Jesus once asked his disciples, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am” (Matt 16:13)? Who was Jesus anyway? Most people of His day viewed Him as some sort of prophet (John
Most of us live hurried lives. We are hard pressed at work, at home, and at church to accomplish more than a twenty-four hour day seems to allow. The demands are overwhelming. In fact, full
I went to church service recently in which a powerful and emotional solo called “I Feel Like Moving On” was sung. The more I listened, however, the more disturbed I became by the emphasis on
“Found in Judg. 21:21, 23; Ps. 30:11; 149:3; 150:4; Jer. 31:4,” “13, etc., as the translation of hul, which points to the” whirling motion of Oriental sacred dances. It is the rendering “of a word (rakad’) which means to skip or leap for joy, in Eccl.” “3:4; Job 21:11; Isa. 13:21, etc.” “In the New Testament it is in like manner the translation of “different Greek words, circular motion (Luke 15:25); leaping up” “and down in concert (Matt. 11:17), and by a single person (Matt.” 14:6). “It is spoken of as symbolical of rejoicing (Eccl. 3:4. Comp. Ps. 30:11; Matt. 11: 17). The Hebrews had their sacred dances “expressive of joy and thanksgiving, when the performers were” usually females (Ex. 15:20; 1 Sam. 18:6). “The ancient dance was very different from that common among Western nations. It was usually the part of the women only (Ex. 15:20; Judg. 11:34; comp. 5:1). Hence the peculiarity of David’s conduct in dancing before the ark of the Lord (2 Sam. 6:14). The “women took part in it with their timbrels. Michal should, in” “accordance with the example of Miriam and others, have herself” “led the female choir, instead of keeping aloof on the occasion” “and “looking through the window.” David led the choir” “uncovered, i.e., wearing only the ephod or linen tunic. He” “thought only of the honour of God, and forgot himself.” “From being reserved for occasions of religious worship and “festivity, it came gradually to be practised in common life on” occasions of rejoicing (Jer. 31:4). The sexes among the Jews always danced separately. The daughter of Herodias danced alone (Matt. 14:6).
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