Lesson 1: Scripture and Dance Copy
The Body of Christ needs to desire to come into the truth in Gods word to remove the skeptical, doubtful, negative attitude towards dance and the creative arts.
God desires for us to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth and to do this we must be aware of what His truth is.
As a dance team leader and a minister of the gospel we must understand and establish our ministry on the biblical foundation and origin of dance.
In studying the Bible there are about 25 occurrences of the English word dance and 50 occurrences in the Hebrew and Greek in reference to an act or action that can be viewed as dance.
For the purposes of this teaching we will be using as a reference a scriptural resource and study guide by Monica Di Franceso.
Dance [according to Webster’s dictionary] means “move in rhythm to music. The American College Dictionary says to skip, leap etc. as from excitement or emotion.
A simple definition “emotional movement of the body”. [Biblical Foundation of Praise & Worship – Ch. 4 Pg.1]
Dance can also go beyond words to convey what words cannot.
Dance is one way of expressing the passion and love in our hearts towards God.
Dance turns our body into an instrument that blesses God and allows God’s blessing and power to flow through us.
The purpose of dancing
- to worship (Romans 12:1)
- to declare our praise to God (1 Pet 2:9)
- to obey God’s word (Ps. 150:4)
- to honour God 1 Cor. 6:20) (2 Cor.10:5)
- to overcome adversity (Ps. 30:11)
- Hebrew Words Related to Dance and Movement
(a) “…King David leaping (pazaz) and dancing (karar) before the Lord… 2 Sam 6:16
(b) “And David danced (karar) before the Lord with all his might; and David girded with a linen ephod.” 2 Sam 6:14
Our spirit dances through our body. We dance before the Lord, in His presence. It is for Him and to Him that we dance and give ourselves. Because our heart touches the heart of God it can touch others.
Karar – prime root; to dance (whirl)
Pazaz – prime root; to solidify; to spring; leap, be made strong
Raqad – prime root; to stamp, dance, jump, leap
Chagag – to move in a circle (spec) marching in a sacred procession, to observe a festival; translated celebrate, dance, feast, reel to and fro
Gil, Gul – prime root; spin around, usually rejoice, or (cringing) ear.
Ps. 9:14; Ps. 13:5; Ps. 97:8, Ish. 9:3(b)
Dalag – prime root to spring – leap (2 Sam 22:30, Song of Sol. 2:8, Ish 35:6
Healing comes through dancing. “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing (machol) Ps. 30:11. In this Psalm David recounts his despair and proclaims God’s healing.
Praising God together with others in a circle is symbolic of God’s never-ending love and eternal glory (Exodus 15:20) “and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.
An example of God doing the dancing
Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord Thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest in His love, He will joy (gil) over thee with singing.” He spins around with great emotion, passion and joy and singing.
- Greek Words Related to Dance and Movement
Orcheomai – (a ring or row); to dance (from the rank like or regular motion) Matt 11:17* Mark 6:22, Luke 7:32
Jesus is affirming dance here.
Choros – a ring, i.e, round dance (choir) – dancing
The prodigal son returns. His father celebrates. We should dance when a lost soul comes into the Kingdom of God or rededicate their lives.
Skirtao – To skip; to jump; leap (for joy) Luke 1:41,44
Hallomai – To jump, to gush; translated leap, spring up
Agalliao From ‘agan’ (much) and ‘hallomai’; to jump for joy, exult, be exceedingly glad; rejoice
Rev 19:7 “Let us be glad and rejoice and give honour to Him; for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hat made herself ready.”
To think that we are indeed the Bride of Christ and we know everyone usually dances at a wedding, especially the Bride. Let us dance for our groom’s return.