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<ul><li><p>1 </p><p>July 5, 2015 </p><p>ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON </p><p>NO REST FOR THE WICKED </p><p>MINISTRY INVOCATION </p><p>O God: We give thanks to You for the manifold blessings to us. You did not </p><p>have to bless us but You did. We shall remain eternally grateful. Amen. </p><p>WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW AND UNDERSTAND </p><p>Micah prophesied that God would give no rest to those who practice evil </p><p>against the faithful. </p><p>THE APPLIED FULL GOSPEL DISTINCTIVE </p><p>We believe in the indwelling of the Holy Ghost for all believers and that the </p><p>Holy Ghost verifies and validates the Believer as part of the Body of Christ. </p><p>TEXT: </p><p>Background Scripture Micah 2 </p><p>Key Verse Micah 2:7 </p><p>Lesson Scripture Micah 2:4-11 (NKJV) 4 In that day one shall take up a proverb against you, </p><p>And lament with a bitter lamentation, saying: </p><p>We are utterly destroyed! </p><p>He has changed the heritage of my people; </p><p>How He has removed it from me! </p><p>To a turncoat He has divided our fields. </p><p>5 Therefore you will have no one to determine boundaries by lot </p><p>In the assembly of the LORD. </p><p>6 Do not prattle, you say to those who prophesy. </p><p>So they shall not prophesy to you; </p><p>They shall not return insult for insult. 7 You who are named the house of Jacob: </p><p>Is the Spirit of the LORD restricted? </p><p>Are these His doings? </p><p>Do not My words do good </p><p>To him who walks uprightly? </p><p>8 Lately My people have risen up as an enemy </p><p>You pull off the robe with the garment </p><p>From those who trust you, as they pass by, </p><p>Like men returned from war. 9 The women of My people you cast out </p></li><li><p>2 </p><p>From their pleasant houses; </p><p>From their children </p><p>You have taken away My glory forever. </p><p>10 Arise and depart, </p><p>For this is not your rest; </p><p>Because it is defiled, it shall destroy, </p><p>Yes, with utter destruction. 11</p><p> If a man should walk in a false spirit </p><p>And speak a lie, saying, </p><p>I will prophesy to you of wine and drink, </p><p>Even he would be the prattler of this people. </p><p>COMMENTARY </p><p>Verse 4.In that day. The evil time mentioned in verse 3. A parable probably </p><p>a taunting song. The enemy shall use the words in which Israel laments her </p><p>calamity as a taunt against her. And lament with a doleful lamentation. The </p><p>words mean, Lament with the lamentation; It is done, they shall say; we are </p><p>utterly spoiled. The lamentation begins with It is done, and continues to the </p><p>end of the verse. It is plain that the Jews shall utter the given dirge, which in turn </p><p>shall be repeated as a taunt by the enemy. We are utterly spoiled. According to </p><p>the second of the explanations of the preceding clause, these words expand and </p><p>define the despairing cry, It is done! The complaint is twofold. First, the once </p><p>flourishing condition of Israel is changed to ruin and desolation. Secondly, He </p><p>hath changed (changeth) the portion of my people. This is the second calamity: </p><p>he, Jehovah, passes our inheritance over to the hands of others; the land of </p><p>Canaan, pledged to us, is transferred to our enemies. How hath he removed it </p><p>[the portion] from me? Turning away he hath divided our fields; rather, to an </p><p>apostate he divideth our fields. The apostate is the King of Assyria or Chaldea; and </p><p>he is so named as being a rebel against Jehovah, whom he might have known by </p><p>the light of natural religion. This was fulfilled later by the colonization of </p><p>Samaria by a mixed population. </p><p>Verse 5.Therefore thou. Because thou, the tyrannical, oppressive grandee </p><p>hast dealt with thy neighbors land unjustly, therefore thou shalt have none that </p><p>shall cast a cord (the line) by lot (for a lot); i.e. thou shalt have no more inheritance </p><p>in Israel. The line is the measuring-line used in dividing land, as Amos 7:17. </p><p>The reference is to the original distribution of the land by lot in Joshuas time. In </p><p>the congregation of the Lord. The Lords own people, whose polity was now </p><p>about to be dissolved. suppose that this verse contains a threat against Micah </p><p>himself on the part of the ungodly Jews, intimating that they will punish him for </p><p>presuming to prophesy against them, and that he shall die </p></li><li><p>3 </p><p>Verse 6.Prophesy ye not; literally, drop ye not, as Amos 7:16. The speakers </p><p>are generally supposed to be the false prophets who wish to stop the mouths of </p><p>Micah and those who are like-minded with him. This is probably correct; but </p><p>these are not the only speakers; the people themselves, the oppressing grandees, </p><p>who side with the popularity-hunting seers, are also included. Say they to them </p><p>that prophesy; rather, thus they prophesy (drop). Micah uses their own word </p><p>sarcastically, Do not be always rebuking; Thus they rebuke. They shall not </p><p>prophesy of these things; reproaches never cease. The great men and the false </p><p>prophets complain of the true prophets that they are always proclaiming </p><p>misfortune and rebuking the people, and they bid them leave such denunciations </p><p>alone for the future. </p><p>Verse 7.The prophet answers the interdict of the speakers in the preceding </p><p>verse by showing that Gods attributes are unchanged, but that the sins