by Tim Hall
Instruments recovered from a time of horror play music again.
The concert was held this past Wednesday evening in Jerusalem. One might have regarded the program as the usual symphony concert. An orchestra was present, as well as the Raanana Symphonette. But this was no ordinary program. Included in the strings section were some special violins.
There were 16 of these violins, and each had belonged to someone who had died in the Holocaust at the hands of the Nazis. One victim was a twelve-year-old boy named Motele who had played nightly for officers in Hitler’s SS in Belarus. When Motele was killed in a German ambush, his family saved the violin and later took it to Israel.
Motele’s violin, along with the others, were lovingly restored by Amnon Weinstein. We can imagine the tears that flowed when these renewed stringed instruments blended their sweet sounds in Wednesday’s concert.
A much grander scene is described in Revelation 14:3: “They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth” (NKJV).
The new song heard by John was sweeter far than any melody on earth.
Note the ones who sang that song in heaven: the “redeemed from the earth.” Those who have read Revelation know that many of these were martyrs, women and men who died for their faith in Christ. “Their songs have been silenced,” worldly observers might have said. But theirs was not the final word.
After the last breath left their physical bodies, God began his work of restoration. By the time John heard the concert in heaven, their voices were again alive and singing the new song, a hymn of redemption and victory.
Man is capable of evil and destructive deeds. But he cannot destroy the music created by God. The greatest instruments ever created are the worshipful hearts of God-fearing faithful ones. When their chords vibrate, the sound is always a sweet, sweet song.
by Tim Hall