One of the things I like to do as I read the scriptures is write down just one thing, one quick takeaway from the section. For me, it’s a process that helps me move from simply reading the Word to allowing the Word to read me.
It’s a simple practice that anybody can do, it helps to reinforce what I’ve read, and it gives me an opportunity to engage with what the Holy Spirit might be trying to teach me.
This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in 1 Chronicles 5-9.
“They ministered with music at the Tabernacle until Solomon built the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem.” ~1 Chronicles 6:32
All of creation sings, even the disciples sang hymns with Jesus, and now we have the privilege of joining the song.
Genealogies in scripture aren’t always the most exciting to read, but I love that Chronicles includes a genealogy of the musicians! Ministry through music wasn’t an afterthought, it has a deep history and a long tradition. It’s valued, remembered, and honored.
Today, our culture values the written word and great speakers. Not that the written word and speaking aren’t important, but I fear an overemphasis on those two forms of communication can make ministry stale, boring, and purely academic. While that may appeal to some, it’s limiting, and it will never reach the whole world. Music on the other hand, has been deeply ingrained in every culture throughout all time.
The Gospels have no record of Jesus sitting down with his disciples for long winded “bible studies.” The disciples slept through their “prayer time,” and when Jesus gave sermons, if they were memorable, they were short, to the point, and often included parables.
Other times, Jesus’ teaching isn’t even recorded! Consider, Jesus’ first “sermon” with Peter in the boat at his feet in the Gospel of Luke. Jesus taught, but his teaching must not have had an impact on Peter because there’s no record of what he taught. Instead, it was the experiences of offering Peter’s boat and fishing with Jesus that are recorded. Experiential participation with Jesus has a far greater impact, and that’s what Jesus consistently invites us into!
Music, laughter, and hospitality are ministries that require experiential participation. They lead us deeper into the heart of God, and connect us with the rhythm of all creation across history and cultures as we sing the song he invites us into.
This is what I heard in today’s reading, what did you hear?
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