Many of us have heard and even sang Kumbaya at some point in our lives, but most people aren't aware of the origin of the song or the meaning of the words. When I was in elementary school, we were told that it meant "come by here", and that's what myself and many others have believed for a long time.
Did you know that that Kumbaya (Kum-ba-yah) is a Hebrew sentence?
Did you know that it was sang in Gullah, which is a Hebrew word?
The History of Kumbaya (Kum-Ba-Yah)
According to history, the song was first recorded in the early 1920s. However, it is believed to have originated with Southern Slaves in the Gullah language. Gullah is a language that was spoken by slaves that inhabited North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
There are several places in scripture that mention Israel receiving a new name that God is going to give them, but what's so special about a name change? On the surface a name change seems to have very little significance, but as we dig into this subject, we'll see that the name change is in response to hundreds of years of being a "byword" among the nations.
What Is A Byword?
Let's start by looking at a few verses that reference Hebrews becoming a byword among the nations where they were driven.
"And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee." - Deuteronomy 28:37
"Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out ...
Pre-Slavery ChristianityIt Was Never The White Man's Religion
Did you know that African languages are specifically named as languages spoken on the day of Pentecost? Did you know that Ethiopia declared Christianity the national religion 59 years before Rome? Did you know that the oldest Christian church was founded in Egypt 17 years before Ethiopia declared it the national religion?