Why Not Music

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God expects us to respect His silence. Having commanded us to sing, he never mentions using musical instruments in worship. This lesson examines attempts to find authority for musical instruments.

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Why Not Music

  1. 1. ? Why not Music
  2. 2. “I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.” —1 Corinthians 14.15
  3. 3. Instrumental Music in the Worship By: M.C. Kurfees http:/ /www.mun.ca/rels/restmov/ texts/mckurfees/
  4. 4. “And he stationed the Levites in the house of Jehovah with cymbals, harps and lyres...” —2 Chronicles 29.25
  5. 5. “...for the commandment was from Jehovah through His prophets.” —2 Chronicles 29.25
  6. 6. “he is obligated to keep the whole law” —Galatians 5.3
  7. 7. “He makes the first one obsolete” —Hebrews 8.13
  8. 8. “He does away with the first in order to establish the second.” —Hebrews 10.9
  9. 9. “the four living creatures and the 24 elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp” —Revelation 5.8
  10. 10. “those who had conquered the beast . . . standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God” —Revelation 15.2
  11. 11. “addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with you heart” —Ephesians 5.19
  12. 12. “addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with you heart” —Ephesians 5.19
  13. 13. “addressing one another in psalms and “Psallo” hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with you heart” —Ephesians 5.19
  14. 14. “speaking to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord” —Ephesians 5.19 (NIV)
  15. 15. Does ‘psallo’ include musical instruments ?
  16. 16. Silly “happy, fortunate, blessed” (15th century)
  17. 17. Does ‘psallo’ include musical instruments ?
  18. 18. 1. To pluck off, pull out —Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, p. 675
  19. 19. 2. To cause to vibrate by touching, to twang —Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, p. 675
  20. 20. 2. To cause to vibrate by touching, to twang Spec. to touch or strike the chord, to twang the strings —Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, p. 675
  21. 21. 2. To cause to vibrate by touching, to twang Absol. To play on a stringed instrument, to play the harp, etc. —Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, p. 675
  22. 22. 2. To cause to vibrate by touching, to twang Sept. to sing to the music of the harp —Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, p. 675
  23. 23. 2. To cause to vibrate by touching, to twang In the N.T. to sing a hymn, to celebrate the praises of God in song —Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, p. 675
  24. 24. “the song sung with this musical accompaniment” —R. C. Trench Synonyms of the New Testament, p. 311-314
  25. 25. “the song sung with this musical accompaniment” —R. C. Trench Synonyms of the New Testament, p. 311-314
  26. 26. “means ‘sing’ exclusively; with no reference to instrumental accompaniment.” —Walter Bauer: A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, p. 891
  27. 27. “means ‘sing’ exclusively; with no reference to instrumental accompaniment.” —Walter Bauer: A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, p. 891
  28. 28. “Those who favor ‘play’ may be relying too much on the earliest meaning of psallo.” —Walter Bauer: A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, p. 891
  29. 29. “does not now denote literally playing on a stringed instrument” —Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, p. 1225- 1227
  30. 30. 1) To pluck the hair. 2) To twang the bowstring. 3) To twitch a carpenter’s line. 4) To touch the chords of a musical instrument, to make instrumental music. 5) To touch the chords of the human heart, that is, to sing, to celebrate with hymns of praise.
  31. 31. 1) To pluck the hair. 2) To twang the bowstring. 3) To twitch a carpenter’s line. 4) To touch the chords of a musical instrument, to make instrumental music. 5) To touch the chords of the human heart, that is, to sing, to celebrate with hymns of praise.
  32. 32. 1) To pluck the hair. 2) To twang the bowstring. 3) To twitch a carpenter’s line. 4) To touch the chords of a musical instrument, to make instrumental music. 5) To touch the chords of the human heart, that is, to sing, to celebrate with hymns of praise.
  33. 33. 1) To pluck the hair. 2) To twang the bowstring. 3) To twitch a carpenter’s line. 4) To touch the chords of a musical instrument, to make instrumental music. 5) To touch the chords of the human heart, that is, to sing, to celebrate with hymns of praise.
  34. 34. 1) To pluck the hair. 2) To twang the bowstring. 3) To twitch a carpenter’s line. 4) To touch the chords of a musical instrument, to make instrumental music. 5) To touch the chords of the human heart, that is, to sing, to celebrate with hymns of praise.
  35. 35. 1) To pluck the hair. 2) To twang the bowstring. 3) To twitch a carpenter’s line. 4) To touch the chords of a musical instrument, to make instrumental music. 5) To touch the chords of the human heart, that is, to sing, to celebrate with hymns of praise.
  36. 36. “Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.” —Acts 3.1
  37. 37. “They entered the temple at daybreak and began to teach” —Acts 5.21
  38. 38. “Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.” —Luke 15.25
  39. 39. “Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.” —Luke 15.25
  40. 40. Compiled and Presented by: Fellowship with God Dave Stewart Bible 26 April, 2009 Las Cruces, NM #07 www.churchofchristmiranda.com Why No Music? Synopsis: God expects us to respect His silence. Having commanded us to sing, he never mentions using musical instruments in worship. This lesson examines attempts to find authority for musical instruments. “Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.” “Let all that you do be done with love.”

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