The Psalm Sang at the Last Supper — AOK Music and Arts
The story of the Last Supper is found in all four of the Gospels (Mt. 26: 17-30, Mk. 14:12-26, Lk. 22: 7-39, Jn: 13: 1 – 17:26). In the Garden of Gethsemane, where he was betrayed by Judas and jailed, Jesus ate a passover dinner with his disciples just before going to pray with them. According to Christian tradition, this day is remembered on the Thursday before Easter, and it is commonly referred to as “Maundy Thursday.” We should remember that numerous historical events took happened during this evening.
Jesus also disclosed that one of his followers would betray him, which was a shocking revelation.
At the conclusion of the Passover dinner, according to Matthew and Mark, the disciples joined Jesus in singing a song before departing.
Psalms 113 through 118 provide the basis of the Hallelujah Chorus.
- What is the significance of this in relation to the events of Holy Week?
- In particular, Psalm 118, which was read at the conclusion of the Passover dinner, illustrates this point.
- It expresses gratitude to God for His kindness and protection.
- At the time of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem (which is commemorated today as Palm Sunday), the multitude chanted verse 26, which read, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.” For much of Passover Week, the people’s thoughts would have been focused on TheHallel.
- 21:42, Mark 12:10-11, Luke 20:17).
- While making his triumphant arrival into Jerusalem, Jesus is described as taking the sacrifice and tying it to the altar (Verse 27).
- The final two lyrics are dedicated to God’s praise.
- But it is exactly what happened.
- As the Jewish people had been chanting for hundreds of years, they were about to see the fulfillment of their prophecy of rescue.
- He was the stone that had been rejected, yet he would go on to become the cornerstone of the structure.
What a blessing it is for us to be able to think on the lyrics of Psalm 118 that were sang earlier that evening! According to the chorus in verse 23, “This is the Lord’s doing, and it is beautiful to see.” written by Jimmy Cox
What Did Jesus Sing?
Long-haired Jesus strumming his guitar and singing out a ballad isn’t something I can envision happening. I can’t see Him applauding and tapping his toes in time to praise songs. Do you think He’ll be singing at a Bill Gaither “Homecoming” event sometime? Images of Jesus Christ singing may appear weird at first glance, given that the Bible never depicts Jesus singing while working in a carpenter shop, let alone in front of an audience. Is it true that Jesus’ mother Mary ever forced him to take piano lessons as a child?
- Have you ever soloed the Sabbath song while dressed in a choir robe?
- According to theologians, Jesus was totally human.
- You and I both know how many times songs have buoyed us up when nothing else could—songs like “Amazing Grace,” “There Is A Fountain,” “Awesome God,” and “God Will Take Care of You,” to name a few favorites.
- But what was the song that Jesus sang?
- It was right before Gethsemane and Golgotha that Jesus is said to have sung, according to what we know.
- “And after they had sang a hymn, they walked out to the Mount of Olives,” Mark and Matthew wrote on the first Maundy Thursday, the day following the Last Supper and the first day of Passover (Matthew 26:30, Mark 14:26).
- Observant Jews continue to do so.
They most likely sung two parts, one before the dinner and one after the meal, to accompany the food.
What do you think Jesus was thinking or feeling as He sung these words?
What did Jesus think when the 12-voice ensemble sung these verses, knowing that the torturous execution was just hours away?
The lunch was over, Judas had gone out into the night, and the eleven of them were gathered around the empty plate when Jesus sang, “With the Lord on my side, I have no fear.” What are mortals capable of doing to me?
Easter must have been brimming in our Lord’s heart when He sung, “I will not die but live, and I will declare what the Lord has done,” I have to believe (Psalm 118:17 KJV).
Then, during your daily quiet time, hum, chant, or sing a few lines from Jesus’ last song in your own voice.
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Headed to Gethsemane: The song they sang will surprise you
Visiting the country of the Bible will reveal a trove of “secrets” that have been buried in plain sight for thousands of years. Throughout the week leading up to this year’s celebration of the Resurrection, you may get a daily glimpse into the “secrets” that are waiting to be uncovered from the Week of Passion on the website ExperienceIsraelNow.com. Many churchgoers are unaware that one of the most well-known customs of Passover is one that they had no clue was a part of Passover until recently.
- Here’s what the scripture says about it: After they had finished singing a hymn, they proceeded to the Mount of Olives.
