Gospel music brings souls to God not to entertain part 1

Music is a combination of sounds that are pleasant to the ear. Vocal or instrumental sounds with rhythm, melody, and harmony. Music was part of everyday life for the ancient Hebrew people. Music was a part of family merrymaking, such as the homecoming party for the prodigal son (Luke 15:25). Music welcomed heroes and celebrated victories. Miriam and other women sang, danced, and played timbrels when the Israelites miraculously escaped the Egyptians (Ex 15:20), and the Song of Moses in Ex 15 is the earliest recorded song in the Bible. Jephthah’s daughter greeted him with timbrels to celebrate his victory over the Ammonites (Judg 11:34). David’s triumph brought music (1 Sam 18:6).
Music was used in making war and crowning kings (Judg 7:18-20; 1 Kings 1:39-40; 2 Chron 20:28). Wartime music making was apparently little more than making noise, as in the fall of Jericho (Josh 6). There was music for banquets and feasts (Isa 5:12; 24:8-9) and royal courts and harems (Eccl 2:8). The Bible gives examples of occupational songs (Jer 31:4-5), dirges and laments (Matt 9:23), The Jews were apparently a very musical people. The Assyrian king, Sennacherib, demanded as tribute from King Hezekiah of Judah male and female Judean musicians-a most unusual ransom. Ps 137 relates that the Babylonians demanded “songs of Zion” from the Israelites while they were in captivity (v. 3). During the period between the testaments, Strabo, a Greek geographer, called the female singers of Palestine the most musical in the world.

Music in the Old Testament. The Bible indicates that Jubal was “the father of all those who play the harp and flute” (Gen 4:21). However, professional musicians do not appear in the Bible before David’s time. Even before professional musicians became the norm during David’s reign, the concept of court musicians did exist. The young David was called to soothe Saul with music (1 Sam 16:16-23). In this sense David was a minstrel (2 Kings 3:15) – a player of stringed instruments. The New Testament minstrels (Matt 9:23) were flute-players employed as professional mourners.

Entertainment is a form of activity that holds the attention and interest of an audience, or gives pleasure and delight. Entertainment is any activity, which provides a diversion or permits people to amuse themselves in their leisure time, and may provide fun, enjoyment and laughter.
It can be an idea or a task, but is more likely to be one of the activities or events that have developed for many years specifically for keeping an audience’s attention, although different things hold people’s attention, because individuals have different preferences in entertainment.
The experience of being entertained has come to be strongly associated with amusement, so that one common understanding of the idea is fun and laughter. An important aspect of entertainment is the audience, which turns a private recreation or leisure activity into entertainment.

Amusement is the state of experiencing humorous and entertaining events or situations, and is associated with enjoyment, happiness, laughter and pleasure.

Fun is the enjoyment of pleasure, particularly in leisure activities. Fun is an experience short-term, often unexpected, informal, not cerebral and generally purposeless. It is an enjoyable distraction, diverting the mind and body from any serious task or contributing an extra dimension to it. Although particularly associated with recreation and play, fun may be encountered during work, social functions, and even seemingly mundane activities of daily living.

Leisure, or free time, is time spent away from business, work, domestic chores and education. It also excludes time spent on necessary activities such as eating and sleeping.


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