Monday, January 22, 2007

The Importance of Songs

Do you know this song?
I cannot come to the banquet, I cannot come to the banquet,
don't trouble me now.
I have married a wife; I have bought me a cow.
I have fields and commitments that cost a pretty sum.
Pray, hold me excused, I cannot come.

1. A certain man held a feast on his fine estate in town.
He laid a festive table and wore a wedding gown.
He sent invitations to his neighbours far and wide
but when the meal was ready, each of them replied:

2. The master rose up in anger, called his servant by name,
said: "Go into the town, fetch the blind and the lame,
fetch the peasant and the pauper, for this I have willed,
my banquet seem so crowded, and my table must be filled.

3. When all the poor had assembled, there was still room to spare,
so the master demanded: "Go search every where,
to the highways and the byways and force them to come in.
My table must be filled before the banquet can begin.

4. Now God has written a lesson for the rest of the mankind;
If we're slow a responding, he may leave us behind.
He's preparing a banquet for that great and glorious day
when the Lord and Master calls us, be certain not to say:
Mind you.. I also learned this difference in the song
Now God has written a lesson for the rest of the mankind;
If we're slow a responding, he may leave us behind.
He's preparing a banquet for that great and glorious day
when the Lord and Master calls us, be certain then to say:

Yes I will come, yes I will come to the banquet
no trouble at all
My wife will come with the cows in the stall
My fields and commitments that cost a pretty sum
I'll leave them behind I'll surely come.
I grew up singing this song. I like this song. I don't like it quite as much now.....

BUT when you know this song, and you read the words from which it came, you'll notice some differences.

Here is the passage from Matthew 22.
1And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2"The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, 3and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. 4Again he sent other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.' 5But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, 6while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.' 10And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11"But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12And he said to him, 'Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless. 13Then the king said to the attendants, 'Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' 14For many are called, but few are chosen."
Do you see where they take the servants of the king and treat them shamefully, even killing some of them? I had this song in my brain before I started reading this passage, and my first thought was...the passage is wrong! EEK!!!! What a brain shocker! How could I think that the word of God is wrong, simply because of a song?

Makes the point that my hubbie like to make to me really hit home. People learn a lot of their doctrine and bible from the songs that they sing. So making sure that we choose good music, that says and teaches something is important.

All I can say to that now is ... AMEN.

Editted January 25, 2010 to add the Luke passage.
Here is the Luke 14:12-24 passage
12He said also to the man who had invited him, "When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 13But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just."

15When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, "Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!" 16But he said to him, "A man once gave a great banquet and invited many. 17And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, 'Come, for everything is now ready.' 18But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.' 19And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.' 20And another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.' 21So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, 'Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.' 22And the servant said, 'Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.' 23And the master said to the servant, 'Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. 24For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.'"


Rileysowner said...

:) is all I can say.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I have been looking for the words to this song for years! Any idea where I can get the music?

Annette said...

you can get sheet music here Go down the page until you find this section Joy Is Like The Rain as sung by the Medical Mission Sisters lyrics & music by Sister Miriam Therese Winter (Vanguard Music, 1965) Softcover book covered in clear contact, 40pp, includes b/w photographs of the Sisters, name on title page, foxing, music is good. Contents are: Joy is Like the Rain; .....; The Wedding Banquet.

Pauline said...

I was a bit puzzled about the Matthew passage until I looked through and found the Luke 13 version, which is obviously the basis for this song rather than the former!

Annette said...

i guess I am just not sure what you mean by the Luke 13 passage. There is no wedding banquet story in that passage. Could you explain further?

Anonymous said...

It's actually Luke 14:12-24.

Anonymous said...

You can order the music for this song through the Medical Mission Sisters website at

Chriz said...

check the song here

bwsmith said...

Thank you for this. :)

Annette said...

you are most welcome :)