only provoked me to anger with the work of their hands, saith the Lord. Jer 32:30 
Jer. 32:31 For this city hath been to me as a provocation of mine anger and of my fury from the day that they built it even unto this day; that I should remove it from before my face,

Because of all the evil of the children of Israel and of the children of Judah, which they have done to provoke me to anger, they, their kings, their princes, their priests, and their prophets, and the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Jer 32:32
And they have turned unto me the back, and not the face
        though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them,
        yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction. Jer 32:33
But they set their abominations in the house,
        which is called by my name, to defile it. Jer 32:34
However, the SPIRITUAL THREAD: By direct command the Spirit of Christ defined the assembly in Numbers 10 and elsewhere as a Holy Convocation. Both vocal and instrumental rejoicing were outlawed because the Qahal, synagogue or church in the wilderness was a school of the Bible. No one every thought of a "praise service" in the synagoguge.

Num. 10:7 But when the congregation is to be gathered together, ye shall blow, but ye shall not sound an alarm.
Alarm: 7321.ruwa roo-ah´; a primitive root; to mar (especially by breaking); figuratively, to split the ears (with sound), i.e. shout (for alarm or joy):—blow an alarm, cry (alarm, aloud, out), destroy, make a joyful noise, smart, shout (for joy), sound an alarm, triumph.

Miqra (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.

So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. Ne.8:8



As examples:
  1. Jesus grew up and attended the synagogue: He stood up to read the Scriptures and then sat down for dialog.
  2. He cast out the musical minstrels "like dung" before His healing work.
  3. He consigned the pipers, singers and dancers to the marketplace where Paul left the sects in Romans 14
Hebrews 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith,
         Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
Hebrews 10:6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
Hebrews 10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
Hebrews 10:8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not,
        neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
Hebrews 10:9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God.
        He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
Hebrews 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Hebrews 10:11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
Hebrews 10:12 But this MAN, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever,
        sat down on the right hand of God;
Hebrews 10:13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

Hebrews 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
Hebrews 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us,
        through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
Hebrews 10:21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,
         having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience,
        and our bodies washed with pure water.
Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

Heb. 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Heb. 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,
        as the manner of some is;
        but exhorting one another:
        and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Hicks, Melton, Valentine:   This one is out of the idea in Churches of Christ in the 1950s that there are five and only five acts of worship.
To be scriptural our Lord’s day worship must contain all of these five required items...To have less than these required five is to render the worship vain! To have more than these, is to corrupt the worship! John Banister (1951)i
In fact Jesus never commanded "a worship service."  Nor did anyone come together, assemble or gather (synagogue) to hold a worship service.
Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is within us and does not come with observation.  WORSHIP MEANS:
Lk 17:16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
WHAT WE ARE COMMANDED NOT TO DO:
1Corinthians 10:6 Now these things were our EXAMPLE (pattern),
         to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
1Corinthians 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written,
        The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

Paizō
4. play on a musical instrument, h.Ap.206: c. acc., “Pan ho kalamophthogga paizōnAr.Ra.230; dance and sing, Pi. O.1.16.
5. play amorously, “pros allēlous

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

If there are not five then certainly there are not six (musical worship teams) or seven (instrumental music) and the LAW of giving for STAFF for which there is no Role and no Dole.
Lk 17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:

Observātiō ōnis, observo, a watching, observance, investigation: observationes animadvertebant, your searches for evidence: siderum.— Circumspection, care, exactness: summa in bello movendo.

Religious observations are carefully crafted to take control of all of one's attention. That is the worship concept with is to be directed only to God.

Tendo: In the pagan religions they gave lots of attention to tuning or playing their musical  instruments: cornu,” “barbiton,to tune, “tympana tenta tonant palmis, stretching out their bow strings. To shoot, to hurl.

(b). To exert one's self, to strive, endeavor (mostly poet.
b. n partic., to exert one's self in opposition, to strive, try, endeavor, contend  adversus, etc.,id. 34, 34, 1: “contra,
Lucr. 6, 1195: “tormento citharāque tensior,” [Tendo]
2. In partic.: “nervum tendere, in mal. part.,Auct. Priap. 70; cf. Mart. 11, 60, 3.—Hence, tentus, a lecherous man,
ēlŏquĭum , ii, n. id..
I. In Aug. poets, and their imitators among prose writers, for eloquentia, eloquence, * Hor. A. P. 217; * Verg. A. 11, 383; Ov. Tr. 1, 9, 46; id. M. 13, 63; 322 al.; Vell. 2, 68, 1; Plin. 11, 17, 18, § 55.—
II. In late Lat., declaration, communication in gen., Diom. p. 413 P.; Mamert. Pan. Maxim. 9: “eloquia pulchritudinis,fine words, Vulg. Gen. 49, 21; id. Prov. 4, 20 al.
Lucr. 6.1195  Signs of death from lack of water:
The heralds of old death. And in those months
Was given many another sign of death:
The intellect of mind by sorrow and dread
Deranged, the sad brow, the countenance
Fierce and delirious, the tormented ears
Beset with ringings, the breath quick and short

Chorda II. Catgut, a string (of a musical instrument),
B. A rope, cord, for binding a slave : “tunc tibi actutum chorda tenditur, Plaut. Most. 3, 2, 55

TRANIO
I will inform you. My master has arrived from abroad.

SIMO
In that case, the cord will be stretched for you; thence to the place where iron fetters clink; after that, straight to the cross.

Ringing: Cĭthăra , ae, f., = kithara, I. the cithara, cithern, guitar, or lute.
II. Meton., the music of the cithara, or, in gen., of a stringed instrument, the art of playing on the cithara
WOULDN'T CAREFULLY CRAFTING A WORSHIP ASSEMBLY BE VILE LEGALISM?

Hicks, Melton, Valentine:
Finally, this one is from a contemporary writer who follows the “Edification Model” that sees no special presence of God in the assembly but views worship as a way of filling the tank of discipleship to go on living in “daily worship.”

Thats the one Jesus exampled and commaned: I like that one.

That's a fact: Jesus of Nazareth in His Holy Spirit form promises to be with the twos or threes gathered in HIS NAME
Matthew 11:25 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.

The Wise from whom God hides Himself:
Sophos , ē, on, A.  skilled in any handicraft or art, clever Margites Fr.2; but in this sense mostly of poets and musicians, Pi.O.1.9, P.1.42, 3.113; en kithara s. E.IT1238 (lyr.), cf. Ar.Ra.896 (lyr.), etc.; tēn tekhnēn -ōteros ib.766; “peri tiPl.Lg.696c; glōssē s. S.Fr.88.10;
also en oiōnois, kithara, E. IT662, 1238 (l

God loves to make fools of fools: the prudent which Amos said should KEEP SILENT are.

Sunetos , ē, on, (suniēmi) A. intelligent, sagacious, wise, Democr.98, Pi.P.5.107, Hdt.1.185 (Comp.), etc.; “phōnaenta sunetoisinPi.O.2.85; of Zeus and Apollo, “xunetoi kai ta brotōn eidotesS.OT498 (lyr.); “x. phrenesAr.Ra.876 (lyr.); of animals, Arist.HA589a1 (Comp.); s. hēlikiē the age of wisdom, AP5.111 (Phld.), etc.; sunetē alone, ib. 11.25 (Apollonid.); also to s., = sunesis, E.Or.1180, Th.2.15; to pros hapan x. Id.3.82: c. gen. rei, intelligent in a thing, “x. polemouE.Or. 1406 (anap.)
II. Pass., intelligible, “eumares suneton poēsai panti tout'Sapph.Supp.5.5; “ou x. thnētois peirataThgn.1078; “phroneonti suneta garuōB.3.85; suneta audan, legein, Hdt.2.57, E.Ph.498, etc.; esp. in oxymora, “anaboēsetai ou suneta sunetōsId.IA466; “dusxunetou xuneton melosId.Ph.1506 (lyr.): act. and pass. senses conjoined, “euxuneton xunetois boanId.IT1092 (lyr.); phōnē s. significant, Arist.Po.1456b23.
III. Adv. -tōs intelligently, E.IA466, Ar.V.633 (lyr.).
2. intelligibly, “dialegesthaiArist.Pr.902a17; phthegxamenou . . ouden s. Plu.Sull.27; suneta homilein to discourse intelligibly, Babr.Prooem.11.
The Phrase: “dusxunetou xuneton melos

Dus-xunetos , on, A. hard to understand, “dusxuneton xunetos melos egnōE.Ph.1506
(lyr.); “diagrammataX.Mem.4.7.3;
Eur. Phoen. 1506
[1495] Your strife—not strife, but murder on murder— has brought the house of Oedipus to ruin with dire and grim bloodshed. What harmonious or tuneful wailing can I summon, [1500] for my tears, my tears, oh, my home! oh, my home! as I bear these three kindred bodies, my mother and her sons, a welcome sight to the Fury? She destroyed the house of Oedipus, root and branch, [1505] when his shrewdness solved the Sphinx's unsolvable song and killed that savage singer. Alas for you, father! What other Hellene or barbarian,
Diagramma , atos2. in Music, scale, Phan.Hist.17; but aph' henos d. hupokrekein on one note, Plu.2.55d, cf. Dem.13. III. ordinance, regulation,
THERE IS NO MUSICAL MELODY WORD IN THE BIBLE: if the Spirit of Christ wanted to permit it the word is:
Melos does not allow: Melos , eos, to/, 2. music to which a song is set, tune, Arist.Po.1450a14;
        Opposite. rhuthmos, metron, Pl.Grg. 502c;
        Opposite. rhuthmos, rhēma, Id.Lg.656c;
                But: rhēmatos ekhomenon Melos still does not include either Rythm or Meter 

But, then, not even musical melody permits speaking, rhythm or meter.  That''s good since God deprived us of any metrical material to "sing".

Matthew 11:26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
Matthew 11:27 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.

STOP ALL OF THE PAGAN HYPOCRITIC ARTS (SPEAKERS, SINGERS, PLAYERS EZ 33)

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
        and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11.28 Deute pros me pantes hoi kopiōntes kai pephortismenoi, kagō anapausō humas.

LABOR IMPOSED BY THE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES WAS RELIGIOUS RITUALS

Labor is: kop-iaō ,Men.l.c.; k. hupo agathōn to be weary of good things, Ar.Av.735; “ek tēs hodoiporiasEv.Jo.4.6; “ dianoia” “k. orkhoumenoi Ar.Fr.602; “zōnAP12.46 (Asclep.); kopiatō philosophōn

WHATEVER MAKES YOU TIRED IS ELEMINATED WHEN YOU COME TO JESUS FOR REST,  Jesus specificially named:

Luke 7:30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.
Luke 7:31 And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the ME of this generation? and to what are they like?
Luke 7:32 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.

Orkheomai , “en rhuthmōX.Cyr.1.3.10 o. pros ton aulon skhēmataId.Smp.7.5 ; “o. ton hormon

Aulos , A. pipe, flute, clarionet, Il.10.13, 18.495, h.Merc.452; “LudiosPi.O.5.19; Elumos, i.e. Phrugios (q. v.), S.Fr.398; “LibusE.Alc.347; au. gunaikēios, andrēios, Hdt.1.17; au. andreioi, paidikoi, parthenioi Arist. HA581b11; “didumois auloisin aeisaiTheoc.Ep.5.1; “emphusan eis aulousD.S.3.59; au. Enualiou, i.e. a trumpet, AP6.151 (Tymn.); hup' aulou to the sound of the flute, Hdt. l. c.; pros ton au., hupo ton au., X.Smp.6.3, etc.: pl., auloi pēktidos pipes of the pēktis,

Skhēma , atos, to/, (ekhō, skhein) 2. appearance, Opposite. the reality, ouden allo plēn . s. a mere outside, E.Fr.25, cf. 360.27, Pl.R.365c; show, pretence, “ēn de touto . . s. politikon tou logouTh.8.89; 5. character, role, metabalein to s. Pl.Alc.1.135d; “panta s. poieinId.R.576a; “en mētros skhēmatiId.Lg.918e, cf. 859a; apolabein to heautōn s. to recover their proper character, X.Cyr.7.1.49. 7. a figure in Dancing, Ar.V.1485: mostly in pl., figures, gestures (cf. skhēmation), E.Cyc. 221, Ar.Pax323, Pl.Lg.669d, Epigr. ap. Plu.2.732f, etc.; “skhēmata pros ton aulon orkheisthaiX.Smp.7.5; en . . mousikē kai skhēmata . . kai melē enesti figures and tunes, Pl.Lg.655a
10. = to aidoion LXXIs.3.17.

Xen. Sym. 7.5 However, these questions also fail to promote the same object that wine does; but if the young people were to have a flute accompaniment and dance figures depicting the Graces, the Horae, and the Nymphs, I believe that they would be far less wearied themselves and that the charms of the banquet would be greatly enhanced.”

“Upon my word, Socrates,” replied the Syracusan, “you are quite right; and I will bring in a spectacle that will delight you.”

2. represent by dancing or pantomime, orkheisthai tēn tou Kronou teknophagian, o. ton Aianta, Luc.Salt.80, 83, cf. AP9.248 (Boeth.), 11.254 (Lucill.).

III. Act. orkheō , make to dance (v. Pl.Cra.407a), is used by Ion Trag.50, ek tōn aelptōn mallon ōrkhēsen phrenas made my heart leap (so codd. Ath., ōrkhēsai Nauck); but orkēsi in Ar.Th.1179 is a barbarism for orkhētai.
Labor is:II. work hard, toil, Ev.Matt.6.28, etc.; “meth' hēdonēs k.Vett.Val.266.6; “eis ti1 Ep.Ti.4.10, cf. Ep.Rom.16.6; “en tini1 Ep.Ti.5.17; “epi tiLXX Jo.24.13: c. inf., strive, struggle, “ kopia zēteinLyr.Alex.Adesp.37.7.
   
        Methe A. strong drink, kalōs ekhein methēs to be pretty well drunk
        2. metaph., “hupo methēs tou phobou nautiaPl.Lg.639b, cf. Metrod.Herc.831.18;
                “m. nēphaliō kataskhetheis hōsper hoi korubantiōntesPh.1.16, cf.2.320.

Koru^bant-iaō
, A. celebrate the rites of the Corybantes, to be filled with Corybantic frenzy, Pl.Cri.54d, Smp.215e, Ion 533e, 536c; K. peri ti to be infatuated about a thing, Longin.5: in Ar.V.8, comically, of a drowsy person nodding and suddenly starting up, cf. Plin.HN11.147.

Plat. Crito 54d what he says, but take our advice.
Be well assured, my dear friend, Crito, that this is what I seem to hear,
        as the frenzied dervishes of Cybele seem to hear the flutes,
                and this sound of these words re-echoes within me
                and prevents my hearing any other words.
And be assured that, so far as I now believe, if you argue against these words you will speak in vain.
        Nevertheless, if you think you can accomplish anything, speak.
SO THAT YOU CAN PERFORM THE ONLY CENI MEANING OF THE ASSEMBLY

Matthew 11:29 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.
29 arate ton zugon mou eph' humas kai mathete ap' emou, hoti praus eimi kai tapeinos kardia, kaiheurēsete anapausin tais psukhaishumōn:”
Matthew 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light

THE DIRECT COMMANDED FUNCTION
Manthanō , Pi.P.3.80, etc.: fut. learners, pupils, I. acquire a habit of, and in past tenses, to be accustomed to . . , c. inf., Emp.17.9, Hp.VM10; “tous memathēkotas aristanId.Acut.28; to memathēkos that which is usual, “proteron ē husteron tou m.”  III. perceive, remark, notice, “to plēthosHdt.7.208; “allēlous m. hoposoi eiēsanX.HG2.1.1.
IV. understand (cf Pl.Euthd.277e), “hōs mathō saphesteronA.Ch.767; “
Ana-pauō ,
STOP:  Therap-eia , Ion. thera^p-ēiē (thera^p-eiē Hp.Art.80, (,A. service, attendance:
I. of persons, th. tōn theōn service paid to the gods, Pl. Euthphr.13d, cf. E.El.744 (lyr.); “theōn kai hērōōn therapeiaiPl.R.427b, etc.; “ peri tous theous th.Isoc.11.24; aguiatides th. worship of Apollo Agyieus, E.Ion187; “tēn th. apodidonai tois theoisArist.Pol.1329a32; “th. tēs mēnidosJul.Or.5.159b: abs., “pasan th. hōs isotheos therapeuomenosPl.Phdr.255a, cf. Antipho 4.2.4; of parents, “goneōn therapeias kai timasPl.Lg.886c, cf. Gorg.Fr.6 D.; of children, nurture, care, “mikrous paidas therapeias deomenousLys.13.45; “th. kai esthēsX.Mem.3.11.4; th. sōmatos, psukhēs, Pl.Grg.464b, La.185e.
Hicks, Melton, Valentine: Where have we gone astray? How can we recapture the wonder of worship
        that ancient Israel and Jesus had when they worshiped? The purpose of this article, partly an excerpt from our new book,
        is to revision the ancient ways of assembly in Israel,
        Christ, and the church that will help shape our assemblies today.

The Levites were abandoned to worship the starry host: they performed as soothsayer with instruments.
The Godly people assembled for the EDIFICATION MODEN in the Church of Christ in the wilderness.


Worship is certainly the rage these days. There are major worship conferences every year. Popular Christian artists are producing worship CDs. Dozens of books and hundreds of articles are dedicated to all aspects of worship.
In many ways this is as it should be—the church should be passionate about worshipping the God of glory.

That sounds so WORKS INTENSIVE: you cannot worship with liturgical actions. The worship wars are based on a sense of lostness:
Arnobius writing (A.D. 297-303) Ridicules instrumental music in worship and Charismatic Worship as idolatrous.
In a footnote on the first page of Book I the editor notes that-- arnobius, instrumental music in worship,
        The words
insanir, m bacchari, refer to the appearance of the ancient seers when under the influence of the deity. The meaning is, that they make their asserverations with all the confidence of a seer when filled, as he pretended, with the influence of the god." (Arnibious, Ante-Nicene, VI, p. 413)
Nay, rather, to speak out more truly, the augurs, the dream interpreters, the soothsayers, the prophets, and the priestlings, ever vain, have devised these fables; for they, fearing that their own arts be brought to nought, and that they may extort but scanty contributions from the devotees, now few and infrequent, whenever they have found you to be willing that their craft should come into disrepute, cry aloud, the Gods are neglected, and
in the temples there is now a very thin attendance. For ceremonies are exposed to derision, and the time- honoured rites of institutions once sacred have sunk before the superstitions of new religions.
And men--a senseless race--being unable, from their inborn blindness, to see even that which is placed in open light, dare to assert in their frenzy  what you in your sane mind do not blush to believe.

(Arnobius Against the Heathen, Ante-Nicene Fathers, VI, p. 418).
BUT, JESUS SAID:
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying,
        All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them
         in the name [singular] of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: [Jesus Christ says Peter Acts 2:38]
Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:
        and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.
        He was a murderer from the beginning,
        and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.
        When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own:
        for he is a liar, and the father of it.
How can men improve on that?

