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2016 March 24

Four Allegories: Falsehood (or Wisdom) - (c. 1490)
Giovanni Bellini (c. 1430-1516)
Renaissance Style, Venetian School
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice, Italy
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art

     Explanation: In Micah 2 the LORD declares woe upon those who devise evil, steal, oppress, and suppress the prophets. Lamentation will come upon such people; but the LORD will send deliverance to the oppressed in both houses of Israel. [Sermons: Jonathan Edwards. Dominic Smart. William Still. ].
     Today's painting symbolizes the deadly effects of falsehood, which is the subject of verse 11 in today's chapter.

          THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: JOTHAM: 2 Kings 15; 2 Chronicles 26:21-23; 2 Chronicles 27:1-9. AHAZ: 2 Kings 15:38; 2 Kings 16; 2 Kings 17:1; 2 Chronicles 27:9; 2 Chronicles 28. HEZEKIAH: 2 Kings 16:20; 2 Kings 18-20; 2 Chronicles 28:27; 2 Chronicles 29-32. Jeremiah 26:18-19. PEKAH: 2 Kings 15:25-37; 2 Kings 16:1-5; 2 Chronicles 28:6; Isaiah 7:1. HOSHEA: 2 Kings 15:30; 2 Kings 17; 2 Kings 18:1-12. ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]

1. Judgment & Blessing: Cycle 1 (1:1 - 2:13) - 737 - 690 B.C., Israel
2. Judgment & Blessing: Cycle 2 (3:1 - 5:15) - 737 - 690 B.C., Israel
3. Judgment & Blessing: Cycle 3 (6:1 - 7:20) - 737 - 690 B.C., Israel

Micah 2

1. Judgment & Blessing: Cycle 1 (1:1 - 2:13) - 737 - 690 B.C., Israel

A. Judgments on Israel and Judah - (Continued) - (1:1 - 2:11)

     1 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand. 2 And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage. 3 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil. 4 In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled [being spoiled we are spoiled]: he hath changed the portion of my people: how hath he removed it from me! turning away he hath divided our fields. 5 Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the LORD.
     6 Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame. 7 O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly? 8 Even of late my people is risen up as an enemy: ye pull off the robe with the garment from them that pass by securely as men averse from war. 9 The women of my people have ye cast out from their pleasant houses; from their children have ye taken away my glory for ever. 10 Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction. 11 If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.

B. Blessings for Israel and Judah (2:12-13)

     12 I will surely assemble [to assemble I will assemble], O house of Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather [gathering I shall gather] the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men. 13 The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD on the head of them.

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