- It’s hard to imagine a more reassuring image than Jesus leading his disciples in a fantastic gospel song while carrying a treasured and well-worn Baptist Hymnal in his hands.
- We, on the other hand, are familiar with the tunes they performed that night.
- They are referred to as the “Hallel” psalms, and they are characterized by a mood of gladness and thankfulness.
- The first of these holy days is Passover, which occurs on April 14th this year.
- It’s likely that Jesus and his followers stayed in their private chamber until the wee hours of the morning.
- Nearby was an oil press there (thus the name “Geth-semane”), and it offered a peaceful setting for Jesus to pray in solitude.
Was it a memorable night?
It was after Jesus had bathed the feet of his disciples that they were stunned into silence.
They all shared in the most significant dinner in Jewish tradition, which Jesus reinterpreted as a feast that represented his own life!
They would all betray him within a few hours of meeting him.
That night’s turn of events was so stunning that the disciples who made it through would never be the same after that night.
And, more than likely, you are familiar with the phrase.
In our opinion, the Lord has done something wonderful here.
(Psalm 118:22-24; 119:22-24) The Lord has made this day, and we should rejoice and be joyful in it!
That is, in fact, the one.
They sung it, though, regardless of the circumstances.
This is the day.this is the day.
It was the first of its kind to be found anywhere else.
According to the lyrics of the hymn, it was “of the Lord’s work.” On that day, Jesus performed the deeds that he did for us.
He sung as if he knew that one day we, too, would look back on this as a wonderful day. It’s a good Friday, after all. As a result, this is the case. As a result, exult. and take pleasure in it.
Jesus begins to sing. If the Bible didn’t say so, I wouldn’t believe it either. However, it is correct. In four different places in the Bible, we read that Jesus, the Son of God, lifted his voice in praise. 1 On the surface, this appears to be a bit complicated. The reason for this is not that I believe singing is inherently evil; rather, I believe our Savior is far more appropriately served as the quiet recipient of devotion and praise (Revelation 5:6–14). However, he also sings. And the only way to understand why Jesus sings is to take a quick trip through each of the four passages mentioned above (here split into three categories).
First, Matthew 26:30 and Mark 14:26 are two parallel texts picturing Jesus “singing a song of praise.”
Both paragraphs are rather brief. At the conclusion of the Lord’s Supper, we are told that Jesus and the disciples joined in singing a song. It happened right before he was about to go for the Mount of Olives to pray. In the midst of their companionship, Jesus lifted his voice and sang a song, as was usual at the conclusion of their Passover meal together. That’s all there is to it. There isn’t much else to say about it in the Bible according to the authors. This was very certainly a passage from Psalm 114–118, and it was almost certainly performed antiphonally, which means that Jesus lead the men in singing a line, and the disciples reacted by singing a “Hallelujah” in response.
2 Given the highly messianic lyrics of the songs and the date of the dinner, I assume it was a remarkable evening of somber theological meditation for everyone present.
Jesus performed a song.
Second, Hebrews 2:12 pictures Jesus “singing a song of praise.”
We discover a quotation from Psalm 22:22, which is a magnificent messianic psalm, in the following paragraph written by a New Testament author. The psalm appears to be used to highlight the unity that exists between the incarnate Christ and his disciples and followers. Christ’s devotion to participating in community worship appears to have been included into his incarnation. And, if this is accurate, it sheds light on his dedication to local synagogues throughout his ministry. However, this may also provide some insight into why Jesus sings with his followers.
He was a part of their daily lives, sharing in their human experiences (Hebrews 2:14).
The fact that Christ stood with us did not make him feel humiliated.
What an incredible act of kindness that he was not embarrassed to suffer and die in our place!
Jesus, in his role as the ideal worshipper, led the people in praises to the Father. And, as we will see in a minute, he has not stopped singing praises to the Father. However, we must recognize that Jesus sung because he is our Brother in this instance.
Third, Romans 15:9 pictures Jesus singing and playing an instrument, fulfilling the role as the Church’s chief worship leader.
The Apostle Paul also quotes from the Old Testament, namely a phrase from David and his hymn of thankfulness, in this concluding section (Psalm 18:49). However, in the Old Testament language, we see a singer who is involved in more than just a solo performance. The singing now involves the use of an instrument, and David takes on the position of a worship leader (), which is akin to that of a pastor. Once again, a corporate motif develops in this passage. It goes without saying that any Jewish worship leader could lead the Jewish people in prayer.
