Sunday, July 05, 2015

The International Sunday School Lesson Outline, The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2014–2015.

July 5
Lesson 5
NO REST FOR THE WICKED

DEVOTIONAL READING: Proverbs 11:1–10
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Micah 2


MICAH 2:4–11



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.

5 Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the LORD.

6 Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame.

7 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?



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

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




GOD’S PROPHETS DEMAND JUSTICE

Unit 2: Micah Calls for Justice Among Unjust People
LESSONS 5–8


LESSON AIMS


After participating in this lesson, each learner will be able to:
1. Summarize how the Lord’s people acted unjustly, how they had mocked both God and His messengers, and the judgment that awaited them.
2. Tell how God’s people today (the church) are sometimes guilty of the attitudes and actions of Micah’s hearers.
3. Examine areas of life where he or she has not taken God’s Word seriously in daily conduct or treatment of others and make a plan for change.


LESSON OUTLINE

Introduction
      A.      Cheerleaders or Coaches?
      B.      Lesson Background
          I.      Prophecies of the Future (MICAH 2:4, 5)
      A.      God’s People to Be Jeered (v. 4)
      B.      God’s People to Be Judged (v. 5)
      Making Practice Match Profession
          II.      Problems in the Present (MICAH 2:6–11)
      A.      The People’s View of God (vv. 6, 7a)
      Is God Intolerant?
      B.      God’s View of the People (vv. 7b–11)
Conclusion
      A.      “Mercy Me!”
      B.      Prayer
      C.      Thought to Remember



HOW TO SAY IT

Ahaz
Ay-haz.
Amos
Ay-mus.
Hezekiah
Hez-ih-kye-uh.
Isaiah
Eye-zay-uh.
Jeremiah
Jair-uh-my-uh.
Jotham
Jo-thum.
Judah
Joo-duh.
Micah
My-kuh.
Micaiah
My-kay-uh.
Moresheth
Mo-resh-eth.
Pharisee
Fair-ih-see.
Samaria
Suh-mare-ee-uh.
Uzziah
Uh-zye-uh.


Redford, Douglas et al. “No Rest for the Wicked.” The KJV Standard Lesson Commentary, 2014–2015. Ed. Ronald L. Nickelson and Jonathan Underwood. Vol. 62. Cincinnati, OH: Standard Publishing, 2014. 379. Print.

