The wise scribe: The old is a shadow the new but not the very image. (Part 1) – Poju Oyemade

Jesus made a profound statement concerning one who has been well instructed in the things of the kingdom of heaven. He will be seen to be one who brings out of his treasure things both new and old. 

Matthew 13:52 “Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.”

The amplified version makes very clear the thoughts being communicated here. 

“Therefore every teacher and interpreter of the Sacred Writings who has been instructed about and trained for the kingdom of heaven and has become a disciple is like a householder who brings forth out of his storehouse treasure that is new and [treasure that is] old [the fresh as well as the familiar]”

A proper interpretation of the Sacred writings will amount to bringing out things both fresh and familiar. A combination of the old and new. A demonstration of the authenticity of the origin of the Book through its consistency. Showing clearly that what we see and teach today was spoken of somewhere almost 2,000 years ago. Such a powerful witness that God is not an author of confusion and that the origin of all scripture is consistent. 

How can the same person be behind a book and it all appears disjointed with no real connection. How did Paul come about his revelation of God and the mystery of redemption? It was through the scriptures and we must understand that the only known scriptures at the time he told Timothy “all Scripture is given by the inspiration of God” was a reference to what we term old testament. 

He attested to the field where he found the treasure when he said in Romans 16:25-27.

“Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:”

The gospel was made manifest (clear) to Paul by the scriptures of the prophets. Peter also said that “no prophecy of scripture is of private interpretation for prophecy came not of old by the will of man but men spoke as moved by the Holy Spirit”. Paul said also that the righteousness of God without the law is now made manifest but it was witnessed by the law and the prophets. 

Romans 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

We don’t need to keep the letter of the law to obtain this righteousness but even the law witnesses to the fact that there will be righteousness without it. In order words, if you understood the intent of the books referred to as the law you will see they spoke about this righteousness we have obtained by faith in Christ only. 

Paul as a wise scribe in teaching the new covenant used the old to establish it. Scripture says the law was the shadow of the things to come. “The things to come” The law was simply its shadow. In order words, the law was a dark outlined image of the new covenant. It wasn’t the substance but the outline. The features of the covenant could not be seen in detail but the outline was there. 

Now a shadow isn’t very clear but you cannot see the shadow of a dog and someone brings out a rabbit as the thing casting the shadow and you will agree. Even though the shadow doesn’t give the colour of the dog etc but it is not that you now pull out a rabbit. In the new covenant, the veil is removed and we can now see the very image of those things. 

Hebrews 10:1 “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.”

Hebrews 8:4-5

“For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.”

2 Corinthians 3:13-14

“And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.”

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By Faith, Not By Sight – Scott MacIntyre

God never said life would be fair.  Some people simply deal with more hardship in life than others.  But one thing is for certain – at some point, we all will face obstacles, and with every obstacle comes a choice: to lose hope, or to trust in God.

Having been blind since birth, I knew there would always be things I couldn’t do.  I could never play baseball, drive a car, or see when a girl was smiling at me.  But God gave me a passion for music, and I clearly remember dreaming as a little kid about what it would be like to share my music with the world someday.

My blindness presented many challenges growing up, from learning to play the piano to learning to cross the street.  But none of that compared to what I would face in the biggest obstacle of my life.

At nineteen years old, I was diagnosed with stage-four kidney failure.  At the time, I had no idea what this meant, but I soon became so sick that I couldn’t even play the piano or sing in my own living room.  Music had always filled our home, but all of a sudden the house was quiet.  It felt like my dreams were dying.  I believed with my whole heart that God wanted me to share my gifts and talents with other people, but when I couldn’t even do that in my own home, it was devastating.  After exhausting all options searching for a cause, there was no where else for me to run, no safety net.  I was faced with a very clear choice: trust God, or nothing.

Eventually, I ended up on dialysis.  I went three to four times a week and sat in that dialysis chair while the machines cleaned my blood to keep me alive.

Then after over two years of praying, hoping, and waiting, my former college piano professor’s wife donated her kidney to me and saved my life.

It was less than a year after that life-saving transplant that I auditioned for American Idol, and I was just grateful to be on any stage, let alone the American Idol stage.  God had been faithful to bring me through the most physically, emotionally, and spiritually difficult time of my life.  And now he had blessed me with a platform from which I could share my music and my story with the entire world.

I wouldn’t wish what I went through on anyone, but looking back, I wouldn’t change a day of it.  I’m so grateful to have my health, but I’m just as grateful for what I learned on the journey.  God taught me to walk by faith, even when I couldn’t see where He was leading me.  Not only is God faithful in the good times, but he is faithful and worthy of our trust in the hard times as well.  If we put our trust in Him, there is no obstacle we can’t overcome.

