One divine melody permeates the grand narrative of redemptive history. In this series, Jeremy is guiding us through the biblical narrative–from Genesis to Revelation–with “ears to hear” the penetrating God-beat keeping everything in tune.
The crowds came with great anticipation to the mountain amphitheater. Many great and awesome rumors preceded the night’s long awaited spectacle. Days of preparations were required to get things ready for the big show. When the moment finally arrived, a heavy darkness covered the entire place. A great silence fell over everyone.
Soon the entire place was wrapped in smoke, as the lead singer of the band descended from the rafters upon the smoke-filled stage with a fiery flash of pyrotechnic genius. Suddenly the whole place began to shake violently as the pulsating bass beat and amplified drums grew louder and louder until they reached the climactic moment when the full band appeared upon the stage in wild flashes of colorful light and began to perform their megahit single.
This description of an outdoor rock concert at Red Rocks amphitheater in the mountains of Colorado has much the same description as the grand spectacle that occurred at Mount Sinai some 3,400 years ago. Exodus 19 describes a crowd of people who after days of preparation “took their stand at the foot of the mountain” (v. 17), the mountain “was wrapped in smoke” and the Lord “descended upon it in fire” (v. 18), and “the whole mountain shook violently” (v. 18 ) as “the blast of the trumpet grew louder and louder” (v. 19) all building up to one of the most climactic moments of history when the voice of God Almighty “spoke to Moses in thunder” (v. 19).
Sinai marked the great unveiling. It is the great unveiling of the Great Composers masterpiece, “The Father’s Song.” Divine lyrics of old originally etched upon the human heart made in God’s image were largely forgotten from the Fall, but here at Sinai were plainly revealed verbally to God’s people through Moses and written on stone tablets for subsequent generations to preserve, practice and perform.
God’s Law, or Torah, is the priceless gift of the Composer’s original sheet music, written by His very hand and given to his people to learn to perform with their lives. Just as the musician follows the cues of the notes on the pages to perform a musical piece well, so God has given us His written Law to perform well in life and our relationships with God and others.
There is a great difference between the person who can whistle a few lines from Beethoven’s Ninth in the shower and the professional instrumentalist who owns the sheet music, has studied and mastered the full piece, knowing backwards and forwards every note, measure, pause, breath and rest.
What great joy must accompany the well trained musician as mere notes on a page are brought magically to life with their instrument as they follow it’s cues. May we make sweet music with our lives as we learn to play The Father’s Song by diligently studying and practicing every morsel of wisdom and truth found in His perfect Law.
“Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long… How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! …Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge” (Psalm 119).
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: Have we tamed God’s Word and lost a sense of it’s power? How does the Sinai scene portray the nature of God’s revelation? Do we view God’s Word as sheet music to be mastered and performed with our lives? Or, are we more interested in selecting warm, fuzzy phrases to make us feel better in the moment? Read Psalm 119 and ask God to stir in us a greater hunger, love and desire for God’s Word.