music


Teaching our children the Scriptures is one of the most important things to us. Recently we have been introduced to the Music of Jamie Soles, a musician from Canada. His songs are so catchy and we have found our children singing lines of them through-out the house. The thing about Jamie’s music is that it is very biblical and has great Christology.

Many Christian children’s songs are quite annoying and useless for Christians once they are past 8 years old (think Deep and Wide). Jamie’s songs teach the Judges and what they did, Kings of Israel, Circumcision as the sign of the Old Covenant which is replaced when Christ comes, Places in the Old Testament that speak of Christ, and many other great things. Read the lyrics to my favorite CD here. These are worth purchasing!

Can you tell me all the kings of Israel
Can you tell me one by one their names
Saul was first, David second, Solomon was third
Then the kingdom split in two ’cause Rehoboam was a nerd
Ten tribes left, two tribes stayed
The north went bad, the south delayed

Let’s go South! (to the southern kingdom of Judah)

Rehoboam and Abijah, Asa and Jehoshaphat
King Jehoram, Ahaziah, Queen Athaliah was a cat
King Joash, king Amaziah, king Uzziah, king Jotham
Kings Ahaz and Hezekiah, king Mannaseh was a dirty rascal
Thank God he changed!
King Amon, Josiah, Jehoahaz
Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, Zedekiah, then they’re out of here

Can you tell me all the kings of Israel….

Let’s go North! (to the northern kingdom of Israel)

Jeroboam was a scoundrel, all the rest were just like him
Nadab, Baasha, Elah, Zimri, Omri, Ahab, this is grim
Ahaziah, king Jehoram, Jehu and Jehoahaz
King Jehoash, Jeroboam the Second
Who would want a name like that!
Zechariah, Shallum, Pekah, Menahem and Pekahiah
King Hoshea, get these bad guys out of here! Quick!

Can you tell me all the kings of Israel….

Today in my class on the Historical Books we were discussing the incident where Saul’s advisors have him get David to soothe soul. We called this a ‘worldly solution’ because what Saul needed to do was to repent and to seek the Lord. Instead Saul drowned out his pain with the lovely melody of a harp.

This great quote by John Calvin was shared which shows the absolute power of music. Music has the ability to be profitable to our lives and it also has the ability to keep us from doing that which needs to be done. He calls it a funnel to the heart- for good or for ill.

Although music serves our enjoyment rather than our need, it ought not on that account to be judged of no value; still less should it be condemned… music can be made profitable to men if only it be free from that foolish delight by which it seduces men from better employments and occupies them in vanity… There is scarcely anything in this world which can more turn or bend hither and thither the ways of men…and in fact we know by experience that music has a secret and almost incredible power to move hearts…When melody goes with it, every bad word penetrates more deeply into the heart…Just as a funnel conveys the wine into the depths of the decanter, so venom and corruption are distilled into the very bottom of the heart by melody. -John Calvin