The Spirit of Yah departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from Yah troubled him. And Saul’s servants said to him, “Surely, a distressing spirit from Yah is troubling you. “Let our master now command your servants who are before you to seek out a man who is a skillful player on the harp. And it shall be that he will play it with his hand when the distressing spirit from Yah is upon you, and you shall be well.” So Saul said to his servants, “Provide me now a man who can play well and bring him to me.” Then one of the servants answered and said, “Look, I have seen son of Yesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person; and Yah is with him.” Therefore Saul sent messengers to Yesse and said, “Send me your son David (Dawid in Hebrew), who is with the sheep.” And Yesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine, and a young goat, and sent them by his son Dawid to Saul. So Dawid came to Saul and stood before him. And he loved him greatly and he became his armorbearer. Then Saul sent to Yesse, saying, “Please let Dawid stand before me, for he has found favor in my sight.” And so it was, whenever the spirit from Yah was upon Saul, that Dawid would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him. 1 Samuel 16:14-23
Dawid cast out the demon with his harp, today how should we cast out a demon? We cast out demons in Yahoshua’s name. His name has power and authority. Remember Yah is all about order. Mark 1:27 Then they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him. Remember when Yahoshua cast out two thousand demons out of a man into the swine? Those demons were afraid of Yahoshua! Mark 5:8-20. Yahoshua said, in Luke 10: 19, behold I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you. And lastly, Yahoshua says that as long as we believe in His name, that we are going to cast out demons too, Mark 16:17, no special water needed, LOL, just the authority given to us by Yah and Yahoshua.
Reading about Dawid’s harp got me thinking about a harp that I saw while researching with my niece for her report on Mali last year. Because my niece played the violin in third through fifth grade and the clarinet in the sixth grade when she wrote the report (she still plays the clarinet), we wanted to include the region’s instruments. Today I looked more into harps after reading about Dawid’s harp. The first harp, I learned of today and the second harp we knew about but not the most important detail about this harp.
A Mangbetu boy playing the harp.
The Mangbetu are a people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, living in Orientale Province. The majority live in the villages of Rungu, Poko, Watsa, Niangara and Wamba. The Mangbetu are known for their highly developed art and music. One instrument associated with and named after them is the Mangbetu harp or guitar. Their lineage is traced to Egypt, particularly to the ancient Egyptian iconography of Nefertiti. After reading about their probable Egyptian origin, which is from Ham, one of Noah’s sons, I knew they had no Israelite connection. Israelites are from Noah’s son Shem.
Diagram of the Kora
Image of the Kora
The Kora is a 21 string bridge -harp used by the people of West Africa. A kora is built from a large Calabash gourd cut in half and covered with cow skin to make a resonator and has a notched bridge like a lute or guitar. The Kora resembles the harp but sounds like a Mississippi delta blues guitar. It is played in Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso (or Upper Volta) and Gambia. The Kora player is called a Jali, a french word meaning oral historian. Jali is similar to griot but they like to be called Jali, I’ll tell you more about this down below. There is more to ‘Jali’ that I didn’t read about before.
Anyway, the Kora is thought to have been invented in the 1500s (the 16th century) in the Kaabu Empire, by the Mandika/Mandiko or Mandingo people. During the 16th, 17th, and 18th century as many as a third of the Mandinko population were shipped to the Americas as slaves. HalleluYah! When I read this part I started getting the cold chills! A significant portion of the ‘African-Americans’ in the United States are descended from the Mindinka people. As we know many of us come from Ibo, Ashanti, Songhay, Mende, Yoruba and other villages that are also Israelite.
Today, when I looked up the Kora, more information came up in the search engine that didn’t appear to me last year. It read: Jaliya Culture, The art of the Jaliya and Kora Jaliya. I was surprised and happy to see Yah’s name there. HalleluYah! You see, Jali or the Jali player has been shortened from Jaliya player. We know the letter J is a European letter. So, Jaliya is most likely Yaliya or Yaliyah player. And then I found this Mandinka saying: “Eh Jaliya allah le ka Jaliya da” which means “Jaliya, its god who created Jaliya” but really it should read like this “Yaliyah, its Yah who created Yaliyah” It’s Yah who created the Yaliyah player, player of the Kora. HalleluYah! You see how they tried to enter a baal in the place of Yah’s name!
The pictures above are men playing the Kora. The harp is believed to originated from Ancient Sumaria. Genesis 4:21, His brother’s name was Yubal. He was the father of all those who play the lyre and flute. Harp, lute, and lyre are synonymous.