“Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak and hear, O earth, the words of My mouth.”
At the end of the forty year wandering through the wilderness, Moses summoned the elders and the people together and gave them the Law of Sinai again. He told them of the blessings and cursing that should be upon them as God had said should come to pass. Now Moses was told of God that he should die and that the people should go a whoring after other gods. This was not open to discussion and there was no difference of opinion on the matter, the word of Yehovah had spoken and these things must come to pass. And so God gave Moses this song to be sung before the nation of Israel.
The imperative nature of this phrase eliminates the possibility of a request and establishes the presence of a command. The King of the universe has set forth His decree that the heavens listen to Him speak and “where the word of the king is there is power and who may say unto Him, What are you doing?” (Ecc. 8:4). The heavens declare the glory of Yehovah because He created them for that purpose. He established the location and course of the planets in the vast regions of space for signs and wonders that testify to His majesty and power and finite man searches them in vain in his puny attempt to disprove the existence of the Creator. The minutest of particles adrift in the cosmos are attentive to the commandments of the Word of God which brought them forth into existence and by which they continue. Not one is off course or out of control as they function in the most splendid choreography ever imagined.
The number of the whole of the seemingly innumerable hosts of heaven are known and called by name by the Creator (Ps. 147:4). He has made the heavens and the heavens of heavens with all their host by the word of His mouth and the host of heaven worships Him (Neh. 9:6). He spoke and it came to pass as the expanses of space and time came into being for His glory and honour. Therefore “the heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament sheweth froth His handiwork”, “His righteousness and all the people see His glory” “for God judges Himself” (Ps. 19:1; 97:6 & 50:6). Nothing in the heavens can oppose His Will, rebels against His commandments or denies His sovereign rule over them and none of the host can set forth the claim of injustice because He did all these things without the input of the planets, stars and heavenly bodies.
Adam desperately espies the universe for evidence of other inhabited planets, new stars and constellations and the answers to the mystery of origin but he does so in defiance of the presence and sovereignty of God. He expends enormous resources and efforts to disprove the creation, which cannot be proven nor disproven for it is the work of God in the beginning, and to prove that which cannot be understood or comprehended, the works which He has done from the beginning. He was created in this manner as the Creator put the things of this world into his heart expressly so that “no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end” (Ecc. 3:11). God never intended that man should know or understand that His will is performed in the heavens in complete compliance without objection.
The same Word of the same Sovereign King has commanded that the earth be obedient to the words of His mouth and it is so. His will is performed in the heavens and in the earth with the same dutiful compliance as by the words of His mouth, He rules over all His creation by the power of His will. He performs the intent of His heart for as he has spoken so it has come to pass. None can resist His way “seeing He gives to all life, and breath and all things and has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth and has determined the times before appointed and the bounds of their habitation; that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after Him and find Him, though He be not far from every one of us. For in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:25ff).
The manner of prayer that Jesus taught to His disciples is the acknowledgment of this axiom of truth; “Thy will be done in earth as in heaven” (Matt. 6:10). He was not instructing the disciples to grant Almighty God the permission for His will to be accomplished. Nor was He instructing them to plead with the Father that in the midst of the wickedness and oppression of the present evil generation, He would force His will upon those who would otherwise reject His commandments and refuse to be obedient to His edicts. The God who created the vast universe with all its worlds and stars also created all props, circumstances and situations of the earth and every thought, word and deed of man and beast. The steps of the wicked are ordained of God according to the purpose of His will and the wrath of man praises Him as it performs that which He has commanded it to accomplish. He created the light and the darkness, the good and the evil, the crooked piercing serpent and the wicked hands of man to take and according to His determinate counsel and foreknowledge, slay the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah. He controlled their thoughts to hate the glory of His people Israel and to be completely ignorant of His identity, “which none of the princes of this world knew, for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (I Cor. 2:8).
He created the ‘anointed cherub’ with wisdom and beauty. He equipped ‘the prince of the rock’ with subtlety and corrupted him by reason of his brightness (Ezek. 28). He gave him messengers which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, whom “He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day” (Jude 6) and children to do his work (John 8:44). He loosed him from his chains and sent him into the world. He gave unto him, his son Judas, whom he directed to betray the Lord and make the deal for gain of wealth. He held this son of perdition and restrained him from his deeds until the fullness of time had come and then with the commandment of the King of Kings and Lord over all, He unleashed Judas and said to him, “That thou doest, do quickly” (John 13:27). He ordained the son of Satan to do the work of his father the Devil and to deliver the sacrifice for sin unto the slaughter to manifest that the children of righteousness might have peace with the Father through the shed blood of the Lamb of God, slain from the foundation of the world.
The heavens above and all therein hear the voice of the Master and the earth is obedient to the Words of His mouth; “I Yehovah have spoken, it shall come to pass and I will accomplish; I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent. According to thy ways and according to thy doings, shall they judge thee, saith Yehovah God” (Ezek. 24:14).
