Tuesday, June 30, 2015

On 7-5-15, Micah 2:4-11 will be our Adult Sunday School/ Uniform Series/ International Sunday School Lesson, herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as No Rest for the Wicked

No Rest for the Wicked
Micah 2:4-11
July 5, 2015



Commentary 
by
Jed Greenough



Do you get tired of what I have to say?  I suppose some do and never come back and search for what they want to hear else where.

Do you get tired of some of the scriptures we have had week after week?  I suppose some do and attendance suffers.

Last week when we were still in Amos I talked of how I felt that the latter verses of Amos 8 applied to us today as there you read of those who wandered all over trying to hear the word of the Lord.

Much of what we can hear today is a social gospel or a prosperity gospel or an entertaining gospel.  Those who pant after the Lord want to hear the true gospel that is no longer popular.

In 1 Corinthians 10 we read that Israel served as an example for us, “to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.”  They “were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.”

In today’s Micah 2:4-11 we find just such a warning where we read that they were wanting false prophets.  They were saying don’t prophesy about the truth prophesy instead what we want to hear.

Micah said, “If a liar and deceiver comes and says, ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’ that would be just the prophet for this people!”

As you study you can look at the context of that time and their situation, but I would have you remember what we said above about these being examples and warnings for us.

Are you tired of this kind of message and these types of scriptures?  If so I’m concerned and you should be also.

2 Timothy 4:1-4New International Version (NIV)

4 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.



For Discussion:



Discuss the reality of wanting to hear pleasant things versus the unpleasant.
Discuss the challenges some face to keep the message “popular”.
Discuss Israel serving as an example and warning to us.
Discuss the different messages heard today.
Discuss the danger and fallout of those messages.
Discuss what appears to be success resulting from those messages but really is not.




Upcoming Lessons

7-12-15     No Tolerance for Corrupt Leaders and Prophets or No Tolerance for Corrupt Officials    Micah 3:5-12














Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

On 6-28-15, Amos 8:1-6, 9-10 will be our Adult Sunday School/ Uniform Series/ International Sunday School Lesson, herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as God Will Never Forget

God Will Never Forget
Amos 8:1-6, 9-10
June 28, 2015



Commentary 
by
Jed Greenough



Time, in spite of the fact or maybe because God is timeless I think about Him and time.

We see it in Galatians 4:4 that “…when the time had fully come, God sent His Son…” and then as Romans 5:6 says at just the right time that Son died for us.

Today in Amos we see an example in the ripe fruit that the time was ripe and Israel will be spared no longer.

The day is accompanied by bodies flung everywhere which certainly gives us a great deal of imagery with very little effort.

So what is the lesson for us?  Most of us who study these scriptures are aware that God’s patience though great does run out.  That God levies a heavy penalty when the time runs out with the patience.

Maybe our lesson this week is how close we are now ourselves to running out of time.

I know how I have experience in seeing the greatest blessed country ever turn from He who blessed them.  In hearing a message through out the land that has very little to do with the gospel message.  In witnessing the building up of vileness and calling it good.

The darkness is no longer afraid of the light.

For some time now, maybe I should say quite a while, I have considered the not included scripture from Amos 8 to be for us today.

“The days are coming declares the Sovereign Lord, when I will send a famine through the land—not a famine of food or thirst for water,  but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.  Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the Lord but they will not find it.”


I believe this but yet I know for anyone of us the sand can run out of our hour glass at any time.  For those who are saved it might not matter but for those who will have less and less chance to hear the true word of God it does and that should matter to us.  It is all about time.


“For He says, In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.  I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”  2 Corinthians 6:2



For Discussion:

Discuss your favorite scriptures that relate to God and time.
Discuss examples of God’s patience running out.
Discuss God’s patience.
Discuss the warnings that God gives.
Discuss the messages that are prevalent in the church today.
Discuss how ripe we are at this time.




Upcoming Lessons


7-5-15      No Rest for the Wicked     Micah 2:4-11









Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved