Is Dance Scriptural?
Dancing before the Lord was and is a significant part of temple worship before Yeshua came and after. The following scriptures are a few examples of biblical dancing! Exodus 15:20 " Also Miryam the prophet, sister of Aharon, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines, dancing," The book of Judges shows us harvest dances, Judges 21:21 "And keep watch. If the girls of Shiloh come out to do their dances, then come out of the vineyards, and each of you catch for himself a wife from the Shiloh girls, and go on to the land of Benjamin". I Samuel 21:11 shows us the people of Israel dancing in celebration of David "The servants of Akhish said to him," Isn't this David, king of the land? Weren't they dancing and singing to each other, 'Saul has killed his thousands, but David his ten thousands'?" Then we see King David himself danced with all his might before the Ark of the Covenant II Samuel 6:14 "Then David danced and spun around with abandon before Adonai, wearing a linen ritual vest". Jeremiah speaks of the restoration and return of the Israelites to Israel (which is physically happening as you read this very article) which will bring about dancing and Psalms speak of mourning turning into dancing! Jeremiah 31:4 "Once again, I will build you; you will be rebuilt, virgin Israel. Once again, equipped with your tambourines, you will go out and dance with the merrymakers". Jeremiah 31:13"Then the virgin will dance for joy, young men and old men together for I will turn their mourning into joy, comfort and gladden them after sorrow." Psalm 150:4 "Praise Him with tambourines and dancing! . . . ! and Psalm 30:11 "You turned my mourning into dancing! You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy" The Zion's Sake dancers are a “One New Man” (Ephesians 2:15) Messianic Jewish Dance Team. Led by Rabbitzin Barb Carlson, they are dedicated to restoring Jewish and Davidic Dance. Many of their dances consist of the "circle dance" which represents unity. It is also a traditional Judaic belief that demonic forces cannot penetrate a circle. They dance before the Lord, sowing praise and worship unto the God of Israel! We believe in simple and traditional congregational dance where all believers in Yeshua participate in the dance, together in joy! The Zion's Sake Dancers have ministered internationally in St. Petersburg, Russia for Shavuot, May 2002!