It is not the case that this worship leader will sing in spite of the Gentiles, but rather that he will sing amongthe Gentiles.
The risen Christ has triumphed and has taken his rightful place as the world’s foremost worship leader.
- Jesus mediates all of our interactions with God (God-to-man)
- Jesus mediates all of our worship of God (man-to-God)
- And Jesus mediates all of our interactions with one another.
Christ’s two-fold mediation ministry is inextricably linked together. In response to the finished work of the risen Christ, people all around the world are praising and worshiping God. The Perfect Worshipper of his Father is demonstrated in this fashion by Jesus. And Jesus performs the duty of Chief Worship Leader of the entire worldwide church from his heavenly throne. Behind the collective worship in our local church, and behind the worldwide worship of the nations, there is a mediator, a brother, the Perfect Worshipper, and our perfect Worship Leader who is at the center of it all.
- 4 Jesus performed a song.
- Is he audible to you?
- 2 In The Expositor’s Bible Commentary (Zondervan, 1984), D.
- Carson writes, “Matthew,” chapter 8:539.
- Beale and D.
- Carson, Commentary on the New Testament’s Use of the Old Testament, Baker Academic, 2007.
4 It is mostly from the writings of John Calvin and Edmond Clowney, as well as Reggie Kidd’s book With One Voice: Discovering Christ’s Song in Our Worship, that the ending summation paragraphs are formed (Baker, 2005).
The Hymn Jesus Sang After the Last Supper
And once they had finished singing a hymn, they proceeded to the Mount of Olives (Matt. 26:30) What hymn are you referring to? The final supper had just concluded, and Jesus and his followers were singing a hymn, however the narrator does not indicate which psalm they were singing from in this instance (s). The singing of the Hallel, which consisted of Psalms 113-118, was a traditional part of the Passover dinner. The Psalms 113-114 were chanted earlier in the meal, and the Psalms 115-118 were chanted later in the dinner, according to Passover tradition.
Without a doubt, Psalms 115-118 were recited from memory.
Soon after, Jesus will be praying in the Garden of Gethsemane before being arrested.
- “O Israel, put your confidence in the LORD!” Jesus would have sung in response to Psalm 115:9-11. He is their ally as well as their protector. Put your confidence in the LORD, O House of Aaron! He is their ally as well as their protector. Whoever you are who fears the LORD, put your confidence in him! He is their ally as well as their protector.”
- “The snares of death enveloped me
- The sorrows of Sheol lay hold on me
- I experienced affliction and suffering,” Psalm 116:3-4 would have been the song that Jesus would have sang. ‘O LORD, I pray, deliver my soul!’ I exclaimed as I cried out in the name of the LORD. It is likely that Jesus would have sang the following verses: “Out of my affliction, I cried on the LORD
- The LORD answered me and set me free.” I will not be afraid since the LORD is on my side. What is it that a man can do to me? “The LORD is on my side as my supporter, and I will gaze upon those who despise me with triumph.” The verse from Psalm 118:22, “The stone that the builders rejected has been turned into the cornerstone,” is what Jesus would’ve sang. “This is the work of the LORD
- It is wonderful in our eyes.” When Jesus prayed in a garden with a heart full of sadness before one of the Twelve came to betray him on that Thursday night, he would have first sang the words of Psalm 118:24, “This is the day that the LORD has made
- Let us rejoice and be happy in it.”
When Jesus Sang
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Six Simple Words
When I was preparing a sermon for the church I was pastoring in Kansas a number of years ago, I came across a sentence in Matthew’s Gospel that really blew my mind. Six short and basic words. A sentence that serves as a transition. Still, I saw a vision of Jesus’ strength in those words, and it compelled me to worship and write about Jesus. “After they had sang a hymn.”, according to the phrase. It is written in the Bible (Matthew 26:30; Mark 14:26). When Jesus makes this comment, it is at the conclusion of the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed.
- I was curious as to what Jesus thought of that song.
- One particular detail we’re provided is a representation of Jesus’ emotional spectrum that night.
- Finally, according to Luke, by the time Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane later that night, his tension had intensified to the point that his pores were producing blood mixed with perspiration (Luke 22:44).
- What happened in the space between those two emotionally charged bookends?
