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NO REST FOR THE WICKED

July 5, 2015

 

SCRIPTURE: Micah 2:4-11

 

KEY VERSE: O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the Lord straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly? (Micah 2:7)

 

INTRODUCTION:

 

A. The name “Micah” is an abbreviation of “Micaiah” and means “Who is like Jehovah?” (See, Micah 7:18).

 

Micah was from a small town near Gath (nearly twenty-five miles south-west of Jerusalem). He prophesied during the reigns of Jotham (750-735 B.C.), Ahaz (735-715 B.C.) and Hezekiah (715-686 B.C.), during the last half of the eighth century B.C. Micah was a contemporary of Isaiah in Judah and Amos and Hosea in Israel (the Northern Kingdom).

 

B. In 739 B.C. the death of King Uzziah was a watershed experience for Judah.

 

During Jotham’s reign, Assyria grew stronger; and when King Ahaz ascended the throne, both Syria and Israel tried to coerce him into joining a rebellion against Assyria. The Prophet Jeremiah informs us in Jeremiah 26:18 that it was the ministry of Micah that encouraged the great reformation in Judah under the leadership of King Hezekiah mentioned in 2 Kings 18-20.

 

C. Society in the Southern kingdom (Judah) was rapidly changing from rural to urban.

 

In disobedience of the Law of Moses, wealthy investors were buying up small family farms and developing huge land holdings, which created severe problems for the poor. Having come from a farming community himself, Micah defended the oppressed poor and rebuked the “robber barons” for their selfishness. Amos preached the same message.

 

D. Micah predicted the coming judgment of Israel (the Northern Kingdom) under Assyria (722 B.C.) as well as the fall of Jerusalem and Judah under the Babylonians (606-596 B.C.).

 

Micah tried to call the Jews back to faithful worship of the God of the Bible and sincere obedience to God’s covenant, but they refused to listen. Micah begged for a concern for the helpless and for social justice, but the people would not repent.

 

I. PARABLE OF WOE. (Micah 2:4-5)

 

A. Great confusion was coming. (Micah 2:4)

 

·        (Micah 2:4) In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled: he hath changed the portion of my people: how hath he removed it from me! turning away he hath divided our fields.

 

This parable (or proverb) was an insulting song. Great confusion was coming and “doleful lamentation” -- a very unusual expression in the Hebrew language. It probably would not be possible to translate into English exactly what Micah was saying.

 

 There was no hope at all -- “We be utterly spoiled (i.e., destroyed).” The Lord would take the property rights from those who had seized them illegally and give them to people who were even more reprobate than they were.

 

B. God’s judgment was coming. (Micah 2:5)

 

·        (Micah 2:5) Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the Lord.

 

There would be no one to determine boundaries. Land-grabbers would no longer have a legitimate claim among God’s people. The Lord would dispossess them even as they had dispossessed others.

 

Also, there have been various interpretations of this. Perhaps it means that there will be no more worship of God in that place.

 

II. PROPHESY NOT! (Micah 2:6-7)

 

A. These words may have been a strong warning to Micah. (Micah 2:6-7)

 

·        (Micah 2:6-7) Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame. O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the Lord straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?

 

Micah was not to be like the lying prophets who counseled that all was well in the land. This was a time when the Lord cut off the flow of the spirit of prophecy and there came a famine of the Word of God. Why? Because the people wouldn’t hear it.

 

B. The Lord was plotting judgment against His people.

 

“Are these his doings?” the Lord has told them that He, too, is plotting evil -- that is, what they call evil, because it is going to be God’s judgment against them (i.e., Israel and Judah).

 

C. The godly people will accept His message.

 

“Do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?” Though the message is severe, God’s people will accept it, and they will obey it. This is not a pleasant passage like Psalm 23 or John 14, but the Lord gives it just as much prominence. In fact, the Lord put it in the second chapter, rather than in the fourteenth or the twenty-third, so we would not miss it.

 

The Burned- Over Place

By Dr. M.R. De Haan, M.D.

 

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” – Isaiah 53:5

 

Some early settlers were traveling together across the western prairies of the United States. One day they were horrified to see a fire fanned by strong wind coming their way.

 

As the flames raced closer and closer, one man, to the amazement of the others, set fire to a large patch of grass downwind. The tinder-dry grass burned quickly and left behind a charred and barren area. Then he told them to move onto the burned-over place. They watched as the fire swept toward them until it reached the burned area -- and then stopped! They were safe as the fire passed by them on both sides.

 

The fires of God’s judgment will descend on a wicked world, but God has provided a burned-over place. At Calvary, the fire of God’s justice was met by Jesus. He bore our sin there and fully paid for our transgressions. He made full satisfaction for our sins, and we who have taken our stand by faith in the finished work of Christ are safe in the burned-over place. There is nothing left to burn.

 

Jesus “bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness -- by whose stripes you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24). Are you in the burned-over place? – M.R. De Haan, Our Daily Bread, April 10, 1997

 

The flames of God's judgment can never touch me,
For Jesus has borne all God's wrath on the tree;
I now stand secure in the burned-over place,
A sinner, unworthy, yet saved by His grace!

 

By Bosch

 

III. GO AWAY! (Micah 2:8-11)

 

A. God knows everything. (Micah 2:8)

 

·        (Micah 2:8) Even of late my people is risen up as an enemy: ye pull off the robe with the garment from them that pass by securely as men averse from war.