Hicks, Melton, Valentine:
  Churches of Christ have done more than devote energy to the study of worship, especially corporate worship. We have agonized over it! Our birth as a religious tradition took place in liturgical acts of worship. From Barton W. Stone’s communion festival at Cane Ridge in 1801 to Alexander Campbell’s dispensing of his communion token at Glasgow in 1808, concern for proper worship has been a hallmark of our identity.

THAT'S FALSE: Churches of Christ were not birthed at Cane Ridge nor were Churches of Christ ever joined to the Disciples

In an Essay on the Religion of Christianity in the Christian Baptist, October 4, 1824, Thomas Campbell wrote:

WHILE many writers and teachers, some of them too of high repute in the christian world, so called,
compliment christianity, I mean the New Testament exhibition of it, upon the superexcellency of its moral dictates, who, at the same time are ignorant of, and even averse to, the religion it inculcates and whilst others profess to embrace it as a system of religion, without imbibing the spirit, realizing the truth, and experiencing the power of its religious institutions;
but merely superstruct to themselves, rest in, and are satisfied with, a form of godliness; and that, very often, a deficient, imperfect form,  or such as their own imagination has devised;

let us, with an open bible before us, distinguish and contemplate that religion which it enjoins and exhibits--I mean the religion of christianity, for it also exhibits the religion of Judaism; but with this, in the mean time,

we christians have nothing directly to do--
        we derive our religion immediately from the New Testament.
        "The author and ultimate object of our holy religion, is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
         by
HIS Spirit, speaking in Christ and his holy apostles.
The principle of this holy religion within us, is faith, a correspondent faith; that is, a belief, or inwrought persuasion by, and according to, the word of truth, in all points corresponding to the revelation which God has made of himself through Jesus Christ by the Spirit. Hence, being rooted and grounded in the truth of this revelation, by faith in the divine testimony,
we contemplate and worship God inwardly;
that is, adore and reverence him in our souls,
according to the characters and attributes under which he has revealed himself to us.
Thus we worship the Father, through the Son, by the Spirit, relying upon his teachings in and by the word, to lead us into all the truth which he has testified for our edification and salvation; [i.e. "Worship in Spirit (mind) and in truth (His Word)]

and also upon his internal influence to excite, instruct, and comfort us, by the truth; to help our infirmities, and to enable us to think and pray as we ought, both as to the matter and manner of our prayers. See Rom. viii. 26, and Jude 22, 21, with a multitude of other scriptures.

Thus we have the internal religion, the habitual worship of the real believer, the sincere bible-taught christian with its principle; which is the faith above described. See Rom. x. 12-15.

See our Notes

Hicks, Melton, Valentine:   Churches of Christ despite all our agonizing have been more reactive than programmatic. We, as a people, have rarely formulated a positive and foundational theology of worship. This has sometimes led us to embrace false dichotomies about worship. The most frequent false dichotomy is found in two common but opposing understandings of assembly in Churches of Christ—the “Five Acts Model” and the “Edification Model.”

Jesus commanded that we worship IN SPIRIT which is opposite to AT the houses.  And we give attention to THE TRUTH.  The woman at the well knew that "when Messias comes He will tell us all things."  How sad that we are so learned.
Philippians 3:2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.
Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision,
        which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
Philippians 3:4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh.
        If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:


Philippians 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
Philippians 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping,
        that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
Philippians 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
Philippians 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
 

Two Models of Assembly

The “Five Acts Model” believes worship is five, and only five, acts of worship performed by the corporate assembly on the Lord’s Day. Assembly is something we do for God through prescribed acts; it is a function of obedience.

The failure to teach that which has been taught is often the product of putting two human options in conflct.  Worship is defined by Jesus Christ and was practiced for centuries without the law of preaching, singing or laying by in store.

This is a produce of the Doctors of the Law whom Jesus said "take away the key to knowledge." Many of us grew up in an era where the Biblical pattern was followed and the Elders "taught that which had been taught." Preachers were very rare and might get paid with chickens.
  1. There is no Law of Preaching to an Audience (Eph 4): if so he is an unfunded mandate.
  2. There is no direct command to SING anything.
  3. There is no LAW of Giving.
  4. Would that the wise among us quit TEACHING people for selling learning at retail (corrupting the Word)
Hicks, Melton, Valentine: The “Edification Model” reacts negatively to this and suggests that the assembly is only for mutual encouragement and that all of life is worship. Assembly is something we do for each other. The assembly is not worship in any special sense—no sacramental encounter with God—since it is designed only for edification.

This may be the Mutual Edification Model but the Christ Model is that the elders as pastor-teachers teach that which has been taught.  Preaching in the synagogue or ekklesia was READING but not composing material from God

THE ROMANS EDIFICATION (EDUCATION) PATTERN

Rom 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink;
.. but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

In chapter 15 Paul will say that the COMFORTER comforts through "that which is written" or scripture.

Rom 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things
.. which make for peace, and
.. things wherewith one may edify another.

THEREFORE, Romans 15 defines the EDIFICATION or EDUCATION ASSEMBLY.

Ro.15:2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.

Cycle One

Cycle Two

WE then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Romans And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. Romans 15:10
Romans 15:2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. Romans 15:3
And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people. Romans 15:11
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning (teaching), that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust. Romans 15:12
Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: Romans 15:5 Now the God of hope fill you (not with wine but) with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13
That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify (tell of His works) God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:6 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. Romans 15:14
Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister (deacon) of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: Romans 15:8 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God. Romans 15:15
And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will (2) that the offering (bloodless sacrifice) up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:16
(1) confess to thee among the Gentiles, and (1) That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles,

(2) sing unto thy name. Romans 15:9

ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed. Rom 15:18

Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. Rom 15:19


HEBREWS DEFINES AWAY THE MEGA CHURCH OR ONE ENGAGING IN HOLY ENTERTAINMENT

Heb. 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines.
         For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; [Grace appeared TEACHING US]
        not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

Heb. 13:10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.
Heb. 13:11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, 
        are burned without the camp.  
Heb 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. [Rom 15:3 seduced nakedness]

[13toinun exerchômetha pros auton exô tês parembolês, ton oneidismon autou pherontes

The Camp is defined by Shelly as a Located Missionary.
Go
through the doors to escape abroad.
Camp is "battle array" tower, castle

G3925 parembolē par-em-bol-ay' From a compound of G3844 and G1685 ; a throwing in beside (juxtaposition), that is, (specifically) battle array, encampment or barracks (tower Antonia):--army, camp, castle.

Parem-bolê encampment, soldier's quarters, barracks

Castrum , I. any fortified place; a castle, fort, fortress, A.Lit., several soldiers' tents situated together; hence, a military camp, an encampment; Stativus. standing still, stationary. A. In military language, of or belonging to posts, stations, or quarters, a stationary camp, a camp where an army halts for a long while,  including the agora or marketplace

Heb 13:14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

[14] ou gar echomen hôde menousan polin, alla tên mellousan epizêtoumen 

Civitas. II. Concr., the citizens united in a community, the body - politic, the state, and as this consists of one city and its territory, or of several cities, it differs from urbs, i.e. the compass of the dwellings of the collected citizens; city, collection  

Heb 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise [thank offering] to God continually,
         that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

God supplies that fruit:

Isa 57:4 Against whom do ye SPORT yourselves? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood,
Isa 57:19 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him.
Isa 57:20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.

Isa 57:21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.

And outlaws seeking your own pleasure or speaking your own words.

Isaiah 58:13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath [rest],
        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:

Heb 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Heb 13:17 Obey them that have the rule [over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch [as sleepless] for your souls,
as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

OBEY: G3982 peithō pi'-tho A primary verb; to convince (by argument, true or false); by analogy to pacify or conciliate (by other fair means); reflexively or passively to assent (to evidence or authority), to rely (by inwardcertainty):--agree, assure, believe, have confidence, be (wax) content, make friend, obey, persuade, trust, yield.

THE ELDERS TEACH THE WORD AS IT HAS BEEN TAUGHT.  They do NOT let you INTO HEAVEN!

An Italian writer notes about worship in spirit that:

"Sometimes religion produces suggestive rituals shared by a community to create an atmosphere useful for uplifting one's thoughts and coming to one's senses. There are those who cannot do without such forms of worship. Where, however, the form takes the place of meditation, or conditions it; where human words prevail over the Spirit.. then we are no longer in the presence of true religion.

"The one who uses colours and sounds and forms and movements and other gifts of God under the illusion of creating a stairway to heaven out of his own resources can, even involuntarily and in good faith, be raising an invisible barrier between humanity and God himself. (Davide Melodia, The Lord of Silence)

Hicks, Melton, Valentine:   Both positions are reductionistic as they overstate their cases.
Scripture, in both Testaments, affirms that all life is lived out before God as worship. Everything we do should be done to honor the God of glory.
        Yet, the assembly is a sacramental encounter with God.
        It is an edifying,
                enriching
mediation and enjoyment
                of the gracious presence of the Triune God.
                The uniqueness of the assembly is its sacramental character—God does something FOR us.

This means that by participating in Liturgical Actions we work for and receive grace. Christ the Holy Spirit serves us when the elders as the Pastor-Teachers "teach that which has been taught."
Hastings Encyclopedia 5. Finally, participation in the Church's cultus was largely viewed as of value per se, like sacraments on the opus operation theory, and as a meritorious work before God, rather than a specially direct and effective mode of attaining spiritual fellowship with God, as the soul's supreme good. A radical revival of the original Christian spirit of faith was vitally needful to a new birth of worship...

Since Faith Comes from hearing, a sacramential or meritorious action or liturgical action is raw legalism.

Protestant worship.These were (1) that consecration effected change in the elements themselves (transubstantiation); and (2) that the changed elements were 'ottered' as a ' propitiatory sacrifice for living and dead' by the action of the celebrant, viewed as having a supernatural power as 'priest' in virtue of the sacrament of ' orders.' Thus the ritual of the Mass was generally felt by Protestants of all types to involve non-Scriptural, and therefore un-evangelic, ideas of the nature and means of the Christian salvation.

Protestantism, besides its emphasis on Word rather than Sacrament as means of communion with God, and in keeping with its idea of salvation by faith and not by deeds of ' merit' (rendered possible by sacramental grace), regards worship not as a meritorious action or ' service' (
leitourg-ia) to God, but rather in the light of realized fellowship with God through Christ, as of children with a father.

THIS IS WHAT PAUL SAID AND HICKS ETAL REPUDIATES

Latin: Romans 12.1 obsecro itaque vos fratres per misericordiam Dei ut exhibeatis corpora vestra hostiamviventemsanctam Deo placentem rationabile obsequium vestrum

Rătĭōnābĭlis , e, adj. ratio (post-Aug.; = rationalis, which is in better use), I.  reasonable, rational: he pure milk of reason, id. 1 Pet. 2, 2: “sententia vera et rationabilis,
Sententĭa , ae, f. for sentientia, from sentio, I. a way of thinking, opinion, judgment, sentiment; a purpose, determination, decision, will, etc.
I. Transf., of words, discourse, etc., sense, meaning, signification, idea, notion, etc.
1. In gen., a thought expressed in words; a sentence, period: dum de singulis sententiis breviter disputo
Timothy (campbell).-- T.--The best reasoning is that which leads us to the Oracles and turns our attention to the simplicity of the divine teaching. To reason ourselves out of false reasonings is not so easy as many suppose. We have one set of premises in our minds, and another before our eyes; and, therefore, our conclusions are very often erroneous; and because of the confusion in our premises we cannot detect the errors in our inferences.

To illustrate this I will make an experiment on yourself, and shall begin with asking you, What are your conclusions on the nature of that influence which the Holy Spirit exercises in converting men? We may speak of the degrees again.

This helps not our conceptions, and I must confess I can form no idea of a power spiritual, which is neither moral nor natural, nor a combination of the two. To speak of a spiritual power without some meaning attached to the word, is only to impose upon ourselves.
A trinity of thee persons is a uniquely Lipscomb University dogma invented by H. Leo Boles.  God as "three centers of consciousness is the dogma of John Mark Hicks.  There is only ONE God the Father and ONE LORD Jesus of Nazareth and HE has all authority.  It was Jesus and not the Spirit of the Universe who promised to be with us.
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying,
        All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things
        whatsoever I have commanded you:
        and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

PETER AND EVERYONE ELSE UNDERSTOOD THAT TO BE:

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them,
        Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,
        and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. [your spirit becomes A holy spirit or mind]

Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things
        unto God and the Father
        in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed,
        do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
        giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
Colossians 3:24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
Hicks, Melton, Valentine:  Briefly critiquing these two models, we hope to offer a more holistic approach to worship that values both the lives poured out before God as sacrificial offerings but also the sacramental reality of God’s presence among those gathered in his name.

Beyond the Lord’s Day and Filling Our Tanks

While we sympathize with the necessary corrective of the Edification Model, it also has a number of flaws. Just as we believe that all of life has theological significance before God, we also believe the assembly has theological significance. As much as we endorse the idea that our lives are living sacrifices, the assembly is more than mutual edification; it is an encounter with the Triune God.

But, Jesus said: Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

The gathering is always a form of the word synagogue:
sunagō 4. bring together, join in one, unite,
5.  bring together, make friends of, reconcile, Emp. ap. Arist.Metaph.1000b11, D.58.42, 59.45;
kērukes horkia pista theōn sunagon
2.  draw together, so as to make the extremities meet,
Aristot. Met. 1.980a [21]

All men naturally desire knowledge. An indication of this is our esteem for the senses; for apart from their use we esteem them for their own sake, and most of all the sense of sight. Not only with a view to action, but even when no action is contemplated,
        we prefer sight, generally speaking, to all the other senses.
        The reason of this is that of all the senses sight best helps us to know things, and reveals many distinctions.
Now animals are by nature born with the power of sensation, and from this some acquire the faculty of memory, whereas others do not.

WHY WOULD PEOPLE NEED TO INVENT LITURGICAL ACTION TO BRING THE TRINITY DOWN WHEN SYNAGOGUE IS THE CHRIST-ORDAINED COMMAND FROM THE WILDERNESS?

THIS IS THE ONE PIECE PATTERN FOR THE CHURCH ASSEMBLED
Acts 11.26 When he had found him, he brought him to Antioch.
         It happened, that even for a whole year
        they were gathered together with the assembly, and taught many people.
        The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
There was never any presence of THREE GOD PEOPLE when the people gathered ONLY to "teach many people."

WE MUST 'BURN UP' OUR BODIES BEFORE WE CAN WORSHIP 'IN' THE SPIRIT (A PLACE)
Latin: Romans 12.1 obsecro itaque vos fratres per misericordiam Dei ut exhibeatis corpora vestra hostiamviventemsanctam Deo placentem rationabile obsequium vestrum
Rătĭōnābĭlis , e, adj. ratio (post-Aug.; = rationalis, which is in better use), I.  reasonable, rational: he pure milk of reason, id. 1 Pet. 2, 2: “sententia vera et rationabilis,
Sententĭa , ae, f. for sentientia, from sentio,
I. a way of thinking, opinion, judgment, sentiment; a purpose, determination, decision, will, etc.
I. Transf., of words, discourse, etc., sense, meaning, signification, idea, notion, etc.
1. In gen., a thought expressed in words; a sentence, period: dum de singulis sententiis breviter disputo

Greek rational worship demands:

logi^k-os , ē, on, (logos)
A. of or for speaking or speech, merē l. the organs of speech, Plu.Cor.38:
logikē, , speech, Opposite. mousikē, Opposite phantasia expressed in speech,
II. possessed of reason, intellectual, “merosTi.Locr.99e, al.; “to l. zōon   
        dianoētikai, Mind Opposite. ēthikai, Arist.EN1108b9.
        And:
        Ethi^k-os , A. ēthos11) moral, Opposite. dianoētikos, Arist.EN1103a5,
        al.; ta ēthika a treatise on morals,
2. dialectical, argumentative, hoi l. dialogoi
    logical, l. sullogismoi, Opposite. rhētorikoi, Rh.1355a13.
peri logikōn title of work, Opposite to phusikon, to ēthikon,
And Phusikos is the opposite of logikos
phu^sikos , ē, onA. natural, produced or caused by nature, inborn, native,
II. of or concerning the order of external nature, natural, physical, ph. epistēmē
2. ho ph.an inquirer into nature, natural philosopher,
4. Adv. “-kōsaccording to the laws of nature,
phu^sikos  is the Opposite of logikōs,

Enthousi-astikos , ē, on,
A. inspired, phusisPl.Ti.71e; esp. by music, Arist.Pol.1340a11; “ e. sophiadivination, Plu.Sol.12; “e. ekstasisIamb.Myst.3.8; “to e.excitement, Pl.Phdr. 263d: Sup. -ōtatos Sch.Iamb.Protr.p.129 P. Adv. “-kōs, diatithenai tinaPlu.2.433c: Comp. “-ōteronMarin.Procl.6.

Rathional opposite to phusis
Plat. Tim. 71e  as good as they possibly could, rectified the vile part of us by thus establishing therein the organ of divination, that it might in some degree lay hold on truth. And that God gave unto man's foolishness the gift of divination a sufficient token is this: no man achieves true and inspired divination when in his rational mind, but only when the power of his intelligence is fettered in sleep or when it is distraught by disease or by reason of some divine inspiration.

But it belongs to a man when in his right mind to recollect and ponder both the things spoken in dream or waking vision by the divining and inspired nature, and all the visionary forms that were seen, and by means of reasoning to discern about them all
Logos , Opposite. kata pathos, Arist.EN1169a5 or personal experiences
Opposite Pathos  A. that which happens to a person or thing, incident, accident, where this incident took place, unfortunate accident,
2. what one has experienced, good or bad, experience
II. of the soul, emotion, passion (“legō de pathē . . holōs hois hepetai hēdonē ē lupēArist.EN1105b21), “sophiē psukhēn pathōn aphaireitai
Sophia , A. cleverness or skill in handicraft and ar,t in music and singing, tekhnē kai s. h.Merc.483, cf. 511; in poetry, Sol.13.52, Pi.O.1.117, Ar.Ra.882, X.An.1.2.8,
in divination, S.OT 502 (lyr.
Opposite Poiein to excite passion, Arist.Rh.1418a12; V. Rhet., emotional style or treatment, to sphodron kai enthousiastikon p. Longin.8.1; “pathos poieinArist. Rh.1418a12; “
Opposite matēn , Dor. mata_n ma^, Adv. random, false, dreams
Opposite human reasoning.
Opposite muthos, as history to legend,
intelligent utterance.....
Opposite phōnē, 3. any articulate sound,
4. of sounds made by inanimate objects, mostly Poet., “kerkidos ph.S.Fr.595; suriggōn (flute) E.Tr.127aulōnrare in early Prose, “organōn phōnaiPl.R.397a; freq. in LXX, “ ph. tēs salpiggos LXX Ex.20.18; ph. brontēs ib. Ps.103(104).7;
(lyr.); “
kerkis , “histois kerkida dineuousaE.Tr.199 (lyr.); “kerkisin ephestanaiId.Hec. 363; “phōnē kerkidosS.Fr.595; kerkidos humnois ib.890 (lyr.); “kerkidos aoidou2. tympanum or half-tympanum, IG42(1).102.89, 112 
Opposite Organon , to, (ergon, erdō) hard work A. instrument, implement, tool, for making or doing a thing, engine of war,
3. musical instrument, Simon.31, f.l. in A.Fr.57.1 ; ho men di' organōn ekēlei anthrōpous, of Marsyas, Pl.Smp.215c ; aneu organōn psilois logois ibid., cf. Plt.268b ; “o. polukhordaId.R.399c, al.; “met' ōdēs kai tinōn organōnPhld.Mus.p.98K.; of the pipe, Melanipp.2, Telest.1.2.
Plat. Sym. 215c Why, yes, and a far more marvellous one than the satyr. His lips indeed had power to entrance mankind by means of instruments; a thing still possible today for anyone who can pipe his tunes: for the music of Olympus' flute belonged, I may tell you, to Marsyas his teacher. So that if anyone, whether a fine flute-player or paltry flute-girl, can but flute his tunes, they have no equal for exciting a ravishment, and will indicate by the divinity that is in them who are apt recipients of the deities and their sanctifications. You differ from him in one point only—that you produce the same effect with simple prose unaided by instruments. For example, when we hear any other person—
Opposite inarticulate noise (psophos
psoph-os , also of musical instruments, lōtou, kitharas, E.Ba.687, Cyc.443; of a trumpet, Paus.2.21.3.
prose, Opposite poiēsis, Id.R.390a; Opposite. psilometria, Arist.Po.1448a11; Opposite. emmetra, l. touto tōn metrōnto iambeion)“
pezoi, (sc.
Opposite poiētikē,

pezos , ē, on, (v. pous) : 2. of verse, unaccompanied by music, “kai peza kai phormiktaS.Fr.16 ; pezō goō: aneu aulou ē luras, without the lyre
2. without musical accompaniment (cf. 11.2), pausai melōdous' alla p. moi phrason. Pl.Sph.237a.

