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Congratulations Brother Selwyn Jacinto, of Bombay India. You are The Bible Scholar Champion for Monday, April 15, 2013.
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Where does the word “Choir” first appear in the Holy Scriptures?
¿De dónde viene la palabra “Coro” aparecen por primera vez en las Sagradas Escrituras?
The answer for today’s Bible Challenge Question is:
The word “Choir” or “Chorus” doesn’t appear in the Authorized King James Version of the Bible but it does appear in the New King James Version of the Bible; first appearing in Nehemiah 12:31-41.
La palabra “coro” o “Chorus” no aparece en la versión autorizada King James de la Biblia, pero sí que aparece en la versión Reina-Valera de la Biblia, apareciendo por primera vez en Nehemías 12:31-41.
Although the word “choir” doesn’t appear in the Authorized King James Version of the Bible, It does appear in subsequent translations of the Bible, first appearing in Nehemiah 12. However, the scriptures allude to the formation of choirs long before that.
The word ‘choir’ comes from the Greek word ‘choros’, which simply means a group of singers.
When God created the world, a chorus of angels sang for Him. God asked Job if he was around to observe the magnificence of creation, “while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy” (Job 38:7).
The Bible shows us that God loves all of humankind to sing to Him – choirs are a feature in the Bible’s own description of divine worship.
The first organized choirs in Scripture can be found during King David’s time, as recorded in the Books of Chronicles.
God set apart the tribe of Levi to serve Him.
1 Chronicles tells of how King David appointed no less than four thousand Levites as singers and musicians.
These singers and musicians ministered day and night in the tabernacle and later in the temple – these were some of the first earthly choirs assigned to serve God through song.
Choirs, with both men and women singers (Nehemiah 7:67; 2 Chronicles 35:25), were organized for worship in the temple and were placed under the direction of able musicians (1 Chronicles 25).
The Psalms, such as Psalm 6, show that choral singing was accompanied by instruments.
Fifty-five Psalms also indicate that there were directors of music, who led choirs in temple worship.
In fact Heman, Asaph, and Jeduthun were directors of separate temple choirs.
Taking the cue from choirs in Biblical times, it is clear that the role of the choir in the Church is one of ministry – not performance.
This is the crucial difference between secular choirs and choirs that serve in the Church.
Church choirs should only be singing for God’s glory and according to His Truth!
Choir members should first and foremost be born again before praising God with the gift of singing, which He gracefully bestowed on them.
This involves sacrifices of praise, which can only come from those who have been transformed and who have willing and committed hearts.
Choir members must have an attitude of service, striving to give their very best to God.
Emphasis was placed on temple singing being directed and accompanied by trained and skilled musicians. This indicates that part of the reason for having a choir was to offer beautiful singing to the Lord.
Choral singing can be a powerful means of evangelism – moving members of the congregation to accept the Gospel Message in song and begin praising God in spirit and in truth.
If you are born again – born of the water and of the Spirit – and God has blessed you with the gift of singing, give it as a living sacrifice to Him by joining the very special Ministry of Choral Music.
“Each one, as a good manager of God’s different gifts, must use for the good of others the special gift he has received from God” (1 Peter 4:10).
Sing to the Glory of God!
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