Handel's “The Messiah” –

Hallelujah


Revelation 19:5-8, 11:15, 19:16, Hallelujah
Job 19:25-26, 1 Corinthians 15:20-22, I know that my redeemer liveth – Since by man
1 Corinthians 15:51-57, Behold I tell you – But thanks be to God
Romans 8:31-37, If God be for us
Revelation 5:11-14, Worthy is the Lamb

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Revelation 19:5-8, 11:15, 19:16, Hallelujah (12/31/12)

“Hallelujah” does not mean “Everybody stand up.” “Hallelu” is Hebrew for “All of you praise!” and “Jah” is one of the Hebrew words meaning “God.” “Alleluia” is Greek (and English) for “Hallelujah.”

Popular belief attributes the custom of standing for the Hallelujah Chorus to the idea that King George II stood when he heard it, and therefore everyone else had to stand as well. According to Wikipedia and its references, however, the first performance was in 1742, and there’s no evidence that he was at that performance, or any other, of “Messiah.” The first written reference to standing was in 1756. In any case, Americans aren’t bound by that rule. So stand or sit, as you will.

Nevertheless, we should certainly say “Hallelujah” for the blessings God gave us in 2012, and may God continue to bless us all in the coming year!

Job 19:25-26, 1 Corinthians 15:20-22, I know that my redeemer liveth – Since by man (1/1/13)

Job had tremendous faith, because he believed without seeing!

1 Corinthians 15:51-57, Behold I tell you – But thanks be to God (1/2/13)

I really like the International Standard Version’s translation of vs. 51, “Let me tell you a secret.” A mystery in modern America is a problem to be solved; however, a mystery in Greek is a secret, which must be revealed. Paul is saying, in effect, “Here’s what’s going to happen, but don’t ask me to explain how!”

Romans 8:31-37, If God be for us (1/3/13)

The book of Romans can be very tough sledding in any language, and after looking at several translations, I decided that the Contemporary English Versopm makes Paul’s point in this passage the clearest. (Your church or public library may have the CEV, or you can get it free from e-sword.) It is God’s love alone that saves us, and nothing can separate us from that love.

Revelation 5:11-14, Worthy is the Lamb (1/4/13)

Early in our study of “The Messiah” we saw John identifying Jesus as “the Lamb of God.” We return to that earlier image in this final chorus, which is a rousing song of praise to the Lamb, who was slain but now lives and reigns with God. Amen!


More of Handel's “The Messiah”
Comfort Ye My People
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth
He shall feed His flock
Thy rebuke hath broken His heart
Unto which of the angels
Hallelujah

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