of the </p><p>people constrain him to punish. O thou that art named the house of Jacob. We </p><p>must consider that Micah addresses those who gloried in their privilege as the </p><p>family of Jacob, though they had ceased to be what he was, believing and </p><p>obedient. O ye who are only in name and title the chosen nation. Shall it be </p><p>said, O house of Jacob, Is the ear of the Lord shortened? etc. Should Jehovah be </p><p>impatient (as these threats declare him to be)? or were these his doings? The </p><p>following clause is Jehovahs answer to the objection. Is the Spirit of the Lord </p><p>straitened? or, shortened. Is He less long-suffering than Jehovah of heretofore? </p><p>Will you accuse Jehovah of impatience? Are these his doings? Are these </p><p>judgments and chastisements His usual doingsthat which He delights in? Is </p><p>the cause of them in Him? Is it not in you? Do not my words do good, etc.? This </p><p>may be Jehovahs answer to the previous questions, or Micahs refutation of the </p><p>complaint. The Lords word is good, His action is a blessing, but only to him who </p><p>does His commandments. </p><p>Verse 8.Even of late; but of late; literally, yesterday, implying an action recent </p><p>and repeated. The prophet exemplifies the iniquity which has led God to punish. </p><p>They are not old offences, which the Lord is visiting, but sins of recent and daily </p><p>occurrence. My people is risen up as an enemy. They set up my people as an </p><p>enemy, i.e. the grandees treat the Lords people as enemies, robbing and </p><p>plundering them. This translation obviates the difficulty of referring the words, </p><p>my people, in this verse to the oppressor, and in verse 7 to the oppressed. </p><p>According to the usual view, and retaining the authorized rendering, the </p><p>meaning is that the princes exhibit themselves as enemies of the Lord by their </p><p>acts of violence and oppression, which the prophet proceeds to particularize. </p><p>My people withstood as an enemy. Ye pull off the robe with the garment; ye </p><p>violently strip off the robe away from the garment. The robe is the wide cloak, the </p><p>mantle sufficient to wrap the whole person, and which was often of very costly </p></li><li><p>4 </p><p>material. The garment is the principal inner garment, or tunic. There may be an </p><p>allusion to the enactment which forbade a creditor retaining the pledged </p><p>garment during the night Against his peace they stripped off his skin. From </p><p>them that pass by securely as men averse from war. This is probably the correct </p><p>translation. The grandees rob those who are peaceably disposed, perhaps strip </p><p>their debtors of their cloaks as they pass quietly along the road. Ye treat them as </p><p>if they were prisoners of war. These treated the refugees harshly. </p><p>Verse 9The women of my people. The prophet refers to the widows, who </p><p>ought to have been protected and cared for. Have ye cast out. The word </p><p>expresses a violent expulsion. Their pleasant houses; literally, the house of their </p><p>delights. The house which was very dear to them, the scene of all their joys. My </p><p>glory. All the privileges which they enjoyed as Gods people and His peculiar </p><p>care are called the ornament of the Lord. The glory is by some </p><p>commentators, but not so appositely, referred to vesture exclusively. These </p><p>fatherless children had been ruthlessly stripped of their blessings, either by being </p><p>forced to grow up in want and ignorance, or by being sold into slavery and </p><p>carried away from their old religious associations. Forever. The oppressors never </p><p>repented or tried to make restitution; and so they incurred the special woe of </p><p>those who injure the poor, the fatherless, and the widow. They were rejected </p><p>because of their evil practices. </p><p>Verse 10.Arise ye, and depart. The prophet pronounces the oppressors </p><p>punishmentthey shall be banished from their land, even as they have torn </p><p>others from their home. This is not your rest. Canaan had been given as a </p><p>resting-place to Israel, but it should be so no longer. Because it is polluted. The </p><p>land is regarded as polluted by the sins of its inhabitants. It shall destroy you, </p><p>even with a sore destruction. The land is said to destroy when it ejects its </p><p>inhabitants, as though the inanimate creation rose in judgment against the </p><p>sinners. </p><p>Verse 11.Such prophets as speak unwelcome truths are not popular with </p><p>the grandees; they like only those who pander to their vices and prophesy lies. </p><p>This was their crowning sin. If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie. </p><p>If a man walking after (conversant with) the wind and falsehood do lie. Wind is </p><p>symbolical of add that is vain and worthless. These are the words of a false </p><p>prophet. Prophesy, drop. Of wine and of strong drink. Concerning </p><p>temporal blessings, dwelling on Gods promises of material prosperity in order </p><p>to encourage the grandees in self-indulgence. He shall even be the prophet of </p><p>this people. Such a one is the only prophet to whom the great men, the </p><p>representatives of this people will listen. </p><p>RELATED DISCUSSION TOPICS </p></li><li><p>5 </p><p>CLOSING PRAYER </p><p>My God: I am grateful to have found You and kept You in the forefront of my </p><p>being. Bless us continually with Your grace and mercy. They represent </p><p>bountiful blessings for all of us. Amen. </p></li></ul>