Remember back when He-Man was one of the most popular superheroes? Seemed like he could do anything. And the little boys (and some little girls) of the world wanted to be just like him.
But did you know that there was another He-Man a LONG time before the cartoon character and that Heman was real – he just didn’t bother hyphenating his name.
Yes, back when Solomon was building the temple, Heman’s name pops up quite a bit because Heman and his family were appointed musicians. The Heman family band … I think that’s cool.
These are the men who served and their sons. Of the sons of the Kohathites: Heman the singer the son of Joel, son of Samuel (I Chronicles 6:33)
We know what instruments they played.
The singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were to sound bronze cymbals (1 Chronicles 15:19)
Heman and Jeduthun had trumpets and cymbals for the music and instruments for sacred song. (1 Chronicles 16:42)
We know what they sang about.
With them were Heman and Jeduthun and the rest of those chosen and expressly named to give thanks to the Lord, for His steadfast love endures forever. (I Chronicles 16:41)
Now there are a couple verses that make it sound as if his daughters played too, but since women didn’t have positions in the temple – probably not – just the way the verse is written,
All these were the sons of Heman the king’s seer, according to the promise of God to exalt him, for God had given Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.They were all under the direction of their father in the music in the house of the Lord with cymbals, harps, and lyres for the service of the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman were under the order of the king. (I Chronicles 25:5-6)
Can’t you just imagine Mrs. Heman calling to her husband and sons, “Breakfast is ready. You need to get going to get to worship team practice on time!”
I always liked Mr. Hemen and his family band …. Another Bible character to enjoy.
Now for a funny story.
Once we were using a description of the Heman family in something we were doing for kids. We decided that instead of just doing the same ‘ole illustration, we would make it be poster advertising the Heman Family Band concert. We had recommendations from King Solomon himself, we had it take place in an ancient structure, we said the price was so many shekels.
Well, some pastor got very upset that we were promoting a concert without the parents knowledge or giving the pastor/parents time to hear the music! Nothing about that “ad” said contemporary (and no one else had misinterpreted it) and we had no idea how to respond.