Bible In One Year-Day 290 (Thursday, October 17, 2013)
Commentary: Isaiah5-8. The greatest problem of God is the ignorance of His (not the devil’s) people. Twice in the scripture, He lamented this regarding His own people.
Isaiah 5:13-14 “Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.”
From this aspect of our reading, we could see that the devil did little compared to the ignorance of God’s people; he is actually taking advantage of their ignorance. To lack knowledge is a great disease which could sink the glory and the wealth of a nation, not to talk of individuals. The lack of knowledge in secular matters is not what sends people to hell, but the lack of knowledge in spiritual things. 1 Corinthians 8 is worth reading with respect to spiritual knowledge.
1 Corinthians 8:2 “And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.”
Conscience is a very important factor in walking in the spirit. However, the conscience is being controlled by knowledge. When God is not retained in this knowledge, it is empty and it leads into hell.
Romans 10:2 “For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.”
Having knowledge requires the illumination of the Holy Spirit. Memorizing the whole bible without this light cannot get one out of darkness. Therefore, when you get the knowledge, you must seek for the Spirit of the word. When you connect with the Spirit of the word, this is what the bible calls retaining God in your knowledge. The absence of the light of the Spirit in acquired knowledge will make one to serve the devil with the thought that God is being served. God cannot be pleased in this way.
Therefore, when you acquire knowledge, you must let the Spirit of the word teach you further on what you have acquired through studies, prayer and meditation. After the knowledge is enlightened, it teaches the conscience and the conscience speaks or suggests to you based on the level or degree of the knowledge you have. None compliance to what the conscience says makes you guilty within and dissatisfied. On the other hand, obeying your conscience gives you internal satisfaction and peace. Hence, hell is denied another food. This is how to walk in the spirit.
In the Old Testament, God complained about the ignorant of His people as lack of knowledge. But in the New Testament, the complaint of Jesus was lack of faith or little faith. Differences in the degree of knowledge are what make us different in spiritual matters. The more knowledge you have, the better you are in understanding your conscience. It is through knowledge that you know the difference between good and evil.
Proverbs 4:7 “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Isaiah9-12. Keep the fire of burning and alive.
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries