December 27, 2012

#21 Vlad Josephson

Morning here in the USA, evening in Australia! I see the sun rising and its already dark in Sydney, almost another day there as we met up with our first guest from a place known as “land down under”!
Vlad took us in conversation to his gardens where he talks to the birds and enjoys the natural world made by God.  He shared his ideas about music and church and nature and we hope you will join us in our very pleasant discussion with Vlad Josephson and his great feature tune titled, “Dandelion Touch.”

Interview 12/22/12 – Dandeloin Touch by Vlad Josephson
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Lead Scripture:
1 Samuel 16:23b
“23b …David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.”
There is no doubt that music affects us very deeply and is a gift from God.


Scriptures from Interview
1 Samuel 16:15-16
“15 And Saul's servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubles thee.
16 Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shall be well.

I Samuel 16:22-23
22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight.  23 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.

I Samuel 18:1-11
And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.  2 And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father's house. 3 Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.  4 And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.  5 And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul's servants.  6 And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.
7 And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.  8 And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom?  9 And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.  10 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul's hand.  11 And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.
Music reaches down into the depths of our being and effects us all, even causing evil to leave us for a time.

2 Kings 3:15
“Now bring me someone who can play the harp.”
Musicians have always been highly sought after in both good and bad times.  Music is an important gift to all of us.

1 Chronicles 25:1
“David, together with the commanders of the army, set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun for the ministry of prophesying, accompanied by harps, lyres and cymbals. Here is the list of the men who performed this service:…”
In the Old Testament times music often accompanied prophecy

Genesis 1:20  (4th day of creation)
20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
God likes birds.  He made birds.  He even brought them into the ark.

Genesis 7:13-14
13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; 14 They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.

Genesis 8:6-11
6 After forty days Noah opened the window he had made in the ark 7 and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. 8 Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. 9 But the dove could find no place to set its feet because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. 10 He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. 11 When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth.
Many of us are not aware or recall that first Noah let out a raven and it did not come back to him.  Then he let out a dove that could not find a place to rest, so he pulled her in and let her out again in 7 days.  It was after that she returned with an olive leaf in her mouth.

Leviticus 14:5-7
5 Then the priest shall order that one of the birds be killed over fresh water in a clay pot. 6 He is then to take the live bird and dip it, together with the cedar wood, the scarlet yarn and the hyssop, into the blood of the bird that was killed over the fresh water. 7 Seven times he shall sprinkle the one to be cleansed of the infectious disease and pronounce him clean. Then he is to release the live bird in the open fields.
The sacrifice of animals for cleansing is also an image of Jesus to us from the Old Testament.  Here we could see how Jesus was sacrificed like the one bird, while we were dipped in the blood to be cleansed and then released to be set free.

Psalm 124:7
“We escaped like a bird from a hunter’s trap.  The trap is broken and we are free!”
No matter how we have failed and fallen into traps, Jesus comes to set us free when we seek him and rely on him and trust him to deliver us!

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