STOP the melody but let me explain!
phrazō , S.Ph.25, etc.: poet. impf. explain (opp. legō, which means simply speak, say), phrason haper g' elexasdeclare, explain what thou didst say,
II. Med. and Pass., indicate to oneself, i.e. think or muse upon, consider, ponder,
Lego  l. ti to say something, i. e. to speak to the point or purpose, to explain more fully,
to recite what is written, labe to biblion kai lege Plat., etc.:—but the sense of Lat. lego, to read, only occurs in compds., analegomai, epilegomai.
Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (anapauo)
373.  anapano, an-ap-ow´-o; from 303 and 3973; (reflexively) to repose (literally or figuratively (be exempt), remain); by implication, to refresh: — take ease, refresh, (give, take) rest.
3973. pauo, pow´-o; a primary verb (“pause”); to stop (transitively or intransitively), i.e. restrain, quit, desist, come to an end: — cease, leave, refrain.
Stop the:  Melōd-eō ,A. chant, sing, Ar.Av.226, 1381, Th.99:—Pass., to be chanted, “ta rhēthenta ē melōdēthentaPl.Lg.655d, cf. Chamael. ap. Ath. 14.620c; to be set to music, Cleanth. ap. Phld.Mus.p.98 K.; ta melōdoumena diastēmata used in music, Plu.2.1019a.
pauō , Il.19.67, etc. ;
Stop the: lupas ōdais p. E.Med.197 (anap.), etc. ; p. toxon let the bow rest, Od.21.279
Stop the: 2. c. acc. pers. et gen. rei, hinder, keep back, or give one rest, from a thing, p. Hektora makhēs, ponoio Akhilēa, Thamurin aoidēs,
Stop the: 3. c. pres. part., stop a person from  leave off doing . . , hoth' hupnos heloi, pausaito te nēpiakheuōnhe stopped playing
when
Stop the: later paēsomai ana-) Apoc.14.13
Stop the: of one singing or speaking, 17.359, Hdt.7.8.d : generally, Med. denotes willing, Pass. forced, cessation.
Stop the rhapsōd-os , o(, A. reciter of Epic poems, sts. applied to the bard who recited his own poem, professional reciters, esp. of the poems of Homer, Hdt.5.67, Pl.Ion 530c, etc.: also rh. kuōn, ironically, of the Sphinx who chanted her riddle, S.OT391
(Prob. from rhaptō, aoidē; Hes.Fr. 265 speaks of himself and Homer as en nearois humnois rhapsantes aoidēn,Pi.N.2.2 calls Epic poets rhaptōn epeōn aoidoi:
and
Stop the orkheomai , 2. represent by dancing or pantomime,
III. Act. orkheō , make to dance (v. Pl.Cra.407a), is used by Ion Trag.50, ek tōn aelptōn mallon ōrkhēsen phrenas made my heart leap

Rev 14.13] I heard the voice from heaven saying, "Write, 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.'" "Yes," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors; for their works follow with them."
Spiritual worship or Reasonable worship is the Word of Christ only.
So, rational or spiritual worship is EXCLUSIVE of music which disables the mind.
Rational worship is of the reason or intellect.
Spiritual worship os Opposite to "sermonizing" or "moralizing which is:
Ethi^k-os , A. ēthos11) moral, Opposite. dianoētikos, Arist.EN1103a5, al.; ta ēthika a treatise on morals,
The Word of God is the only thing that can transform OUR spirit into the likeness of Christ's spirit:
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world:
        but be ye transformed
(metamorph-oō ) by the renewing of your mind,
        that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable,
        and perfect, will of God.
Hicks, Melton, Valentine:   The Edification Model assumes a radical discontinuity between the Old and New Testaments. It denies the relevance of Israel in understanding Christian assembly.

There is a RADICAL DISCONTINUITY between the Old and New Testaments. Again, the penalty worked out as the WORSHIP OF THE STARRY HOST in all of Israel's sacrificial sysgem.

After the Red Sea God gave Israel The Book of The Covenant of Grace: this was the Mosaic Covenant made by God in Christ. The Israelites engaged in the kind of worship being promoted and God gave them THE BOOK OF THE LAW and sentenced them without redemption to death and captivity.

Hicks, Melton, Valentine:
There are many reasons to study the Old Testament, Root believes, “but not to give us insights into how the New Testament church assembled.  It is common to read that the New Testament “liberalized” and “spiritualized” worship from the stifling ritualism and legalism of the Old Testament, or that Jesus transformed the “fleshly” and unspiritual worship of the First Testament to a truly spiritual approach in the New. This has little support from Scripture.

The problem with occupational theology is that is almost always misses the musical idolatry at Mount Sinai.  God split the Civil-Military-Clergy complex (robbers and parasites says Christ in the prophets) from the Qahal, Synagogue or Church of Christ in the Wilderness.

All of the WORSHIP PATTERNS under the Law of thel Monarchy which God had abandoned are MARKS that God is turning your over to the Babylon Mother of Harlots (Rev 18).   All of the speakers, singers and instrument players are called SORCERERS (Rev 18) and God has consigned them to be cast alive into the Lake of Fire. That is what Christ promised in Isaiah 30.

THE PENALTY IS ASSIGNED AND THERE IS NO REPENTANCE.




Hicks, Melton, Valentine: 
The Old Testament rejects any kind of ritualistic formalism that separates a consecrated life and assembly (Psalm 50:16-17).

The METHOD was wrong: not nust their attitude.
What right have you to recite my laws
or take my covenant on your lips?
You hate my instruction and cast my
words behind you.

Psalms 50:1 The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken,
        and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.
Psalms 50:2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.
Psalms 50:3 Our God shall come,
        and shall not keep silence:
        a fire shall devour before him,
        and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.
Ignis , A.  (Mostly poet.) The fire or glow of passion, in a good or bad sense; of anger, rage, fury: “exarsere ignes animo,Verg. A. 2, 575: ore dabat pleno carmina vera dei,Ov. F. 1, 473: “(Dido) caeco carpitur igni,the secret fire of love, Verg. A. 4, 2;

Tempestas , āti2.  A storm, shower, i. e. a throng, multitude, etc.: “querelarum,Cic. Pis. 36, 89: “turbida telorum,Verg. A. 12, 284; Claud. in Ruf. 1, 102.
Psalms 50:4 He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.
Psalms 50:5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.
_crĭfĭcĭum , ii, n. id.,
I.  a sacrifice (class. and very freq. in sing. and plur.).
Psalms 50:6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.
Psalms 50:7 Hear, O my people, and I will speak;
         O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God.
Psalms 50:8 I will not reprove [
justĭtĭa]  thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me.
justĭtĭa , ae, f. justus, I. ustice, equity, righteousness, uprightness:
B.  Esp., righteousness, holiness, conduct in accordance with the divine law, Vulg. Gen. 15, 6; id. Rom. 9, 31 et saep.—
II. Clemency, compassion, Caes. B. G. 5, 41 fin.; id. B. C. 1, 32; so Cic. Marcell. 4: “ut meae stultitiae justitia tua sit aliquid praesidi,Ter. Heaut. 4, 1, 33.—
III. Concr., plur., judgments, precepts, ordinances: “Domini,Vulg. Psa. 18, 9; id. Deut. 4, 5 al.
Psalms 50:9 I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds.
Psalms 50:10 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.
Psalms 50:11 I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.
Psalms 50:12 If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.
Psalms 50:13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?
Psalms 50:14 Offer unto God thanksgiving;
        and pay thy vows unto the most High:
Psalms 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble:
        I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

Psalms 50:16 But unto the wicked God saith,
        What hast thou to do to declare my statutes,
        or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?
Psalms 50:17 Seeing thou hatest instruction,
        and castest my words behind thee.
Psalms 50:18 When thou sawest a thief,
        then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers.
Psalms 50:19 Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.
Psalms 50:20 Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son.
Psalms 50:21 These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.
Psalms 50:22 Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.
Psalms 50:23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright
        will I shew the salvation of God
Hicks, Melton, Valentine:  The Old Testament teaches that God desires the sacrifice of a contrite heart (Psalm 51:16-17), that obedience is better than cultic ritual (1 Samuel 15:22), and that a true fast includes helping the poor (Isaiah 58:6-7). According to the Jeremiah, lifestyle gives validity to worship rituals (Jeremiah 7:1-15). Amos denounces those who keep a form of religion but have a life that is antithetical to it (Amos 5:18-24):
I hate, I despise your religious feasts;
I cannot stand your assemblies.
Even though you bring me burnt
offerings and grain offerings,
I will not accept them.
Though you bring choice fellowship offerings,
I will have no regard for them.
Away with the noise of your songs!
I will not listen to the music of your harps.
But let justice roll on like a river,
righteousness like a never-failing stream!
BUT proves that God hated their RELIGIOUS PAGANISM because it was the fruit of an evil heart.

Old Testament faith is not only a religion of cultic rituals but also the devotion of the whole life to God.

Amos uses the word BUT or INSTEAD OF.  There was no cultic action commanded by God outside of the synagogue or School of His Word.

See Amos 5
"Amos stressed "that violations of the moral law could not be remedied by means of festive rites, offerings, or liturgical indulgence on the part of the sinner. In point of fact, God was already standing beside the altar (Am. 9:1ff), poised and ready to shatter it. No ritual, however, elaborate and symbolic in nature, could possibly substitute for the sincere worship of the human spirit, grounded in high moral and ethical principles." (Harrison, p. 895).

"Not surprisingly, most Israelites declined the prophet's invitation to enter into a dialog with Yahweh. They preferred a less demanding religion of cultic observance either in the Jerusalem Temple or in the old fertility cults of Canaan. This continues to be the case: the religion of compassion is followed only by a minority; most religious people are content with decorousworship in synagogue, church, temple and mosque. The ancient Canaanite religions were still flourishing in Israel... the Israelites were still taking part in fertility rites and sacred sex there, as we see in the oracles of the prophet Hosea, Amos' contemporary." (Armstrong, Karen, A History of God, p. 47).
Throughout Scripture there is a symbiotic relationship between discipleship (life) and assembled worship.

"At the end of the United Kingdom, the ten tribes or Israel adopted pagan idolatry which is soundly condemned by Amos. Parks notes that:

"This tradition seems to have been stronger in the northern kingdom, where the ORGIASTIC fertility cults were more deeply rooted;

"its rulers apparently maintained large bodies of HIRED ecstatics to encourage their subjects with suitably propitious oracles on the eve of a war or some other moral crisis.

"Among more sophisticated persons it was recognized that many of the prophets were merely lunatics (H. Bamfort Parks, Of Gods and Men, P. 106)

For example, one of the word pairs mentioned above,
        abad and leitourgia,
        tie the daily life of the disciple with the worship of God.

Remembering that because of musical idolatry of the Egyptian trinity God abandoned Israel to worship the starry host. And the evidence is that they worshipped the astrial deities and they are named by Amos and Stephen.
H6 ’âbad aw-bad' A primitive root; properly to wander away, that is lose oneself; by implication to perish (causatively, destroy):—break, destroy (-uction), + not escape, fail, lose, (cause to, make) perish, spend, X and surely, take, be undone, X utterly, be void of, have no way to flee.

H7 ’ăbad ab-ad' (Chaldee); corresponding to H6 :—destroy, perish.
H11 ’ăbaddôn ab-ad-done' Intensively from H6 ; abstractly a perishing; concretely Hades:—destruction.

The Israelite bondage in Egypt is characterized as abad (Exodus 1:14; cf. 5:18; 14:5, 12), yet Moses uses the same word to describe assembling on the mountain (Exodus 3:12; cf. 4:23; 7:16; 8:1).
Exodus 3:12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.

And the men did the work faithfully: and the overseers of them were Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites, of the sons of Merari; and Zechariah and Meshullam, of the sons of the Kohathites, to set it forward; and other of the Levites, all that could skill of instruments of musick. 2 Chron 34:12
Also they were over the bearers of burdens, and were overseers of all that wrought the work in any manner of service: and of the Levites there were scribes, and officers, and porters. 2 Chr 34:13
Service is not a pleasant "worship" service:

Abodah (h5656) ab-o-daw'; or abowdah ab-o-daw'; from 5647; work of any kind: - act, bondage, / bondservant, effect, labour, ministering (-try), office, service (-ile, -itude), tillage, use, work, * wrought

Abad (h5647) aw-bad'; a prim. root; to work (in any sense); by impl. to serve, till, (caus.) enslave, etc.: - * be, keep in bondage, be bondmen, bond-service, compel, do, dress, ear, execute, / husbandman, keep, labour (-ing man), bring to pass, (cause to, make to) serve (-ing, self), (be, become) servant (-s), do (use) service, till (-er), transgress [from margin], (set a) work, be wrought, worshipper.

Nacach (g5329) naw-tsakh'; a prim. root; prop. to glitter from afar, i. e. to be eminent (as a superintendent, espec. of the Temple services and its music); also (as denom. from 5331), to be permanent: - excel, chief musician (singer), oversee (-r), set forward
Hicks, Melton, Valentine: 
Paul also links discipleship and worship. Romans 12:1-2 demands that Christians offer up their bodies as an offering to God: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship (leitourgia).”

We have looked at this chapter above; You have to shut down the BODY in order to worship IN THE SPIRIT.

The task is to CRUCIFY and CONSUME the body so that it can have no part to play in worship IN THE SPIRIT which is a place.
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.

One is the Edification Model: the other is service: neither are called worship.

log-ion , to, A. oracle, esp. one preserved from antiquity,
2. ta l. Kuriou the sayings of the Lord, LXX Ps.11(12).6, cf.Act.Ap.7.38, Ep.Rom.3.2, 1 Ep.Pet.4.11.

That's why Christ in Isaiah 58 outlawed speaking your own words.

A Minister by definition cannot be a preacher REFUSING to speak the Words of God

Diakoneo (g1247) dee-ak-on-eh'-o; from 1249; to be an attendant, i.e. wait upon (menially or as a host, friend or [fig.] teacher); techn. to act as a Chr. deacon: - (ad-) minister (unto), serve, use the office of a deacon.

Our lives (discipleship) become worship through spiritual service. Serving meals to the homeless is just as much worship as serving the Lord’s Supper (cf. Hebrews 13:15-16)—both are leitourgia, service or worship.

Spiritual Service applies only to the Word of Christ.
Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you,
        who have spoken unto you the word of God:
        whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Hebrews 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines.
        For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats,
        which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
Hebrews 13:10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.
Hebrews 13:11 For the bodies of those beasts,
        whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin,
        are burned without the camp.
Hebrews 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
Hebrews 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

Hebrews 13:14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
Hebrews 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Hicks, Melton, Valentine: The worshipper encounters a God who inclines his ear to the orphan and oppressed (Psalm 10:12-18) and identifies himself as a father of orphans and defender of widows rights (Psalm 68:5-6). In the worshipping assembly redeemed slaves are reminded that Yahweh continues to set the captives free (Psalm 146:7-10). As a gathered people, God not only requires corporate rituals but a holy life dedicated to the service of other human beings.

Prophets attended church services like those presupposed in the Psalms. But they noticed that many did not like certain selections when sung.

"Among the Temple prophets officiating in liturgies were the Levitical guilds and singers: the "sons" of Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, who are said to "prophesy with lyres, with harps, and with cymbals" (I Chronicles). Britannica Members
These were not WRITING prophets: prophesying with instruments is defined as soothsaying. 
Acaph (h623) aw-sawf'; from 622; collector; Asaph, the name of three Isr., and of the family of the first: - Asaph.  
Acaph (h622) aw-saf'; a prim. root; to gather for any purpose; hence to receive, take away, i. e. remove (destroy, leave behind, put up, restore, etc.): - assemble, bring, consume, destroy, fetch, gather (in, together, up again), * generally, get (him), lose, put all together, receive, recover [another from leprosy], (be) rereward, * surely, take (away, into, up), * utterly, withdraw.
The prophets would have attended the qahal or synagogue which was the EDIFICATION MODEL ONLY: Christ outawed "vocal or instrumental rejoicing" including "elevated forms of speech" because that would have blasphemed the Word of God being taught to Noah and handed down to all of the leaders of small numbers.  Most of the prophets understood that to be around the Civil-Military-Clergy "worship of the starry host" would most likely get them murdered.
Jeremiah 15:15 O LORD, thou knowest: remember me, and visit me,
        and revenge me of my persecutors;
        take me not away in thy longsuffering:
        know that for thy sake I have suffered rebuke.
Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them;
        and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart:
        for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.
-laetĭtĭa , have rejoiced me exceedingly, pleasing appearance, beauty, grace: “membrorum,
-membrum , 4. Of the Church of Christ: “singuli autem alter alterius membra,Vulg. Rom. 12, 5; cf. “the context: membra sumus corporis ejus,” i. e. Christ's, id. Eph. 5, 30.
-corpus , ŏris, n. cf. Sanscr. kar-, to make; Lat. creo,
I. any object composed of materials perceptible by the senses, body, substance (opp. anima and animus; cf. the definition in Dig. 41, 3, 30 pr.).
I. Meton., a whole composed of parts united, a body, frame, system, structure, community, corporation, etc.; “nullum civitatis,a political body

[55] et abierunt omnes manducare et bibere et epulari et dare munera his qui non habent ut epulentur. magnifice enim sunt exaltati verbis quibus edocti sunt. [56] et congregati sunt universi in Hierusalem, celebrare laetitiam secundum testamentum Domini Dei Israhel.

Jer 15:17 I sat not
        in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; [brag]
        I sat alone because of thy hand:
        for thou hast filled me with indignation.