 

The Lord is saying that, although they are His people, they have become His enemies, and one of the evidences of this is the way they treat the poor. God always insists upon justice for the poor.

 

His charge is: “Ye pull off the robe with the garment from them.” A man’s robe was what he slept in. In other words, they would take a man’s bed out from under him. That was how far they were willing to go to rob the poor.

 

B. Sin affects everyone. (Micah 2:9)

 

·        (Micah 2:9) The women of my people have ye cast out from their pleasant houses; from their children have ye taken away my glory for ever.

 

“The women of my people have ye cast out from their pleasant houses” probably refers to unprotected widows who had inherited homes from their husbands.

 

“From their children have ye taken away my glory for ever.” Even the young children were deprived of what God had given to them. And they would grow up in rebellion. In our day the rebellion of youth is, in my opinion, permitted by God to try to shake us out of our lethargy.

 

C. The lying preachers. (Micah 2:10)

 

1. The lying preachers delivered a false message.

 

·        (Micah 2:10) Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction.

 

The lying prophets (verse 6) spoke of “rest” when “sore destruction” was decreed by the Lord. They were attempting to solve their problems and to be at rest without being at peace with God.

 

“Because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore (great) destruction.” Because of the pollution of their sin and their heartless oppression, the land would cast out its inhabitants.

 

2. The lying preachers were people pleasers. (Micah 2:11)

 

·        (Micah 2:11) If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.

 

a. The sin.

 

They spoke of “wine” and “strong drink” at a time of disaster. It is also possible that the words of verse 11 speak of false prophets who were willing to prophesy good words in exchange for wine and beer. This is biting sarcasm. The Lord is saying, “The kind of prophets you want are those who will approve of your sins.”

 

b. The preacher.

 

The false prophets in Micah’s day were not condemning the sins of the people. They were popular preachers, saying what the people wanted to hear.

 

Note: My friend, in our day many people do NOT want the preacher to say that drinking is wrong and that drunkenness is bad. Even in our churches many pastors are approving of social drinking. They insist that we are living in a new day, and, since we are not under the Mosaic Law, we can do these things. While it is true that we are under grace, there is one sure thing: if you love God, you are going to keep His commandments, and He certainly does condemn drunkenness.

 

Bad Citizenship of Good People

By Rev. Adrian Rogers

 

Someone has well said that the scandal of our time is the bad citizenship of good people.  It is totally inconceivable that God would have ordained human government (Romans 13) and then told his people to stay out of it.

 

We, as God's people, need to speak to the government and to our leaders.  We dare not be silent.  We need to sound a warning.  Now that's not our main cause.  Our main cause is preaching the Gospel but God's people dare not be silent.  It's Satan's strategy to keep good people silent in evil times.  If you will study the prophets of God's Word ... Nathan spoke to king David, Elijah spoke to Ahab, Eleazar to Jehoshaphat, Daniel to Nebuchadnezzar, Moses to Pharaoh, and John the Baptist to Herod.  We need to tell every governmental official whoever he is: Nothing is politically right that is morally wrong.  Therefore we will talk about abortion; we'll talk about gambling, and we will talk about the liquor business.  We are going to talk about things that people may not like to have discussed.  If they don't like it ... we are not here to win a popularity contest.

 

It's a very interesting thing.  If a preacher like my self stands up and preaches about...let's take the subject of abortion, there are those, and there are plenty of them that say, "Why don't you stay out of politics?"  But, if you ask a politician what he thinks about abortion he will say, "well, that's a church matter."  See what they do?  In other words, if you talk about politics they say stay out of politics and when you ask them to talk about abortion they say that's a church matter.  It doesn't matter whether it's political or a church matter, it's wrong to kill babies.  It's absolutely wrong and we need to speak up without stutter or stammer. -- Rev. Brett Blair's Illustrations by email, Sermon Illustrations, October 13, 1999

 

CONCLUSION: “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it!” In our Bible study today, the Prophet Micah names some of the sins of the people.

 

A. Micah began with covetousness (Verses 1–5).

 

The rich were exploiting the poor and getting away with it. But when the invader comes, nobody’s boundary lines would be respected.

 

B. Micah continued with another sin -- rejecting God’s Word (Verses 6–11).

 

The false prophets tried to silence Micah because he was announcing doom. They wanted a pleasant message about security and strong drink. The “prosperity preachers” are usually popular while those who declare God’s Word are often persecuted. But God’s Word does good in the lives of those who want to do good and obey the Lord.

 

C. Micah spoke of another sin in that they had defiled the land.

 

They had defiled the land with their idolatry and harlotry (Leviticus 18:24–30), and now the land would destroy them. Personal sin will always affect society.

 

D. How gracious of the Lord to end with a promise of HOPE (Verses 12–13).

 

God will spare a remnant (Micah 4:7; 5:7–8; 7:18) and gather them together in the future for His kingdom. Their King (the Messiah, Jesus Christ) will be their Shepherd!

 

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER:Jesus died in our place to provide a place of safety.”

 

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REFERENCES: References used in the Bible study are the King James Bible (KJV), Dr. J. Vernon McGee © Thru the Bible Radio Network ( www.ttb.org ), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Dr. Charles Stanley: ( http://www.intouch.org/ ), Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Dr. David Jeremiah: ( http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/ ), Dr. Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, RBC Ministries ( http://rbc.org/ ), selected illustrations, and other references.

 

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