Micah Part 9 – Adding to Knowledge

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"Adding to Knowledge"

(Study Covers Micah 2:1 through 2:6)

We have talked about diligence in the past few studies, and we have learned how important our continued striving is toward our growth and ultimately our salvation. Those ruling and reigning with Jesus Christ will be those who learned to stand and not fall when tested.

2Pe 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

The word 'diligence' in modern English means a “careful and persistent work or effort”. Such is our walk of faith as it requires great care and persistent work on our part. No, we do not save ourselves, but we do have to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling (Php 2:12).

Natural plants and trees are either in the process of growing or else they are dying. So it is with us in the Body of Christ and in spiritual matters. Our stagnation towards maturity equals death.  We become partakers of His Holiness only by traversing this maturation process which requires us to keep moving and to add things to faith and to knowledge.

2Pe 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
2Pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Knowledge of Christ is the beginning and as we grow we become spiritual adults.

2Pe 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
2Pe 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
2Pe 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
2Pe 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We were shown this in an earlier study, but it’s worth repeating. The process of salvation requires us to move and travail as the Lord commands us “to go into, get dominion (possess) over all the lands within His kingdom within us” (Luk 17:21).

Deu 1:6 The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount:

Deu 1:8 Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.

Knowledge/hearing only gets us so far along this journey. The doing part comes into play and is required of us by the Lord. The end of the journey, as Peter’s words show, is serving Christ with brotherly kindness and love (agape). The love of God differs from the world’s love as it requires obedience that can only come about by our enduring through the process of judgment.

2Jn 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

Ecc 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

We ended last week with our children, referring to our maturing mind going again into captivity because of our continued self-righteous rebellion to the law of faith. We start this week in Chapter 2 which is where the hidden things of darkness, the idols in our fields begin to be rooted out even more as we go further into the land in order to possess it.

Mic 2:1 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.
Mic 2:2 And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.
Mic 2:3 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil.
Mic 2:4 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.
Mic 2:5 Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the LORD.
Mic 2:6 Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame.

This sequence brings to mind the rebuke of the Scribes and Pharisees who claim to be the leaders of God’s people but actually are oppressing them. It is not enough to speak truth, we must learn to do it.

Mat 23:1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
Mat 23:2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:
Mat 23:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

Truth brings light to the darkness.  Over time the Word, which is Jesus Christ, shines on the darkness hidden in our hearts. Even with our new-found knowledge of Truth, we are still devising inequity.  Even with the morning star arising within us, we have a long journey and a lot of growing yet to do. Many nations need to be conquered and many idols burned out.

Heb 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

Jesus Christ is the morning star, and in our fallen state of pride, we get puffed up and live out these words of Micah as Lucifer, the fallen angel (Isa 14:12-13). Our proud religious beast was not left behind in some Babylonian church. This takes place progressively as we are judged abiding in the fire of Christ. An angel speaking words of fire to us will show us the judgment of the great whore within us and the beast that was, is not and yet is (Rev 17:7-8).

Mic 2:1 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the powerH410 of their hand.

The power of our rebellious hand is the false god we worship in setting up and bowing down to the image of the beast within us. It is through putting forth “our hand” of carnal flesh that we eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and as a consequence eventually become like gods (Gen 3:22).  That partaking of life comes through death as we reap the wages of our sins in our day of judgment.  This is how and when we learn to add to our faith by living out the chastening grace of the Lord.

We can see the power of our hand is the power of the beast. The word translated “power” here in Micah 2:1 is really the Hebrew word for god.

Only in 3 of its 242 occurrences is it shown as power. The word really is god.

H410, ‘êl, ale
Total KJV Occurrences: 242

god, 224
mighty, 6
power, 3
Gen_31:29, Pro_3:27, Mic_2:1
god’s, 2
gods, 2

It is the power of the god (our image to the beast) we worship by the work of our hands that is the origins of our continued rebellion to the Lord. Our father the devil is where the power of this self-made god comes from.