-Concilium    Sullogue  Ecclesia 

Mockers - Ludo  A. To sport, play with any thing, to practise as a pastime, amuse one's self with any thing: “illa ipsa ludens conjeci in communes locos, Cic. Par. prooem.: Prima Syracosio dignata est ludere versu Nostra ... Thalia,Verg. E. 6, 1.—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: “talia fumosi luduntur mense Decembri,Ov. Tr. 2, 491: “quod tenerae cantent, lusit tua musa, puellae,id. Am. 3, 1, 27: “coloni Versibus incomptis ludunt,Verg. G. 2, 386: “carmina pastorum,id. ib. 4, 565; Suet. Ner. 3: “si quid vacui sub umbra Lusimus tecum,Hor. C. 1, 22, 2.—

B. To sport, dally, wanton (cf. "amorous play," Milton, P. L. 9, 1045): “scis solere illam aetatem tali ludo ludere,Plaut. Most. 5, 2, 36: affatim edi, bibi, lusi, Liv. Andron. ap. Paul. ex Fest. s. v. affatim, p. 11 Müll.; cf.: “lusisti satis, edisti satis, atque bibisti,Hor. Ep. 2, 2, 214; Ov. A. A. 2, 389; Cat. 61, 207; Suet. Tib. 44; Mart. 11, 104, 5.—

-Ludus lūdĭus ,
I. A stageplayer, pantomimist: “fite caussā meā ludii barbari,Plaut. Curc. 1, 2, 63: “ipse ille maxime ludius, non solum spectator, sed actor et acroama,Cic. Sest. 54, 116; id. Har. Resp. 11; Plaut. Aul. 2, 9, 6: “ludius aequatam ter pede pulsat humum,Ov. A. A. 1, 112: “triviales ex Circo ludios interponebat,Suet. Aug. 74; cf. ludio.—

None of the Psalms were sung in WORSHIP SERVICES because many of them were warrior's boast songs.

Hicks, Melton, Valentine:  Their enthusiasm for assembled worship, despite their neglect of ethical living, led them to the mistaken belief that God remained among them (Micah 3:9-11):
Hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel, who abhor justice and pervert all equity, who build Zion with blood and Jerusalem with wrong. Its heads give judgment for a bribe, its priests teach for hire, its prophets divine for money; yet they lean upon the LORD and say, ‘Is not the LORD in the midst of us? No evil shall come upon us.”
One wonders how the context wasn't apparent?

2 Cor 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

Kapeleuo (g2585) kap-ale-yoo'-o; from kapelos , (a huckster); to retail, i.e. (by impl.) to adulterate (fig.): - corrupt
kapêl-euô ,A. to be a retail-dealer, drive a petty trade... kapêleu' drive a trade, chaffer with your vegetable food Hdt.1.155
II. c. acc., sell by retail, ton herpin Hippon.51 .

2. metaph., k. ta prêgmata, of Darius, Hdt.3.89; k. ta mathêmata sell learning by retail, hawk it about2 Ep.Cor.2.17 ; so eoiken ou kapêleusein machên will not peddle in war, i. e. fight half-heartedly, A.Th. 545; k. têi Chariti tên amoibên Epicur.Sent.Vat.39 ; k. tên politeian traffic in grants of citizenship,   of prostitutes. ton bion playing tricks with life, [p. 876] corrupting it, AP9.180 (Pall.).

Arist.EN1108a28 Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics book 2
[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.

In the LATIN this legalism to enable the Burden Lader to "CARRY US A WAY" (the Psallo word) for HIS own purposes where Grace or Charis means "In an erotic sense, pleasures given to a man."

Rom XV. debemus autem nos firmiores inbecillitates infirmorum sustinere et non nobis placere

OUTLAWED:  Placeo to please, to be pleasing or agreeable, to be welcome, acceptable, to satisfy (class.).
1. In
scenic lang., of players or pieces presented, to please, find favor, give satisfaction: scenico placenti  Ter. And. prol. 3
2. Placere sibi, to be pleased or satisfied with one's self, to flatter one's self, to pride or plume one's self.


SELLING GRACE

Chariti Kharas Grace
b. grant made in legal form,
2. esp. in erotic sense, of favours granted (v. “kharizomai1.3), “alokhou kharin ideinIl.11.243, cf. A.Ag.1206
in full, “kharites aphrodisiōn erōtōn Pi.Fr.128, cf. Pl.Phdr.254a, al.
SOME MORE MICAH
Micah 3:1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel;
        Is it not for you to know judgment?
Micah 3:2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;
Micah 3:3 Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them;
        and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.
Micah 3:4 Then shall they cry unto the LORD,
        but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time,
         as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.
The false prophets or prophesiers were the Levites who prophesied with musical instruments: prophesying with music and instruments is defined as SOOTHSAYING.
Micah 3:5 Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err,
         that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace;
         and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.
Micah 3:6 Therefore night shall be unto you,
        that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine;
        and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them.
Micah 3:7 Then shall the seers be ashamed,
        and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God.
Dīvīnātĭo  he faculty of foreseeing, predicting, divination, Mantikos
Mantikos ,
A. prophetic, oracular, “mantikēn Apollōn anēurenSmp.197a; “m. entheosPhdr.244b, cf. Th.5.103.   
1Corinthians 14:23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?
Plat. Sym. 197a  for whatever we have not or know not we can neither give to another nor teach our neighbor. And who, let me ask, will gainsay that the composing [poetry] of all forms of life is Love's own craft, whereby all creatures are begotten and produced? If Apollo invented archery and medicine and divination,2 it was under the guidance of Desire and Love; so that he too may be deemed a disciple of Love as likewise may the
[197b] Muses in music, Hephaestus in metal-work, Athene in weaving and Zeus ““in pilotage of gods and men.”” [daimōn] Hence also those dealings of the gods were contrived by Love—clearly love of beauty—astir in them, for Love has no concern with ugliness; though aforetime, as I began by saying, there were many strange doings among the gods, as legend tells, because of the dominion of Necessity. But since this god arose, the loving of beautiful things has brought all kinds of benefits both to gods and to men.
Erōtos...sophian . sophian is here predicate (against Rückert) and stands for sophias ergon. For Eros as “poetic” in this sense, cp. Spenser (H. to Love), “But if thou be indeede, as men thee call, The worlds great Parent.”

Sophia , Ion. -, , prop. A. [select] cleverness or skill in handicraft and art,
of the Telchines, Pi.O.7.53; [Simon, the father of Judas was a Telchine]
in music and singing, tekhnē kai s. h.Merc.483, cf. 511; in poetry,
in divination, S.OT 502 (lyr.)

Jeremiah 51:7  Babylon hath been a golden cup in the Lords hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad

In-ēbrĭo   I. to make drunk, inebriate  II. Trop.: “aurem,to fill full of talk, Juv. 9, 113.
Habakkuk 2 [13] Behold, isn't it of Yahweh of Hosts that the peoples labor for the fire, and the nations weary themselves for vanity? [14] For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh, as the waters cover the sea. [15] "Woe to him who gives his neighbor drink, pouring your inflaming wine until they are drunk, so that you may gaze at their naked bodies! [16] You are filled with shame, and not glory. You will also drink, and be exposed! The cup of Yahweh's right hand will come around to you, and disgrace will cover your glory.
com-mŏvĕo
B. To set in motion in a place, to move hither and thither, to shake, agitate, disturb.
A. (Acc. to I. A.) To move, drive back, distodge, refute, confute
B. (Acc. to I. B.) To throw into disorder, physical or mental; to unbalance, unsettle, shake, disturb
2. To move in mind or feeling, to make an impression upon, to excite, rouse, shake, disquiet, disturb, affect, etc.
C. In discourse: “nova quaedam,to start new doctrines, adduce novelties, Cic. Ac. 2, 6, 18.— Hence, commōtus , a, um, P. a., moved, excited, aroused:
Micah 3:9 Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel,
        that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity.
Micah 3:10 They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.
Micah 3:11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire,
        and the prophets thereof divine for money:
        yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say,
        Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.
Prŏphēta and prŏphētes , ae, m., = prophētēs,
I. a foreteller, soothsayer, prophet (post-class.; cf. “vates): prophetas in Adrasto Julius nominat antistites fanorum oraculorumque interpretes, sacerdotes Aegyptiorum, quos prophetas vocant,Macr. S. 7, 13, 9: “Aegyptius, propheta primarius
prīmārĭus , a, um, adj. id., I. one of the first, of the first rank, chief, principal, excellent, remarkable (class.): “primarius parasitus,Plaut. Mil. 3, 1, 73: “quoad primarius vir dicat,the first speaker, he who has a right to be heard, id. Rud. 4, 4, 29:
Miriam and the Levites performed as SOTHSAYERS with instrumental noise never music.

2Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
[20] hoc primum intellegentes quod omnis prophetia scripturae propria interpretatione non fit

interprĕtātĭoI. in explanation, exposition, interpretation (class.): “juris,
in Graecum sermonem per interpretationem proprie transferri,an explanation of one expression by another,
rhētŏrĭco , āvi, 1 (ante-class.), and rhētŏrĭcor , āri, v. dep. (post-class.) [rhetoricus],
I. to speak rhetorically or like an orator,
rhētor , ŏris, m., = rhētōr, I. a teacher of oratory or rhetoric, a rhetorician
eos, qui rhetores nominarentur et qui dicendi praecepta traderent, nihil plane tenere,Cic. de Or. 1, 18, 84; cf. Quint. 2, 2, 1: in rhetorum scholis, id. 10, 5, 14; 12, 2, 23: “rhetorum artes,Cic. Fin. 3, 1: “rhetorum epilogus,id. Tusc. 1, 47, 112;
II. After the Greek manner, an orator; but with contempt, a rhetorician, speechifier, etc.: “stultitia rhetoris Attica,Nep. Epam. 6, 3; cf
teacher of eloquence,
Micah 3:12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field,
        and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.

Hicks, Melton, Valentine:  These ancient believers disconnected corporate worship and life—they acted as if their cultic observance covered up their ungodliness. Yet even if these Judeans offered rivers of oil and their firstborn on Yahweh’s altar he would nevertheless reject their worship. Instead, God wants a living sacrifice: “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
Micah 6:3 O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein have I wearied thee? testify against me.
Micah 6:4 For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt,
        and redeemed thee out of the house of servants;
        and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
Micah 6:5 O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted,
        and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal;
        that ye may know the righteousness of the LORD.

God never commanded the sacrifices at the festivals these writers accuse Jesus of participation:


Micah 6:6 Wherewith shall I come before the LORD,
        and bow myself before the high God?
        shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?
Micah 6:7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams,
        or with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
        shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee,
        but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Micah 6:9 The LORD’s voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.
Micah 6:10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?
Micah 6:11 Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?

Could people composing their own songs and making a great noise APPEASE or pleae God?
Hicks, Melton, Valentine:  But this emphasis on sacrificial life-worship does not undermine the nature of divine presence within the worshipping assembly. Around 742 B.C., Isaiah sacramentally encountered the Living God in the temple courts (Isaiah 6).

First, Isaiah was a prophet ordained to speak by  Christ:
Isa 6:3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory
Isa 6:4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
Isa 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips,
         and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips:
        for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.   
Second, this was not a "worship service" but God sending Isaiah on a judgment against the hypocrites. I am not too sure that any of these transformers want to follow their proof text
Isa 6:6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand,
        which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: 
Isa 6:7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips;
        and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. 
Isa 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying,
        Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?
        Then said I, Here am I; send me. 
Vocational theologiains are NOT going to follow the Great Commission:
Isa 6:8 And he said, Go, and tell this people,
        Hear ye indeed, but understand not;
        and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Isa 6:8
Isa 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes;
        lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart,
        and convert, and be healed
Isa 6:11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered,
        Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant,
        and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, 
Isa 6:12 And the Lord have removed men far away,
        and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.
Isa 6:13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten:
        as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves:
        so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.

JESUS QUOTED THIS TO DEFINE THE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES AS HYPOCRITES

Ezekiel 33:28 For I will lay the land most desolate, and the pomp of her strength shall cease;
        and the mountains of Israel shall be desolate, that none shall pass through.
Ezekiel 33:29 Then shall they know that I am the LORD,
        when I have laid the land most desolate because of all their abominations which they have committed.
Ezekiel 33:30 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.
Ezekiel 33:31 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.

The definition of the Scribes and Pharisees as hypocrites:

Ezekiel 33:32 And, lo, thou art unto them [nothing more than]
        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.
Ezekiel 33:33 And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,)
        then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.
Hicks, Melton, Valentine:  Among the gathered saints we, like Isaiah, see the “face” of God (Psalms 95:2; 96:6, 9, 13; 98:6, 9; 100:2).

As we bring our broken and fallen lives into his presence we find healing, comfort and transformation.
        Through liturgical action, the assembly remembers the story of grace and enables us,
        like Isaiah, to find our own place in the story. [claiming to be a prophet could be fatal]
As Liturgist, can a person perform LITURGICAL ACTION which transfigures us as Jesus was transfigured? We never participate: we are students of the God-ordained participants.

Psalm 96 says nothing about seeing the "face" of God when we ACT UP LITURGICALLY. All of the "non-musical" passages say the same thing:
Psalms 96:1 O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.
What we do UNTO the Lord:
Psalms 96:2 Sing unto the LORD, bless his name;
        shew forth his salvation from day to day.
Which in antithesis means "go into all the world"
Psalms 96:3 Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.
nuntĭo (nunc- )I.  to announce, declare, report, relate, narrate, make known, inform, give intelligence of, etc. (cf.: narro, indico, trado, scribo, dico, certiorem facio, etc.).

AS WELL AS "MARK AND AVOID"
I  In partic., in jurid. Lat., to denounce, inform against: “causam pecuniae fisco,Dig. 49, 14, 39; cf.: “cum heres decessisset, exstitit qui bona nuntiaret, to inform against a work undertaken by another to one's injury: “opus novum, si tibi nuntiavero,
novus, that has not previously existed, new;

Psalms 96:4 For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.
Psalms 96:5 For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.
Psalms 96:6 Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

Psalms 96:12 Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein:
        then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice
Psalms 96:13 Before the LORD: for he cometh,
        for he cometh to judge the earth:
        he shall judge the world with righteousness,
        and the people with HIS truth.
You see, poems tend to be POETIC.  God did NOT live in the never-commanded temple (Acts 7)

FIRST, IF YOU WANT A RHETORICAL OR MUSICAL LITURGY YOU MUST PAY THE BILL.
leitourg-ia A. public service performed by private citizens at their own expense, And.4.42, Lys.21.19, etc.; l. egkuklioi ordinary, i.e. annual, liturgies, D.20.21; leitourgiai metoikōn

Any one who decides to sponsor a LITUGRY does not depend on the performing arts.

Andoc. 4 42 Of my public services I do not intend to speak. I will say only this: the expenditure required of me I meet, not from monies belonging to the state, but from my own pocket. And yet I have in fact gained victories in the contest of physique, in the torch-race, and at the tragic competitions without striking rival Choregi, and without feeling shame at my possessing less power than the laws. Citizens of this kind, it seems to me, deserve to remain in Athens far more than to be sent into exile

Lys. 21 19 I therefore request you, gentlemen of the jury, to hold the same opinion of me now as you have held hitherto, and not only to remember my public services to the State, but also to bear in mind my private propensities. Consider that the most onerous of public services is to maintain throughout one's life an orderly and self-respecting behavior, neither overcome by pleasure nor elated by gain, but evincing such a character that one is free from complaint or the thought of a prosecution in the mind of any fellow-citizen
Hēdonē , enjoyment, pleasure, first in Simon.71, S.l.c., Hdt.1.24, al.; prop. of sensual pleasures
pros . legein to speak so as to please another, S.El.921, Th.2.6
3. Pl., desires after pleasure, pleasant lusts, X.Mem.1.2.23, Ep.Tit.3.3, al.
Phobe performed the liturgy of aiding aliens find home, job, papers, etc.: metoikos
A. settler from abroad, alien resident in a foreign city, denizen,
CHRISTIAN LITURGY IS: Christ did not perform a "liturgy" nor was He a "Liturgist" in the Hicks/Lipscomb sense: He SERVED us.
Liturgy isL 3. service, ministration, help, 2 Ep.Cor.9.12, Ep.Phil.2.30.
2Corinthians 9:10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food,
        and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
2Corinthians 9:11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness,
        which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
2Corinthians 9:12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints,
        but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;

Philippians 2:19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you,
        that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.
Philippians 2:20 For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.
Philippians 2:21 For all seek their own,
        not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.
Philippians 2:22 But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father,
        he hath served with me in the gospel.
PAGAN LITURGY OF APIS, APOLLO (ABADDON, APOLLYON AND HIS MUSICAL WORSHIP TEAM
III. public service of the god s, “hai pros tous theous l.Arist.Pol.1330a13; “hai tōn theōn therapeiai kai l.D.S.1.21, cf. UPZ17.17 (ii B.C.), PTeb.302.30 (i A.D.),

Praise singing as the oldest profession was believed to PRODUCE what they PRAISED.  In fact they were trying to ASSIST God to make certain that He didn't fail them--again.
Thera^p-eia , Ion. thera^p-ēiē (thera^p-eiē Hp.Art.80,al.), ,
I. of persons, th. tōn theōn service paid to the gods, Pl. Euthphr.13d, cf. E.El.744 (lyr.); “theōn kai hērōōn therapeiaiPl.R.427b, etc.; “ peri tous theous th.Isoc.11.24; aguiatides th.

