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Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 68

Filed under: Bach Cantatas,Music — Patterico @ 12:01 am

It is the fourth Sunday in Lent. The title of today’s cantata is “Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt” (God so loved the world).

Today’s Gospel reading is John 3:14-21:

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

The text of today’s cantata meshes perfectly with today’s Gospel reading, and the music is a perfect companion with which to contemplate the message. The text is available here. The opening chorus is translated as follows:

God so loved the world,
that He gave us His Son.
Whoever gives himself to Him in faith
shall afterwards live with Him eternally.
Whoever believes that Jesus was born for him,
will never be lost,
and no sorrow will trouble him
who loves God and also His Jesus.

If you close your eyes, you can almost see the guy with the giant rainbow afro standing behind me holding up the John 3:16 sign.

Happy listening!

[Cross-posted at RedState and The Jury Talks Back.]

32 Responses to “Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 68”

  1. Psalm 83 New International Version (NIV)
    Psalm 83[a]
    A song. A psalm of Asaph.

    O God, do not remain silent;
    do not turn a deaf ear,
    do not stand aloof, O God.
    See how your enemies growl,
    how your foes rear their heads.
    With cunning they conspire against your people;
    they plot against those you cherish.
    “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation,
    so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.”

    With one mind they plot together;
    they form an alliance against you—
    the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
    of Moab and the Hagrites,
    Byblos, Ammon and Amalek,
    Philistia, with the people of Tyre.
    Even Assyria has joined them
    to reinforce Lot’s descendants.[b]

    Do to them as you did to Midian,
    as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon,
    who perished at Endor
    and became like dung on the ground.
    Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,
    all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
    who said, “Let us take possession
    of the pasturelands of God.”

    Make them like tumbleweed, my God,
    like chaff before the wind.
    As fire consumes the forest
    or a flame sets the mountains ablaze,
    so pursue them with your tempest
    and terrify them with your storm.
    Cover their faces with shame, Lord,
    so that they will seek your name.

    May they ever be ashamed and dismayed;
    may they perish in disgrace.
    Let them know that you, whose name is the Lord—
    that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)


    Lent and Easter Gregorian Chant Collection

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  3. I can stop now.

    Ave Verum Corpus – Catholic Hymns, Songs of Praise

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  4. For folks wondering about the snake business, it was the brazen serpent (a serpent made of brass) that spared the Hebrews in their Exodus, i.e., Nehushtan. Looking at it in Moses’ uplifted grasp saved the Hebrews from the bites of poisonous snakes who were slaying them in the desert. Later Israelites treated it idolatrously, so the reformers of King Hezekiah destroyed it. Christians view it as a foretelling of the Crucifixion, with Jesus replacing the saving power of the brazen serpent.

    Thanks, Patterico!

    Golden Eagle (e3eff6)

  5. Blessings, everyone. I am grateful for Patterico’s Sunday music posts. Especially for the Gospel readings. He is spreading the Gospel. You know what they call a person who does that, right?

    felipe (023cc9)

  6. It brightens up my week, felipe.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  7. I have had a good week. I did 25 push ups day before yestwerday. Last week week I was struggling to do 20.

    Not bad for 55, eh?

    And I found my K-Bar, which was missing for awhile. So I can take on ISIS again.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  8. Just kidding. If all I had was a rock, I could take on ISIS.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  9. Just like David (vs Goliath), Steve57!

    felipe (023cc9)

  10. I find it curious that cowardice has become the default position. What do I have to worry about? It really will be OK. Courage needs to be the default position.

    I would have gone into that school. If I don’t know that about myself, I know nothing about myself. I trained for it. Shipboard Security Engagement Tactics.

    I was thinking about this earlier. Am I a bad @$$? The term gets tossed around like a hot potato, and nobody wants to own it. The standard response is, “I’m not a bad @$$, but I served with bad @$$es. And eventually it gets whittled down to where nobody is a bad @$$. You can’t point to a single guy in the military who is a bad @$$.

    So, yeah, I’m a bad @$$. Me and Chief Warrant Officer Jung, the SEAL.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  11. Just like David (vs Goliath), Steve57!
    felipe (023cc9) — 3/11/2018 @ 8:41 am

    I don’t have a biblical leather sling.

    Will this do?

