Thursday, July 31, 2008

Attention to Detail

When we are searching for praise elements to incorporate in our dances, we must pay careful attention to all of the details included on them and in them. Items designed for the tabernacle were to be made in a specific manner by a specific type of thing. The Lord's instructions are often saturated with revelation. Many of the symbolic instruments that we use today are not made expressly for Kingdom use, but can still serve a great purpose.

There are people who have the creative gifting to construct awesome worship tools by hand. Having someone readily accessible with this level of skill is not always an option. For example, if we need a sword or shield in a movement piece, we should examine them to see if there are any dragons, demonic images or sinister likenesses on them. The representation does not have to be literal. If there are images that are contrary to what the Word of the Lord says, then we must continue to pray until we find a suitable representation.

Understanding Biblical symbols will aid us in presenting worshipful pieces rich with substance. Even the fabric that we choose for garments (especially brocades) should be examined to ensure that they do not contain any imagery that represents idols or images that do not honor God Almighty. We should not be paranoid about evil when purchasing ministry essentials. Seeking understanding and operating with keen discernment will allow us to be able to make these choices quickly and confidently.

Exodus 20:4 (NKJV)
You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth"

Jeremiah 13:1 (NKJV)
[Symbol of the Linen Sash] Thus the LORD said to me: “Go and get yourself a linen sash, and put it around your waist, but do not put it in water.”

Hosea 12:10 (NKJV)
I have also spoken by the prophets, and have multiplied visions; I have given symbols through the witness of the prophets.”

Hebrews 9:8-9 (NKJV)
The Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing. It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience

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