- At some point during the conversation, possibly when the disciples were jockeying for the best seats at the table, Jesus put a stop to a disagreement among them about which one was the best (Luke 22:24-30).
- Additionally, Jesus broke the bread and spilled the cup throughout that dinner.
After that, he prayed for them and for the work that God would perform in their lives (John 17). He prayed in a high priestly manner about the impending transformation that was just hours away.
When Jesus Sang
Jesus realized they couldn’t possibly stay in that higher room for an indefinite period of time. He needed to travel to the Garden in order to await Judas’ arrival. It was past due. And here’s the detail that makes me want to worship: they wouldn’t leave the room until they finished singing it. And, given that Jesus was the centerpiece of the supper, it seems likely that he led the song—this doxology. Historians and experts agree that they most likely sung from Psalm 118, the final of the Passover Psalms, throughout the service.
- Consider the image of Jesus rising to his feet.
- This passage from Scripture would be the last passage of Scripture that a singing Savior and his disciples would enjoy together before departing for the Garden of Gethsemane.
- Let us rejoice and be glad in this day that the LORD has created.
- Blessings to him who approaches in the name of the LORD!
- Attach ropes to the festal sacrifice and secure it all the way to the altar’s horns!
- Give praises to the LORD for he is kind!
- Despite the fact that Jesus will soon be transformed into a festal sacrifice chained to the altar’s horns, he never stopped acting in the role of shepherd.
- He didn’t stop prepping them for what was about to take place.
Drawing Near to God
Would you have felt like singing a song of praise to God at that time? I wouldn’t have done it. I would have retreated within myself if I could have. I could provide a seminar on how to isolate well. A wonderful implication of Jesus’ singing in the upper room is that he would have invited his companions to join him in his celebration. This is a phone call that I really need to hear. “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you,” the apostle James remarked (James 4:8). I admire how Jesus, in the midst of his greatest tribulation, got close to his heavenly Father.
- Jesus, on the other hand, sung.
- But it was powerful, and I really need a Savior with that type of power.
- Because, as Psalm 118 reminds us, God “is good,” and his “steadfast love endures forever.” As we witness Jesus shepherding his followers with power, grace, love, and resolution in this magnificent small detail—the singing of a hymn—we are drawn into worship.
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Jesus Sings at the Last Supper
04.15.17 Topics: When Jesus and his followers gathered together the night before his crucifixion, the Bible records that they sang (Matthew 26:30; Mark 14:26). What exactly was the song that they sang? The Hallel was sung by them. In the Old Testament, the Hallel is a portion that may be found in Psalms 113-118. This passage from the Bible is usually sung throughout the Passover supper as a blessing. Interestingly, this is the same dinner that Jesus and his disciples shared on his last night with them in the upper chamber, right before they ascended to the Mount of Olives to pray (Mark 14:12-16).
The fact that these Psalms are both historical and prophetic is what makes them so significant.
These prophecies, which are recorded in this section of the Bible, were confusing to Jesus’ disciples, who did not comprehend how Christ would bring them to fulfillment.
If you were to read the Hallel, you would find the following information:
- This is the introduction of the Psalms, in which we thank our wonderful God, and in which we consider the salvation God gave for his people as they journeyed from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land. Psalm 115-118 are Messianic in nature, and they serve as a picture of the way God will finally liberate his people from the bonds of sin and bring them to freedom in Him. This implies that they are psalms that prophetically look forward to the eternal redemption that will be supplied for God’s people
- Psalm 115 encourages us to continue searching for salvation in God’s presence. The last phrase of this Psalm tells us that God’s people will glorify Him for all eternity
- Psalm 116 is especially striking when you consider Jesus partaking of communion at the Last Supper while you read it. The cup of salvation is mentioned in verse 13 as being “lifted up.” In the upper room, Jesus and his followers lifted this cup to remind us of his body, which would be broken as a sacrifice for our sins later that day (Luke 22:19). Then, when he was in the garden, he prayed: “Let this cup pass from me