Rev 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

We live out these words having the Truth but not doing it in our stiff-necked rebellion.

2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

It is only through the mercy of the Lord we can be snatched back from this deception. Few are given to endure in the fire and seek the safety of a multitude of counselors who are the watchmen of the flock. Without those safety nets darkness creeps in unawares.

Mat 6:23 But if thine eye be evil; thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

Mic 2:2 And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.

“Knowledge is power” is a well-known adage in the business world. God’s people are indeed destroyed for lack of knowledge, but the other side of the narrow way is where knowledge puffs up.  Being given keys to the kingdom of God will bud our pride and lead to us doing violence to the Word.

Eze 7:10 Behold the day, behold, it is come: the morning is gone forth; the rod hath blossomed, pride hath budded.
Eze 7:11 Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness: none of them shall remain, nor of their multitude, nor of any of theirs: neither shall there be wailing for them.

This, of course, is all the Lord’s work in us so we can be chastened and learn the truth by these fiery trials.  The Lord brings wrath upon our merchandising old man in that we are appointed.

Eze 7:12 The time is come, the day draweth near: let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn: for wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.

Spiritual violence is when we pervert and twist the Word for self-righteous gain. This is how we rob and oppress our neighbor including the man child within us.

Pro 22:22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
Pro 22:23 For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.

Mat 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

It traces back to a covetous spirit and our merchandising the things of the Lord. We are that man that has all the flocks but still takes the one from the poor man having just one (2Sa 12:4).  We have seen that those Jebusites dwell with us in (Spiritual) Jerusalem to this very day. Profaning what is holy and ravening after prey by seeking dominion and exaltation, we seek after gain. The Lord is using these occasions to further mature us.

Eze 22:26 Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.
Eze 22:27 Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.

Seeing the prosperity of the wicked is indeed a carnal reasoning that tempts us, as that appeals to the carnal mind.  When we seek that prosperity we are doing violence and oppressing our neighbor. We know that the field is the world, so coveting the fields refers to loving this world and the things of this world which we are commanded not to do (1Jn 2:15). Not coveting was integral to the Ten Commandments, yet the law of Faith has a much higher standard. We shall not covet anything and need to learn to be content where the Lord has us.

1Ti 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
1Ti 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
1Ti 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
1Ti 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
1Ti 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

The lustful desires of the carnal mind and the love of this world causes us to twist and pervert the Word of God. As aspiring soldiers of Christ we are maturing and learn to be content with our wages and where the Lord has us.

Luk 3:14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.

Our wages are the gain or the reward we are given by the Lord. We are learning to be content in all things. Anything else is a prideful and lustful spirit within us that is contrary to faith.

Comparing and measuring ourselves against any man is very unwise and originates from our pride of life (2Co 10:12). True repentance leads to us being content with where the Lord has placed us in life. We cannot save ourselves or enter into the kingdom of God by our own strength and are told to wait on the Lord. The works of the law is our self-righteousness. The Lord does not need anything from us and it’s a carryover of our Babylonian idols that leads us to engage in violence as we seek to enter into the kingdom of our own initiative. Only the Spirit of the Lord through faith is able to work what is required to enter into the kingdom of God. Any other way is unbelief and what the “wine of violence” refers to.

Mat 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

Pro 4:17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

We learn via our maturing process that NO MAN can enter but only by living through the Lord’s judgments upon our carnal mind and sinful ways (Rev 15:8).  A mark of a maturing man is they are not coveting and are learning to be content with what they have and where they are in the Lord.

Heb 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Eph 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

Mic 2:3 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil.

The Lord is the one causing and sending forth all evil (Isa 45:7, Eph 2:11, Psa 78:49). The evil made manifest within included (Isa 63:17) and is used of the Lord for further refining of the impurities in our heavens and earth. Only the fine metals that represent the purity of the Word is remaining.

