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On a Thursday afternoon this summer, Teresa Wilkerson, a cancer patient at Enloe Medical Center’s Infusion Therapy clinic, enjoyed a live musical performance when two volunteers, Dave Pierce and Ed Stopper, came to play.
How has music shaped your spirituality? Are there fondly remembered hymns or gospel songs that still rise up within you to comfort or encourage? Have Bach or Fanny Crosby (or Mozart or Ray Charles) ever lifted you to a higher plane?
David is introduced for the second time in an entirely separate story that is linked to the first by the activity of God’s spirit. The text reports that David’s initial anointing at the hands of Samuel was accompanied by a powerful inrush of the spirit of the LORD (16:13).
Music was an important part of daily life in ancient Israel. It played a vital role in family functions such as farewell parties (Gen 31:27) and homecomings (Judg 11:34).
When famous artist Dane Tilghman saw a twelve-year-old boy sitting at a piano this spring, he remembered seeing the boy a few weeks earlier at the PathWays PA’s Center for Families in Wawa. Tilghman asked the boy what he wanted to be when he grew up, and he replied that he wants to be an attorney.
The church of my youth was very clear on the evils of idolatry. I suspect anti-Catholic bias was in play; there weren’t that many pagan temples in my corner of southeastern Michigan.
The equipment of worship specified and described, the one matter yet lacking is the provision of an artisan and a capable assistant to direct the work of creating that equipment. Verses 1-11 are given to this subject, and Bezalel is designated as the man divinely endowed for the task.
The descriptive account of the Tabernacle is found in two sections of Exodus. The first, chaps. 25-30, recounts the instructions of God to Moses for the Tabernacle and its contents.