God Doesn’t Need Dancers???

I recently read a comment that inflamed me. And I have come to realize that God sometimes moves you through your personal emotions to share with you a type of truth. So after I calmed down, I reflected on the comment, “God does not need any dancers” posted on a YouTube video comment section:

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(I have hidden the author to protect her privacy)

This article is a response to all those who read that comment, and perhaps may be influenced by it, being an artist or considering going into to arts for the King of kings. I also Praise the Great: I AM that I AM, that the commenter is NOT my God, lest I feel unworthy in my craft.

God doesn’t need. Hmmm, well technically, is it true the God has no ‘need’ and therefore doesn’t need anything. He lacks nothing so I believe he supplies His own need, being all-creating or all-sufficient. A Spirit that is need-less, which is another spiritual complex truth,  He has no need.

But in examining the Scriptures, we see the God so LOVED the world that He GAVE His Son….

Wait a second, I thought God doesn’t need….us? But He gave His Son for us, so it appears it’s not a matter of need, but of DESIRE. He WANTED us so He GAVE HIS SON for us.

Maybe it’s just that Scripture, that supports my argument. Let’s see.. He said through Isaiah (45:18) that He CREATED the earth to be INHABITED. Hmmm. There’s another verb again. God doing something for Himself. But it he doesn’t need, then why did He create a world to be inhabited? Dare I say again, He desire to have us….around?

What about these Scriptures that  illuminate more truth about what God commanded the people to do regarding artistry:

Exodus 35:30-35 & 36:1

And Moses said unto the children of Israel, “See, the Lord hath called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur of the tribe of Judah.
And He hath filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, and to devise skillful works, to work in gold and in silver and in brass, and in the cutting of stones to set them, and in carving of wood to make any manner of skillful work. And He hath put in his heart that he may teach, both he and Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan. Them hath He filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work of the engraver and of the skilled workman, and of the embroiderer in blue and in purple, in scarlet and in fine linen, and of the weaver —even of those who do any work and of those who devise skillful work.” Then Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wisehearted man in whom the Lord put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, wrought according to all that the Lord had commanded.

I Chronicles 15:16

And David spoke to the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers with instruments of music: psalteries and harps and cymbals sounding, by lifting up the voice with joy.

II Chronicles 2: 12-14

Hiram said moreover: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who made heaven and earth, who hath given to David the king a wise on, endued with prudence and understanding, who might build a house for the Lord and a house for his kingdom.
“And now I have sent a skillful man, endued with understanding, Hiramabi (the son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, and his father was a man of Tyre), skillful to work in gold and in silver, in rass, in iron, in stone, and in timber, in purple, in blue, and in fine linen, and in crimson; also to engrave any manner of ngraving and to figure out every design which shall be put to him, with thy skillful men and with the skillful men of my lord avid thy father.

It appear that God desired artwork in his house/sanctuary, temple/church/etc to for His work.  He needed them for the glorifying it!

Do you read it the same way?

If so, this commenter is either ignorant of God’s Word or blind to God desire. Either way, I pray no one is led to think something UNTRUE about our Father and examines these words carefully for themselves.

Being a dancer, or an artist, or whatever else is NOT something I elected to do. Your purpose in Him, for the edifying of saints is GIVEN to you at birth. I didn’t choose to be a dancer. The Holy Spirit choose dancing for me. (Jeremiah 1:5-7).

Dancers for Christ, our Master,  Adonai! It’s OBVIOUS: GOD apparently NEEDED you in this capacity…please keep dancing for His Glory and be careful to lead people to His throne with your movements, music, & example and not away from it. That is the only purpose you have.

Dance…to Celebrate Men of God

I thought dancing, especially in “the Church” was only for God.

But apparently, that is not so.

At least, not according to the Bible. It’s true. The Bible records many acts of unseemly behavior, but this one seems to be approved by God. Dancing is not only a natural response to celebrating our Lord, but has been used in celebrating men of God too.

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In I Samuel 18:6-7, it states: “…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 music. And the women answered as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.”

Wow, women flocked from everywhere to form a LARGE group and started to sing & DANCE with INSTRUMENTS and were filled with joy! Its not a wicked nor evil thing to celebrate men of God!! They even SUNG with the NAMES of the men of God in their chants. This is amazing. It appear that it is not a sin to do this, although it did cause Saul to become jealous of David because they compared him and form David to be greater than him.

In Judges 11:34, it says: “And Jephthah came to Mizpeh, unto his house, and ,behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances; and she was his only child…” This story is actually quite controversial in religious circles, but we will narrow our focus to the celebration portion of it. We see a daughter, celebration, again with instruments and dancing, her father victory in war against their enemies. Jephthah too, was a man of God as you can read in the whole 11th Chapter.

In Matthew 14:6, it shares how the daughter of Herodias, King Herod’s niece danced for him and his guests on his birthday. This please him so greatly, he lost all reason when giving her the freedom to ask for whatever she wanted. This liberty cost him greatly,as it led to the death of our beloved John the Baptist. Yet this passage also shows how dancing itself was an acceptable gift to present before a King, whom was very moved by the dance.

We have at least three illustrations in the Word, of how dancing before men, more exclusively, men of God and men in authority/power was not only allowing but an appropriate response to celebrating the person.

Who do you know that fits these qualifications that you can celebrate through dance?

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What Type of Dance did Miriam really do?

As previous posts alluded to this fact, Old Testament figures living approximately around 1-2000 BC did not do Jazz or Hip Hop, which are modern creations around 1-2000 AD.  So these dances are new and not typical of traditional dances that the people of God,  the Israelites, danced.

So what dances did they dance?