Mal 3:3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

God’s elect are the sons of Levi who are being purified first now in this age. We are the worst harlots (Jas 4:4) because we know the truth and still don’t do it, and this knowledge brings a higher standard of judgment (Luk 12:47). Here is a description of the son of Levi being judged.

Mal 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.

This process of being scourged and humbled brings dominion over sin and is putting the beast in subjection to Christ. This process is teaching us the fear of the Lord as we learn that we cannot out-sin the grace of God (Rom 5:20). It is what keeps us on the straight and narrow road, trembling at every word of the Lord (Php 2:12).

Eph 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Eph 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Eph 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Our stiff necked stubborn rebellious ways are coming to an end by the Lord stepping on the neck of our old man and religious beast.  Our rebellious beast becomes the footstool (Isa 66:1) as the Lord (Christ in us) takes his rightful place on the throne of our hearts. We learn the benefits of obedience and that our faith is rewarded with a promotion and even more trials to purge us. The Lord crushes Satan within us “is, was and will be” and destroys the pride of life by the baptism of fire that we live out in the Body of Christ. Our lake of fire is now and we are being taught patience in waiting for our deliverance.

Rom 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Rev 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

Mic 2:4 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 awayH7728 he hath divided our fields.

The Lord will turn us into apostasy, losing our first love and away from the Christ our inheritance. This is the “turning away” caused of the Lord to chasten us and then bring us back learning true righteousness versus self-righteousness by the experience. Here is the same word translated “turning away” [H7728] as it is elsewhere used in the Old Testament showing once again the battle with the pride of life.

Jer 49:4 Wherefore gloriest thou in the valleys, thy flowing valley, O backslidingH7728 daughter? that trusted in her treasures, saying, Who shall come unto me?

The Lord does not come into our heavens and earth to bring peace or unity. He is coming into our lives in clay vessels to bring about division coupled with fire (Luk 12:51). We learn to separate by first not separating and backsliding into sin and worldliness.  These are our teaching moments and how we learn righteousness from our heavenly Father.

2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

The kingdom of our father the devil (e.g. our carnal mind), will collapse by having its fields divided against itself (Mat 12:25). This is a necessary lamentation in order for us to be delivered from our sins. Deeply rooted carnal strongholds (pride) are being brought to the light and being destroyed in the fire of the Lord’s jealousy for us by judgment that is now on the house of God.

Lam 2:5 The Lord was like an enemy. He has swallowed up Israel, He has swallowed up all her palaces; He has destroyed her strongholds, And has increased mourning and lamentation In the daughter of Judah.

Turning grace into lasciviousness, we cause our children to remain in captivity and in bondage to deeply rooted sins and ungodly thoughts.

Lam 2:14 Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions; they have not uncovered your iniquity, to bring back your captives, But have envisioned for you false prophecies and delusions.

Bringing the old man within us to our wits' end is done by dividing the kingdom of Satan within us that leads to the taunting proverb spoken here in Micah and in Habakkuk.

Hab 2:6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay!

And it is the Body of Christ, the remnant of the people who speak the words of fire that spoil the old man and carnal mindset within us.  Reaping what we sow, the spoiler within us is spoiled by the consuming fire of the Word.

Hab 2:8 Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil thee; because of men's blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.

Our pride and iniquities will separate us from God (Isa 59:2) for a season, and the Lord who causes this will then bring us back to the Truth by the process of judgment.

Mic 2:5 Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cordH2256 by lot in the congregation of the LORD.

Rebellious children have no inheritance in the kingdom of God. What this is really saying in plain English is the old man will not be defended or propped up as we abide in the Body, where the fiery words of Jesus Christ judge us in the last days.

Joh 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

The OT stories of Israel are about the rebellious house of the Lord which is speaking about us His elect (1Co 10:11, 1Pe 1:12). We hear and at first we do not hearken to His words.

Deu 9:23  Likewise when the LORD sent you from Kadeshbarnea, saying, Go up and possess the land which I have given you; then ye rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God, and ye believed him not, nor hearkened to his voice.