    SR7™ | Wrist-Rocket®
    The Traditional Wrist-Rocket® has a molded handle, self centering pouch tubular bands with protective prong caps to exte…

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  12. This made for very pleasant listening. Thanks.

    Tim McGarry (be9b88)

  13. So, yeah, I’m a bad @$$. Me and Chief Warrant Officer Jung, the SEAL.
    Steve57 (0b1dac) — 3/11/2018 @ 9:08 am

    Also Gino, the SEAL who I got kicked out with out of the Kadena AFB O Club on Okinawa. Who later gave me a black eye by accident when we tried to cook something to go with the whisky.

    Kentucky breakfast. A bottle of whisky, a steak, and a dog.

    You drink the whisky, and the dog eats the steak.

    A Boy Named Sue: Johnny Cash

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  14. The saving power of grace is seen here, the west want interested in getting to the bottom of the matter.

    narciso (d1f714)

  15. There are lots of matters the West wasn’t interested in concerning Zimbabwe.

    Actually, there’s a lot wrong with a lot of Africa. But everyone was tripping all over themselves to get to microphone and condemn Rhodesia.

    Dirty little secret. A lot of Zimbabweans wish the Rhodesians would come back. I haven’t been to Zim since 2009 when I killed my elephant. I’m kicking myself for not buying the t-shirt I saw in the Johannesburg airport. On the front it had a pic of the dictator and it said, “Rob Mugabe!”

    On the back it said, “Before he robs you!”

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  16. This was the precursors to the matabele massacre in the 80s, even under Thatcher they looked the other way. I didn’t realize zinbabwe
    was where mengistu, the real life kilmonger had gone to town.

    narciso (d1f714)

  17. To ground, in real life western trained African chieftains bokassa for the French, main for the Brits mobutu, don’t turn out well, I’ll leave out the chiefs in the Nigerian civil war

    narciso (d1f714)

  18. Dumbo is an upcoming American fantasy adventure film directed by Tim Burton, with a screenplay written by Ehren Kruger. It is based upon a storyline written by Helen Aberson and is loosely inspired by Walt Disney’s 1941 animated film of the same name. The film stars Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito and Alan Arkin. The film will be released on March 29, 2019.

    she makes choices, that one

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  19. so Ryan Seacrest is pretty much the same thing as a dirty rapist

    he’s also super short

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  20. feets,

    Speaking of crap movies, they’re making a sequel to Mary Poppins called Mary Poppins Returns, a sequel to Winnie the Pooh called Christopher Robin, a remake of How the Grinch Stole Christmas called The Grinch, and some other garbage films that are unneeded remakes or sequels that I saw trailers for today. The only trailer they had for anything original was that asinine Sherlock Gnomes and I suspect the only remotely funny parts are in the trailer… all one-liners or puns. *sigh*

    Stashiu3 (466cdf)

  21. yeah it’s like film’s being used as a medium for things what would be better expressed in other ways

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  22. and Mary Poppins needs to check her goddamn privilege I’m telling you right now

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  23. If you close your eyes, you can almost see the guy with the giant rainbow afro standing behind me holding up the John 3:16 sign.

    Not to p*ss all over the post, but I that rainbow wig John 3:16 guy turned out to be an utter nutjob and is serving a life sentence in prison for kidnapping.

    JVW (42615e)

  24. Didn’t know that!

    Patterico (c6aa2d)

  25. I thought the example of grace and redemption, up above was of note, even in a savage landscape.

    narciso (d1f714)

  26. Stashiu, they have to remake Dumbo, because the original could not be released today. Or at least not without excising one important scene that even David Duke would call racist…just shows how things have changed in 75 years…

    Kishnevi (682c47)

  27. I saw a blurb about such and such number of copycat would be school shooters popping up since Parkland. Was it 300 incidents? Not sure. Should have looked more close.

    What ever. The point is whatever adjustments to tactics, policy, or maybe it’s more accurate to point at short comings of Broward county policy, highlighting that’s not the way police business is conducted usually, whether it’s jiggering the status quo or a product of responsible law enforcement, 300 copycat incidents have resulted in zero school shootings since Florida.

    Well done armed teachers/security/active police presence.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  28. This scene (if the link works)

    Kishnevi (682c47)

  29. 30
    Mostly LEO being serious about these things.
    Also remember unlike the Parkland shooter, copycats don’t plan out their attempts in much detail.

    Kishnevi (682c47)

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