- Yet, let not my will but yours be done” (Matthew 26:39). To “let the cup pass” at a traditional Passover supper, each person was required to “drink deeply” from the Communion Cup before the meal could be concluded. They would continue to sip from the communion cup until it was completely depleted. To avoid swallowing bitter herbs that lingered at the bottom of the communion cup, the person who drank from it had to “drink deep” and “drink slowly.” The plants are symbolic of sin. It was necessary for Jesus to “drink deeply” before he could “let his cup pass.” Communion is a representation of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Before Jesus’s agony could be brought to a close, he had to ingest the bitter herbs of sin. Before the cup could be passed, he had to take a long, deep swallow. While in the Garden, Jesus addressed the Father, saying, “Father, please take this cup away from me.” Jesus is pleading with the Father to provide him with the strength to swallow the bitter herbs of sin. Immediately following this statement by Jesus, he stated, “not my will, but yours be done.” Jesus was completely obedient to the Father, even to the point of dying (Phil 2:8). Psalm 116:12-19, for example, can be read in its entirety, and then envision Jesus fulfilling these words on the night of his crucifixion. Imagine him singing these lines to the disciples in the upper room
- Psalm 117 is considerably more meaningful when read in conjunction with Psalm 116. As you read through Psalm 117, you will see God calling all of the nations to redemption through Jesus. This Psalm is the shortest in the entire collection. If you stood there and looked at it, you would be amazed at how short it is. This is a strong psalm that is based on a promise that may be found throughout the Bible. From Genesis 12 forward, God summons a man named Abraham, and he promises him that through him, a seed would be born who will bless all nations (See Genesis 22:18)
- Psalm 118 provides an excellent conclusion to the book of Genesis. We know from the gospels that the people of Jerusalem sung the Hallel during Passover because the people of Jerusalem chanted Psalm 118 over Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey during his entry into Jerusalem. Using a donkey to transport himself, Jesus is adhering to an ancient ritual for kings. Historically, it was traditional for Israel’s leaders to travel around their country on donkeys, especially during times of peace. By going on a donkey, Jesus is portraying himself as the Prince of Peace to all who follow him (Matthew 21:1-11
- Zechariah 9:9
- Isaiah 62:11
- 9:6). Upon Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem as King, the multitude acknowledges the significance of the event and responds with a rousing rendition of the Hallel. “Hosanna to the Son of David!” says the choir. A blessing is upon him who comes in the name of the Lord! “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” exclaims the congregation. (15:25-26
- Psalm 118:25-26). In Psalm 118:21, we discover that Jesus is the source of our redemption. Psalm 118:22, on the other hand, states that Jesus will be “the stone that the builders rejected.” Ironically, the same Psalm that is used to exalt Jesus as the Saviour King (Ps. 118:21,25,26) is also used to predict that the people would reject Jesus (Ps. 118:22)
- This is a contradiction.
We should be aware of how Jesus and the Disciples sang the Hallel at the Last Supper, as well as of how the crowds sang the Hallel at Jesus’ triumphant entry, and I am grateful that the gospel authors wanted us to be aware of this (Mark 14:26; Matthew 21:1-11). The substance of the Hallel is a magnificent description of God’s plan of redemption for his people throughout history, as well as a prophetic fulfillment of that plan. This part of scripture should be studied thoroughly.
Did Jesus Sing in the Bible? The Bible Answer
If you’re a fan of Jesus’ singing and are wondering if the Bible speaks anything about his doing so, the answer is yes. To be honest, this is one of those things that very few of us have probably ever considered to ask ourselves before. Once we know the answer is affirmative, let’s look at the particular passage of Scripture in which Jesus is said to have used his vocal chords to produce a divine sound.
Jesus Singing At The Last Supper
(Matthew 26:29-31) I assure you that from this day forward, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it for the first time with you in my Father’s kingdom.” After they had finished singing a hymn, they proceeded to the Mount of Olives. As a result of this, Jesus said to them, “This very night, you will all be separated from one another on my account, because it is said, ‘I will strike down the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be dispersed.'” As a result of this, Jesus said to them, “This very night, you will all be separated from one another on my account, because it is said, ‘I will strike down the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be dispersed.'” (Matthew 14:26) After they had finished singing a hymn, they proceeded to the Mount of Olives.
Both of these Gospels are referring to the same event, in which Jesus, together with his followers, most certainly sung (Psalms 113-118) during the Last Supper, according to the evidence available at the time.
It’s incredible to imagine that Jesus was singing with his followers on the precise night that he was about to be betrayed by one of his closest friends.
Psalm 113-118 are similarly astonishing to read, especially when you consider that these are the words that Jesus was singing just hours before he was crucified, which makes them much more incredible. Follow THE BIBLE ANSWER on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram!
What did Jesus sing?