“My doctrine shall drop as the rain, My speech shall distill as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb and the showers upon the grass” (Deut. 32:2).
Yehovah God does not need, neither has He asked nor instructed, man to develop the doctrine of the study of God. Adam’s attempt to systematize his understanding of the ways and means of Almighty God is “profane, vain babblings and oppositions of science falsely so called” (I Tim. 6:20). He is not impressed nor moved by the doctrinal statement of a group of people or their doctrinal position on points of consideration. His doctrine is all that matters and that doctrine is the teaching of the Holy Spirit. He did not call on zealous, well meaning people to go out into the world and teach the nations to know the Lord; that is the job of the Spirit of Yehovah and He needs no help (Jer. 31:34). He sent forth His disciples into all the world to preach the power of God unto salvation (gospel) to every creature; “he that believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he that does not believe shall be damned” (Mark 16:15f). He empowered His people from on high to go forth and proclaim the name of Yah to all the world (the mystery of the gospel that the nations should be partakers of the same Spirit) and to speak of ‘how great things’ He has done. Those who have ears to hear, being born from above, recognize that sure sound of the certain trumpet and rejoice in the testimony of the power of the King who has taken His great power unto Himself and reigns over all. These alone have the common experience of being native to the house of the Father, knowing the songs of Zion and the comforts of the peace of the Father’s house. They know the truth in the Spirit and they wrestle with the vanity of the flesh daily. The teachings of Yehovah God are unto them, communicated by the Spirit, from faith to faith, as He testifies that they are the sons of God. This teaching and instruction comes down from above as the water of life which causes the tender herb and the grass to grow. It returns as glory and praise unto God as the morning dew evaporates in the light of the sun. The planting of His vineyard is refreshed and rejoices at the sound of that ‘still small voice’ which speaks of the manner of love which the Father has bestowed upon His elect that they should be called the sons of God (I John 3:2).
To the fool, who has not the Spirit and is none of His, this testimony is false for it has no proof. The preaching of the gospel has nothing substantial for the natural man to research, evaluate and pass judgment upon; therefore, it is concluded as an erroneous fable and the opiate of the masses. This teaching speaks only of the power, purpose and performance of God and there is no room for the praise of intuition, ability and compliance by Adam. This is not only unacceptable to the earthen vessels formed from the dust of the earth but it is rejected as being of no value.
Adam was assigned in his creation the labour of ‘dressing and keeping’ the garden (Gen. 2:15). His son, Cain, was a tiller of the ground (4:2), Noah became an husbandman and planted a vineyard (9:20) and Esau was a ‘cunning hunter, a man of the field’ (25:27). These all represent the nature of man and his seed after him. They are of the earth and their understanding is therefore, earthly. The sons of Adam have not the ability to receive, understand or obey the things of the Spirit because they are not spiritual, they have not the mind of God and they were never intended to do so. Since they have not the Spirit, they have not the fruit of the Spirit which is faith. They may hear with the natural ears, give homage to the tenants and respect to the people and history but they have not been given the grace by faith, whereby they must be delivered.
“Because I will publish the name of Yehovah; ascribe ye greatness unto our God, the Rock, (32:3).
The natural doctrine of the carnal mind still concludes that the simple speaking of the name of God in the testimony of what He has done for another and what they need to do for Him, is sufficient to bring one to Christ. The zealous cry of every neo-evangelical organization is that preaching is all that is needed for faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Rms. 10:17). These will quickly point to their apparent success in numbers of conversions, baptisms and attendance as proof that this line of reasoning must be correct for God has blessed the labours of their hands. They castigate the stoic teachings of a dictatorial master who has ordained all things, whatsoever comes to pass, without given man an option to accept or reject. They cannot believe that a loving and kind, forgiving God, would afore consign one to eternal damnation before they have demonstrated their fitness for such judgment or that the pure, righteous and Holy God is the creator of evil wickedness and the abomination which makes desolate. These protest that those who would believe such things have made God a tyrant, man a puppet and the Almighty the author of sin, therefore a sinner Himself.
The gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is based solely upon the fact that there was never, is now and never shall be a righteous man upon this earth, save Jesus Christ the righteous. All have sinned in Adam, come forth from the womb speaking lies and come short of the glory of God. Every child of the dust craves the things of the dust and delights in the satisfaction of the flesh. Therefore, because there is none who seek after righteousness and who understand the sin, trespasses and iniquity in Adam, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, made under the law and in the likeness of sinful man. The proclamation of the name of Yehovah is the self existing, all inclusive, all knowing, ever present and all powerful inhabiter of eternity who shed His blood to redeem His people from their sin. The fool may rant that this may have been done by just any one or he may assert that this Jesus was a good man who was martyred for the cause, but he cannot confess that He is Emmanuel, which being interpreted is God with us.