Liturgy as worship
of Apollo Agyieus,

Plat. Rep. 427b
“What part of legislation, then,” he said, “is still left for us?” And I replied, “For us nothing, but for the Apollo of Delphi, the chief, the fairest and the first of enactments.” “What are they?” he said. “The founding of temples, and sacrifices, and other forms of worship of gods, daemons, and heroes; and likewise the burial of the dead and the services we must render to the dwellers in the world beyond [Ekei] to keep them gracious. For of such matters
Ekei  2. freq. as euphem. for en Haidou, in another world,kakei dikazei tamplakēmata Zeus allos

Haidēs
or hadēs , ein' Aidao domoisi in the nether world, Od.4.834
2. gen. hadou with nouns in adjectival sense, devilish, “thuousan ha. mēter'A.Ag.1235; “ha. mageirosE.Cyc.397; fatal, deadly,

Magoiros
A. slaughterer, butcher (meat-salesman), and cook (these functions being freq. combined in one person) Temple butcher.
Hdt. 6.60 The Lacedaemonians resemble the Egyptians in that their heralds and flute-players and cooks inherit the craft from their fathers, a flute-player's son being a flute-player, and a cook's son a cook, and a herald's son a herald; no others usurp their places, making themselves heralds by loudness of voice; they ply their craft by right of birth. Such is the way of these matters.
E.Ion187; [Abaddon, Apollyon used the Muses as his worship team]
2. service done to gain favour, paying court

Eur. Ion 144 Ion
But I will cease from labor [145] with the laurel branch and I wil hurl from golden vases Gaia's fountain, which Castalia's eddies pour out, casting out the moist drops, [150] since I am chaste. May I never cease to serve Phoebus in this manner; or, if I do, may it be with good fortune. Ah, ah! Already the birds of Parnassus have left their nests, [155] and come here. I forbid you to approach the walls and the golden house. I will reach you with my bow, herald of Zeus, though you conquer [160] with your beak the strength of all other birds. Here comes another, a swan, to the rim of the temple. Move your crimson foot elsewhere! Phoebus' lyre, that sings with you, [165] would not protect you from my bow. Alter your wings' course; go to the Delian lake; if you do not obey, you will steep your lovely melody in blood. [170] Ah, ah! what is this new bird that approaches; you will not place under the cornice a straw-built nest for your children, will you? My singing bow will keep you off. Will you not obey? [175] Go away and bring up your offspring by the eddies of Alpheus, or go to the Isthmian grove, so that the offerings, and the temple of Phoebus, are not harmed. . . . and yet I am ashamed to kill you, [180] for to mortals you bear the messages of the gods; but I will be subject to Phoebus in my appointed tasks, and I will never cease my service to those who nourish me.
Melody is kalli-phthoggos , on, A. beautiful-sounding, “ōdaiE.Ion169 (lyr.); “histoiId.IT222
Psallo never means "musical" melody.
NOTE THAT PHOIBOS IS APOLLO

Phoibos 1.  bright one epith. of Apollo
phoibos , “hēliou phoibē phlogiA.Pr.22; “aiglaII.  as pr. n., Phoibos, ho, Phoebus, i.e. the Bright or Pure, an old epith. of Apollo, “Ph. ApollōnIl.1.43
Apollōn , and god of the sun. On account of his omniscience, god of divination; on account of his lightnings (belē), also god of the healing art; and since he communicated oracles in verse, god of poetry and music, presiding over the Muses
Revelation 9:9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron;
        and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.
Rev 9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails:
        and their power was to hurt men five months.
Rev 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit,
        whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon,
        but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

The Muses were known as "locusts" which the mother goddess condemned to the netherworld.

teret-isma
, atos, to, A. a humming, twanging, “phormiggōnDiog. ap. D.L.6.104 (alluding to E.Fr.200), Luc.Nigr.15, AP7.612, cf. 11.352 (both Agath.); chirruping of cicadas, Hsch.
Luc. Nigr. 1.15 hostis de ploutou era kai khrusō kekēlētai kai porphura kai dunasteia metrei to eudaimon, ageustos men eleutherias, apeiratos de parrēsias, atheatos de alētheias, kolakeia ta panta kai douleia suntrophos, ē hostis hēdonē pasan tēn psukhēn epitrepsas tautē monē 'latreuein diegnōke, philos men periergōn trapezōn, philos de potōn kai aphrodisiōn, anapleōs goēteias kai apatēs kai pseudologias, [p. 116] ē hostis akouōn terpetai kroumatōn te kai teretismatōn kai diephthorotōn asmatōn, tois toioutois prepein tēn entautha diatribēn.

Luc. Nigr. 1.15  But the man over whom gold has cast its spell, who is in love with riches, and measures happiness by purple raiment and dominion, who, living his life among flatterers and slaves, knows not the sweets of freedom, the blessings of candour, the beauty of truth; he who has given up his soul to Pleasure, and will serve no other mistress, whose heart is set on gluttony and wine and women, on whose tongue are deceit and hypocrisy; he again whose ears must be tickled with lascivious songs, and the voluptuous notes of flute and lyre;--let all such (he cried) dwell here in Rome; the life will suit    16t hem. Our streets and market-places are filled with the things they love best. They may take in pleasure through every aperture, through eye and ear, nostril and palate; nor are the claims of Aphrodite forgotten. The turbid stream surges everlastingly through our streets; avarice, perjury, adultery,--all tastes are represented. Under that rush of waters, modesty, virtue, uprightness, are torn from the soul; and in their stead grows the tree of perpetual thirst, whose flowers are many strange desires.
II. metaph., a mere sound or twittering, teretismata ta eidē (the Platonic ideas) Arist.APo.83a33; ta sunēthē tauta t. the ordinary prattle, Procop.Gaz.Ep.33; “to poēma oukh hōs t. kai krouma nooumen

phorm-igx , iggos, , A.lyre, freq. in Hom., esp. as the instrument of Apollo, “phormiggos perikalleos hēn ekh' ApollōnIl.1.603, cf. 24.63, Od.17.270, Hes.Sc.203;

PSALLO NEVER MEANS TO PLAY A STRINGED INSTRUMENT TO MUSIC
anti-psallō ,
A. play a stringed instrument in accompaniment of song, “a. elegois phormiggaAr.Av.218.
Eur. Ion 128 Lovely is the labor, o Phoebus, I carry out for you before your house, [130] honoring your prophetic shrine; glorious my labor, to be a slave for gods, not mortal but immortal; I do not tire [135] of laboring over my auspicious work. Phoebus is a father to me; I praise the one who feeds me; the name of father, beneficial to me, I give to [140] Phoebus who rules this temple. O Paean, O Paean, may you be fortunate, child of Leto!
Eur. Ion 144 The Chorus enters.
Come not, I charge you, near the battlements,
Nor near the golden dome. Herald of Jove,
Strong though thy beak beyond the feather'd kind,
My bow shall reach thee. Towards the altar, see,
A swan comes sailing: elsewhere wilt thou move
Thy scarlet-tinctured foot? or from my bow
[160] The lyre of Phoebus to thy notes attuned [sunoidos]
Eur. Ion 187  The Chorus enters.
Chorus

Not only in our holy Athens [185] are there halls of the gods with beautiful columns, and worship of Apollo who guards the streets; but also in the house of Loxias, Leto's son, there is a light of two countenances, with lovely eyes.
[190] Look! come see, the son of Zeus is killing the Lernean Hydra with a golden sickle; my dear, look at it!

Isoc. 11 24 The piety of the Egyptians and their worship of the gods are especially deserving of praise and admiration. For all persons who have so bedizened themselves as to create the impression that they possess greater wisdom, or some other excellence, than they can rightly claim, certainly do harm to their dupes [exa^pa^taō

Sophia , A. [select] cleverness or skill in handicraft and art, as in carpentry, tektonos, hos rha te pasēs eu eidē s. Il.15.412; of the Telchines, Pi.O.7.53; entekhnos s., of Hephaestus and Athena, Pl.Prt.32 1d; of Daedalus and Palamedes, X.Mem.4.2.33, cf. 1.4.2; in music and singing, tekhnē kai s. h.Merc.483, cf. 511; in poetry, in divination, S.OT 502
Liturgy of the Priests and Levites, LXX Nu.8.25, Ev.Luc.1.23.

"The ritual observances at the Hebrew and at a Canaanite sanctuary were so similar that to the mass of the people Jehovah worship and Baal worship were not separated by any well-marked line...

A sacrifice was a public ceremony of a township or clan... Then the crowds streamed into the sanctuary from all sides, dressed in their gayest attire, marching joyfully to the sound of music, and bearing with them not only the victims appointed for sacrifice, but store of bread and wine set forth the feast... Universal hilarity prevailed." (Gurney, O.R., Some Aspects of Hittite Religion, p. 37, Oxford University Press, 1977)

"Many of the Psalms are expressive of the parade dance, or dance procession, in a way which show it to have been the characteristic form of the festival (Psalms 30:12, 87:7, 149:3, 150:4; Is. 30:29) and that this was where many of the Psalms were used." ( W. O. E. Osterley, The Sacred Dance (Cambridge: N. P., 1923), p. 94)

If God did not command sacrifices or burnt offerings (Isaiah 1; Jeremiah 7) then He did not command priests: they were imposed after Israel rejected The Book of The Covenantof Grace:
Numbers 8:19 And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons
        from among the children of Israel,
        to do the service of the children of Israel in the tabernacle of the congregation,
        and to make an atonement for the children of Israel:
        that there be no plague among the children of Israel,
        when the children of Israel come nigh unto the sanctuary.

Numbers 8:24 This is it that belongeth unto the Levites:
        from twenty and five years old and upward
        they shall go in to wait upon the service of the tabernacle of the congregation:
Numbers 8:25 And from the age of fifty years they shall cease waiting
        upon the service thereof, and shall serve no more:
Numbers 8:26 But shall minister with their brethren
        in the tabernacle of the congregation,
       
to keep the charge, and shall do no service.
        Thus shalt thou do unto the Levites touching their charge

Custōdĭo, to watch, protect, keep, defend, guard
I. With the access. idea of hindering free motion, in a good or bad sense.
B. Esp., to hold in custody, hold captive:
Luke 1:22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them:
        and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple:
        for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.
Luke 1:23 And it came to pass, that,
        as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished,
        he departed to his own house.
MODERN NEO-PAGAN LITURGY REPLACING THE SCHOOL OF CHRIST

"Nay, rather, to speak out more truly, the augurs, the dream interpreters, the soothsayers, the prophets, and the priestlings, ever vain, have devised these fables;

for they, fearing that their own arts be brought to nought,
and that they may
extort but scanty contributions from the devotees, now few and infrequent,
whenever they have
found you to be willing
........ that their craft should come into disrepute,
........ cry aloud, the Gods are neglected,
........ and in the temples there is now a very thin attendance.

For ceremonies are exposed to derision,
........and the time-honoured rites of institutions once sacred
........ ........have sunk before the superstitions of new religions.

And men--a senseless race--being unable, from their inborn blindness, to see even that which is placed in open light,

dare to assert in their frenzy what you in your sane mind do not blush to believes." (Arnobius, Against the Heathen, Ante-Nicene Fathers, VI, p. 418).

On the other hand:

Why do you speak of things which you have not examined, and which are unknown to you, prating with the garrulity of a rash tongue? Were, then, those things which were done, the freaks of demons, and the tricks of the magical arts? Can you specify and point out to me any one of all those magicians who have ever existed in past ages, that did anything similar, in the thousandth degree, to Christ? Who has done this without any power of incantations? (Arnobius Against the Heathen, Ante-Nicene, VI, p. 425).

Christ "wrought without any aid from external things,

without the observance of any ceremonial,
without any definite mode of procedure,

but solely by the inherent might of His authority.... Is He one of us, at whose command, at whose voice, raised in the utterances of audible and intelligible words, infirmities, diseases, fevers, and other ailments of the body fled away." (Footnote: This is contrasted with the mutterings of strange words used by the magicians.") (Arnibious, Ante-Nicene, VI, p. 425)

Whose name (Christ), when heard, puts to flight evil spirits, imposes silence on soothsayers, prevents men from consulting augurs, causes the efforts of arrogant magicians to be frustrated, not by the dread of His name, as you allege, but by the free exercise of a greater power." (Arnobious, Ante-Nicene, VI, p. 426)

For when He forsaw that you were to be the detractors of His deeds and of His divine work, in order that no lurking suspicion might remain of His having lavished these gifts and bounties by magic arts... without any deceit and without any material aids." (Arnobius Against the Heathen, Ante-Nicene, I, p. 427)

Hicks, Melton, Valentine: 
        We come to the gathering of God’s people tired and often abused
        but we leave as the salt of the earth and the light of the world.

I think most people would say that "worship services" is the most stressful day of the week: in fact, music induces anxiety or the laded burden Jesus died to remove.

How can this be? Because God, as he has always done,
        comes to dwell among a rag tag group of aliens and transforms them into a kingdom of priests.

Paul's Pattern for Comforting one another
Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning,
        that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15:5 Now the God of patience and consolation
        grant you to be likeminded one toward another
        according to Christ Jesus:
Romans 15:6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God,
        even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
JESUS DENIED THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD COMES TO THE ASSEMBLY OR WORSHIP SERVICES
Luke 17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees,
        when the kingdom of God should come,
        he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for,
        behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Luke 17:22 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come,
        when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.
Luke 17:23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them.
Luke 17:24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven;
        so shall also the Son of man be in his day.

Hicks, Melton, Valentine:   Jesus the True Worshipper

Jesus is the Messiah, the hope of Israel. Jesus is the New Adam, the new beginning of humanity. Jesus is Immanuel, the living tabernacle of God. Jesus is also the true worshipper. Jesus’ life was worship—a life supremely devoted to the Father and regular gatherings with the people of God.

We noted that as "liturgist" Jesus died for our sins: He did not prescribe a "worship service" but A School of His Word only.

Since Christ ordained the Qahal, Synagogue or Church of Christ in the Wilderness, Jesus attended the Synagogue on the REST day. He Stood up to Read and then decently SAT DOWN.  He didn't pray as performance, He did not sing in the School of Christ, He did not clap, He did not play instruments.

Hicks, Melton, Valentine:   The rhythm of his life was to some extent shaped by Israel’s great pilgrimage festivals. These feasts connected Jesus with the history of God’s redemptive acts in Israel.

Only the muster age or warrior aged males were required to attend these festivals: they were not called worship festivals.

CHRIST SPEAKS OF GOING TO JERUSALEM IN MUSICAL PROFESSION

And his breath [SPIRIT], as rushing water in a valley, reach reach as far as the neck, and be divided, to confound the nations for their vain error; error also shall pursue them and overtake them. Isaiah 30:28 LXX

Must ye always rejoice, and go into my holy places continually, as they that keep a feast? 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

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 30:30 LXX

For by the voice of the Lord the Assyrians shall be overcome, even by the stroke where with he shall smite them. Isaiah 30:31 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 30:32 LXX

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

For example, Luke tells us that Jesus’ family went to Jerusalem to participate in the Passoverevery year” (Luke 2:41).

LUKE DID NOT SAY THAT JESUS WENT TO PARTICIPATE BUT TO ERRADICATE
Luke 2:46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, [not INSIDE]
        sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
Luke 2:47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
Luke 2:48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him,
        Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
Luke 2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me?
         wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?

The actions of Jesus prove that the Father's Business was not holding feasts and holy days.

Luke 2:50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.
Luke 2:51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them:
        but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

Luke 11:48 Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers:
        for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres.
Luke 11:49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God,
        I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:
Luke 11:50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world,
         may be required of this generation;
Luke 11:51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias,
        which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you,
        It shall be required of this generation.
Luke 11:52 Woe unto you, lawyers!
        for ye have taken away the key of knowledge:
        ye entered not in yourselves,
        and them that were entering in ye hindered.
Luke 7:29 And all the people that heard him, and the publicans,
        justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.
Luke 7:30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves,
        being not baptized of him.
Luke 7:31 And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like?
Luke 7:32 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.
John 12:38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord,
        who hath believed our report? and to whom hath
        the arm of the Lord been revealed?
Romans 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel.
         For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
John 12:39 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,
John 12:40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart;
        that they should not see with their eyes,
        nor understand with their heart,
        and be converted, [baptized]
        and I should heal them. [give them A holy spirit]
John 12:41 These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.
John 12:42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him;
        but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him,
        lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
John 12:43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
Luke 11:53 And as he said these things unto them,
        the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently,
         and to provoke him to speak of many things:
Luke 11:54 Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.
Hicks, Melton, Valentine:   The Gospel of John draws extensively on Israel’s liturgical calendar and Jesus’ habitual attendance at these worship gatherings.
        In John 5-10 Jesus attends the three major feasts prescribed by the Torah.
That's where the AUDIENCE was:
John 5:1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
John 5:2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool,
        which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.
John 5:3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt,
        withered, waiting for the moving of the water.

John 5:42 But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.
John 5:43 I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not:
         if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
John 5:44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another,
        and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?
John 5:45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father:
        there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.
John 5:46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
John 5:47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?
Hicks, Melton, Valentine: 

        Israel’s worship assemblies provide an interpretive lens for understanding the identity and mission of the Messiah.
        Jesus habitually made the pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the Passover (John 2:13, 23; 11:55).
        Jesus himself is the Passover lamb and thus the fulfillment of Israel’s foundational festival.
John 2:13 And the JEWS’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,
John 2 has verses FOLLOWING verse 13
John 2:14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves,
        and the changers of money sitting:
John 2:15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords,
        he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen;
        and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;
The Jews thought that the temple was the HOUSE FOR GOD: Stephen in Acts 7 denies that.  Even after Solomon's temple was dedicated the DARKNESS disabled the Temple and God HEARD FROM HEAVEN the prayers of the people OUTSIDE of the gates. If the "house" in which God could not be worshipped was "a house of prayer" then certainly it was not a house of preaching, singing, playing, dancing and feasting.
John 2:13, 23
John 2:16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.
John 2:17 And his disciples remembered that it was written,
         The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
Psalms 69:1 Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul.
Psalms 69:2 I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing:
         I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.
Psalms 69:3 I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.
Psalms 69:4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head:
        they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty:
        then I restored that which I took not away.
Psalms 69:5 O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.
Psalms 69:6 Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord GOD of hosts,
        be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel.
Psalms 69:7 Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face.
Psalms 69:8 I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children.
Psalms 69:9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up;
        and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.
John 2:18 Then answered the Jews and said unto him,
        What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?
John 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them,
         Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
John 2:20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building,
            and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
John 2:21 But he spake of the temple of his body.
John 2:22 When therefore he was risen from the dead,
        his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them;
         and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.
Jesus went to Jerusalem at Passover because THAT'S WHERE THE PEOPLEL WERE.  Jesus observed the passover as a family event in a private house.  You KILL the Passover.
John 2:23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day,
        many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.
John 2:24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,
John 2:25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

WHILE SEEKING THEIR MESSSIAH TO MURDER HIM

Ps 40:13 KJV Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me.

Ps 40:14 KJV Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.

John 7:1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee:
         for he would not walk in JEWRY, because the Jews sought to kill him.
John 7:2 Now the JEWS’ feast of tabernacles was at hand.

The Feast of Tabernacles was a giant fertility ritual: it was a Preachers UNITY meeting where people compete for the PRIZE.  The brothers of Jesus didn't believe in Him but they KNEW that He could win a prize for some magical trick:

John 7:3 His brethren therefore said unto him,
        Depart hence, and go into Judaea [
JEWRY],
        that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest.
John 7:4 For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret,
        and he himself seeketh to be known openly.
        If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world.
John 7:5 For neither did his brethren believe in him.

John 7:6 Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready.
John 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth,
        because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
John 7:8 Go ye up unto this feast:
        I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come.
John 7:9 When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee.

IF JESUS WENT UP TO FELLOWSHIP THE "GODLY" JEWS IN SINGING , DANCING AND PLAYING INSTRUMENTS THEY WOULD HAVE APPROVED HIM.
John 11:55

John 11:51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year,
        he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;
John 11:52 And not for that nation only,
        but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.
John 11:53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.
John 11:54 Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews;
        but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness,
        into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.
John 11:55 And the JEWS’ passover was nigh at hand:
        and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves.
John 11:56 Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the temple,
        What think ye, that he will not come to the feast?
John 11:57 Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment,
        that, if any man knew where he were, he should shew it, that they might take him. 
Hicks, Melton, Valentine:   The second pilgrim festival of the Jewish year was Weeks (Pentecost). Though the festival in John 5:1 is not named, it has, since ancient times, been identified as Weeks. The content of chapter five is directly related to the themes of that festival. For example, the gathering celebrated, among other things, the giving of the Torah and during this festival Jesus confronts Jewish leaders about their lack of faith.

