A Word From The Pastor

Is the Spirit of the Lord Straitened?

May 21, 2017
Pastor Kaiser

Micah 2:6-7 Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame.  O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?
 

 

Micah 2:6-7 Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame.  O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?

   We do appreciate and even love how that God is so direct and specific with His people.  We never have to wonder, for too long, who it is that He is speaking to; and the only reason we may not recognize who it is that He is speaking to is if we choose not to hear Him or deny that He is talking to us.  In the verse above God names exactly who it is that he is speaking, O thou that art named the house of Jacob.  The house of Jacob is the nation Israel, God’s own people; and the first letter in the verse O, in this case is not a term of excitement or endearment but of bemoaning and regret.
   In His curiosity and frustration God asks His people a very simple question; Is the Spirit of the Lord straitened?   God’s people had made the very serious mistake of silencing their own prophets that were sent to them by God for their benefit; and had refused them to speak.  How do God’s people get into such a state so blinded to the benefits of His Word?
   We have revealed here two distinct promises from God found in one phrase of verse six written above; they shall not prophesy to them.  Since God’s nation did not want the preaching of His Word God assured them that His prophets would continue to prophecy.  God’s man will not shut up about Him and no one can make him to.  And so here God promised His people that the prophets would continue to preach whether they liked it or not.  Rest assured; God always has a man to speak for Him because the Spirit of the Lord is not straitened or shortened.  The second promise of God given in this little phrase is that God’s prophets would NOT prophesy to THEM.  All of us should be real careful what it is that we ask God for because he will give it to us.  The Word of God was refused by these people not realizing that without the power of the Word they had nothing.  So God sent His prophets to others that would hear Him because the Spirit of the Lord is not straitened. 
   There are many positive promises God has for us; here are a couple negative promises that we should take heed to.