The Sound of
the Hammer (s)
Jennifer Lynn Joy, Minister © 2010
Each day we hear and identify thousands of sounds. The Scriptures, particularly the Psalms are filled with expressions, words, lyrics, and songs that ascend to heaven in forms of worship including trees singing, rocks crying, brooks bubbling, earth groaning, men lamenting, women dancing and children laughing. All of creation makes sounds that ascend to heaven in a form of worship including the sound of the eagle’s cry, the pattering of rain, the wind in the leaves and water falling over a cliff or tumbling across rocks.
This writing is motivated by the questions arising over worshipping ADONAI with a hammer. Therefore, I am offering my own ponderings followed by research. The Worship Hammer is not my idea but was presented to me in 2001 by John Hadden and Bruce Jacobson from the Sacramento area at the time: Worship Hammer Teaching Notes
As a young girl, I remember my Dad building a fence around our one-acre garden. Among the sounds I heard were: 1) the cutting of the saplings-the sound of the chain saw, 2) saplings sliding down the hill-the sound of saplings tearing through brush, 3) bark being peeled-sound of bark being ripped from the tree, 4) saplings measured-the sound of a metal measuring tape, 5) pencil marks-the sound of pencil leaving a mark across the tree, 6) the sound of the saplings being cut to exact lengths-the sound of the hand saw, 7) the sound of the shovel digging the post holes-the shovel cutting into the earth, 8) the sound of a dirt being emptied out of the shovel-dirt sliding off the shovel, 9) the sound of posts being set in the holes-poles being dropped into the hole, 10) the sound of dirt being shoveled into the post hole-dirt hitting the side of the pole, 11) the sound of dirt being pressed into the post hole-a shoe pressing dirt against the pole, 12) the sound of a hammer nailing the rails to the post, 13) the sound of my Dad’s voice when it was finished.
Most of us have held or used a hammer in our lives probably for hanging a picture or some simple household task. Most of us would not look at a hammer and immediately think worship instrument.
Yet, the hammer is a Biblical tool and was used to hammer gold in the making of the Ark of the Covenant and to hammer copper/bronze/brass in the making of the brass lavers. The sound of the hammer was heard as the gold was pounded into the Ark of the Covenant, the mercy seat of God, the place of forgiveness and redemption.
As Nehemiah was heading the rebuilding of the temple, the reconstruction of the place of worship, the sound of the hammer was heard. As the LORD is reconstructing our lives, our first place of worship may the sound of the hammer as HIS atonement bring us eternal hope.
The hammer was a carpenter’s tool used by Jesus Christ and many other tradesmen in the first century. It is one of the oldest tools according to archeologists. A tool known to every generation just as the love of GOD is given to every generation.
Also, it was a tool used by the Roman Soldiers to hammer nails into a cross, and a tool to remove nails from a cross. It is the sound of Christ’s atonement and the sound of HIS resurrection power. The sound of the hammer is the sound of unconditional love for all generations. It is a hammer finishing the work of Christ on the earth. It is the sound of relentless grace.
Hammers may make many different sounds….a framing hammer striking a nail, a hammer used like a baton in dance, a mason’s hammer striking cement or concrete, a hammer hitting the nail on a coffin, a hammer hanging a young child’s swing in the tree, a hammer used as a drum stick, a hammer tapping small wooden pegs into a baby’s cradle, a hammer mending a fence, a hammer repairing a breach, a hammer building a temple, a war hammer pounding armor, a hammer positioning a horseshoe, a hammer breaking apart a stronghold, a hammer dedicated to the Glory of the LORD, a hammer releasing a worship sound to heaven.
The following are brief introductory research notes:
Definition: A hammer is a tool meant to deliver an impact to an object. The most common uses are for driving nails, fitting parts, forging metal and breaking up objects. Hammers are often designed for a specific purpose, and vary widely in their shape and structure. The usual features are a handle and a head, with most of the weight in the head. The basic design is hand-operated, but there are also many mechanically operated models for heavier uses. The hammer may be the oldest tool for which definite evidence exists.
Types of Hammers:
1) Carpenter’s hammer (used for nailing) such as the framing hammer and the claw hammer,
2) Upholstery hammer,
3) construction hammers, including the sledgehammer (war hammer),
4) Drilling hammer-a lightweight, short handled sledgehammer,
5) Ball-peen hammer, or mechanic’s hammer-blacksmith’s, engineer’s or machinist’s hammer,
6) Soft-faced hammer,
7) Cross-Peen Hammer or Warrington Hammer,
8) Mallets, including the rubber hammer and the dead blow hammer,
9) Splitting Maul, 9) Stonemason’s Hammer,
10) Geologist’s Hammer or rock pick,
11) Knife-edged hammer,
12) Lump Hammer or Club Hammer,
13) Gavel-used by Judges,
14) Tinner’s Hammer.
Sound is a travelling wave that is an oscillation of pressure transmitted through a solid, liquid, or gas, composed of frequencies within the range of hearing and of a level sufficiently strong to be heard, or the sensation stimulated in organs of hearing by such vibrations. The mechanical vibrations that can be interpreted as sound are able to travel through all forms of matter: gases, liquids, solids, and plasmas. The matter that supports the sound is called medium. Sound cannot travel through vacuum.
Worship – Verb: 1) to treat somebody or something as divine and show respect by engaging in acts of prayer and devotion, 2) to take part in a religious service, 3) to love, admire, or respect somebody or something greatly and perhaps excessively or unquestioningly.
Noun: 1) the adoration, devotion , and respect given to a deity, 2) the rites or services through which people show their adoration, devotion, and respect for a deity, 3) great or excessive love, admiration, and respect felt for somebody or something.
1) Exodus 25:31, “You shall make a lampstand of pure gold. Of hammered work shall the lampstand be made, even its base, its shaft, its cups, its buds, and its flowers, shall be of one piece with it.”
2) Numbers 16:38, And let the vessels of those men, who with their lives have made payment for their sin, be hammered out into plates a cover for the altar; for they have been offered before the LORD and are holy; so that they may be a sign to the children of Israel.
3) Judges 4:21, Then Jael, Heber’s wife took a tent peg, and took a hammer in her hand, and went softly to him, and struck the pin into his temples, and it pierced through into the ground; for he was in a deep sleep; so he swooned and died.
4) Judges 5:36, She put her hand to the tent peg, and her right hand to the workmen’s hammer. With the hammer she struck Sisera (the enemy in her camp). She struck through his head. She, she pierced and struck through his temples.
5) Isaiah 41:7, So the carpenter encourages the goldsmith. He who smoothes with the hammer encourages him who strikes the anvil, saying of the soldering, “It is good;” and he fastens it with nails, that it might not totter.
6) Jeremiah 10:4, The deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it not move.
7) Jeremiah 23:29, Isn’t my word like fire? Says YAHWEH; and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
8) Jeremiah 51:20, You are my battle axe and weapons of war: and with you will I break in pieces the nations; and with you I will destroy kingdoms.
9) Micah 4:3, And He will be a judge between great peoples, and strong nations far away will be ruled by his decisions; their swords will be hammered into plough-blades and their spears into vine-knives: nations will no longer be lifting up their swords against one another, and knowledge of war will have gone forever.