Friday, January 3, 2020

Rend the Heavens – Music Story

What was wrong with the nation?
According to Isaiah, ordinary citizens were what was wrong with the nation. They were embracing pagan customs: they practiced divination and bowed down to the work of their hands.[1] Isaiah prayed:
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down … The nations would tremble before you; then your enemies would learn the reason for your fame! … But we are not godly; we are constant sinners and have been all our lives. Therefore, your wrath is heavy on us.[2]

What is wrong with the church?
According to Jesus,[3] ordinary church goers like me are what is wrong with the church.
I am what’s wrong with the church when I practice loveless doctrine.
I am what’s wrong with the church when I expect to be rescued from the unjust or cruel use of power.
I am what’s wrong with the persecuted church when I excuse sexual immorality in the church or embrace pagan customs.
I am what’s wrong with the serving church when I think social justice requires the endorsement of sexual immorality or paganism.
I am what’s wrong with the church when my faith is dead.
I am what’s wrong with the church when I don’t walk through the door Jesus has opened for me.
I am what’s wrong with the church when my worship is lukewarm.

What’s wrong with the church?
Me! I am! I am what’s wrong with the church.
Jesus asks the church – me! – to repent.

From the album “Sing” this video is scrolling playback of the song.
Click here to read how today’s social justice movement differs from the teachings of Jesus.

“Was Jesus just a spiritual leader like Buddha, Krishna, Confucius, and Muhammad? Or is he something more – something else entirely?” Ken Samples evaluates these religious leaders in God among Sages and shows that Jesus is more than a spiritual leader. He is God himself.

Print sheet music for wind quintet and piano is available for Rend the Heavens.
Rend the Heavens
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Rend the Heavens
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Rend the Heavens
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[1] Isaiah 2:6-8
[2] Isaiah Chapter 64
[3] Revelation Chapters 2 & 3