Today’s topic and the related explanations were given to me on Thursday 14Th October at 10.45 p.m after I awoke from sleep. The Lord woke me and started speaking with me about a group of singers that I had heard on air earlier that day. The men were overpowering in some of the songs, the group sounded brassy and in some of the songs they sounded clearly off pitch. As a vocal coach, I always listen keenly to singers and analyze the tone, diction etc of their presentations. However, I was totally unprepared for the content that the Lord gave to me.
The first thing that He did was to tell me that anyone without love is like “… sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal” (1 Cor 13: 1). According to the New International Version, I am only like a “… resounding gong or a clanging cymbal”. This is an irritating, noisy, empty sound without beauty and appeal. The ability to speak with the tongues of men and angels does not compensate for the lack of love.

The second thing that the Lord then showed me was that people without love become like the Scribes, Pharisees and Sadducee. Here are some of the characteristics that I was taught that they manifested:

1. They are fixed on doing works and outward appearances for salvation. The exact letter of the law was more important to them than love. Jesus rebuked them when He said:

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.” (Mt 23: 23).

For example, the Scribes and Pharisees (collectively called Jews), were greatly incensed at Jesus because He taught that He was the Son of God, healed on the Sabbath day, taught about the Kingdom of heaven and exposed their sins. They tried many times to kill Him and He had to hide, not because He was afraid, but because His time had not yet come to be offered and also because He could not spend His time escaping their assasination attempts when around them.

In the early church, ironically, the lame man healed by Peter and John appeared with them when they were apprehended by the religious rulers, but they were so full of hate that they could not even glorify God for the miracle that had been done (Acts 4: 14)

2. People without love therefore become fixed in an era of spiritual truth and vigorously persecute those preaching new and revealed truth of the Word. This is why Jesus was persecuted then crucified and the reason why the believers and leaders of the early church suffered at the hands of the Jews. Even more importantly, they just do not understand spiritual truth when it is presented, having eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear.

2. The spirit of religious fanaticism also manifests in the form of male dominance and/or some other form of control which is exerted through the leadership or the system itself. This manifests in cults and even in assemblies in various ways.

When I come back, I will share more and hope that this has been a blessing to you. How does it relate to the current series? Think of the context in which Jesus lived and taught and the struggles He had with the Jews. Think of the struggles that the early church and the leaders such as Paul had with them as well as with the false teachers. Blessings until!