Micah 2* The sins and desolations of Israel. (1-5) Their evilpractices. (6-11) A promise of restoration. (12,13)1-5 Woe to the people that devise evil during the night, andrise early to carry it into execution! It is bad to do mischiefon a sudden thought, much worse to do it with design andforethought. It is of great moment to improve and employ hoursof retirement and solitude in a proper manner. If covetousnessreigns in the heart, compassion is banished; and when the heartis thus engaged, violence and fraud commonly occupy the hands.The most haughty and secure in prosperity, are commonly mostready to despair in adversity. Woe to those from whom God turnsaway! Those are the sorest calamities which cut us off from thecongregation of the Lord, or cut us short in the enjoyment ofits privileges. 6-11 Since they say, "Prophesy not," God will take them attheir word, and their sin shall be their punishment. Let thephysician no longer attend the patient that will not be healed.Those are enemies, not only to God, but to their country, whosilence good ministers, and stop the means of grace. What bondswill hold those who have no reverence for God's word? Sinnerscannot expect to rest in a land they have polluted. You shallnot only be obliged to depart out of this land, but it shalldestroy you. Apply this to our state in this present world.There is corruption in the world through lust, and we shouldkeep at a distance from it. It is not our rest: it was designedfor our passage, but not for our portion; our inn, but not ourhome; here we have no continuing city; let us therefore ariseand depart, let us seek a continuing city above. Since they willbe deceived, let them be deceived. Teachers who recommendself-indulgence by their doctrine and example, best suit suchsinners. 12,13 These verses may refer to the captivity of Israel andJudah. But the passage is also a prophecy of the conversion ofthe Jews to Christ. The Lord would not only bring them fromcaptivity, and multiply them, but the Lord Jesus would opentheir way to God, by taking upon him the nature of man, and bythe work of his Spirit in their hearts, breaking the fetters ofSatan. Thus he has gone before, and the people follow, breaking,in his strength, through the enemies that would stop their wayto heaven.
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