Ethan who? Ethan the Ezrahite, that’s who! He was quite a big shot in his day, but he didn’t toot his own horn. However, he could be heard sounding a mean cymbal. And it goes without saying he was a chief choirmaster where everybody who’s anybody went to worship.
In addition, he was renowned for his singing and composing. One of his songs even got published in the best-selling book of all time.
Besides being an acclaimed musician, Ethan was the wisest man ever. That is, until he was eclipsed by Solomon when he became king and God gifted him with being “wiser than anyone else, including Ethan the Ezrahite” (1 Kings 4:31 NIV).
Another strong Biblical personality was overshadowed by a newcomer on the scene. John the Baptist didn’t have a problem slipping to second place, however, saying of Jesus, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30 ESV). This itinerant preacher wisely accepted the waning of his role to prepare people’s hearts for the impending Messiah.
As the son of a priest, John the Baptist would have been familiar with the song Ethan had composed hundreds of years before his birth. No doubt he was aware of stanza six, in which Ethan the Ezrahite sang of the spiritual kingdom of the future Messiah–Jesus Christ, the Son of David, father of Solomon:
For I have sworn to David (and a holy God can never lie) that his dynasty will go on forever, and his throne will continue to the end of time. It shall be eternal as the moon, my faithful witness in the sky! (Psalm 89:36-37 TLB).