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2016 April 1

Witches' Sabbath (The Great He-Goat) - (1821-1823)
Francisco de Goya (1746-1828)
Romanticism Style
Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art

     Explanation: In Nahum 3, Nineveh, the capitol city of Assyria, is called "the mistress of witchcrafts" (v. 4). She is "the wellfavoured harlot" (v. 5). And her ability in war is spectacular (vs. 1-3). And by these means - conquest and seduction - she gets power over other nations. But the LORD will expose her, defile her, and make her vile to everyone. Her children will be destroyed; her honorable men will go into captivity; she will fall to her enemies like ripe figs into the mouth of the eaters. They will be devoured by the fire, the sword, and the cankerworm. There is no healing for them. [Sermons: J V Fesko. C H Spurgeon. ].
     Today's painting depicts the theme of witchcraft in today's chapter. It shows the intimidation used against a gullible and servile audience. Similar critiques of the practice are found in today's chapter.

          THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Manasseh (695-642 B.C.): 2 Kings 20:21; 2 Kings 21; 2 Kings 23:12, 36; 2 Kings 24:3; 2 Chronicles 32:33; 2 Chronicles 33. Other Passages: 2 Kings 18:22; 2 Kings 19:6-7; 2 Kings 19:14-15; 2 Kings 19:19; 2 Kings 19:22-23; 2 Kings 19:27-28; 2 Kings 19:31-33; 2 Chronicles 28:1-27; 2 Chronicles 32:7-8; Isaiah 7:9; Isaiah 8:8; Isaiah 10:23; Isaiah 20:1-6; Isaiah 21:3; Isaiah 24:1; Isaiah 37:38; Isaiah 52:7. ]

          [ 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. ]

Nahum 3

2. The Lord Tells Nineveh of its Destruction & of Israel's Blessing - (Continued) - (2:1 - 3:19) - 650 B.C., Israel

     1 Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth not; 2 The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the pransing horses, and of the jumping chariots. 3 The horseman lifteth up both the bright sword and the glittering spear: and there is a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcases; and there is none end of their corpses; they stumble upon their corpses: 4 Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts.
     5 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame. 6 And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazingstock. 7 And it shall come to pass, that all they that look upon thee shall flee from thee, and say, Nineveh is laid waste: who will bemoan her? whence shall I seek comforters for thee?
     8 Art thou better than populous No, that was situate among the rivers, that had the waters round about it, whose rampart was the sea, and her wall was from the sea? 9 Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite [no end]; Put and Lubim were thy helpers.
     10 Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity: her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets: and they cast lots for her honourable men, and all her great men were bound in chains. 11 Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy. 12 All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater. 13 Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are women: the gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars.
     14 Draw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy strong holds: go into clay, and tread the morter, make strong the brickkiln. 15 There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off, it shall eat thee up like the cankerworm: make thyself many as the cankerworm, make thyself many as the locusts. 16 Thou hast multiplied thy merchants above the stars of heaven: the cankerworm spoileth, and flieth away.
     17 Thy crowned are as the locusts, and thy captains as the great grasshoppers, which camp in the hedges in the cold day, but when the sun ariseth they flee away, and their place is not known where they are.
     18 Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell in the dust: thy people is scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth them. 19 There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?

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