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2016 March 25

The Flaying of Sisamnes: The Right Panel of The Judgment of [by] Cambyses [II] - (1498)
Gerard David (c. 1450/1460-1523)
Northern Renaissance Style; Early Netherlandish Art
Groeninge Museum, Bruges, Belgium
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art

     Explanation: In Micah 3 the prophet denounces the sins of the princes, the prophets, and the priests. They are corrupt, cruel, and God has forsaken them. Figuratively, they flay the skin off the people and eat their flesh. The process of flaying is illustrated above by the flaying of Sisamnes. And, as judgment came upon the corrupt judge Sisamnes, so judgment would come upon Israel's corrupt officials, and Jerusalem and its Temple would be destroyed. This destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple is a central emphasis in the prophets. Concerning this fact, Adam Clarke makes the following observation: "As the Masoretes, in their division of the Bible, reckon the twelve minor prophets but as one book, they mark this verse (Micah 3:12) - [the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple] - the Middle verse of these prophets."[Sermons: Dominic Smart. William Still. ].
     Today's painting depicts judgment by flaying on a corrupt judge. Likewise, in today's chapter, God promised to judge the corrupt judges in Israel who (figuratively) flayed and destroyed his people.

          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 3

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

A. Judgments on the Leaders of Israel and Judah (3:1-12)

     1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment? 2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones; 3 Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.
     4 Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.
     5 Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him. 6 Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them. 7 Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God. 8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.
     9 Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity. 10 They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity. 11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us. 12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.

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