For more than 2,000 years, we were baffled by the question. However, musicology and ethnomusicology have provided us with some useful hints. During the Last Supper, we are given a detailed account in the book of Matthew. In recent years, many academics have concluded that it was at a Passover Seder that Jesus and his followers most likely retold, in tale and song, the Jewish people’s exodus from slavery in Egypt more than a thousand years ago. “When they had finished singing the song, they proceeded up to the Mount of Olives,” according to verse 30.
- The fact that Psalm 114 begins with the lines “When Israel came out of Egypt” is no surprise, given the Seder’s theme of liberation from slavery.
- As a result, we wonder: What song did Jesus sing?
- But possibly of much greater significance is the question of whether or whether the songs of Jesus had an impact on the future liturgical music of the Catholic Church, which became known as Gregorian chant in the process.
- Modern musicology and ethnomusicology, on the other hand, have provided us with some indications of what Jesus sung – and what happened as a result of it – during the previous century.
- The songs from this period for Judea are not preserved since there was no written notation and technological recording did not occur until the late 1880s, making it impossible to preserve any of them.
- These might be the last symphonies of an oral musical tradition that began centuries before the birth of Islamic civilization.
However, given Jesus’ animosity for the Temple, it is more plausible that he understood how to recite the scriptures rather than execute them – a practice that arose in the more than 300 synagogues that existed in Jerusalem prior to the Roman destruction of the Temple – rather than perform them.
- Community cantillation styles have evolved throughout the years in Spain, Eastern Europe, and countries as diverse as Iraq, Persia, Yemen, and Uzbekistan, as well as in other parts of the world.
- However, there is one.
- A Jewish musicologist by the name of Idelsohn, who was born in Europe, dedicated his life’s work to recording and comparing the full range of cantillation of these newly re-established communities of Jews in their ancestral homeland.
- Even though Jewish Diaspora communities have historically been geographically separated and isolated, he discovered that a lot of their traditional repertoires had melodic motives that were similar, particularly when chanting the Psalms.
- He had already established himself as a well-known musician and composer, as well as one of Europe’s foremost musicologists, by that time.
- Was the cantillation of the Jewish synagogue the inspiration for Gregorian Chant?
- In fact, you probably are, for no doubt this is a distant echo of what Jesus sang.
In 1959 he published his landmark study on the relations between Jewish cantillation and Gregorian chant.
He never discovered a definitive medieval or early Christian text that bluntly announced that Christian cantillation was based on Jewish cantillation, but that is not how new religions develop.
The Sacred Bridgewas published in 1959.
Ever since it has been at the centre of controversy.
However, Werner and his supporters have made a number of arguments in support of his thesis.
James and his followers, one can assume that a strict adherence to the basics of cantillation practices among the Jews in the first century AD would have been transferred to the early Christian Church.
As Werner put it, the intonation of Jewish liturgical music is determined by “the structure of the sentence and its logical … relations.
Syllabic (one word one note) patterns are used throughout the service, but are punctuated with ornamented melismas (what jazz musicians would call improvs) at the most solemn moments in the service.
The notation of Jewish cantillation and the “neumes” or signs of early Gregorian chant before the adoption of staff notation are similar to the Jewish ones as they emerged as visual “graphs” from hand gestures that give those who live within the oral musical tradition an understanding of varied musical phrases, as opposed to individual notes.
- Finally, Werner provides the readers charts of almost identical pieces of Gregorian chant with synagogue melodies.
- To measure something by its adherents is the fair standard.
- Augustine warning of deviation from the old tradition of singing in the Church – implying an adherence to the musical traditions that came from Jerusalem.
- Since Werner published his work, it has faced many criticisms, largely based on improvements in our understanding of the comparative history of chant in the Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Syrian, Armenian and other traditions.
- The earliest notated Gregorian chant comes from 930 AD, almost 1,000 years after Jesus may have sung Hymn 114.
- But if hearing is believing, the most persuasive evidence available to the listening public can be found on the CDThe Sacred Bridge, directed by Joel Cohen of the Boston Camerata early music ensemble.
It oscillates between Latin and Hebrew, Gregorian chant and synagogue cantillation. The melodies are identical and despite the alteration between Hebrew and Latin you would think you were listening to the same song. In fact, you probably are, for no doubt this is a distant echo of what Jesus sang.