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Not All Gospel Songs Are Healthy – Oluwatosin Ade-Ajayi

There’s this enchanting, smoldering, riveting, exhilarating and enigmatic feeling I have for this guy hubda, glazba, muziek, zene, muzik, tonlist, music, coel , musica, musique. Actually, I just spelt “music” in ten different languages. (You thought I was going to gist you about a guy right? *smiling* keep reading, you’ll find this even more interesting).

“Which one is this again! There are way too many rules. They said don’t listen to ungodly song, I tried so hard and happily succeeded (after sooo much struggle) and now just when I was settling down and feeling good with my achievement, they bring this ‘revelation’ again”.

I loooove music!!!

gospel-music

According to mdictionary.com, music is an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony and colour.

Highlighting the word significant this implies that music, expresses a meaning, has a meaning be it hidden or not, it has the capability to influence. More so, anything with significance is never produced by mere chance, but for a purpose.

The kind of music we listen to affects our personality and who we eventually become” says a music lover. Scientific studies have proven that music relentlessly affects our psyche and our behaviour is dependent on the kind of music we listen to.

Let me tell you a brief story from my favourite non-friction book. An angel named Lucifer was exceptionally endowed with music. In fact he was the head of the music ministry in heaven. He was not only endowed with music but with beauty. He was even regarded as the morning star. (Read the Bible for facts- Job 38:7, Ezekiel 28:13-19, Isaiah 14-11-14)

But his splendor got into his head and he became very prideful, wanting to overthrow GOD , so the ‘Big boss’ displaced him from the heavens down to the lowest depths. When Lucifer the fallen angel was displaced, his talents where not ripped off him and instead of using his talents for what it was created for, he used and still uses them to lure human into all manners of sin. So that they will fall into the unpleasant, darkest, lowest depths like him.

Back to the significant characteristic of music, Music is not merely produced; this implies that every musical piece has its purpose. Music was originally created to glorify God, but when the music leader Lucifer rebelled, he started creating his music with a contradicting purpose.

Now, a music piece can only have one of these two purposes, which is to glorify God or not to glorify God. No matter how enchanting music sounds, it can either be from the pure source or the evil source.

. . . some godly music can be a disguise (The devil is a chief when it comes to deceit, II Corinthians11:14). When I was told about a decade back that not all lyrically good songs are from God and that there’s a spirit behind every song, in my mind I was like,

“Which one is this again! There are way too many rules. They said don’t listen to ungodly song, I tried so hard and happily succeeded (after sooo much struggle) and now just when I was settling down and feeling good with my achievement, they bring this ‘revelation’ again”.

Although the statement took me by surprise, I knew there was something deep about the statement “There is a spirit behind every song” so I took note of this statement and told God to explain this revelation to me.

One interesting thing about God is that he never condemns you. He reveals and explains things to you in bits until you grasps the whole picture and leaves you to decide for yourself what path to take. Now it’s crystal clear to me that the statement is true.

Obedience doesn’t come naturally to human so don’t be too hard on yourself to follow the ‘rule’ Just ask God, to reveal to you the truth about music and to help you love the truth. When you love something you’ll follow it without thinking of the opportunity cost. This is a simple secret on how to be obedient.

Oh o! This post is getting too long so I’ll highlight what I have discovered .

1. The lyric of a song is key. A song with clean, morally good lyrics is safe to speak meditate on. Mark 7:20-21

2. The personality of the artist. Although God can use whomever He pleases, if you’re observant, you’ll know an ungodly artist who is singing a godly song for the money.

3. How do you feel while listening to the song? Most importantly, how do you feel after listening to the song? Take time to observe this and be sincere. Does the song make you sad, lonely, depressed, happy, edified or at peace…

4. What spirit is behind the song? On the long run it’s either God’s spirit or the devils. E.g. if the spirit of peace is released from a song then it’s of God. Job 32:8 says the spirit of God in man gives man intelligence.

An artist who worships the devil will release a song with an evil spirit. The most effective way to discern the spirit behind a song is to be in constant fellowship with the Holy Spirit (The spirit of truth). With the Holy Spirit, in you, you’ll have a caution in your spirit to repel any song with an evil spirit.

5. Lastly the choice is yours. If you choose to become significant and fulfill the purpose for which you were created, you’ll listen to things that will aid your desire. The Holy Spirit can only guide you, not force you.

You can listen to godly gospel songs all day every day on Praiseworld Radio http://www.praiseworldradio.com an online gospel radio station. You can also download gospel songs for FREE on the official website.

I’ll love you to share your perspective on music, do you love music? What type of music do you listen to? How do you discern what type of music to listen to?

– Written by Oluwatosin Ade-Ajayi