I know that this is quite lengthly and that you may not have time
right now to read, but please save this so that you can come back
and look into it later.
I have had the "priviledge" of performing this enitre work when I
was in college, and have of course performed pieces of it since.
For those of you who sing, you'll understand what I mean when I say
that there is NO BIGGER RUSH!!! If you have never listened to the
entire composition... PLEASE... try to do so. It will bless your
heart beyond description. I have no doubts that Handel was inspired
by God to write this, and from some of the enclosed information, I
believe that Handel thought that himself. I hope that you will
enjoy reading this.
A Closer Look
Dear Friends in Christ,
Many months ago, I found a cd copy of Handel's Messiah in a used book
store, and snapped it up. What a treasure that nobody wanted! I had
never really listened to the whole work before, and the only thing I
remembered from it was, of course, the "Hallelujia Chorus."
But it was so beautiful, and I listened to it over and over, and to
amazement I started recognizing the lyrics as fragments of Bible
So I set about to find the verses and their references, and kept a
for my own studies.
As it turns out, The Messiah is either a Bible study with a beautiful
concert attached, or a wonderful piece of classical music with a free
Bible study included at no extra charge. I can't decide which. I do
remember reading that when Handel was alive, the Messiah was one of
the most often performed pieces of music in concert, and that Handel
gave away most of the profits obtained from his concerts to support
So, here is a copy of the lyrics and Bible Verses, and a little bit
of history regarding its writing...you will find that Handel's
Messiah is a beautiful study of the prophesies and other verses
about our Lord Jesus Christ.
Yours, in Christ........brother bob.......<><
George Frideric Handel
Performances of Handel's oratorio, Messiah , have become a Christmas
tradition, and for many the "Hallelujah Chorus" expresses the joy
which the coming of Christ, the King of Kings, brings. Handel wrote
his masterful music in an amazing 24 days and was passionately moved
by the Scriptures describing Jesus' incarnation, crucifixion,
resurrection, and coronation as King of Kings. He worked on his
masterpiece almost nonstop, with little sleep or food. One day his
servant opened the door to find Handel at his work, with tears
streaming down his face. Handel looked up and cried out, "I did
think I did see all Heaven before me, and the great God Himself."
When Messiah was performed before King George II of England in
1743, the king rose when the triumphal notes of the "Hallelujah
Chorus" were first played. Of course, everyone had to rise when the
king did, and the tradition of rising for the "Hallelujah Chorus"
began - a tradition that continues to this day.
From: the Christian History Institute
George Frederic Handel (1695-1759)
(2) Comfort Ye
1. Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. 2. Speak
ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is
accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned. . . .
3. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye
the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our
(3) Every Valley
4.Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill
made low, the crooked straight, and the rough places plain.
(4) And the Glory of the Lord
5. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh
shall see it together:for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
(5) Thus saith the Lord
6. Thus saith the Lord of Hosts; Yet once, a little while and
I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry
land; 7. And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations
1. The Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple,
even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in:Behold, He
shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts.
(6) But who may abide the Day of His Coming?
2. But who may abide the day of His coming? and who shall
stand when He appeareth? For He is like a refiner's fire.
(7) And He shall Purify
3. And He shall purify the sons of Levi. . . that they may
offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.
(8) Behold A Virgin Shall Conceive
Isaiah 7:14 (Matthew 1:23)
Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall
call his name EMMANUEL, God with us.
(9) O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion
9. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up into
the high mountain; O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem,
lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, and be not afraid; say
unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
1. Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the
Lord is risen upon thee.
(10) For behold, darkness shall cover the earth
2. For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross
darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His
glory shall be seen upon thee. 3. And the Gentiles shall come to thy
light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
(11) The people that walked in darkness
Isaiah 9:2 (Matthew 3:16)
2. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light:
and they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them
hath the light shined.
For unto Us a Child is born
6. For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and
the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be
called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting
Father, the Prince of Peace.
(13) Pastoral Symphony
(14) There were shepherds abiding in the field
8. There were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch
over their flocks by night.
9. And lo! the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory
of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
(15) And the Angel said unto them
10. And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I
bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour,
which is Christ the Lord.