What did Jesus sing? (Matthew 26:30)
The following is the sole known instance of Jesus singing: Matthew 26:30 (KJV) And once they had finished singing, they walked out to the Mount of Olives. Today, singing would be considered commonplace. Churches devote a significant amount of time to it. However, this is the only occasion in the Gospels that Jesus or his followers are mentioned as singing (|| Mark 14:26). So, what song do you think they’d sing? I mean, it wasn’t a hymn from a Wesleyan hymnbook or a tune from a Hillsong album.
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It occurs to me that Matthew has been calling our attention to the last half of the final Hallel hymn using three quotations from Psalm 118:22-26, which are as follows:
- “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” says Isaiah 21:9. “The stone that the builders rejected has been transformed into the cornerstone
- The Lord has accomplished this, and it is amazing in our sight.”
- s23:39 You will not see me again until you say, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” I promise you that.
Consider what it would be like to sing something like that with Jesus present! Could the disciples have sung of the Christ, the king anointed by God, who came in the name of the Lord if the people had chanted Psalm 118:26 to Jesus if the crowds had chanted it to him? Even the rest of verse 30 may have been seen as having Messianic meaning. Jesus had been teaching them from the book of Zechariah (chapters 9–14), which includes the following passages:
- One of them decided to pay them thirty pieces of silver (26:15), which was heartbreaking for their shepherd (26:20
- See also Zechariah 11:12)
- The other refused. It was on the Mount of Olives that he described what was happening to him as my blood of the covenant(26:28, based on Zechariah 9:11)
- He took them to the Mount of Olives to explain what God had said: the shepherd would be struck and his flock would be scattered(26:31, based on Zechariah 13:7)
- And he led them to the Temple of Solomon to pray for them.
So, what is the importance of the Mount of Olives in Zechariah’s story? It is at this point that the book comes to a close and God’s kingdom is ultimately restored. It is at this place that God saves his forlorn sheep, bringing them back under his rule, and giving a means of redemption for them to find salvation. The last vision of Zechariah shows God separating the ground in order to guide his people to deliverance, a vision that parallels God’s breaking of the Red Sea to save his people: 14:4–5 (NIV)4On that day, his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, located east of Jerusalem, and the mountain will be divided in half from east to west, producing a huge valley in which half of the mountain will move north and half will move south.
5 You will flee via my mountain valley, which will stretch all the way to Azel.
Afterwards, the Lordmy God will appear, accompanied by all of the holy ones.
It is likely that they were unaware of the dark valley he was going to traverse (the shepherd who was stricken), nor did they comprehend the earth-shattering redemption that would emerge for them on the third day, as promised to his flock by the shepherd: “After I have risen, I will guide you.” (26:31).
It’s possible that they weren’t aware of how Zechariah’s mission informed Jesus’ ministry at the time. Perhaps that was something Matthew picked up on later when they sang of their Savior’s death and resurrection. Matthew 26:30 is the time to open.
- The sovereignty of God and the suffering of humans (Zech 14:1-5)
- The vision of God’s rule that Zechariah had (Zech 14:4-21)
- (Zech 11:12-13)
- Thirty pieces of silver (Zech 11:12-13)
- Matthew 26:28 refers to my blood as the blood of the covenant. In my Father’s kingdom, I will be with you (Mat 26:29)
- The noteworthy song (Ex 15:1-21), which is the first song in the Old Testament
Trying to comprehend Jesus by the language he used to identify himself: son of man (his identity), and kingdom of God (his reign) (his mission). Perth, Western Australia’s Riverview Church is a beautiful structure. View all of Allen Browne’s blog postings.
Matthew 26:30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
(30)And when they had finished singing a hymn. – It appears that this close of the supper corresponds (although the harmonist’s job is not easy in this case) with the “Rise, let us go hence” of John 14:31, and if this is the case, we must think of the conversation in John 14 as occurring either between Judas’ departure and the institution of the Lord’s Supper, or else between the institution of the Lord’s Supper and the conclusion of the hymn.
This was most likely the traditional Paschal series of Psalms (Psalms 115-118, inclusive), and the term “chant” suggests a musical recitative or a chant-like performance.
If the Greek term means “when they had sang their hymn,” it may be referring to something well-known and certain.
We must consider the disintegration of the Paschal company, as well as the fear and foreboding that weighed heavily on everyone’s minds as they filed out of the chamber and made their way, under the cold moonlight, through the streets of Jerusalem, down to the Kidron Valley, and up the western slope of Mount Olivet.
