Monday, March 3, 2014

Song Review - Size 8 - Mateke

This is my first song review on this blog.

However, I am not here to comment on the musical aspects of the song! Neither the instrumentation nor the vocal delivery are the targets of my opinion here. Rather, let us dwell upon the message of this highly acclaimed gospel track, "Mateke," by Size 8.

Admittedly the song is not the latest Kenyan gospel music release. Even so, certain things about its message stir up certain concerns in me, which I presently expound on. Isolating and dissecting the chorus will do it for now.

"Yesu amempa Shetani mateke, Sababu ya mateke mimi niko huru."
Translation: "Jesus has kicked Satan, consequently, I am free."

I have only one question: who "kicked" the other?

The use of violence is not Christlike, hence His title Prince of Peace. Jesus Christ defeated Satan, but it was not in a cage match. The victory over sin and death (and Satan) that Jesus won did not rely on strong-arm tactics, His weapons were love and righteousness. In fact, Satan is the one who hoped he would win the war by mocking, spitting on, whipping, striking, and eventually crucifying Jesus via his human agents (Roman soldiers, who represented all the rest of mankind). I presume some kicking was involved, but specific mention of kicking does not appear in Scripture. From the gospel of John, chapter 19: 

Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged Him. 
And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe, And said, "Hail, King of the Jews!" and they smote Him with their hands....
(v16) Then [Pilate] delivered Him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led Him away.
Jesus was capable of  kicking and/or otherwise assaulting Satan (and his agents) to end the contest if it had come to violence, that is beyond doubt. However, He chose not to. One certain choir's song comes to mind.
"He could have called ten thousand angels
to destroy the world and set Him free,
He could have called ten thousand angels
but He died alone, for you and me."
Now some might argue,  claiming the kicks Size 8 alludes to were metaphoric. But one now-famous action-packed performance of hers pretty much precluded that possibility.
image from (with apologies to readers)
The humility of Jesus - the sinless Son of GOD - in willingly giving His own life as a sacrifice for mankind, runs in contrast to the typecast renegade good guy who "breaks the law to preserve the law." Jesus Christ and Jack Bauer are two very different principles. One gets a power guitar ad-lib, the Other gets crowned King of Kings. Why?
Isaiah 53:5
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.
Revelation 5:11-12
And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.

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