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    July 5, 2015

    ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON

    NO REST FOR THE WICKED

    MINISTRY INVOCATION

    O God: We give thanks to You for the manifold blessings to us. You did not

    have to bless us but You did. We shall remain eternally grateful. Amen.

    WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW AND UNDERSTAND

    Micah prophesied that God would give no rest to those who practice evil

    against the faithful.

    THE APPLIED FULL GOSPEL DISTINCTIVE

    We believe in the indwelling of the Holy Ghost for all believers and that the

    Holy Ghost verifies and validates the Believer as part of the Body of Christ.

    TEXT:

    Background Scripture Micah 2

    Key Verse Micah 2:7

    Lesson Scripture Micah 2:4-11 (NKJV) 4 In that day one shall take up a proverb against you,

    And lament with a bitter lamentation, saying:

    We are utterly destroyed!

    He has changed the heritage of my people;

    How He has removed it from me!

    To a turncoat He has divided our fields.

    5 Therefore you will have no one to determine boundaries by lot

    In the assembly of the LORD.

    6 Do not prattle, you say to those who prophesy.

    So they shall not prophesy to you;

    They shall not return insult for insult. 7 You who are named the house of Jacob:

    Is the Spirit of the LORD restricted?

    Are these His doings?

    Do not My words do good

    To him who walks uprightly?

    8 Lately My people have risen up as an enemy

    You pull off the robe with the garment

    From those who trust you, as they pass by,

    Like men returned from war. 9 The women of My people you cast out

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    From their pleasant houses;

    From their children

    You have taken away My glory forever.

    10 Arise and depart,

    For this is not your rest;

    Because it is defiled, it shall destroy,

    Yes, with utter destruction. 11

    If a man should walk in a false spirit

    And speak a lie, saying,

    I will prophesy to you of wine and drink,

    Even he would be the prattler of this people.

    COMMENTARY

    Verse 4.In that day. The evil time mentioned in verse 3. A parable probably

    a taunting song. The enemy shall use the words in which Israel laments her

    calamity as a taunt against her. And lament with a doleful lamentation. The

    words mean, Lament with the lamentation; It is done, they shall say; we are

    utterly spoiled. The lamentation begins with It is done, and continues to the

    end of the verse. It is plain that the Jews shall utter the given dirge, which in turn

    shall be repeated as a taunt by the enemy. We are utterly spoiled. According to

    the second of the explanations of the preceding clause, these words expand and

    define the despairing cry, It is done! The complaint is twofold. First, the once

    flourishing condition of Israel is changed to ruin and desolation. Secondly, He

    hath changed (changeth) the portion of my people. This is the second calamity:

    he, Jehovah, passes our inheritance over to the hands of others; the land of

    Canaan, pledged to us, is transferred to our enemies. How hath he removed it

    [the portion] from me? Turning away he hath divided our fields; rather, to an

    apostate he divideth our fields. The apostate is the King of Assyria or Chaldea; and

    he is so named as being a rebel against Jehovah, whom he might have known by

    the light of natural religion. This was fulfilled later by the colonization of

    Samaria by a mixed population.

    Verse 5.Therefore thou. Because thou, the tyrannical, oppressive grandee

    hast dealt with thy neighbors land unjustly, therefore thou shalt have none that

    shall cast a cord (the line) by lot (for a lot); i.e. thou shalt have no more inheritance

    in Israel. The line is the measuring-line used in dividing land, as Amos 7:17.

    The reference is to the original distribution of the land by lot in Joshuas time. In

    the congregation of the Lord. The Lords own people, whose polity was now

    about to be dissolved. suppose that this verse contains a threat against Micah

    himself on the part of the ungodly Jews, intimating that they will punish him for

    presuming to prophesy against them, and that he shall die

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    Verse 6.Prophesy ye not; literally, drop ye not, as Amos 7:16. The speakers

    are generally supposed to be the false prophets who wish to stop the mouths of

    Micah and those who are like-minded with him. This is probably correct; but

    these are not the only speakers; the people themselves, the oppressing grandees,

    who side with the popularity-hunting seers, are also included. Say they to them

    that prophesy; rather, thus they prophesy (drop). Micah uses their own word

    sarcastically, Do not be always rebuking; Thus they rebuke. They shall not

    prophesy of these things; reproaches never cease. The great men and the false

    prophets complain of the true prophets that they are always proclaiming

    misfortune and rebuking the people, and they bid them leave such denunciations

    alone for the future.

