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2018 July 17
Demolition of L'Eglise des Saints Innocents, Paris (c. 1787)
Pierre-Antoine de Machy (1723-1807)
Baroque Style; Trompe-l'oeil Technique
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art
[ Illustration: A state of affairs in which the wicked prosper and the righteous suffer is symbolized by today's painting which depicts the destruction of a church to make way for a marketplace. In addition, there is an irony in the title of the painting, which, translated is, "The Church of the Holy Innocents." ]
[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]
Explanation: In Psalm 73, Asaph confesses his envy of the wicked and shows how he recovered spiritually. In Asaph's day holy things were disrespected and righteous people were afflicted; but wicked people prospered.
Asaph states his "thesis sentence" at the beginning of the Psalm. He says that God is good to those who have a clean heart (1).
However, before he arrived at that conclusion, he went through a spiritual struggle, which he recounts in the Psalm. He said that, spiritually, his feet had almost slipped because he was envious at the prosperity of the wicked. Instead of being judged by God, they were prosperous; their deaths were peaceful; their strength endured; they were not troubled and plagued like other men; they were covered with pride; they were violent; they are fat; they had more than they could wish for; they were corrupt, wicked, and boastful (2-9).
Therefore their supporters return to them (constantly) because they find no fault in them. They think that God does not know about them. They are always at ease; and they increase their riches (10-12).
These facts made Asaph feel like he had cleansed his heart and his hands in vain. He was stricken and rebuked daily. He was afraid to say these things because he did not want to betray God's children (13-15).
Nevertheless, the pain of trying to understand his plight was wearisome to him until he went to the sanctuary and discerned their end. He then realized that God had put them in slippery places; and he makes them to fall into ruin. They are destroyed and swept away by terror in a moment. God will despise them as if they were a dream (16-20).
When Asaph's soul was embittered he was pained in his heart. He was brutish and ignorant, like a beast. Nevertheless, he was still in God's care; and God held his right hand. God will guide him with his counsel; and afterward he will receive him to glory. He has no one in heaven but God; and he desires nothing on earth besides God (21-25).
Asaph's flesh and heart may fail, but God is his strength and portion forever. Those who are far from God will perish; and God puts to an end everyone who is unfaithful to him. Asaph says, in conclusion, that it is good to be near God; and he has made the Lord God his refuge, so that he may tell others of his works (26-28).
[ Sermons: Stuart Olyott. Richard Phillips. Various. ]
Bible Chronologies -- Genesis to Revelation
[Traditional Patriarchal Chronology. Judges Period Chronology 1. Judges Period Chronology 2. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].
[Intertestamental Period Chronology 1. Intertestamental Period Chronology 2. Intertestamental Period Chronology 3.
Intertestamental Period Chronology 4. Intertestamental Period Chronology 5.]
[New Testament Chronology 1. New Testament Chronology 2. New Testament Chronology 3. New Testament Chronology 4. New Testament Chronology 5.]
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[ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Psalm 73: WISDOM PSALMS. Psalm 1. Psalm 10. Psalm 12. Psalm 15. Psalm 19. Psalm 32. Psalm 34. Psalm 36. Psalm 37. Psalm 49. Psalm 50. Psalm 52. Psalm 53. Psalm 73. Psalm 78. Psalm 82. Psalm 91. Psalm 92. Psalm 94. Psalm 111. Psalm 112. Psalm 119. Psalm 127. Psalm 128. Psalm 133. Psalm 139. ]
 Psalm 62:2.
 Isaiah 58:6; Deuteronomy 32:15.
 Song of Solomon 1:10.
 Jeremiah 22:17; Song of Solomon 4:9.
 Psalm 78:5; Proverbs 16:9.
-- From Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers ]
[ 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: Psalm 73 - #1. Psalm 73 - #2. Psalm 73 - #3. Psalm 73 - #4. Psalm 73 - #5. Psalm 73 - #6. Psalm 73 - #7. Psalm 73 - #8. Psalm 73 - #9. Psalm 73 - #10. 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. ]
HARMONY OF THE LAW
Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible
Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)
HEBREW AND GREEK INTERLINEAR BIBLES
Psalm Detailed Outline
(SONGS FOR COVENANT WORSHIP)
Deliverance from Sinners and from Sin
Nearly all the Psalms (except Psalm 90) were written during the 612 year period
from the time of David around 1016 B. C. to the close of the Canon in about 404 B. C.
Psalm 90, according to its superscription, was written by Moses; this may have been around 1406 B. C.
BOOK THREE OF FIVE:
1002 - 404 B.C. Israel
God is the Protector of Israel
It is foolish to envy the wicked because God will destroy them.
Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Post Exile Chronology.
2 But as for me,
my feet were almost gone;
my steps had well nigh slipped.
3 For I was envious at the foolish,
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 For there are no bands in their death:
but their strength is firm.
5 They are not in trouble as other men;
neither are they plagued like other men.
6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain;
violence coverth them as a garment.
7 Their eyes stand out with fatness:
they have more than heart could wish.
8 They are corrupt,
and speak wickedly concerning oppression:
they speak loftily.
9 They set their mouth against the heavens,
and their tongue walketh through the earth.
10 Therefore his people return hither:
and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.
11 And they say, How doth God know?
and is there knowledge in the most High?
12 Behold, these are the ungodly,
who prosper in the world;
they increase in riches.
13 Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain,
and washed my hands in innocency.
14 For all the day long have I been plagued,
and chastened every morning.
15 If I say, I will speak thus;
behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.
16 When I thought to know this,
it was too painful for me [in my eyes];
17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God;
then understood I their end.
18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places:
thou castedst them down into destruction.
19 How are they bought into desolation,
as in a moment!
they are utterly consumed [they are terminated, they are destroyed]
20 As a dream when one awaketh;
so, O Lord, when thou awakest,
thou shalt despise their image.
21 Thus my heart was grieved,
and I was pricked in my reins.
22 So foolish was I,
and ignorant [and not I am Knowing]:
I was as a beast before thee.
23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee:
thou hast holden me by my right hand.
24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel,
and afterward receive me to glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but thee?
and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
26 My flesh and my heart faileth:
but God is the strength of my heart,
and my portion for ever.
27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish:
thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.
28 But it is good for me to draw near to God:
I have put my trust in the Lord GOD,
that I may declare all thy works.
* NOTE: On Opening and Closing Comments in the Psalms.
[Some commentators take the Psalm in Habakkuk 3 to be a standard model for the Psalms.
Habakkuk's Psalm begins with the name of the composer (Habakkuk) and a musical notation ("upon Shigionoth").
It closes with a dedication or a "send to" notice ("To the chief singer on my stringed instruments").
I have arranged similar material, where it is found in the Psalter, in accord with the model in Habakkuk.]
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