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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Sounds of Christmas

Is Handel's Messiah part of your Christmas playlist? As the glorious music of Messiah fills our home, we hear through Scripture alone the Biblical story of redemption. All the lyrics are straight from the Authorized Version (King James) of the Bible, from the Old and New Testaments. The collection of verses carefully present God's plan of redemption--evident from the beginning of Scripture--through the Incarnation of His Son, Immanuel, God With Us.

This academic paper, titled "Handel's Messiah: Biblical and Theological Perspectives" by Daniel Block of Southern Baptist Seminary, is one that you will want to print and file with your teaching resources about composers (Handel), the 18th century, and/or Bible lessons. (Hat tip Justin Taylor's Between Two Worlds.)


Another Christmas collection that focuses on the message of redemption that is the glad tidings of Christmas is "Behold the Lamb of God" by Andrew Peterson. A friend of mine introduced me to Andrew Peterson's music a few years back, but at the time this album was out of production. It is now back in a special anniversary edition. It includes "Matthew's Begets," a song that takes its lyrics from the genealogy of Matthew 1. "Matthew's Begets" is a great track to have handy when teaching children either Advent related devotions or Old Testament studies that look for Christ in the Old Testament.

Image from Wikipedia, Handel's Messiah.


Louisiana Laura said...

Presently working on our first Jesse Tree Ornaments, and keeping things simple. We are continuing with music and listening always to classical and 'Messiah' is at the top of our stack of CD's. I'll be looking up this paper.
Thanks always for your specific recommendations. Very helpful.
Continued prayers for your health/baby's health & that of all of your family. :)
I'm listening now to Josh Groban Holiday - it provides a unique selection of artists music related to the artist you select (make a station). Allows you to purchase CD, but also is just free. It's part of the Music Genome project (?). It's useful to find music you didn't know you liked. You probably know all about... Best- Laura

Mrs. Edwards said...

It is good to hear from you, Laura. Thanks for the reminder to listen to I know about it but tend to forget to listen.

I've not done a Jesse Tree before. We'll have to plan on that for next year, I think.

It is nice to know that there are other moms who like to listen to "Messiah"! You'll enjoy reading about the theology of the lyrics. It includes a nice summary chart of the Scripture references, as well.

Mrs. Edwards said...

I've been listening to a mix created by choosing "Josh Groban" in Pandora. Thanks again for the tip!

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