    Verse 7.The prophet answers the interdict of the speakers in the preceding

    verse by showing that Gods attributes are unchanged, but that the sins of the

    people constrain him to punish. O thou that art named the house of Jacob. We

    must consider that Micah addresses those who gloried in their privilege as the

    family of Jacob, though they had ceased to be what he was, believing and

    obedient. O ye who are only in name and title the chosen nation. Shall it be

    said, O house of Jacob, Is the ear of the Lord shortened? etc. Should Jehovah be

    impatient (as these threats declare him to be)? or were these his doings? The

    following clause is Jehovahs answer to the objection. Is the Spirit of the Lord

    straitened? or, shortened. Is He less long-suffering than Jehovah of heretofore?

    Will you accuse Jehovah of impatience? Are these his doings? Are these

    judgments and chastisements His usual doingsthat which He delights in? Is

    the cause of them in Him? Is it not in you? Do not my words do good, etc.? This

    may be Jehovahs answer to the previous questions, or Micahs refutation of the

    complaint. The Lords word is good, His action is a blessing, but only to him who

    does His commandments.

    Verse 8.Even of late; but of late; literally, yesterday, implying an action recent

    and repeated. The prophet exemplifies the iniquity which has led God to punish.

    They are not old offences, which the Lord is visiting, but sins of recent and daily

    occurrence. My people is risen up as an enemy. They set up my people as an

    enemy, i.e. the grandees treat the Lords people as enemies, robbing and

    plundering them. This translation obviates the difficulty of referring the words,

    my people, in this verse to the oppressor, and in verse 7 to the oppressed.

    According to the usual view, and retaining the authorized rendering, the

    meaning is that the princes exhibit themselves as enemies of the Lord by their

    acts of violence and oppression, which the prophet proceeds to particularize.

    My people withstood as an enemy. Ye pull off the robe with the garment; ye

    violently strip off the robe away from the garment. The robe is the wide cloak, the

    mantle sufficient to wrap the whole person, and which was often of very costly

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    material. The garment is the principal inner garment, or tunic. There may be an

    allusion to the enactment which forbade a creditor retaining the pledged

    garment during the night Against his peace they stripped off his skin. From

    them that pass by securely as men averse from war. This is probably the correct

    translation. The grandees rob those who are peaceably disposed, perhaps strip

    their debtors of their cloaks as they pass quietly along the road. Ye treat them as

    if they were prisoners of war. These treated the refugees harshly.

    Verse 9The women of my people. The prophet refers to the widows, who

    ought to have been protected and cared for. Have ye cast out. The word

    expresses a violent expulsion. Their pleasant houses; literally, the house of their

    delights. The house which was very dear to them, the scene of all their joys. My

    glory. All the privileges which they enjoyed as Gods people and His peculiar

    care are called the ornament of the Lord. The glory is by some

    commentators, but not so appositely, referred to vesture exclusively. These

    fatherless children had been ruthlessly stripped of their blessings, either by being

    forced to grow up in want and ignorance, or by being sold into slavery and

    carried away from their old religious associations. Forever. The oppressors never

    repented or tried to make restitution; and so they incurred the special woe of

    those who injure the poor, the fatherless, and the widow. They were rejected

    because of their evil practices.

    Verse 10.Arise ye, and depart. The prophet pronounces the oppressors

    punishmentthey shall be banished from their land, even as they have torn

    others from their home. This is not your rest. Canaan had been given as a

    resting-place to Israel, but it should be so no longer. Because it is polluted. The

    land is regarded as polluted by the sins of its inhabitants. It shall destroy you,

    even with a sore destruction. The land is said to destroy when it ejects its

    inhabitants, as though the inanimate creation rose in judgment against the

    sinners.

    Verse 11.Such prophets as speak unwelcome truths are not popular with

    the grandees; they like only those who pander to their vices and prophesy lies.

    This was their crowning sin. If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie.

    If a man walking after (conversant with) the wind and falsehood do lie. Wind is

    symbolical of add that is vain and worthless. These are the words of a false

    prophet. Prophesy, drop. Of wine and of strong drink. Concerning

    temporal blessings, dwelling on Gods promises of material prosperity in order

    to encourage the grandees in self-indulgence. He shall even be the prophet of

    this people. Such a one is the only prophet to whom the great men, the

    representatives of this people will listen.

    RELATED DISCUSSION TOPICS

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    CLOSING PRAYER

    My God: I am grateful to have found You and kept You in the forefront of my

    being. Bless us continually with Your grace and mercy. They represent

    bountiful blessings for all of us. Amen.

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