Mat 21:30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

Not hearkening to the voice of the Lord, spoken through His Body is having none to cast a cord in the congregation of the Lord. A three-stranded cord is what ties us together and brings us into ONE MIND in Jesus Christ through the Spirit of God. The actual word for cord here in Micah is H2556. Here is how these Hebrew word was translated into English.

H2256, chebel / chêbel
Total KJV Occurrences: 62
cords, 12
Est_1:6, Job_36:8, Psa_140:5, Pro_5:22, Isa_5:18, Isa_33:20, Jer_38:6, Jer_38:11-13 (3), Eze_27:24, Hos_11:4
sorrows, 10
2Sa_22:6, Job_21:17, Psa_18:3-5 (3), Psa_116:3, Isa_13:8, Jer_13:21, Jer_49:24, Hos_13:13
line, 5
2Sa_8:2 (2), Psa_78:55, Amo_7:17, Zec_2:1
coast, 4
Jos_19:29, Zep_2:5-7 (3)
cord, 4
Jos_2:15, Job_41:1, Ecc_12:6, Mic_2:5
bands, 3
Psa_119:61, Zec_11:7, Zec_11:14
lot, 3
Deu_32:9, 1Ch_16:18, Psa_105:11
region, 3
Deu_3:4, Deu_3:13, 1Ki_4:13
ropes, 3
2Sa_17:13, 1Ki_20:31-32 (2)
company, 2
1Sa_10:5, 1Sa_10:10
lines, 2
2Sa_8:2, Psa_16:6
pangs, 2
Isa_26:17, Jer_22:23
portion, 2
Jos_17:14, Jos_19:9
portions, 2
Jos_17:5, Eze_47:13
country, 1
Deu_3:13-14 (2)
destruction, 1
Mic_2:10
pain, 1
Isa_66:7
snare, 1
Job_18:10
tacklings, 1
Isa_33:23

We see cords [H2556] primarily in the negative sense as the instruments that bind us in sin and pride.

Pro 5:22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cordsH2556 of his sins.

2Sa 22:6 The sorrowsH2556 of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;

We see “Chebel” is often used as sorrows. It is even linked to birth pangs/sorrows as in these verses.

 Isa 26:17 Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangsH2556; so have we been in thy sight, O LORD.

We do not want to go through this process of child bearing as it’s too painful.  Flesh wants to hear the Word rather than do it by being dragged to keep His judgments. Flesh and the carnal mind are always seeking to save its life. Yet there is no other way.

Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Mic 2:6 Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame.

Our flesh does not want to have the shame of its nakedness exposed. We would rather hear smooth things. We would rather heap upon ourselves teachers (our prideful beast included) who will tell us what our carnal mind wants to hear and take away our judgment or reproach.

2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

Isa 4:1 And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.

As our judgment advances on the road to maturity, the rebellious nature within us is being cut off and will not able to claim any heritage with Christ. This comes about by us being taught the fear of the Lord by many scourgings. Even with ears to hear and eyes to see, we are a natural rebellious house.

Eze 12:2 Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.

Jer 5:21 Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:
Jer 5:22 Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence..

An “already arrived” attitude in the congregation seeks to wrest away (remove) the judgment of the Lord and we become slothful and at ease in Zion (Amo 6:1).  Our carnal mind (flesh) does not want to hear or apply the fiery Word to our sins.  Knowledge is king instead of the doing at this time, until we are matured through many tribulations and chastening’s.  We want to hear only smooth things as “the people of the Lord”.

Isa 30:9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD:
Isa 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

To move on to perfection we are learning to judge righteously.  We cannot neglect the commands to be watchmen over the flock and always examining our own faith.

We will complete Chapter 2 next week, Lord willing, and will see how the focus on the road to maturity is to teach us these harder things to do, to be the judges of Israel. The next few studies will build on this theme of judging. To become expert judges we need lots of experience now.

Mic 3:1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment

1Co 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

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