Commentary: Micah1-4. Micah was a prophet during the reign of Kings Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah of Judah. His prophetic assignment was to let the people know that God was accusing them of their sins and iniquities.
Micah 1:5 “For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem?”
Micah3 reveals the oppression meted out by the powers that be on the poor. Those in authority took unhealthy advantage of the defenseless. The rulers and the elders thought they were doing the Lord good, but in reality, they were provoking Him. The prophets and priest were not left out. God’s anger was upon them and the grace to receive visions was removed from them.
Micah 3:6-7 “Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them. Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God.”
Micah couldn’t have been in the position to declare the iniquities of the powerful leaders to them if not for grace, i.e. the resting of the Spirit of the Lord.
Micah 3:8 “But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.”
God hates the oppression of the poor with perfect hatred. Oppression could be in any form; just as we read that the prophets divine for money whilst the priests teach for money, Micah3:11. Any grace we receive from God (spiritual gifts, position or power) is not to satisfy our selfish interest but to meet the need of others. When we use God’s grace for our selfish ego, we have become agents of oppression and we can’t find a place with God. Misuse of power is oppression. A good example is found in the garden of Gethsemane, Matt26:51-56. When Jesus was to be arrested, one of the disciples brought out a sword and cut off the ear of the high priest’s servant thinking he was defending Jesus. They were all surprised that Jesus rebuked that person and then they all fled. To Jesus, the use of the sword at that time was oppression because the servant was acting on his master’s instruction; he had no choice to refuse the instruction. We need to be careful how we use grace. Improper use of grace could sentence us to where we don’t want to go. We shall all give account of every gift received from God. Abuse of grace is unrighteousness and this amounts to sin. Sin is the greatest enemy of grace. Grace increases where sin reduces. The more you resist sin the more you experience the perfection of grace. Without sin, we could have access to the supernatural, the holy of holies. Sin separated Adam and Eve from the presence of God. It is still doing that now and this makes it look as if God is far away from us.
Isaiah 59:1-2 “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”
If you know and understand the word of God and still go ahead to do contrary to it, then you are moving far from God because His Word is Him. The richness of God in you is if the Word finds a place to dwell in you. Beloved, I am not saying memorizing the word without doing and living the word. It is not preaching or teaching the Word; it is for the Word to be as life and Spirit within you (inward experience) with the evidence of the fruit (outward disposition). The fruit of a tree is not in the tree but hanging for people to see. Trees are called by the name of the fruit. The fruit introduces the tree; the tree does not introduce itself. Jesus says you should let your light shine before men. It is the light of the Word of God within you that shines for men to see and not being a nuisance.
When the Word enters into you, it becomes Spirit and Life. Prophet Micah received the Word and he declared that he was full of power by the Spirit of the Lord. Ezekiel also received the Word and the veil between him and the supernatural world was broken; he became another man (Ezekiel2) able to hear what spirits speak. This is ANOINTING; IT IS ABOUT THE INNER EXPERIENCE not a show off. Anointing breaks the yoke, i.e. your own yoke first. Anoint teaches just as it did to Apostle Paul (Gal 1:10-12).
1 John 2:27 “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”
Anointing reveals. The proper definition, therefore, of ANOINTING is the explosion of God’s WORD (which you received through revelation) in you as SPIRIT and LIFE, then people can tap from that fountain and drink from your cistern. The inner experience precedes the process of becoming another man. There is a WORD you must hear, there is a VISION you need to see and there is a DREAM you must dream. Pray for it. Pray! Pray!! Pray!!!
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 Micah5-7. Keep the fire of burning and alive.
Pastor Supo Abayode
MFM Delaware, USA