Lesson based on International Sunday School Lesson


Lesson for July 5, 2015

No Rest for the Wicked
Micah 2

This treatment of the International Sunday School Lesson is written by Sam E. Stone, former editor of CHRISTIAN STANDARD. It is published in the June 28 issue of The Lookout magazine, and is also available online at www.lookoutmag.com.
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By Sam E. Stone 
During this month we will focus attention on another of the “minor prophets”—Micah. He lived during the time of the divided kingdom. Some of the tribes of Israel had broken away from the northern kingdom, with its capital in Samaria. The southern kingdom continued to be headquartered in Jerusalem.
Micah was a contemporary of Isaiah. While Isaiah preached to the royal court in the capital city of Jerusalem, Micah prophesied out in the Judean countryside. Their messages were basically the same, however. Both insisted on personal, heartfelt obedience to God.
The prophet Micah is mentioned by name in only two places in Scripture—Micah 1:1 and Jeremiah 26:18. The Assyrians had become a powerful threat to both Israel and Judah in Micah’s time. They were going to be the instruments God used to bring judgment against the northern kingdom eventually. Micah indicted the people on account of their rebellion against the Lord (Micah 1:5-9). His book begins with a summary of what had already taken place.
Prophecies of the Future | Micah 2:4, 5
The people had become defiant of God. They had no fear of his judgment. James E. Smith wrote, “When criminals execute their crimes in the light of day, they fear neither God nor man . . . . Their philosophy was that might makes right. Under the cover of unjust laws and corrupt courts they were able to carry out their designs for self-enrichment.”
Micah’s message alternated between oracles of doom and oracles of hope. The taunting of mockers ridiculed the people at the time of judgment. Their selfishness had led them to reassign the boundaries of the land in a way that was advantageous to them. Now they would have to face God’s judgment and answer for their sin.
Problems in the Present | Micah 2:6-11
The false prophets urged Micah not to prophesy. Like those in Jeremiah’s day, “they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush” (Jeremiah 6:15). Harold Shank explained well the spirit of this encounter: “They had difficulty understanding that God was bringing destruction, but found it impossible to accept God judging them based on the way they treated poor people on the other side of town . . . In effect, they called a business meeting to remind Micah that they had done the equivalent of going to church and living a good life. How could what they did in the business world prompt such judgment from God?”
Micah’s fellow prophet Isaiah summed up the Lord’s warning accurately when he wrote, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).
In detailing the sin of the Lord’s people, Micah specified cruel acts against the women of my people—perhaps widows (Micah 2:9). They were especially vulnerable to abuse. C. F. Keil added, “The expression ‘forever’ may be explained from the evident allusion to the Mosaic law in Exodus 22:25-27, according to which the coat taken from the poor as a pledge was to be returned before sunset, whereas ungodly creditors retained it forever.”
Because of their terrible sins, the people of Israel and Judah would be forced out of their homeland and taken into captivity. They were being evicted. The prophet repeated his announcement of punishment in the form of a summons to go out of the land into captivity: Get up, go away! For this is not your resting place. However, in God’s good time they would return (Micah 2:12, 13).
The people had been looking for messengers who would say what they wanted to hear. Micah identified such false prophets as liars and deceivers. The people didn’t want to hear the message of Micah and other true prophets. All they wanted were hirelings who would give their approval to all of the bad things that were being done.
James Smith explained, “The Jerusalem ministerial association kept preaching to Micah, ‘Do not preach!’. . . To those who are living ungodly lives, the word of Yahweh is like an annoying faucet drip. . . . The issue in this passage is not the hostility to Micah personally, but the rejection of the messengers of God generally.”
The people did not want a prophet of righteousness. They would get the sort of preacher they deserved. As A. Fraser put it, “Like people, like priest.” There will be no rest for the wicked!
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*Lesson based on International Sunday School Lesson, © 2009, by the Lesson Committee. Scripture quotations are from the New International Version ©2011, unless otherwise indicated.

Christian





SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2015 | PENTECOST
SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
YEAR B

             Old Testament       Lamentations 3:22–33
             Old Testament       2 Samuel 12:11–25 (Supplemental)
             Psalm       Psalm 30
             New Testament       2 Corinthians 8:1–9, 13, 14
             New Testament       2 Timothy 1:8–14 (Supplemental)
             Gospel       Mark 5:21–24a, 35–43


Christian Worship Three Year Lectionary (with Supplemental Lectionary). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

United Methodist





SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2015 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 9
YEAR B

             Old Testament       2 Samuel 5:1–5, 9–10
             Psalm       Psalm 48 (UMH 782)
             New Testament       2 Corinthians 12:2–10
             Gospel       Mark 6:1–13


Vanderbilt Divinity Library. United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Catholic





SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2015 | ORDINARY TIME
FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
YEAR B | ROMAN MISSAL

              First Reading       Ezekiel 2:2–5
              Response       Psalm 123:2cd
              Psalm       Psalm 123:1–4
              Second Reading       2 Corinthians 12:7–10
              Gospel Acclamation       Luke 4:18
              Gospel       Mark 6:1–6


Catholic Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary

SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2015 | PENTECOST
PROPER 9
YEAR B

             Old Testament       Ezekiel 2:1–5
             Psalm       Psalm 123
             Epistle       2 Corinthians 12:1–10
             Gospel       Mark 6:1–13


Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer Lectionary





SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2015 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 9, SUNDAY
YEAR 1

             Psalms (Morning)       Psalm 146, 147
             Psalms (Evening)       Psalm 111, 112, 113
             Old Testament       1 Samuel 14:36–45
             New Testament       Romans 5:1–11
             Gospel       Matthew 22:1–14


The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010. Print.