Why Messiah belongs to Easter and doctors once cut hair

Handel’s father, Georg Handel, was a barber-surgeon, a term for physicians in the middle ages who did surgery and cut hair. Surgery was primitive and dangerous due to no anesthesia and no antibiotics to treat infection. Most surgery was done to treat war injuries.

 The King of Glory

Psalm 24:7-10, ERV

 Gates, proudly lift your heads!
Open, ancient doors,
and the glorious King will come in.
Who is the glorious King?
He is the Lord, the powerful soldier.
He is the Lord, the war hero.
 
 
 
 Gates, proudly lift your heads!
Open, ancient doors,
and the glorious King will come in.
Who is the glorious King?
The Lord All-Powerful is the glorious King.
 
 
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Handel’s masterpiece-Messiah 

Even though Messiah tells the story of Jesus, whose life unfolds in the Bible’s New Testament, many of the lyrics come from the Old Testament, like this passage today from Psalms. Several Isaiah passages referring to Jesus are also songs in Messiah .

We usually associate  Messiah with Christmas, but Handel wrote it to be performed at Easter. For the lyrics, he used  words  from Scripture, choosing passages that tell the story of God sending Jesus to earth to redeem His people.


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Handel’s father, Georg Handel, was a barber-surgeon, a term for physicians in the middle ages who did surgery and cut hair. Surgery was primitive and dangerous due to no anesthesia and no antibiotics to treat infection. Most surgery was done to treat war injuries. 

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Other posts in this series

Lenten Words – Comfort

Lenten Words-Light

Lenten Words – Rest

Lenten Words – Sorrow

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Fasting to feed the hungry feeds us too

Usually we think of fasting as avoiding food for the purpose of prayer. The emptiness of our stomachs reminds us to pray. Isaiah 58 speaks of a fasting God may honor most of all.

Isaiah 58:4-9, NLT

 

“…you are fasting to please yourselves.

Even while you fast,
you keep oppressing your workers.


What good is fasting
when you keep on fighting and quarreling?
This kind of fasting
will never get you anywhere with me. (God). 

You humble yourselves
by going through the motions of penance,
bowing your heads
like reeds bending in the wind.
You dress in burlap
and cover yourselves with ashes.

Is this what you call fasting?
Do you really think this will please the Lord?

No, this is the kind of fasting I (God) wants:

Free those who are wrongly imprisoned;
lighten the burden of those who work for you.
Let the oppressed go free,
and remove the chains that bind people.

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Share your food with the hungry,
and give shelter to the homeless.
Give clothes to those who need them,
and do not hide from relatives who need your help.

Remove the heavy yoke of oppression.
Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors!

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Breaking Free-Day by Day

A Year of Walking in Liberty    by Beth Moore

Read what Beth said about fasting in this daily devotional book:

 

“Usually we think of fasting as avoiding food for the purpose of prayer. The emptiness of our stomachs reminds us to pray. Isaiah 58 speaks of a fasting God may honor most of all.

What is God proposing that we fast from?

What do we have to give up or fast from to reach out to the oppressed?

Whatever our answer, we know if we pour out our lives to satisfy the needs of the oppressed, God will be faithful to satisfy our needs.” 

 

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Do you celebrate Christmas in July?

Why am I sharing a Bible passage about Christmas in July? Not because stores may already be selling Christmas decorations. 

Isaiah 9: 6, ESV

For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder,

and his name shall be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

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from the English Standard Bible 

Why am I sharing a Bible passage about Christmas in July? Not because stores may already be selling Christmas decorations.

This selection was read on Daily Audio Bible (DAB)  recently. I told you about DAB before and hope you’ve been listening to it with me daily or as often as possible.

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George Frideric Handel and Messiah

George Frideric Handel used this scripture from Isaiah in his famous work, Messiah, first performed in 1742, performed or heard by millions of people since then.

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Although it’s usually performed at Christmas, Handel wrote it for Easter.

Handel’s father  was a barber-surgeon. Barber-surgeons were physicians in medieval Europe, who as the name suggests performed surgery, often treating wounds from war injuries. Eventually, surgery and barbery became separate occupations.

When is “Christmas” for you?

Do you plan for Christmas year round, or wait til the week before? What does Christmas mean to you? Please share your thoughts.

Thanks for exploring the Bible, Christmas, and the HEART of health with me.

Please share this post and follow Watercress Words where I regularly inform and inspire you about health and share words of faith, hope, and love.

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Weekend Words- let us fast

Why fasting is about more than food #Isaiah#fasting#BethMoore#Breaking Free

Isaiah 58:6-10, NIV

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:

to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke,to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?

Is it not to share your food with the hungry
    and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
    and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
    with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
    and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,

then your light will rise in the darkness,
    and your night will become like the noonday.”woman raising arms arms to the sky in a glow of light

 

 

 

 

 

“Usually we think of fasting as avoiding food for the purpose to prayer. The emptiness of our stomachs reminds us to pray. Isaiah 58 speaks of a fasting God may honor most of all.

What is God proposing that we fast from?

What do we have to give up or fast from to reach out to the oppressed?

Whatever our answer, we know if we pour out our lives to satisfy the needs of the oppressed, God will be faithful to satisfy our needs.” 

from

Breaking Free-Day by Day

A Year of Walking in Liberty    by Beth Moore

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Lenten Words-Light

Words about light to observe Lent

Isaiah 

9:2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;

on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.

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60:1 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.

2 See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.
3 Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
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We usually associate  Messiah with Christmas, but Handel composed it to be performed at Easter.
HANDEL'S MESSIAH- A SOULFUL CELEBRATION album cover
 “Handel used the lyrics from a preacher  Charles Jennens, who wrote out the whole piece as a collage of Bible verses designed to tell a story about the Messiah.
In some cases Jennens copied verses from the King James Version of the Bible directly, and in other cases he abridged or modified the wording of the Bible verses somewhat to fit into something that could be set to music and sung. He also decided to change the “point of view” in a couple of places.
Rather than quoting Jesus’ words about himself directly, for instance, he made a few changes so that the singers are singing about Jesus rather than portraying the role of Jesus.”
quoted from wheatwilliams.com
for more reading

Lenten Words-Comfort 

 

Whether you read this post during the Christian season of Lent or anytime throughout the year, I hope it inspires faith, hope, and love in your heart.

Dr. Aletha 

Weekend words from Isaiah

 

those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend words is a regular feature of watercress words. At the end of the work week we take a break from exploring strictly medical topics to consider words of faith, hope and love from the Bible and other carefully selected writings.

 

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Sunday Words from the prophet Isaiah

Isaiah 58:11-14


11The Lord will always lead you,
satisfy you in a parched land,
and strengthen your bones.
You will be like a watered garden
and like a spring whose waters never run dry.
12Some of you will rebuild the ancient ruins;
you will restore the foundations laid long ago;
you will be called the repairer of broken walls,
the restorer of streets where people live.
13“If you keep from desecrating the Sabbath,
from doing whatever you want on My holy day;
if you call the Sabbath a delight,
and the holy day of the Lord honorable;
if you honor it, not going your own ways,
seeking your own pleasure, or talking too much;
1414 then you will delight yourself in the Lord,
and I will make you ride over the heights of the land,
and let you enjoy the heritage of your father Jacob.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

 

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