Destroy all their Pictures.

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Num 33:52


It is interesting that they had to destroy their “pictures”, what were they? were they pictures as we know them?

In this regard there is no record of any drawing, or art in Israel.

The word used for pictures = 04906 – maskiyth only occurs on six occasions, it means a figure, or image or idol. or imagination.

So firstly it probably related to carved work or drawings representing false Gods.

AS in:

1] Lev 26:1 – neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land.

2] Num 33:52 – Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures,

But we can also set up pictures or images in our mind.

The other 4 usages of the word seem to relate to this.

3] Psa 73:7 – Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish. [ imagine or picture]

ROTH = Their iniquity, hath proceeded from fatness, They have surpassed the imaginations of the heart;

4] Pro 18:11 – The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.

ROTH = The substance of a rich man, is his strong city, and like a high wall, in his imagination.

5] Pro 25:11 – A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

ROTH = Golden fruit in figured silver baskets, is a word spoken on fitting occasion.

LITV = Apples of gold in imagery of silver, Is the word spoken at its fit times.

Thus a fitly spoken word is like the gold of a tried faith & silver is the symbol of redemption.

“faith cometh by hearing,? & hearing by the word of God”

6] Eze 8:12 – every man in the chambers of his imagery?

ROTH = every man in his image??chambers?

Thus it can relate to physical carved work, or drawings or paintings of false Gods, & also of the “imagination of a mans heart”.

This idea of setting up imaginations in the heart was a problem before the flood.

Gen 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

We our surrounded by slick advertising to influence our minds, so let us remember that all thoughts, & imaginations in our heart must be pure if we would inherit the Kingdom.


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