(16) And suddenly there was with the Angel
13. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the
heavenly host praising God, and saying,
(17) Glory to God
14. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will
(18) Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion
Zechariah 9:9,10 (Matthew 21:5)
9. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; Shout, O daughter of
Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee. He is the righteous
Savior. . 10. . . And he shall speak peace unto the heathen.
(19) Then shall the eyes of the blind
5. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of
the deaf shall be unstopped. 6. Then shall the lame man leap as an
hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing.
(20) He shall feed his flock like a shepherd
11. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd; and he shall
gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and
shall gently lead those that are with young.
Matthew 11:28, 29
28. Come unto [Him], all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and [He shall]give you rest. 29. Take [his] yoke upon you, and learn
of [Him]; for [he is] meek and lowly of heart: and ye shall find
rest unto your souls.
(21) His yoke is easy
30. [His] yoke is easy, and [his]burden is light.
(22) Behold the lamb of God
29.Behold the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sins of
(23) He was despised
3. He is despised and rejected of men: a man of sorrows,
and acquainted with grief. . .
[He]gave [His] back to the smiters, and [His] cheeks to
them that plucked off the hair: [He] hid not [His] face from shame
(24) Surely He hath borne our griefs
4. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our
sorrows. . . . 5. . . He was wounded for our transgressions, he was
bruised for our iniquities:the chastisement of our peace was upon
(25) And with His stripes we are healed
5. and with His stripes we are healed
(26) All we like sheep have gone astray
6. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned
every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity
of us all.
(27) All they that see him laugh him to scorn
7. All they that see [him]laugh [him] to scorn: they
shoot out their lips, they shake their heads, saying:
(28) He trusted in God
Psalm 22:8 (Matthew 27:43)
8. He trusted [in God] that he would deliver him:let him
deliver him, if he delight in him.
(29) Thy rebuke hath broken His heart
20. [Thy] rebuke hath broken [his] heart; [He is] full
of heaviness. [He]looked for some to have pity [on Him], but there
was none; neither found [He] any to comfort [Him].
(30) Behold, and see if there be any sorrow
12. Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto
[his] sorrow. . .
(31) He was cut off out of the land of the living
8. he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the
transgression of [Thy] people was He stricken.
(32) But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell
Psalm 16:10 (Acts 2:27)
10. [But] thou [didst] not leave [his] soul in hell;
neither [didst]thou suffer Thy Holy One to see corruption.
(33) Lift up your heads, O ye gates
7. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye
everlasting doors; and the King of Glory shall come in. 8. Who is
the King of Glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in
battle. 9. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye
everlasting doors; and the King of Glory shall come in. 10. Who is
the King of Glory? The Lord of Hosts, He is the King of Glory.
(34) Unto which of the angels said He at any time
Hebrews 1:5 (Psalm 2:7)
5. For unto which of the angels said He at any time,
Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee?
(35) Let all the angels of God worship Him
6. "Let all the angels of God worship Him."
(36) Thou art gone up on high
Psalm 68:18 (Ephesians 4:8)
18. Thou art gone up on high, Thou hast led captivity
captive, and received gifts for men; yea, even for Thine enemies,
that the Lord God might dwell among them.
(37) The Lord gave the word
11. The Lord gave the word: great was the company of
(38) How beautiful are the feet
Romans 10:15 (Isaiah 52:7)
15. How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the
gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
(39) Their sound is gone out
Romans 10:18 (Psalm 19:4)
18. their sound is gone out into all lands, and their
words unto the ends of the world.
(40) Why do the nations so furiously rage together?
Psalm 2:1,2 (Acts 4:25-26)
1. Why do the heathen rage, and why do the people
imagine a vain thing? 2. The kings of the earth rise up, and the
rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against His
(41) Let us break their bonds asunder
3. Let us break their bonds asunder, and cast away their
yokes from us.
(42) He that dwelleth in heaven
4. He that dwelleth in the heavens shall laugh them to
scorn; the Lord shall have them in derision.
(43) Thou shalt break them
9. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; Thou shalt
dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
6. Hallelujah! for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
15. . . the kingdoms of this world are become the
kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ: and He shall reign for ever
16. . . . KING OF KINGS, LORD OF LORDS.
thanks to 1998 Bruce L. Johnson
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Tigers are No. 1
Fans turn attention to San Antonio.
