Daily Devotional, Year 2 – May 17 (J. S. Bach: “A Devilish Hubbub!”)

By admin On April 6th, 2015

 

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“Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – May 17 

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J. S. Bach: “A Devilish Hubbub!”

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“hubbub”

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DEFINITION: a chaotic din caused by a crowd of people:

“a hubbub of laughter and shouting”

synonyms: noise · din · racket · commotion · clamor · cacophony · babel 

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.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Sebastian_Bach

“All music should have no other end and aim than the glory of God and the soul’s refreshment; where this is not remembered there is no real music but only a devilish hubbub.”

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Quote: Johann Sebastian Bach (courtesy-www.goodreads.com)

Picture: Bach – Hausmann – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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A PROUD, REBELLIOUS WORLD

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One wohttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Sebastian_Bachuld think that if there ever was a human who could make such a condemning statement about the world’s music, it would be someone of Bach’s great position in the world of music.

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Well, isn’t it true that we live in a very proud world?

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Yes, and the people here do not like to hear condemning statements about the things they hold in such high esteem.

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And understandably so!

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A DEVILISH HUBBUB

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Sebastian_Bach

But for some reason, Bach did not get much of a black-eye for this statement…

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Listen again… “All music should have no other end and aim than the glory of God and the soul’s refreshment; where this is not remembered there is no real music but only a devilish hubbub.”

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Well, maybe he took a little heat back in his day over this statement.

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But “time heals all wounds” as they say. And anyway, he’s dead! And that particular statement does not get much play these days.

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JS Bach – Köthen – Anhalt – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic license.

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JESUS, MUCH DESPISED

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Sebastian_Bach

Jesus also said some very condemning things during His 42 month ministry. And He took a lot of heat from His own people. Yes, He was even taken to ahttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Willmann_Jesus_being_nailed_to_the_cross_(detail).jpg cliff by His very own towns-people with the intent of throwing Him over. Of course they could not, because it wasn’t His time to die.

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But later in His ministry, His very own people wanted to kill Him, to which He said… “But now ye seek to kill Me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God…” John 8:40

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And of course, Jesus was eventually put on the Cross, because He testified to all the world… “that the works thereof are evil.”

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Nailing Jesus to the Cross – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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WORLD LIES IN WICKEDNESS

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Listen to this whole statement… “The world cannot hate you (Jesus’ brothers); but Me it hates, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.” John 7:7https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anti-Christian_sign_in_Federal_Plaza_Chicago.jpg

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Yes, the whole world really hates Jesus.

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And when Christians condemn the world, the world will eventually react the same way they reacted to Jesus. 

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And so, this proud and defiant world will not tolerate Christians forever.

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And we are already seeing television, the movie industry and even political parties ratchet up their war against God’s people.

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Protest – Anti-Christian rally in Chicago – Wikimedia

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GIDEON’S FAITHFUL 300

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Sebastian_Bach

So how did we get on this subject of Christian persecution, when this devotional was talking about J.S. Bach?

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Well, because we are just now entering the last message to the world.

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And God’s chosen few will be shedding the last remnants of our earthly skin, so to speak. That is, God is calling out the re-fulfillment of Gideon’s faithful 300.

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Remember that story?  Gideon led the charge with these holding clay pitchers with burning lamps inside. And at his command, the soldiers each broke those pitchers, crying out… “The Sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!” (see Judges, Chapter 7)

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Well, to make a long story short, the Hebrews defeated the enemy that night.

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judges7-Gideon & The 300-www.thebiblerevival.com-public domain

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SYMBOLISM OF GIDEON’S STORY

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Sebastian_Bach

But just what does this story of Gideon have to do with the statement by Bach?

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Well, just as those faithful 300 broke those clay vessels, so will we also, in these last moments of time!

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Yes, the time is drawing near when God’s people will finally break this mortal body of clay, only to reveal our brightly burning heavenly lamps within.

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And God will bring His faithful ones to victory over the world and over the flesh.

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judges7-Gideon & The 300-www.thebiblerevival.com-public domain

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BEHOLDING CHRIST, CHANGED

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In other words, the hour is coming when those who have been faithfully studying our Bibles, in hopes of filling our hearts with the precious promises of Christ, will finally overcome the flesh (symbolized by the breaking of the clay jars).

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And when this happens, the world (symbolized by the Midianites), will be surprised to see God’s people shining like the Sun (symbolized by those brightly burning lamps!)

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When this happens, the victory will be won! The world will actually defeat itself, just like those Midianites began to fight against their own selves.

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Transfiguration – Bloch – Wikimedia Commons – US Public Domain

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WORLDLY MUSIC GONE

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So what does all this have to do with J. S. Bach’s statement… “All music should have no other end and aim than the glory of God and the soul’s refreshment; where this is not remembered there is no real music but only a devilish hubbub.”?

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Simple! Just as Bach stated that worldly music is only “a devilish hubbub”, so too, God’s people are just now being admonished to put away all devilish hubbub out of our lives!

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And not just the devilish hubbub of worldly music, but all unchristlike behavior! And we are to strive for all the world to see Christ and Christ only, as He shines out from our mortal bodies!

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And if this is our sole purpose in life, then when the day comes for Gideon (Christ) to sound the battle trumpet, we will be among the faithful few who will cry out… “The Sword (The Bible) of the Lord, and of Gideon (Christ)!”

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ABOVE PICTURE: soldiers of the cross – armor up! – www.signsofheaven.org

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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Dear Lord, Help me to glorify Thee in all that I think, say, and do…and in the music I listen to…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Crown of Revelation 12: What Is “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble”?”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE GLITTERING SWORD CONSTELLATION

constellation of signs of heaven in upright position

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In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.” Isaiah 27:1

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Glittering Sword Constellation

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This constellation is made of most of the constellations in this website. The upper portion can be seen in the winter, while the lower blade is visible in the warmer months. (This constellation is actually in a semi-circle, as it appears in the night-sky. These pictures, however, show it as it would appear straightened out.)

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Glittering Sword Constellation”

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TOMORROW:

“May 18 (What Is True Love? Part 2: Parenting)”

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