- Luke, His followers followed Him, some of whom were close by and some who were, it is possible, far away.
- -Verses 30 through 35.
- (See Mark 14:26-31, Luke 22:34, and John 13:36-38 for examples.) After they had sang a hymn, they came to verse 30.
- Prior to this, however, the Lord delivered the lectures and prayed, which were meticulously and tenderly recorded by St.
- They left the building.
However, despite the fact that it is conceivable that numerous alterations to the original rite had been progressively adopted, Christ was so conscientious about obeying the Law that he would very certainly have followed its admonition in this specific if the legal solemnity had been respected.
Every night during the week, he had resorted to this location (Luke 21:37;Luke 22:39).
GreekAndΚαὶ(Kai)Conjunction Strong’s 2532: “And, much more, specifically, they had sang a hymn, ” ὑμvήσαντες(hymnēsantes)Verb – Aorist Participle – Aorist Participle – Aorist Participle Nominative – active tense Masculine Plural Strong’s 5214: To sing, to laud, to sing hymns to, to give thanks.
(exlthon)Verb – Aorist Indicative – (exlthon)Verb 3rd Person Pronoun – Active In the words of PluralStrong’s 1831: “to go out, come out.” From the Greek words ek and erchomai, which means “to issue.” toεἰς(eis) Preposition According to Strong’s 1519, a fundamental preposition is one that goes to or into a place, time, or purpose; it may also be used in adverbial phrases.
This includes all of the inflections of the feminine he as well as the neuter to; the definite article; and the.
Most likely derived from an outdated oro; a mountain: -hill, mount(-ain), or mountain of the olives Ἐλαιῶν(Elaiōn) Noun – Genitive of a noun Feminine The Mount of Olives, according to PluralStrong’s 1636: An olive tree.
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April 9, 2020: Maundy Thursday
A scroll containing the Psalms. After all this time, I was under the impression that I knew Jesus rather well. I just noticed something disconcerting about him last week, as I was ready to preach at a congregational celebration of word and song. If my concordance is correct, he never sang, never played an instrument, never led his troops in song, never hummed a refrain, and never sung himself to sleep, according to the evidence. After all these years, discovering that he never skipped a stone on water or warmed his hands by a fire is like discovering that he never swam in the ocean.
However, it appears to be correct.
During one of his stories, he described an older brother returning home from a long day’s work to the sounds of music and dancing at his father’s house, but the brother was not pleased with the sounds.
First, it’s possible that the Gospel writers did not believe that singing was necessary for proving the identification of the messiah.
Alternatively, it’s possible that the evangelists simply recorded the events they believed were important to their argument—the birth of Jesus, the teachings of Jesus, his death, and his resurrection—and left out the details they considered incidental, such as the fact that Jesus was known for making the best hummus in Galilee or being a wizard on the harmonica.
- The folks he knew who sat about playing instruments and sang songs while stuffing themselves so they wouldn’t be able to hear the people gathered outside their doors waiting for a shot at their kitchen rubbish were perhaps the most dumb and out of touch people he knew.
- The Gospel authors may have assumed everyone was familiar with some of the most famous things Jesus said, such as his Beatitudes, the Lord’s Prayer, or his last words from the cross, therefore they composed music to accompany them.
- Why not use the Lord’s Prayer instead?
- We have sensitive parts, and our soft parts are as subject to the ravages of time as flesh, as grass, as lilies of the field are to the ravages of time.
- It retreated back to its original location till he reappears, singing us back into the presence of the Almighty.
- According to both Matthew and Mark, it’s conceivable that Jesus sung at least once during his life on earth.
- In both evangelists’ accounts, “they went out to the Mount of Olives” after they had finished singing the song (Matt.
- I’m not sure how I missed that verse.
It only took a minute with a study Bible to discover the answer, which was then confirmed by a rabbi: if Jesus and his friends were singing a hymn after supper, there is every reason to believe they were singing the Hallel, which is a collection of Psalms 113 through 118 that has been sung during evening prayers on the first night of Passover from Jesus’ day to the present day since then.
O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant, the child of your serving girl.
(Psalm 116:15–16; see.
The words will never again be able to rest peacefully on the page.
If this article reaches you in time, locate the song so that you might join him in singing it on Maundy Thursday, if possible. Jesus may have only sang once, but it was through his singing that the Word Made Flesh became Music as well.