Moses, many believed, was in heaven interceding on Israel’s behalf as he did during the Golden Calf tragedy. But instead of interceding, here Moses accuses Israel of hardheartedness because they do not believe what he wrote about Jesus.

THE PROOF THAT THEY WOULD NOT LISTEN TO MOSES OR JESUS IS:
Exod 32:6 And they rose up early on the morrow,  and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; 
        and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play


The golden calf represented Apis a real bull calf in Egypt. This represented the always-pagan ftrinitiy of Osiris, Isis and Horus.
Hebrew: h6711 tsachaq, tsaw-khak´; a primitive root; to laugh outright (in merriment or scorn); by implication, to sport:—laugh, mock, play, make sport.
[6] surgentesque mane obtulerunt holocausta et hostias pacificas et sedit populus comedere ac bibere et surrexerunt ludere

Surgo they rose up in insurrection AGAINST God.

Hêdonais 3. Pl., desires after pleasure, pleasant lusts, X.Mem.1.2.23, Ep.Tit.3.3,

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

Ludo  A. To sport, play with any thing, to practise as a pastime, amuse one's self with any thing, B. To sport, dally, wantonly Esp., to play on an instrument of music, to make or compose music or song: carmina pastorum,

 Vellem a comedy which wishes (i. e. is meant) to be in demandb. Of the wishes of those that have a right to command, the gods, masters, parents, commanders, etc., I want, wish, will, am resolved, it is my will:

Canto I. Neutr., to produce melodious sounds (by the voice or an instrument), to sound, sing, play, Less freq. of instrumental music, and only with abl. of the instrument, in comedy, to sing and play while the actor accompanies the song with gestures or dancing,

Tuba war trumpet, Apart from military purposes, it was used on various occasions, as at religious festivals, games, funerals, a signal for wor, exciter, instigator.

Empaizō , fut. To be deluded  2. euphem. in mal. part., LXXJd. 19.25.

Jdg 19:25 But the men would not hearken to him: so the man took his concubine, and brought her forth unto them; and they knew her, and abused her all the night until the morning: and when the day began to spring, they let her go.

II. sport in or on, hôs nebros chloerais e. leimakos hêdonais E.Ba. 866 (lyr.); tois choroisin e. to sport in the dance, Ar.Th.975; tôi  Luc.Lex.5

Paig-ma , atos, to,
A. play, sport, lōtos hotan . . paigmata bremē whene'er the pipe sounds its sportive strains, E.Ba.161(lyr.); “Ludia p. lurasLyr.Alex.Adesp.37.15.
II. 'child's play', to toiouto p. tōn logōn
Hicks, Melton, Valentine:  The texture of John 7 and 8 is woven with imagery from the Festival of Tabernacles. Jesus arrived at the temple halfway through the feast (7:14). On its last day Jesus seized the teaching opportunity. Every day at dawn a priest filled a golden pitcher from the pool of Siloam and brought it to the Temple while the people sang the words of Isaiah: “with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3). The Temple choir sang the Hallel Psalms (Psalms 113-118) as the priest poured the water and wine into a bowl at the altar.

THEN JESUS MISSED THE GREAT PAGAN "WORSHIP" BECAUSE HE KNEW THAT THE CLERGY WOULD MURDER HIM

JESUS REPUDIATED THIS FESTIVAL BY CLAIMING THAT HE WAS THE ONLY SOURCE OF LIVING WATER.

The dramatic ceremony recalled God’s blessing of water in the wilderness (Exodus 17:1-6) and the promise of living water that would flow from Ezekiel’s new temple (Ezekiel 47:1-12). In this assembly Jesus claims to be the source of this water (John 7:37-39). John 8:12-30 apparently takes place on the last evening when the feast lamps and torches were placed in the Temple’s Court of Women.
        Pious Jews brought lamps and would dance and sing as the Levites played zithers, harps and other musical instruments.
        The entire area was ablaze with light and rejoicing.
False Claim: The festivals provided Jesus an opportunity to gather in sacred assembly with his fellow Jews to worship the Father. But the festivals also provided Jesus with opportunities to make powerful claims about his vocation as Israel’s Messiah.

False Claim:
Jesus, the true worshipper, not only participated in cultic assemblies, but also was devoted to personal spiritual disciplines and service to others.

Ancient religious festivals are restored -- even the legalistic Jubilee in order to attract the masses with theatrical performance.

The phrase "eat, drink, and be merry" was part of a religious ritual common throughout the region--

"The traditional founder of Tarsus was Sardanapalus, who was worshipped, along with Semiramis, with licentious rites which resembled those of the Feast of Tabernacles. Paul had probably witnessed this feastival, and had seen, at the neighboring town of Anchiale, the statue of Sardanapalus, represented as snapping his fingers, and with the inscription upon the pedestal, 'Eat, drink, enjoy thyself. The rest is nothing." (Vincent, p. 278)

The phrase, like many examples of music, shows disrespect for the will of God--

And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." ' Luke 12:19

The Feast of Tabernacles is defined in terms quite similar to the modern Jubilee 99 religious festival. The symbols make it certain that they were involved in fertility rituals.

The Musical Feast of Tabernacles in the Court of the Women
Jesus was NOT there
"At the close of the first day of the feast the worshipers descended to the Court of the Women, where great preparations had been made.

Four golden candelabras were there, each with four golden bowls, and against them rested four ladders; and four youths of priestly descent held, each a pitcher of oil, capable of holding one hundred and twenty log, from which they filled each bowl. The old, worn breeches and girdles of the priests served for wicks to these lamps.

There was not a court in Jerusalem that was not lit up by the light of 'the house of water-pouring.'

The 'Chassidim' and 'the men of Deed' danced before the people with flaming torches in their hands, and sang before them hymns and songs of praise;

[Note: The Instruments of David] and the Levites, with harps, and lutes, and cymbals, and trumpets, and instruments of music without number,

stood upon the fifteen steps which led down from the Court of Israel to that of the Women, according to the number of the fifteen Songs of Degrees in the Book of Psalms.

They stood with their instruments of music, and sang hymns.

[The trumpets commanded by God] Two priests, with trumpets in their hands, were at the upper gate (that of Nicanor), which led from the Court of Israel to that of the Women. At cock-crowing they drew a threefold blast. As they reached the tenth step, they drew another threefold blast; as they entered the court itself, they drew yet another threefold blast;

and so they blew as they advanced, till they reached the gate which opens upon the east (the Beautiful Gate).

As they came to the eastern gate, they turned round towards the west (to face the Holy Place), and said:

'Our fathers who were in this place, they turned their back upon the Sanctuary of Jehovah, and their faces toward the east, and they worshipped towards the rising sun;

but as for us, our eyes are towards the Lord.'

For Lamenting for Tammuz to define the "worship of the fathers" CLICK HERE.

The First Century Feast of Tabernacles Perverted
Jesus was NOT there

The Catholic Encyclopedia notes of the Feast of Tabernacles:

"After the Exile, the feast was protracted to the twenty-fifth of the month, and two new rites were added to the old ceremonial.

Every morning of the celebration a priest went down to the Siloe Fountain, whence he brought in a golden ewer of water which was pored on the alter of holocausts [God did NOT command sacrifices or holocausts]

amidst the singing of the Hallel (Pss, cxii-cxvii) and the joyful sound of musical instruments. It was possibly the performance of this ceremony (the institution of which may have been suggested by Is., xii, 3) which afforded to Our Lord the occasion to compare the action of the Holy Ghost in the faithful to a spring of living water (John, vii, 37-39).

"The other new feature added to the ritual of the feast was the illumination of the women's court, together with the singing of the Psalms of the Degrees (Pss. cxix-cxxxiii) and the performance of dances or processions in the sacred precincts. On the eighth day a procession went seven times around the alter, the people carrying myrtle-boughs and palms and shouting: "Hosannah!" in memory of the fall of Jericho.

"The archetypes of performance constituted the usual temple ritual. Yet there was one annual event which served as pretext for all kinds of extravagances in music and dance. Again we must, to a certain extent, rely upon the Talmudic description, which however, in this case is confirmed by passages of early rabbinic literature and extensive descriptions by Josephus."

"This, the merriest of all the festivals, was the 'Feast of Drawing water.' It was the most joyous and the most musical of the temple's festivities. Its description in the Mishna text opens with the significant words: 'Whosoever has not seen the joy of the House of Water-drawing has never seen real joy in his life' (M. Suk. 5.1). After the preparations, which occupied the entire afternoon of the first day of Tabernacles, [Jesus was NOT there] the 'men of good deeds' began to dance before the people in the temple court with burning torches.
        The Levites [Jacob cursed] having stationed themselves upon the fifteen steps leading from the women's court to the Inner Court, took up their
harps, lyres, cymbals, trumpets, pipes, flutes, clarinet, etc., all instruments greatly augmented in number, and intoned the fifteen 'Songs of Ascent.' Thus, the night passed in dancing, singing, and general merrymaking. At the sound of the first cockcrow, the priests intoned the triple blast upon their ritual trumpets. These signals ended the general frolicking, and the crowd ranged itself into an orderly procession to the well of Siloah. (Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, p. 463, Abingdon).

"water drawing festival, was celebrated during the week of Tabernacles with popular games and dances in which even the elders took part, and the streets were so brilliantly illuminated with torches that scarcely an eye was closed in Jerusalem during the week." (Int. Std. Bible Ency., p. 1104)

"Today, this music and dance festival is understood as the one remnant of the old Canaanite fertility rituals, which, in the monotheistic pseudomorphosis of the temple ceremonies, was to ensure an abundant crop of plants, animals, and even human beings."

"This was perhaps the only occasion where popular music-making was allowed to mix with the otherwise sternly guarded prerogative of Levitical music. Consequently, secular, superstitious, even popular licentious elements were here introduced in the performance of the temple's liturgical music." (Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, p. 460, Abingdon).

Hicks, Melton, Valentine: The dramatic ceremony recalled God’s blessing of water in the wilderness (Exodus 17:1-6)
NOT WITH: thetook up their harps, lyres, cymbals, trumpets, pipes, flutes, clarinet
Exodus 17:1 And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin,
        after their journeys, according to the commandment of the LORD, and pitched in Rephidim:
        and there was no water for the people to drink.
Exodus 17:2 Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink.
        And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the LORD?
Exodus 17:3 And the people thirsted there for water;
        and the people murmured against Moses, and said,
        Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt,
        to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?
Exodus 17:4 And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying,
        What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me.
Hicks, Melton, Valentine: and the promise of living water that would flow from Ezekiel’s new temple (Ezekiel 47:1-12). In this assembly Jesus claims to be the source of this water (John 7:37-39).

That DEBUNKS any godly value to the three Biblical festivals which were musters for warrior-aged males only.
John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying,
         If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said,
        out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
John 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive:
         for the Holy Ghost was not yet given;
[Jesus returned in his post glorified state and returned as promise at Pentecost and "poured out what ye see and hear]
        because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
        Jesus the Holy Spiritthen guided the Apostles into all truth.
John 7:40 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying,
         said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.
There was no musical performance on the last day. All instrumental performance is repudiated by Christ in the Prophets.

John 8:12-30 apparently takes place on the last evening when the feast lamps and torches were placed in the Temple’s Court of Women.

It was CHRIST the Rock Who provided the Water in the desert.  All history of these festivals deny that the Jews were PIOS.

Hicks, Melton, Valentine: Pious Jews brought lamps and would dance and sing as the Levites played zithers, harps and other musical instruments.
        The entire area was ablaze with light and rejoicing.
[Jesus was NOT there] Jesus seized this moment of worship to proclaim, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

John 8:1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.
John 8:2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple,
        and all the people came unto him;
        and he sat down, and taught them.
Hicks, Melton, Valentine:  The last major feast mentioned by John (John 10:22) is not found in the canonical Old Testament. The Festival of Lights or Dedication originated in the oppressive days of Antiochus Epiphanes who sacrificed swine on the Temple altar and raised an image of Zeus in God’s temple. Dedication celebrates the rededication of the temple by the Maccabees in 167 B.C.  Jesus participated in this festival even though it is not commanded in the Torah.

By having Jesus PARTICIPATE in something that is NOT COMMANDED the neo-theology insists that instrumental music may be used without getting killed.   I might be caught against my will in an INSTRUMENTAL church but I would NOT be participating. It is slander to so accuse Jesus who denied that the Kingdom of God comes with such religious observations.
John uses this moment to highlight the irony that these leaders believed in the miracle of lights but they did not “believe the miracles” of Jesus (10:38, NIV).
Jesus shows up at ALL of the imposed rituals to repudiate them.
John 10:19 There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings.
John 10:20 And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?
John 10:21 Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?

John does NOT say that Jesus participated:

John 10:22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.
John 10:23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.
John 10:24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him,
        How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.
John 10:25 Jesus answered them,
        I told you, and ye believed not:
        the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.
John 10:26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
John 10:29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
John 10:30 I and my Father are one.
John 10:31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.

This festival: It was instituted by Judas Maccabeus, his brothers, and the elders of the congregation of Israel, in the year 165 B.C. in commemoration of the reconsecration of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, and especially of the altar of burnt offering, after they had been desecrated in the persecution under Antiochus Epiphanes (168 BC). The significant happenings of the festival were the illumination of houses and synagogues, a custom probably taken over from the Feast of Tabernacles, and the recitation of Psalm 30:1-12 HE.[2] J. Wellhausenwinter solstice, and only afterwards with the events narrated in Maccabees.
CHRIST REPUDIATED THIS:
Jeremiah 7:2 Stand in the gate of the LORD’s house, and proclaim there this word,
            and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all ye of Judah,
            that enter in at these gates to worship the LORD.
Jeremiah 7:3 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel,
            Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.
Jeremiah 7:4 Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD,
        The temple of the LORD, are these. 


Jeremiah 7:20 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place,
        upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field,
        and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched.
Jeremiah 7:21 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel;
         Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh.
Jeremiah 7:22 For I spake not unto your fathers,
        nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt,
        concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices:

Jeremiah 7:23 But this thing commanded I them, saying,
        Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people:
        and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.
Jeremiah 7:24 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear,
         but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart,
       
and went backward, and not forward.
Jeremiah 7:25 Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto this day
        I have even sent unto you all my servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them:
Jeremiah 7:26 Yet they hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened their neck:
        they did worse than their fathers.
Jeremiah 7:27 Therefore thou shalt speak all these words unto them;
        but they will not hearken to thee:
        thou shalt also call unto them; but they will not answer thee.
Jeremiah 7:28 But thou shalt say unto them,
        This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the LORD their God, nor receiveth correction:
        truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth.
Hicks, Melton, Valentine:  The festivals provided Jesus an opportunity to gather in sacred assembly with his fellow Jews to worship the Father. But the festivals also provided Jesus with opportunities to make powerful claims about his vocation as Israel’s Messiah. In the context of these worship assemblies, Jesus affirmed that the hopes and dreams of Israel expressed in the feasts were realized in his own person. Jesus was the fulfillment of these festivals.

Jesus ATTENDED the festivals to teach and did NOT participate: He went where the people gathered to repudiate the Jewish system which God IMPOSED because of their musical idolatry proving that they would not her His Word.

These festivals were originally only for muster-aged males over 30 years: David changed that to 20 to get more warriors. The dedication in 1 Maccabees defines the only "worship"
1 Macc 4.54 - At the very season and on the very day that the Gentiles had profaned it,
it was dedicated with songs and harps and lutes and cymbals.
55 - All the people fell on their faces and worshiped and blessed Heaven, who had prospered them.

56 - So they celebrated the dedication of the altar for eight days, and offered burnt offerings with gladness; they offered a sacrifice of deliverance and praise.

Christ in the prophets denies that God commanded sacrifices or burnt offerings: these came with the replacing of God with a king, kingdom, temple, sacrifices and instrumental noise as exorcism.  Jesus did not play a song: He was not a Levite.  Jesus didn not "fall on his face."

The temple was POLLUTED by this very  instrumental noise INSIDE of any holy place which was a death offense.

2 Maccabees 6

1 - Not long after this, the king sent an Athenian senator to compel the Jews to forsake the laws of their fathers and cease to live by the laws of God,

2 - and also to pollute the temple

> in Jerusalem and call it the temple of Olympian Zeus,
>
and to call the one in Gerizim the temple of Zeus the Friend of Strangers, as did the people who dwelt in that place.

> But when it is known that "Zeus the Saviour" was only a title of Dionysus, the "sin-bearing Bacchus," his character, as "The Saviour," appears in quite a different light. In Egypt, the Chaldean god was held up as the great object of love and adoration, as the god through whom "goodness and truth were revealed to mankind." He was regarded as the predestined heir of all things; and, on the day of his birth, it was believed that a voice was heard to proclaim, "The Lord of all the earth is born." In this character he was styled "King of kings, and Lord of lords," it being as a professed representative of this hero-god that the celebrated Sesostris caused this very title to be added to his name on the monuments which he erected to perpetuate the fame of his victories. Hislop shows how this fits seeing the S.U.N. god to think of the S.O.N. God as Rubel Shelly recommends. And as seen in Cosmic Christmas which is the worship of Shamash.

> Zeus

When Zeus had an affair with Mnemosyne, he coupled with her for nine consecutive nights, which produced nine daughters, who became known as the Muses.

They entertained their father and the other gods as a celestial choir on Mount Olympus.

They became deities of intellectual pursuits. Also the three Charites or Graces were born from Zeus and Eurynome. From all his children Zeus gave man all he needed to live life in an ordered and moral way.

Sing, clear-voiced Muse, of Castor and Polydeuces, the Tyndaridae, who sprang from Olympian Zeus. Beneath the heights fo Taygetus stately Leda bare them, when the dark-clouded Son of Cronos had privily bent her to his will.

Very easily he softened the son of all-glorious Leto as he would, stern though the Far-shooter was.

He took the lyre upon his left arm and tried each string in turn with the key, so that it sounded awesomely at his touch.And Phoebus Apollo laughed for joy; for the sweet throb of the marvellous music went to his heart,
             and a soft longing took hold on his soul as he listened.

Then the son of Maia, harping sweetly upon his lyre, took courage and stood at the left hand of Phoebus Apollo; and soon,
             while he played shrilly on his lyre,
             he lifted up his voice and sang, and lovely was the sound of his voice that followed.

He sang the story of the deathless gods and of the dark earth, how at the first they came to be, and how each one received his portion. First among the gods he honoured Mnemosyne, mother of the Muses, in his song; for the son of Maia was of her following.

And next the goodly son of Zeus hymned the rest of the immortals according to their order in age, and told how each was born, mentioning all in order as he struck the lyre upon his arm.

But Apollo was seized with a longing not to be allayed, and he opened his mouth and spoke winged words to Hermes (Mercury, Greek Logos):

(ll. 436-462) `Slayer of oxen, trickster, busy one, comrade of the feast, this song of yours is worth fifty cows, and I believe that presently we shall settle our quarrel peacefully.

But come now, tell me this, resourceful son of Maia: has this marvellous thing been with you from your birth, or did some god or mortal man give it you -- a noble gift -- and teach you heavenly song?

For wonderful is this new-uttered sound I hear, the like of which I vow that no man nor god dwelling on Olympus ever yet has known but you, O thievish son of Maia.

