Archive for March, 2007
Hey everyone, I wanted to let you know that the show, “The Rock & The Rabbi” is going to be in Orlando next week (and again in May). And, yours truly is going to be in the show! It’s been more than a year since I’ve had the pleasure of performing in the show, so I’m really excited about it.
For more information, check out: http://theplazatheatre.com/UpcomingShows/UpShows_St.las#rock
Or, you can check out the show’s official website: www.therockandtherabbi.com
I hope to see you at the show!
Wow, what a week! Perhaps you’ve been wondering why I’m not writing lately.
Not to worry, I’ve been in all day/night rehearsals for the new musical, “The Witnesses” and we had two preview shows this past weekend. We started rehearsing together on Tuesday and did the show on Saturday & Sunday nights.
It was so good to see so many of my friends come out to the show last night – that really means alot. This show is so meaningful to me – it’s God’s Word in theatre, two of my favorite things! – and it’s so cool that we were able to share it together last night. Thank you for taking the time to come out.
If you weren’t able to see it – you really missed an historic occasion. It’s the starting point for an incredible journey – like the other show, “The Rock & The Rabbi” has become.
The cast is nothing short of amazing…all pros, all so very talented. Well, we rehearsed and performed the entire show in a week – that says alot right there. The singers – Neal, David and Aaron – you guys knocked it out of the park! Excellent work.
Danny Hamilton, who wrote all the songs & lyrics, has completely outdone himself with these songs. I’m not sure I can even do justice describing them here – you’ll just have to see the show.
Gary, as he did with the show “The Rock and the Rabbi”, manages to bring us right into the presence of some of my personal Biblical heroes, Peter, Paul and James. As Gary tells the story, it’s almost as if you’re right there as it was happening.
If you’re not familiar with these shows, they’re sort of hard to describe – they have to be experienced. It’s a combination of captivating, edge-of-your-seat storytelling and unique, ecclectic songs from all different genres. Na, that doesn’t help. Well, as I said, you’ll need to see the shows to understand.
If you love God’s word, and if you enjoy hearing the Truth told in new and interesting ways, you’re sure to enjoy them.
For more information, please check out the websites:
To Danny & Gary: It’s a distinct pleasure to work with you on this new show. I know you know this, but what this show does is get the Word into ears and hearts that may not have otherwise heard it. That’s what this life is all about for us. I’m so thrilled to see God work through you guys in this way – and to be a part of it again is a joy that’s difficult to describe.
To the rest of the cast: Wow – you are all so very talented. I’m so juiced about how we all ended up working together on this. You all ROCKED last night! I’m still buzzing. It’s gonna be a great ride and I couldn’t think of any other people I’d rather share it with.
If you know anything about the strong will and self-control of the people of Israel to this point, you can probably guess that they fell for it hook, line & sinker. And, God’s anger blazed against them.
Many had to die because of it, about 24,000. And the passionate zeal of Phinehas, who executed one Isrealite man and a Midianite woman because of their blatant disobedience in the face of God, is what God identified as turning away His anger.
It got me thinking about my own passionate zeal. What do I do to remain clean before God? We no longer have rituals and sacrifice, but we do have confession and repentance. What about the sin I see in others? I’m not recommending we pick up a spear and skewer those we see caught in obvious sin, but is God telling us to confront with the sword of Truth (the Bible)?
Particularly in the area of sexual sin – I know many people who struggle. It’s obvious in some cases – and no one says anything. Yet this is one of the most dangerous battlegrounds for Christian man. Matthew Henry said of lust, “None are more fatally bewitched than those that are bewitched by their own lusts.” This story alone tells of a few men gone bad that ended up costing the nation of Israel 24,000 lives.
Today’s reading is a reminder how important it is to strive to obey God’s commands, and to have those in my life who I can encourage (and they me) to keep my eyes on God every day. Our passion for Christ will demonstrate our love for others and how they’re doing. In turn, they can prompt us on to good deeds as well.
If you’ve never read the story of Balaam and his donkey, you need to check it out. It’s a fascinating story of consequences of disobedience, done like a Disney animated feature film (complete with a talking donkey). You’ll find it in the Old Testament in the book of Numbers, chapters 22-25.
I guess what hits me when I read this story is how Balaam, out of his greed, disobeys God, but in the end God is able to accomplish what He wanted, but to an even greater degree.
What I mean is, God did not give Balaam permission to go with King Balak’s men. Balaam, however, entertained the thought of all that reward and each time asked the king’s delegation to stay overnight while he “consults God about it” one more time (notice verse 19).
15 Then Balak tried again. This time he sent a larger number of even more distinguished officials than those he had sent the first time. 16 They went to Balaam and gave him this message: “This is what Balak son of Zippor says: Please don’t let anything stop you from coming. 17 I will pay you well and do anything you ask of me. Just come and curse these people for me!” 18 But Balaam answered them, “Even if Balak were to give me a palace filled with silver and gold, I would be powerless to do anything against the will of the LORD my God. 19 But stay here one more night to see if the LORD has anything else to say to me.”
Balaam knew God did not want him to go because God told him very clearly he was not to. When the king sent even more dignitaries (read: more reward), it was just too much. So, God tells Balaam he can go:
22:20 That night God came to Balaam and told him, “Since these men have come for you, get up and go with them. But be sure to do only what I tell you to do.”
How do I come to the conclusion that God didn’t want him to go? Look at the very next verse:
22 But God was very angry when he went, and the angel of the Lord stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him.
If you’re familiar with this story, you probably know the rest. After the little Disney mini-episode with the talking donkey, Balaam goes with the king’s delegation with the disclaimer that he is powerless to say anything other than what God tells him to.
The king expects Balaam to curse the nation of Israel so he’d have a better chance of defeating them. Instead, God tells Balaam to bless them – right in front of the king – not once, but three times! What’s more, Balaam prophesies the destruction of the Moabites and the Kenites.
If Balaam had initially obeyed God and stayed home, the glory for God may not have been so obvious. Out of Balaam’s disobedience, the king was humiliated to his face, and God’s message was personal. And, we wouldn’t have had the wonderful story of the talking donkey (sorry, you’ll just have to read it for yourself!).
Am I condoning the fact that this animal abuser disobeyed God in the first place? Mercy, no. I’m simply pointing out that God’s will WILL be done…even if we choose to disobey. The cül thing is that even when we screw up, He can still turn things around and bring glory to Himself.
I wonder what reward Balaam would have received if he would have been obedient the first time and simply sent the men away.
“Hey I got an idea! I could stay with you! We could stay up late, swap manly stories, and in the morning, I’m making waffles!” – donkey