This is the Rock of the salvation of the people of Yehovah. He is the Anointed, the Son of the living God and the eternal dwelling place of His Beloved (Ps. 90:1). He is the builder and the foundation of His church (Matt. 16:18). He has built His Temple upon this Rock (Himself) and the gates of hell shall never prevail upon Him. He is the strength, refuge, hope and joy of His people as they are made subject to the vanity of this world and the bondage of the body of this death. He is the “my only rock and my salvation, my defense, I shall not be greatly moved” (Ps. 62:2). He is the Rock from whence His seed was hewn, that great Rock which casts the shadow in the weary land and that stone cut out of the mountain, without hands, which crushes and destroys the works, kingdoms and wickedness of man.
Yehovah God is His name and He teaches “my hands to war and my fingers to fight, my goodness, my fortress, my high tower, my deliverer, my shield and in whom I trust” (Ps. 144:1). His works are righteous and truth. He works all things after the counsel of His will according to the good pleasure of the desire of His heart. He cannot change for He is the same yesterday, today and for ever. His love is eternal for His people, chosen in the Anointed One before Adam was created. No man can stay His hand, alter His ways or effect the course which He has established. He has given all of His creation assignments which they keep without possibility of failure to the glory of His name and the praise of His majesty as King. This is the Rock of offense which the master builders of man have rejected as unsuitable for their building. He is the stone of stumbling and for a “stone of offense to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and many among them shall stumble , fall and be broken; be snared and taken” (Is. 8:14f). He is that stone laid in Zion as a stumbling stone and a rock of offense and whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed” (Rms. 9:33).
“For their rock is not our Rock” (32:31)
The nation of Israel, the ‘holy ones’ (Jeshurun) called out and separated unto God in type and foreshadow, could not retain the magnificent demonstration and continuous display of the glory of God before them. Though they ate angels bread, drank from that Rock that followed them for forty years through the wilderness, saw the cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night, yet when Jeshurun waxed fat and grew thick covered with fatness, they forsook God and lightly esteemed the Rock of His salvation (32:15). God rained down His blessings upon them, like the rain, and guiding and protecting them, led them through the wilderness. He brought them through the sea on dry land and destroyed the armies of Pharaoh in the waters yet, “They soon forgat His works and they did not wait for His counsel; But (they) lusted exceedingly in the wilderness and tempted God in the desert; and He gave them their request but sent leanness into their souls” (Ps. 106:13ff). And as they did not like to retain God in their hearts and minds, He gave them over to reprobate minds wherein their consciences are seared because they believed not His testimony.
Therefore, their rock is the sands of this earth. Upon these sands they have built their hopes and habitation. The nation of Israel is as the sands of the seashore, and so many have built their hopes upon the natural representation and ultimate restoration of a desolate house. This was a stiff necked and rebellious people whom God told Moses that after his death, would continue to follow after this rebellion and, although keeping the outward appearance of righteousness through the ceremonies of the law, were indeed death within. They were unmindful of the Rock and had forgotten the God that formed them (18) and their children would cry out ‘crucify him’ for ‘we have no king but Caesar’.
“His work is perfect for all His ways are judgment; a God of truth without iniquity, just and right is He” (32:4).
The ways of the Ruler of the Universe are perfect and exact. He can do nothing that would endanger or harm His Beloved for He and She are one. He has loved Her from before time was even created and all He has done is for Her. She is without spot or blemish and His desire is upon Her. He has predestinated Her, while in the tabernacle of this dwelling, to be conformed to His image. He has assigned Her the station of being hated of all men for His name sake and subjected Her in the bondage and weakness of the body of this death, not willingly, but in anticipation of the adoption, which is the manifestation of the sons of God. He has experienced all the feelings of the infirmities of the flesh and has been tempted like unto she is, yet without sin and He has endured the contradiction of sin against Himself, therefore He is the High Priest who stands as Her help in times of need.
Let Adam rage against the Sovereign command and control of Yehovah God, his words mean nothing. There is no one who can bring a charge against God or find Him guilty of any offense for His law is perfect, His ways just and He answers to no man. The accuser of His brethren has been cast out and there is therefore no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus, who have been sealed of God and have the name of the Father in their forehead. These tabernacle with God in the Beloved. They walk the path assigned unto them, while in the habitation of this dwelling of clay, and perform the works they have been created to do in Christ Jesus. They have the hope of glory within and wait in anticipation for the deliverance from this carcass and the revelation of that tabernacle not made with hands which is eternal in the heavens. They walk by faith and live by the faith of the Son of God who loves them and gave Himself for them. They are His workmanship, the vines of His vineyard, the sheep of His pasture and the Israel of our God.
“Give thank unto Yehovah for good for His mercy is eternal. Let the redeemed of Yehovah say, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy and gathered them out of the lands, from the east, the west, the north and the south” (Ps. 107:1).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
June 1, 2014