What skill is this? What song for desperate cares? What way of song? For verily here are three things to hand all at once from which to choose, -- mirth, and love, and sweet sleep. And though I am a follower of the Olympian Muses who love dances and the bright path of song -- the full-toned chant and ravishing thrill of flutes --

yet I never cared for any of those feats of skill at young men's revels, as I do now for this:

I am filled with wonder, O son of Zeus, at your sweet playing. But now, since you, though little, have such glorious skill, sit down, dear boy, and respect the words of your elders.

For now you shall have renown among the deathless gods, you and your mother also. This I will declare to you exactly: by this shaft of cornel wood I will surely make you a leader renowned among the deathless gods, and fortunate, and will give you glorious gifts and will not deceive you from first to last.'

Hicks, Melton, Valentine Claim that: Jesus, the true worshipper, not only participated in cultic assemblies, but also was devoted to personal spiritual disciplines and service to others. He dedicated himself to regular seasons of prayer. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark,” for example, “Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” (Mark 1:35). Prayer saturated the ministry of Jesus and this inspired the disciples to ask for special instruction in this discipline (Luke 11:1-4).

THE JEWS is used in such a disparaging way because most godly men had fled Jerusalem and been replaced by hirelings:
Gospel of the Nazaraeans First of all, the word "temple" here does not refer to the interior of the Temple, but to the "heiron" or precincts of the Temple. These precinct buildings were both on the hill of Ophel, on the Bridge of the Red Heifer, and on the Mount of Olives where the family of Hanan (Annas) had a dove aviary and sold doves to pilgrims (who gathered on the Mount of Olives at festivals to await the opening of the doors of the Temple at midnight). This area was referred to as Beth Pagi in the Talmud. Beth Pagi, however, was both within and without the Sabbath Limit. Where the boundary of Bethphage left off, the boundary of Beth Hini (or Bethany) began. The combined area was called Beth Pagi.
        The elders would have to go to the area outside the Sabbath Limit in order to judge a rebellious elder, or to add to the City Limits of Jerusalem. Thus there were moneychangers, vendors of all sorts, and the dove aviary of Annas (the Vice President of the Sanhedrin who was called the Ab bet din, or Father of the Court) before whom Yahshua would have been taken for the accusatory process (by Jewish law). This is why Yahshua was first taken to Annas, who either would have written (legally it could have been oral) the charges against him. His office (and home) would have been in the area of Beth Pagi on the Mount of Olives. There is overwhelming evidence of this fact. The second high priest (literally called the High Priest) was the "President" of the Beth Din. The real power, however, lay in the hands of the "Father of the Court", Annas (Hanan), who was called by Josephus the "ancientest of the priests", and the patriarch of an assimilated family: Boethus, Kimchit, Hanan, and Phiabi (Fabus), who operated the government of Israel from the time of King Herod until the fall of Jerusalem in 70 C.E. The Talmud and Tosefta speak of these families as "serpents"; therefore, it is no wonder that John the Immerser and Yahshua referred to them in those terms (vipers, serpents, etc.). These families were intermarried with the "Herodians" who were, in fact, instrumental to them as "spies". For more complete information on this family, see A Book of Evidence at http://members.tripod.com/~nkuehl/index.html -- in particular, "The Night of Watching" and "The Jewish Trial".


Those who claimed that they were of Judah blasphemed first by lying in order to get on the priestly payroll, and forever as the false teachers after the faithful Israelites had been lost in captivity and death.

they claim they are Jews #2453 Ioudas - Judas; in Hebrew 3063 - Yehudah - a descendant of Judah. The paid their way into the Herodian ruling class. The Saducean priesthood during the first century were not of Aaron but consisted of four families: Boethus, Hanan, Kimchit, and Phiabi.  They intermarried with the Herodians, the Royal Rulers of the State of Israel, who were, themselves EdomitesPetra region (or Edom) and descendants of Esau (or Seir, which means "shaggy, he-goat, devil"), thus the "synagogue of Satan" leaders claimed to be Jews but were Edomites appointed by the Herodian rulers under Rome; Herod Antipas, for instance, and Pontius Pilate held the same governmental position for Rome, the reason for much rivalry between them); since Esau was "red and hairy" his nickname was Edom, and he lived in Seir where Ham's descendants settled. (Idumeans) from the

Plutarch: SYMMACHUS, LAMPRIAS, MOERAGENES.

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 very same.

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 the god.

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 of vines 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 with Bacchus.

And I suppose that their Sabbaths have some relation to Bacchus; for even now many call the Bacchi by the name of Sabbi, and 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 excitement [Greek omitted] which the priests of Bacchus display.

Enthousi-astikos A. inspired, phusis by music, Arist.Pol.1340a11; hê e. sophia divination, Plu.Sol.12 ; e. ekstasis Iamb. Myst.3.8 ; to e. excitement, Pl.Phdr. 263d : Sup. -ôtatos Sch.Iamb.Protr.p.129 P. Adv. -kôs, diatithenai tina Plu.2.433c : Comp. -ôteron Marin.Procl.6 .

II. Act., inspiring, exciting, of certain kinds of music, Arist.Pol.1341b34; nosêmata manika kai e. Id.Pr.954a36 : Comp. -ôtera, akousmata Pl.Ep. 314a .
Outlawed for the Synagogue in Romans 15

The Jews themselves witness no less; for when they keep the Sabbath, they invite one another to drink till they are drunk; or if they chance to be hindered by some more weighty business, it is the fashion at least to taste the wine.

Some perhaps may surmise that these are mere conjectures. But there are other arguments which will clearly evince the truth of what I assert. The first may be drawn from their High-priest, who on holidays enters their temple with his mitre on, arrayed in a skin of a hind embroidered with gold, wearing buskins, and a coat hanging down to his ankles;besides, he has a great many little bells depending from his garment which make a noise as he walks. So in the nocturnal ceremonies of Bacchus (as the fashion is amongst us), they make use of music, and call the god's nurses [Greek omitted]. High up on the wall of their temple [Ezekiel 8] is a representation of the thyrsus and timbrels, which surely suits no other god than Bacchus.

Moreover, they are forbidden the use of honey in their sacrifices, because they suppose that a mixture of honey corrupts and deads the wine. And honey was used for a libation in former days and with it the ancients were wont to make themselves drunk, before the vine was known.

And at this day barbarous people who want wine drink metheglin, allaying the sweetness of the honey by bitter roots, much of the taste of our wine.
Hicks, Melton, Valentine:  Jesus also went about “doing good” (Acts 10:38). A careful reading of the Gospel narrative reveals that Jesus and his disciples also shared with the poor.

And they never took up a collection for a new chariot!

Judas carried the “common purse
” (John 12:6) or “money box” (RSV) used to hold the funds out of which they lived and gave to the poor.

The Alarm or Triumph over was outlawed for the Church of Christ in the wilderness: the was "making vocal or instrumental noise including any kind of elevated form of rhetoric. That is because the church WAS and IS A school of the Word: that is an abssolute mark.  Psalm 41 prophesied that Judas would try to alarm Jesus with "vocal or instrumental noise."  When Jesus fed the SOP to Judas it was a SIGN for the devil to enter into him.  Sop has the same root meaning as PSALLO. The BAG was not a purse: a parable to fool the doctors of the law.

Before the institution of the LORD'S SUPPER, Judas was identified with the SOP.

Isn't it just wild that the Judas Bag used by the thief was not a PURSE. Rather, throughout the Classics the bag was:

Glosokomon (g1101) gloce-sok'-om-on; from 1100 (speaking in tongues) and the base of 2889; prop. a case to keep mouthpieces of wind-instruments in, i.e. (by extens.) a casket or (spec.) purse: - bag.

It is made up of two words:

1. Glossa (from Strong's g1100) means "speaking in tongues" especially an unacquired one.
2.
Kosmos (g2889) means the "orderly arrangement" or the "adorning" world. this is derived from (g2864 or Komizo which means "to carry off."

Kosmos (g2889) kos'-mos; prob. from the base of 2865; orderly arrangement, i.e. decoration; by impl. the world (in a wide or narrow sense, includ. its inhab., lit. or fig. [mor.]): - adorning, world.

Komizo (g2865) kom-id'-zo; from a prim. komeo, (to tend, i.e. take care of); prop. to provide for, i.e. (by impl.) to carry off...

The SOP also has a strange connection;

Psomion (g5596) pso-mee'-on; dim. from a der. of the base of 5597; a crumb or morsel (as if rubbed off), i.e. a mouthful: - sop

Psocho (g5597) pso'-kho; prol. from the same base as 5567; to triturate, i.e. (by anal.) to rub out (kernels from husks with the fingers or hand): - rub.

Psallo (g5567) psal'-lo; prob. strengthened from psao, (to rub or touch the surface; comp. 5597); to twitch or twang, i.e. to play on a stringed instrument (celebrate the divine worship with music and accompanying odes): - make melody, sing (psalms)

If you use the HARP better watch out!

The three early harps found in the burial chambers at Ur were bow-shaped instruments with 12 to 15 strings; nearly identical instruments were played in Egypt at roughly the same time.

Iconographic evidence suggests that in both Egypt and Mesopotamia the harp, often played by women, was used in secular, erotic entertainments, although it had sacred uses as well. Britannica

The Twitching, Twanging or Plucking does not use the unique MUSIC word. Rather, Apollo (Abaddon, Apollyon) was the father of "musical harmony, the murderous twanging bow and arrow, thieves and liars." At Delphi he USED three MUSES from which the word MUSICIANS in Revelation 18 is derived.

> Then the angry Hiawatha
Raised his mighty bow of ash-tree,
Seized his arrows, jasper-headed,
Shot them fast among the serpents;
Every twanging of the bow-string
Was a war-cry and a death-cry,
Every whizzing of an arrow
Was a death-song of Kenabeek.

> "Thamyris is sitting near Pelias. He has lost the sight of his eyes;

his attitude is one of utter dejection; his hair and beard are long; at his feet lies thrown a lyre with its horns and strings broken. [10.30.9] Above him is Marsyas, sitting on a rock,

and by his side is Olympus, with the appearance of a boy in the bloom of youth learning to play the flute.

The Phrygians in Celaenae hold that the river passing through the city was once this great flute-player,
and they also hold that the Song of the Mother, an air for the flute, was composed by Marsyas. They say too that they repelled the army of the Gauls by the aid of Marsyas,

who defended them against the barbarians by the water from the river and by the music of his flute.

> "In a musical contest between Pan and Apollo, Pan's flute was judged by Tmolus to be inferior to Apollo's lyre. Everyone agreed with the result of this contest except King Midas, who called it unjust. It is for this reason that Midas acquired, through Apollo's will, the ears of an ass, which he tried in vain to conceal under a turban."

The Judas Box was not a purse: it is attached to the Flute spotted flute case: these teams especially the Sicarri were drunk on wine, perverted musical teams

 


Jesus was consecrated to the Father. He embodied the call of Israel to be a holy nation and a kingdom of priests. In him we see devotion to God in assembled worship and a life of worship.

Jesus endorsed the SYNAGOGUE which Christ ordained in the wilderness.  This is the ONLY commanded assembly for the godly people and it was EXCLUSIVE of vocal or instrument rejoicing or rhetoric: it is defined as an academy in the Latin.

Hicks, Melton, Valentine: Conclusion

Psalm 40 brings the themes of this chapter together in a single song. The psalm worshipper confesses that God desires lives poured out as sacrifices. Yet at the same time the worshipper also praises God in the “great assembly” (Psalm 40:6-10): Psalm 40 emphasizes the importance of the assembly as it declares God’s praises for salvation. The Israelite who sought and received deliverance came to the great assembly to glorify God’s name. Divine deliverance required public proclamation.
Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but my ears you have pierced;
burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.
Then I said, ‘Here I am, I have come –
it is written about me in the scroll.
I desire to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart.”
I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly;
I do not seal my lips, as you know, O LORD.
I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
I speak of your faithfulness and salvation.
I do not conceal your love
and your truth from the great assembly.”
PSALM 40 IS MESSIANIC:
Psalms 40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God:
        many shall see it, and fear,
        and shall trust in the LORD
.

Prex a prayer, request, entreaty (class.).  A hymn is a prayer.
        A song is a monolo but IN CHURCH the Psalmist has a different story
        although there is no record of David ever attending synagogue.


Psalms 40:4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust,
        and respecteth not the proud,
        nor such as turn aside to lies.
Psalm 39.5 beatus vir cuius est nomen Domini spes ipsius et non respexit in vanitates et insanias falsas
Eph. 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord,
        that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk,
        in the vanity of their mind,
Vanitas I. Lit., emptiness, nothingness, nullity, want of reality, popular opinion, Magus, Magice.
măgus , a, um, adj. 1. magus, Pythagoricus Ludibrium

Note Above: Pythagoras and the World or Kosmos people God does not speak to and Jesus does not pray for.

I.
magic, magical (poet.): “artes,Ov. Am. 1, 8, 5: “manus, id. Med. fac. 36: carmen,Sen. Herc. Oet. 467.
Ludibrium wantonnessA. A laughing-stock, butt, jest, sport:, 
Ov. Am. 1.8
She magick arts and Thessale charmes doth know,
And makes large streams back to their fountaines flow,
She knows with gras, with thrids on wrong wheeles spun...

Charms Carmen.
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
Behold what gives the Poet but new verses?
And thereof many thousand he rehearses.
The Poets God arayed in robes of gold,
Of his gilt Harpe the well tun'd strings doth hold.
LetHomer yeeld to such as presents bring,
(Trust me) to give, it is a witty thing.
Nor, so thou maist obtaine a wealthy prize,
The vaine name of inferiour slaves despize.
Magicus I. of or belonging to magic, magic, magical,   magici, that were invoked by incantations (as Pluto, Hecate see above, Proserpine) “cantus,Juv. 6, 610: “magicae resonant ubi Memnone chordae,
et insanias   I. unsoundness of mind
A. As a disease, madness, insanity, Cels. 3, 18, 2 sqq.—
B. As a personal quality, madness, frenzy, folly, senselessness:
B. Of speech: “orationis,Cic. Brut. 82, 284.—
C. Poetic enthusiasm, rapture, inspiration: “auditis? an me ludit amabilis Insania?Hor. C. 3, 4, 6.
Amābĭlis , chori,id. ib. 4, 3, 14: “seu condis amabile carmen,or dost build the lovely rhyme,
Carmen , ĭnis, n. (old form cas-men , Varr. L. L. p. 86 Bip.) [Sanscr. çasto declaim, praise; cf.: camilla, censeo],
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 (mostly poet.; in prose, instead of it, cantus; cf.
5. A magic formula, an incantation:
falso , āvi, ātum, āre, v. a. id., I. to falsify (late Lat.): “pondera aut mensuras,Dig. 48, 10, 32 fin.: “scripturas divinas, Ambros. de Fide, 2, 15, 135: liber falsatus ab haereticis,Hier. in Ruf. 2, 5 al.—Hence, falsātus deceptive, feigned, spurious, deceitful, false, pretended, delusive, unfounded

THE ANTITHESIS FOR THE EKKLESIA OR CHURCH

Psalms 40:5 Many, O LORD my God,
        are thy wonderful works which thou hast done,
        and thy thoughts which are to us-ward:
        they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee:
                if I would DECLARE and SPEAK of them, they are more than can be numbered.

Nuntĭo (nunc- ) I.  to announce, declare, report, relate, narrate, make known, inform, give intelligence of, etc. (cf.: narro, indico, trado, scribo, dico, certiorem facio, etc.).  [Jesus and the Disciples DICO a hymn]
Lŏquor , to speak, talk, say (in the lang. of common life, in the tone of conversation; cf. Quint. 9, 4, 10; 11, 3, 45).
A.  To speak, declare, show, indicate or express clearly: 3: “cum chartā dextra locuta est,has written upon it,
The offering of Jesus would replace all sacrifices 6:-8a:  Hebrews 10:10-13
Ps 40:6 KJV Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened:
        burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.
Cōgĭtātĭo, B.  In Cic. several times, thought as an intellectual power, the ability of thinking, power or faculty of thought, the reasoning power (cf.: “vim cogitationis habere,Cic. Tusc. 1, 27, 66): “(homo) solus particeps rationis et cogitationis,id. Leg. 1, 7, 22; id. N. D. 3, 9, 21; 2, 7, 18; Cic. Verr. 2, 2, 54, § 134.
Christ speaking in the prophets denies that God commanded sacrifices or burnt offerings. These sacrifices were proofs of God abandoning them to worship the starry host.  Therefore, any kind of sacrificial offering or festival has nothing to do with the Qahal, synagogue or Church of Christ in the Wilderness.

Ps 40:7 KJV Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the [A] book [Scribo] it is written of me,

[A]
Jeremiah 36:1 And it came to pass in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah,
        that this word came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
Jeremiah 36:2 Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words
        that I have spoken unto thee against Israel,
        and against Judah,
        and against all the nations, from the day I spake unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto this day.
Jeremiah 36:3 It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them;
        that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.


Christian teaching resources are the PROPHETS and APOSTLES: Jesus never commanded nor participated in wild music and dancing.

[B]
Luke 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you,
        that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets,
         and in the psalms, concerning me.
Luke 24:45 Then opened he their understanding,
        that they might understand the scriptures,
Luke 24:46 And said unto them,
        Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer,
        and to rise from the dead the third day:
Luke 24:47 And that repentance and

JESUS TAUGHT OR PREACHED IN THE CONGREGATION OR SYNAGOGUE / EKKLESIA

Ps 40:8 KJV I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.


Ps 40:9 KJV I have preached righteousness in the great congregation:

         lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest.
Nuntĭo (nunc- ) I.  to announce, declare, report, relate, narrate, make known, inform, give intelligence of, etc. (cf.: narro, indico, trado, scribo, dico, certiorem facio, etc.).

ecclēsĭa (ēcclĕsĭa ,
1. A religious assembly of Christians, a Christian congregation, a church (eccl. Lat.; “very freq.): die ecclesiae, etc.,Vulg. Matt. 18, 17; id. Philem. 2; Aug. Ep. 190, 5, 19.—
2. The Church, the whole body of believers: “Christus dilexit ecclesiam,Vulg. Eph. 5, 25: “Dei,id. Phil. 3, 6; Aug. Serm. 137, 6; so, “in coelo,Vulg. Heb. 12, 23.—
3. A Christian place of assembly, a church: “ut nomine ecclesiae, id est populi qui continetur, significamus locum qui continet,Aug. Ep. 190, 5, 19; cf. also Amm. 21, 2 fin.; id. 28, 6 fin.

H6951 qâhâl kaw-hawl From H6950 ; assemblage (usually concretely):—assembly, company, congregation, multitude.

Qahal (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 congregation.

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. (Greg Killian)

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.
Ps 40:10 KJV I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart;
         I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation:
         I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.
40:11 KJV Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD:
        let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.
The Betrayer would be a friend with whom He broke bread: the friend is a musical performer Mark 14:17-18
Hicks, Melton, Valentine: Pious Jews brought lamps and would dance and sing as the Levites played zithers, harps and other musical instruments. The entire area was ablaze with light and rejoicing.