Published Monday, November 26, 2007
"Armageddon at Arrowhead" is over, but Tigers fans now face another doomsday scenario.
How do you get to San Antonio, Texas?
After claiming Big 12 Conference North Division title and the No. 1 ranking for the first time since 1960, the University of Missouri-Columbia heads to the Alamodome in San Antonio to face the University of Oklahoma for a chance at the conference crown on Saturday.
That gives MU fans only five days to make their travel plans.
Tickets for the game went on sale at 8 a.m. this morning, with prices ranging from $79 to $99, but the approximately 8,000 tickets available through MU sold out by 11 a.m.
In addition, all travel packages available through the Mizzou Alumni Association and Great Southern Travel have been bought up.
"It?s been a very busy morning," said Todd McCubbin, executive director of the Mizzou Alumni Association. "Everything is tightening up, from hotel rooms to plane tickets."
This morning, students and fans lined up at the Hearnes Center ticket office to take advantage of the opportunity of the relatively low ticket prices; tickets for the game already have sold on eBay for prices ranging from $150 to $400 apiece, comparable to this past Saturday?s game against Kansas at Kansas City?s Arrowhead Stadium.
But without family and friends to help share the costs, traveling to Saturday?s Big 12 Championship Game also will cost fans a pretty penny.
MU senior Alex Wrisinger, 20, one of today?s early-bird ticket buyers, said he will be going to the game with his family, who already have tickets as season ticket holders. While he is the only one in his family who had to stand in line today, Wrisinger said they will pay for most of the traveling costs, which makes it worth the trouble.
"We?ve got a good chance to go to San Antonio and get some revenge for that loss earlier this season," said Wrisinger, referring to the Tigers? Oct. 13 loss to Oklahoma, MU?s only loss of the season. "It?s going to be a tough game, though."
MU senior Lauren Fuemmeler, 21, bought tickets this morning with the idea of selling them to make a little extra money to go to a possible bowl game. "There?s not enough people I know that are going," she said. "I?m going to wait until we win the championship and then go to the next game."
Tickets are sold out at MU?s box office but are available for a limited time through TicketMaster.
As for traveling options, McCubbin said for big sporting events, "a vast majority of folks go on their own." He suspects many Tigers fans will be driving to San Antonio this weekend.
Reach Jordan Raubolt at (573) 815-1711 or .
Copyright ? 2007 The Columbia Daily Tribune. All Rights Reserved.
Well, it's been awhile since I dropped by to say "HI" to everyone. How have you all been?
It's been about the same around here. Work, and work. Lee took off Sat. evening to go to Indy to visit his mom. He'll be back sometime tonight, but it will be late for sure. Kirk started his first day of work yesterday @ Outback Steakhouse, and loves it. He just left for work about 30 mins ago, and will be home about 1.
I trust you are all ready to set down to a big delicious feast on Thanksgiving? We sure are here...one of those days we look forward to in this family...and Christmas as well. We LOVE our food! lol This year on the menu, we'll be having, Turkey, naturally, ham, mashed potatos with gravy, dressing, green beans, corn, sweet potatos, relish tray, and vegetable tray with dip, cranberry sauce, redhot jello ( a tradition in our family...let me know if you want the recipe), all selections of breads, 2 pumpkin pies, and a extra lg. apple...made in a special big dish. It sounds to me like we'll be making pigs of ourselves this year...lol which we're usually pretty good at doing on most thankgivings.
I remember last Thanksgiving, knowing that my Dad's health wasn't the best, and wondering if it would be the last Thanksgiving I spent with him. Well...sadly, it was, and seeing that it's been only 5 mos. since his passing, Thanksgiving will be a tough one this year. But, I was thinking last night, with loosing Dad, and alot of turmoil going on in our family right now, one would be tempted to say that there was nothing to be thankful for, but I realized much different. I began to not look at what I'd lost, or the problems going on, but what I had gained out of that experience. Our family may have lost alot, and there may be troubles that we're having to face, but through all these difficulties, look at what we did recieve....we've known love that is beyond measure...we've seen the devotion of friends, above and beyond the call, we've learned to cherish each moment just a little bit more than we did before, we've learned to choose our words as to not to hurt those we say we love. So even through all this, we should be thankful for all the other things that were shown to us, when it was needed most. I still have SO much to be thankful for.
Hope you all have a beautiful day!