To discover the answer to this complex question, we must look at historical documents, references, and vernacular of that time. These things will give us insight into how Miriam and her peers moved to celebrate their victory in escaping from the Egyptians by God’s hand drowning them in the Red Sea.

Exodus 15:20 says ~

“And Miriam the prophetess the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances”

First,  let’s frame the historical year,  for this sets the precedence over all forms of dance we have today. Since there are numerous calendars and ambiguous dates and slightly different references according to each civilization’s understanding of time,  we surmise the Exodus occurred around 1200-1500 BC.

Second, let’s clarify some of the vocabulary of that era:

Timbrel,  pictured below,  looks like a modern day tambourine.

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Biblical dancing as described in Hebrew & Aramaic  suggests these particular motions of the body:

Machol ~ to whirl the body

Hhalaeem ~ jewels or also, tremble, writhe

These movements are both classic to Oriental dance or known as Middle Eastern dance.

Today these dances are known as Belly Dance , with distinctions by country or by type: Turkish belly dance, Egyptian belly dance, Lebanese belly dance, Cabaret, Tribal/Gothic belly dance, and Classic American belly dance.

Third, examine this information I found on the website “thebestofhabibi.com”,  which refers to authors Meyer Gruber & Carlos Suares,  on the dance of the Shulamite woman  in the book of Song Of Solomon:

“‘the curve of your hips seem to torment themselves.. [using] curves as circular movements..making skillful circular rotations of the hips.. [they are] trembling or writhing’…which are all movements basic to belly dance”.

From these words of witness, we can deduce Miriam and the other women with her, probably BELLY DANCED. They belly danced  to mark their freedom from slavery, their new relationship with the Lord, and their new journey to a promise land. And God didn’t seem to disapprove. The Bible records numerous times when the Lord spoke His disapproval when He felt it. Yet this was recorded as an example of praise to God, not something to be hidden.

The Bible, one of the oldest religious documents found on earth, was written around 1000 BC through 500 BC, according to allabouttruth.com. The Word of God is the first to record this type of dance for the Lord. In comparison with other major religious works, the Koran was written in 650 AD, the Veda circa 500 BC & after, the Tao-te-ching around 600 BC, and the Bahagavad Gita between 200 BC to 200 AD.

So why aren’t we belly dancing in the church today? It belongs to Him and His people as clearly shown in His Word. And why is this beautiful precious dance more acceptable for worldly performances that for godly worship?

Hmmm…Something to think about.

When is praise and worship dance appropriate?

Just as there are various styles of dance, there are also various types of dance that you can present to our Lord. I will only focus on two in this article, but please note, there are as many types of dance as there are types of prayer, like the war dance, the petition dance, the historical dance, etc. If you want more information on these dances, please comment below, so I’ll know that’s what you want to read next 🙂

The two most well known types of godly dances are praise and worship. The difference between praise dance and worship dance is this:

Praise dance is usually a dance to thank the Lord immediately after He has done something for you as a person or as a group. Something you may have been praying about and He granted or some unexpected favor you received. This a a dance of thanks to God usually depicted by faster, cheerful movements.

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Worship dance is usually danced to celebrate the Lord and reverence His Holiness and Nature. It’s usually focused on Him and His wonderful character as revealed to us. The dance is usually solemn with slower, graceful, and meaningful movements.

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The dances are their meanings should govern the appropriateness of the occasion, but when do you dance them? Well that depends….on your location. If you are in public, you must wait for the leading of the Holy Spirit. He has the right timing and right purpose of every dance done before an audience. If you are in the privacy of your dwelling, you may dance when you heart longs to!

My heart almost always longs to dance in the public and in private, but I wait for the urging and go forth accordingly. If you are a dancer for the Lord, when and where do you dance?

Why is Dancing in the Church such a Controversy

I don’t understand this. Maybe because before I really could perfect how to walk, I starting dancing~in the church. I was soooo young, maybe 2 or 3, and yes my mother had to hold my body still to prevent me from really ‘getting down”. Looking back, I realize I was always dancing in the church. I danced in the church before I danced in the world. Back then, the world was defined as my world of music videos and school dance battles.

That is where I learned and secretly practiced my dances.

Perhaps I have this idea of dance being sacred. After all, many use it to ‘summon’ their god, seduce a lover, or pay tribute to some honorary figure. Dance, to me, was always to be revered and performed for something lofty. I perceived to to be a gift that I would present to my God, my King, my Lord. Yet, now, I am angered inside when I see dance being improperly used. It is being over used to market products, promote unworthy people, and entice many lovers. The most skilled are sought to reduce their art to a luring magnet to something so un-sacred, it upsets me greatly. I’m not upset that they are sought after, for dancing among many things is beautiful when done right, but because the dancers are willing to sell their art so cheaply.

The Church should be experts at the Word of God as a whole by now. With the information, modern technology, and spiritual support, we should be masters at discerning the Bible. If we were then we should know that dancing is a gift that praises and worships God. If I could have any say in the ‘Church’ I would fight to restore dance back in the church and out of the marketing world. It should not be considered controversial, but a pleasurable act that occurs in the victory of our Lord: Look at Miriam! Look at David! Look at Jephthah’s daughter! Look at the daughters of Shiloh! Even God is recorded as one who DANCES over us!! (Zephaniah 3:17)

Dancing was and is for celebration, for victory, for kings (see Saul, David, Herod – although that dance caused John’s demise because of the dancer’s evil mother, but it was really intended to please the king, not cause the death of a prophet).

Oh Church, please become aware that you are loosing one of the greatest tools we have, in the spiritual world and to the world. Fight to restore it by bringing back dancing and its purpose for His people. Lessen the power it has over marketing services, products, and ideas. Bring it back….to God.