This "makes more certain" the prophecy by Christ that the Jews ATTACK Jesus after declaring Him Beliar.  Jesus knew that during the first days of this fertility abandonment they would be looking for Him to murder Him.
The Rule of the Trumpets: the trumpets] of alarm for all their service for the [ . . . ] for their commissioned men, 17[by tens of thousands and thousands and hundreds and fifties] and tens. Upon the t[rumpets . . . ]

[ . . . ] )8[ . . . ] 19[ . . . which ] 20 [,, . they shall write . . . the trumpets of Col. 3 the battle formations, and the trumpets for assembling them when the gates of the war are opened so that the infantry might advance, the trumpets for the signal of the slain, the trumpets of 2 the ambush, the trumpets of pursuit when the enemy is defeated, and the trumpets of reassembly when the battle returns.

PSALMS 41 PROVES THAT THE JEWS WERE MOCKING JESUS CHRIST RIGHT UP TO THE CROSS.
And they, teachers of lies and seers of falsehood,
.........have schemed against me a devilish scheme,
to exchange the Law engraved on my heart by Thee
.........for the smooth things which they speak to Thy people.
And they withhold from the thirst the drink of Knowledge, (Amos 5, 6, 8, Isa 5)
        and assuage their
thirst with vinegar,
        that they may
gaze on their straying,
        on
their folly concerning their feast-days (Jubilee, Feast of Tabernacles)
        on their
fall into their snares.
The priests shall blow the trumpets of massacre, and
the Levites and all the blowers of the ram's horn
.........shall sound a battle alarm,
.........and the foot soldiers shall stretch out their hands against the host...
and at the sound of the alarm
.........they shall begin to bring down the slain.
All the people shall cease their clamor,
.........but the priests shall continue
.........to blow the trumpets of massacre."  - War Scroll
TEACHERS TEACH THE WORD OF CHRIST IF THEY ARE GOING TO EAT HIS BREAD: The Judas bag was for carrying the mouthpieces of wind instruments always attached to the flute case of the Sicarri:

Remembering that Jesus spoke only parables to the masses including the clergy: He hid truth from the merchants from the foundation of the world.
John 13:18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen:
        but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with
        me hath lifted up his heel against me.
Lifted up is epairō , 3. exalt, magnify,epaeirein Aokrōn mater'Pi.O.9.20; “epareis ton patrōon oikonX.Mem.3.6.2.
II.  stir up, excite,polla te min kai megala ta epaeironta . . ēnHdt.1.204; “tis s' epēre daimonōn; flattering themselves that they were superior

Paul excludes this SELF pleasure of creating mental excitement in Romans 15.
pternē II   metaph., foot or lower part of anything, “purgōnLyc.442; “tēs mēkhanēsPlb.8.6.2;
purg-oō , II. metaph., raise up to a towering height, prōtos . . purgōsas rhēmata semna the first . . 'to build the lofty rhyme', Ar.Ra.1004;
turannisi patēr epurgouId.HF475; of doctors, purgountes hautous magnifying themselves, Men.497 (= Mimn.Trag.2); p. kharin exalt, exaggerate it, E.Med.526; “dis tosa p. tōn gignomenōnId.Heracl. 293 (anap.); “tēn tekhnēn

epurgōs' oikodomēsas epesin megalois ktl. Id.Pax749;  so aoidas eudaimonias epurgōseE.Supp.998

Aristoph. Peace 749 he has also dismissed that slave, whom one never failed to set weeping before you, [745] so that his comrade might have the chance of jeering at his stripes and might ask, “Wretch, what has happened to your hide? Has the lash rained an army of its thongs on you and laid your back waste?” After having delivered us from all these wearisome ineptitudes and these low buffooneries, he has built up for us a great art, like a palace with high towers, [750] constructed of fine phrases, great thoughts and of jokes not common on the streets. Moreover it's not obscure private persons or women that he stages in his comedies; but, bold as Heracles, it's the very greatest whom he attacks, undeterred by the fetid stink of leather or the threats of hearts of mud
John 13:19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass,
        ye may believe that I am he.
John 13:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me;
        and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
All who have eaten my bread
have lifted their heel against me (cf John 13:18)
And all those joined to my Council
have mocked me with wicked lips.  
Thy members of my Covenant have rebelled
and have murmured round about me;
They have gone as talebearers
before the children of mischief
concerning the mystery which Thou hast hidden in me...
They have overtaken me in a narrow pass (gap) without escape
And there is no rest for me in my trial.
They sound my censure upon a harp
and their murmuring and storming upon a zither." Ps.41:11
This was a fertility ritual and fulfilled the prophecy that the Jews would NOT sing, dance and play instruments to MARK His own execution
Anguish seizes me
like the pangs of a woman in travail, (John 16:21)
and my heart is troubled within me.
I am clothed in blackness
and my tongue cleaves to the roof of my mouth. (Vermes, 165f)
Anguish seizes me 
like the pangs of a woman in travail, (John 16:21)
and my heart is troubled within me.
I am clothed in blackness
and my tongue cleaves to the roof of my mouth. (Vermes, 165f)

My strength has gone from my body
and my heart runs out like water;
my flesh is dissolved (melted) like wax
and the strength of my loins is turned to fear.
My arm is torn from its socket
and I can lift my hand no more;
My foot is held by fetters
and my knees slide like water;
I can no longer walk.
I cannot step forward lightly,
For my legs and arms are bound by shackles
which cause me to stumble.
 
The tongue is gone back which Thou didst make
marvelously mighty within my mouth;
it can no longer give voice.

I have no word for my disciples
to revive the spirit of those who
stumble
and to speak words of support to the weary.

My
circumcised lips are dumb.

I will groan with the zither of lamentation
in all grief-stricken mourning and bitter complaint

until iniquity and wickedness are consumed

and the
disease-bringing scourge is no more.

HOWEVER IN VICTORY WHEN JESUS TEACHES IN THE EKKLESIA
Then will I play on
the zither of deliverance
and harp of joy,
on the tabors of prayer
and the pipe of praise
without end.
Isaiah 57:19 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off,
and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him.
Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually,
         that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
Music is purpose driven to make the lambs dumb before the slaughter.
Ps 40:12 KJV For innumerable evils have compassed me about: [many dogs: Catamites]
        mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up;
        they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.

Ps 40:13 KJV Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me.

Ps 40:14 KJV Let them be ashamed
        and confounded together

Psalm 39.15 confundantur et revereantur simul qui quaerunt animam meam ut auferant eam convertantur retrorsum et revereantur qui volunt mihi mala
Con-fundo jumbled in masses enduring sermons, rhetoric, “subjecta sibi vocalis in unum sonum coalescere et confundi nequiret,id. 1, 7, 26.—Of bringing together in speech:
vōcālis , e, adj. vox,
I. that utters a voice, sounding, sonorous, speaking, crying, singing, vocal.
A. Adj.: “aves cantu aliquo aut humano sermone vocales,
Orpheus,Hor. C. 1, 12, 7: “chordae,Tib. 2, 5, 3: “carmen,Ov. M. 11, 317:
Ov. Met. 11.317
And by Apollo (for shee bare a payre) was borne his brother
Philammon, who in musick arte excelled farre all other,
As well in singing as in play. But what avayled it
To beare such twinnes, and of two Goddes in favour to have sit?
And that shee to her father had a stowt and valeant knight,
Or that her graundsyre was the sonne of Jove that God of might?
Dooth glorie hurt to any folk? It surely hurted her.
For standing in her owne conceyt shee did herself prefer
Before Diana, and dispraysd her face, who there with all
Inflaamd with wrath, sayd: Well, with deedes we better please her shall.
Dodonis,” clanging brass, continuous talking verba e syllabis magis vocalia (corresp. to melius sonantes syllabae)
2. vōcāles , ĭum, m. (homines), vocalists, singers

        that seek after my soul to destroy it;
        let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.

Psalms 40:15 Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha.
Confūsĭo , ōnis, f. confundo.
2. Concr., a mixture, union: “arcum esse multarum imaginum solis confusiones,
2. A confounding, confusion, disorder: “religionum,Cic. Leg. 2, 10, 25

eugĕ (eugē or eugae , Ter. And. 2, 2, 8), interj., = euge, an exclamation of joy, applause, admiration, etc., I. well done! good! bravo!

Christianam religionem absolutam et simplicem anili superstitione confundens,

simplex , I. In gen., simple, plain, uncompounded, unmixed, = haplous (cf.: “sincerus, purus) ornatus verborum duplex, unus simplicium, alius conlocatorum,
Opposite: miscĕo , to mix, mingle, to intermingle, blend confundo
3. Miscere se, or misceri, to mingle with others, to unite, assemble: “miscet (se) viris,Verg. A. 1, 440: “se partibus alicujus,Vell. 2, 86, 3: “ipsa ad praetoria densae Miscentur,assemble, Verg. G. 4, 75.—
Hence, of persons, to raise a great commotion, make a prodigious disturbance
b. [select] To stir up, occasion, excite, rouse:

Opposite: cōnecto (less correctly, connecto ,
I.  to tie, bind, fasten, or join together, to connect, entwine, link together
Opposite conexa,In discourse, to connect with what precedes, join to, etc.: “facilius est enim apta dissolvere quam dissipata conectere,Cic. Or. 71, 235: “illud non est in uno verbo translato
2: verba lyrae conectere, Hor. Ep. 2, 2, 86: “carmina secum gracili filo, Col. 10, 227: “res ac verba,Quint. 2, 4, 15; 9, 4, 58: “conexa oratio (opp. interrupta),id. 9, 4, 7: “aliam majorem insaniam,to join to, Plin. 36, 15, 24, § 116; hence also: versus orationesque ejus, to quote, cite, T
2. [select] In philos. lang., = concludo, to annex or subjoin a logical conclusion
Fīlum , drawn out “tractat inauratae consona fila lyrae,the strings, Ov. Am. 1, 8, 60; so, “lyrae,id. M. 5, 118: “sonantia,id. ib. 10, 89:
argumentandi tenue filum,id. Or. 36, 124: “tenui deducta poëmata filo,

JESUS DID NOT REGULARLY GO TO JERUSALEM

John 7:1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee:
         for he would not walk in JEWRY, because the Jews sought to kill him.
John 7:2 Now the JEWS’ feast of tabernacles was at hand.

The Feast of Tabernacles was a giant fertility ritual: it was a Preachers UNITY meeting where people compete for the PRIZE.  The brothers of Jesus didn't believe in Him but they KNEW that He could win a prize for some magical trick:

John 7:3 His brethren therefore said unto him,
        Depart hence, and go into Judaea [
JEWRY], that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest.
John 7:4 For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret,
        and he himself seeketh to be known openly.
        If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world.
John 7:5 For neither did his brethren believe in him.

John 7:6 Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready.
John 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth,
        because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
John 7:8 Go ye up unto this feast:
        I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come.
John 7:9 When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee.

Hicks, Melton, Valentine: Thank offerings accompanied grateful responses to God’s grace (cf. Psalm 50:14-15, 23).

Psalms 50:1 The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken,
        and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.
Psalms 50:2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.
Psalms 50:3 Our God shall come,
        and shall not keep silence:
        a fire shall devour before him,
        and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.
Ignis , A. (Mostly poet.) The fire or glow of passion, in a good or bad sense; of anger, rage, fury: “exarsere ignes animo,Verg. A. 2, 575: ore dabat pleno carmina vera dei,Ov. F. 1, 473: “(Dido) caeco carpitur igni,the secret fire of love, Verg. A. 4, 2;
-carmen , ĭnis, n. (old form cas-men , Varr. L. L. p. 86 Bip.) [Sanscr. çasto declaim, praise; cf.: camilla, censeo], 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 (mostly poet.; in prose, instead of it, cantus; cf. “also versus, numeri, modi): carmen tuba ista peregit ( = sonus),Enn. Ann. 508carmine vocali clarus citharāque Philammon,Ov. M. 11, 317; cf. “vocum,id. ib. 12, 157: “per me (sc. Apollinem) concordant carmina nervis,id. ib. 1, 518; cf. id. ib. 11, 5;
Tempestas , āti2.  A storm, shower, i. e. a throng, multitude, etc.: “querelarum,Cic. Pis. 36, 89: “turbida telorum,Verg. A. 12, 284; Claud. in Ruf. 1, 102.
Psalms 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
Psalms 50:16 But unto the wicked God saith,
        What hast thou to do to declare my statutes,
        or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?
Psalms 50:17 Seeing thou hatest instruction,
        and castest my words behind thee.

Psalms 50:18 When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers.
Psalms 50:19 Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.
Psalms 50:20 Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son.
Psalms 50:21 These things hast thou done,
        and I kept silence;
        thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself:
         but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.
Psalms 50:22 Now consider this, ye that forget God,
        lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.


OF INDIVIDUALS
Psalms 50:23 Whoso offereth [sacrifices] praise glorifieth me:
         and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

Laus , praise, commendation
B. Of things, estimation, worth, value, repute

OF THE PAGAN SACRIFICES TO APOLLO
Să_crĭfĭcĭum a). Sing.: “M. Popillius cum sacrificium publicum cum laenă faceret, quod erat flamen [priests] Carmentalis,Cic. Brut. 14, 56: “epulare sacrificium facere,id. de Or. 3, 19, 73; cf.: “sacrificio Apollini facto,Liv. 45, 27:
Ăpollo , ĭnis (earlier Ăpello ,
= Apollōn, Apollo, son of Jupiter and Latona, twinbrother of Diana, and god of the sun. On account of his omniscience, god of divination; on account of his lightnings (belē), god of archery (hence represented with quiver and dart), and of the pestilence caused by heat; but, since his priests were the first physicians, also god of the healing art; and since he communicated oracles in verse, god of poetry and music, presiding over the Muses,

Hicks, Melton, Valentine:   According to the preacher of Hebrews, Jesus himself joins disciples in the great assembly as they praise God for such a great salvation
“[Jesus] says,
I will declare your name to my brothers;
in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises.”

Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard,
         lest at any time we should let them slip.
Hebrews 2:2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast,
        and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
Hebrews 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation;
        which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord,
        and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

Hebrews 2:4 God also bearing them witness,
        both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
 
Hebrews 2:11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one:
        for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
Hebrews 2:12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren,
        in the midst of the church [ekklesia] will I sing praise [hymn is a prayer] unto thee.
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, 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:

Dīcoto 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,
I. Hom., Opposite. pseudēs, in phrases alēthea muthēsasthai, eipein, agoreuein, alēthes enispein
3. of oracles, true, unerring, “alathea mantiōn thōkonPi. 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
        5. celebrate, of poets, “Aiantos bian
If you want to SING a HYMN it takes two words humnon aeidousinh.Ap.16
If you want to sing a hymn and play the term is
ho kuriōs hu. pros kitharan ēdeto hestōtōn

Hicks, Melton, Valentine
The horizontal and vertical dimensions of worship are held in substantial unity in Scripture. Assembly means nothing apart from the sacrificial lives of the people of God, but assembly is essential in shaping the lifestyle of the gathered.
Through worshipping assemblies God’s people experience the grace of God’s presence and the covenant community is empowered to bear witness even in its weakness. Through worship gatherings we proclaim the story of redemption, the renovation of our lives, and the reclamation of the world by the Creator.
Worship is in THE SPIRIT which is a place opposite of Mount Zion or Mount Gerezim. God does not worshipped in houses built by human hands and is not worshipped by the works of human hands.
ON THE OTHER HAND: Jesus said the Kingdom of God does not come with religious observations.

Jesus stood up to read in the synagogue and then sat down.  The only CENI in the Great Commission is to teach what Jesus has commanded to be taught and observed. There is not a remote hint that Christ will be with us in celebrative rituals: He will be OUTSIDE the assemblies suffering reproach FROM the religious observations trying to bring God down into their presence.

Both the synagogue and ekklesia met EXCLUSIVELY to listen to something READ from a higher authority: their only task was to discuss the material and reach a conclusion.   Jesus Christ The Holy Spirit is present with the twos or threes who come OUTSIDE of the assemblies to REST and "Learn of Me."  There is no supernatural power of preaching or singing which calls God down into their presence.

Paul warned against the musical idolaltry at Mount Sinai where they and all pagans believe that by "praise" they can assist God and bring Him into their presence.
Romans 10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
Romans 10:3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness,
        and going about to establish their own righteousness,
         have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
Romans 10:5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law,
         That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.
Romans 10:6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise,
        Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
Romans 10:7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
Romans 10:8 But what saith it?
         The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart:
         that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

Ephesians 3:7 Whereof I was made a minister,
        according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

Ephesians 3:8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given,
        that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery,
        which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

Ephesians 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places
        might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

Ephesians 3:11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
Ephesians 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith OF him.

Habakkuk 2:18 What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it;
        the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols?
Habakkuk 2:19 Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone,
        Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.
Habakkuk 2:20 But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

David wanted to AWAKEN his lyre so that he could AWAKEN the dawn.  Fits with the kings being abandoned to worship the starry host (re the Star of David) OR "poems tend to be poetic."  Nonetheless, the uneducated fall sucker for poetic speech (says Jesus of speaking parables):

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: 'Awake, Lord, awake! Do not abandon us for ever." The Talmud tells us that Johy Hyrcanus suppressed the practice because it recalled too readily a pagan custom.

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)

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, p. 247).

And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. Isaiah 2:4

O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord. Isaiah 2:5

Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please them selves in the children of strangers (adulterous women). Isaiah 2:6

Soothsayers: Anan (h6049) aw-nan'; a prim. root; to cover; used only as denom. from 6051, to cloud over; fig. to act covertly, i. e. practise magic: - * bring, enchanter, Meonemin, observer of times, soothsayer, sorcerer.

This points to RESPONSIVE SINGING and the worship of ANATH.

Nachash (h5172) naw-khash'; a prim. root; prop. to hiss, i. e. whisper a (magic) spell; gen. to prognosticate: - * certainly, divine, enchanter, (use) * enchantment, learn by experience, * indeed, diligently observe.

Nachash (h5175) naw-khawsh'; from 5172; a snake (from its hiss): - serpent.

Paul warned about LIFELESS INSTRUMENTS which are CARNAL WEAPONS.  You cannot defeat the principalities and powers in heavenly places [getting LIFTED UP with music] by using the INSTRUMENTS which came with Lucifer to be used AGAINST God's Word or SWORD of the spirit whichWE must use.

Euripides-Ion
O thou, that wakest on thy seven-string'd lyre
Sweet notes, that from the rustic lifeless horn
Enchant the ear with heavenly melody,
Son of Latona, thee before this light
Will I reprove. Thou camest to me, with gold
Thy locks all glittering, as the vermeil flowers
 
And now my son and thine, ill-fated babe,
Is rent by ravenous vultures; thou, meanwhile,
Art to thy lyre attuning strains of joy.
 Aristotle: Melody Deceives: "Poets also make use of this in inventing words, as a melody "without strings" or "without the lyre"; for they employ epithets from negations, a course which is approved in proportional metaphors..

The form of diction should be neither metrical nor without rhythm.

If it is metrical, it lacks persuasiveness, for it appears artificial, and at the same time it distracts the hearer's attention, since it sets him on the watch for the recurrence of such and such a cadence..

According to Philo, the gods of the pagans exploit this weakness of men. For the sake of a better effect, and with the intention of more easily cheating their devotes, that they have set their lies to melodies, rhythms and meters.." Click for more.

 

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