“Hear O Israel, Jehovah, our God Jehovah is one.”
Four hundred and fifty years had transpired since Jacob led his family into Egypt. They had settled first in the land of Goshen (‘draw near’) so that Joseph could be near his family. They brought forth all their possessions from the land of Canaan and became the herdsman of Pharaoh and the Egyptian people for about 50 years until the Lord raised up a Pharaoh who knew not Joseph. He feared the people in Goshen and under the conviction of a revolt from within his borders, he subjugated them. Years of servitude and oppression followed until God sent forth His deliverer, Moses, to lead His people out of this land. Many years had been spent living under the influences, traditions and customs of the people of Egypt which was a polytheistic culture. The children of Jacob were employed in the making of brick for the construction of many buildings and cities that were dedicated to these pagan deities. Moses himself was raised in Pharaoh’s house as one of his own children. He was learned in the ways, customs and religions of the land.
But when the deliverer was come, he gave witness to the superiority of Jehovah God over these many gods. Moses and Aaron demonstrated to the people of Egypt the might and power of the Sovereign God of the universe while affirming to His chosen people that He was their God and He had not forgotten them. He hardened the heart of Pharaoh against Himself and caused them to look towards the deities of the land. He gave a testimony to His people of Himself and against these faux deities (Ex. 4:21) to show His people their impotence and vanity.
God introduced Himself to Moses in the burning bush that was not consumed. When Moses inquired about who He was, He said that He was known to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as “God Almighty” (El Shaddai) but He called His name, “I AM”. He said He was Jehovah (self-existing one), commissioned Moses and Aaron and sent them from the land of the Middianites down into Egypt where He made Moses a god unto Pharaoh (7:1). He demonstrated His majesty over the individual gods that were worshiped and laid His hand heavily upon the man who was exalted above them as a god. He destroyed the land, the people and the gods they worshiped and when He removed the nation of Israel from their midst, He destroyed the leader and his army demonstrating that Jehovah is Lord over all.
Now 40 years later, Moses calls the nation together and declares; “Listen, behold, pay attention this is imperative, Jehovah your God Jehovah is one.” This was in direct contradiction to the days of old and all the baggage that had been brought forth out of the land. Jehovah was in cooperation with no one. He needed no ones assistance; He sought no advice and did not need to delegate any of His work to another. He alone is the power the might and the glory and He Himself has done all things by the power of His own will.
The doctrine of Adam is a sincere attempt to understand God. God has put the things of this world into the hearts of man so that man cannot find out the things of God by searching, so when man’s theology tries to explain God he brings God down to his level of understanding and describes Him by the things of this world. Thus man makes the study of God into one of his many sciences riddled with flaws and obscured in complexity. He pontificates with great swelling words and loves to be heard with his much speaking. He is ever learning but never coming to the knowledge of the truth.
“For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse” (Rms.1:20).
When God created the heavens and the earth, He set them as clear manifestation of His eternal power and Godhead. Creation attests to the glory of God and shows forth His praise every moment of every day. The heavens declare the glory of the Lord, the firmament shows forth His wonders and every living thing therein stands in testimony to His supreme rule over all. Man is without excuse because of the completeness of this testimony against him for it reveals the beauty of His Holiness in type.
The same is true of Adam. When God created Adam He said; “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” (Gen. 1:26). The purpose in the design of man was to show forth the Godhead in a type and so when He created man, male and female, He clearly demonstrated the unity of His bride in Him. He created one man as the similitude of the Godhead having his bride in him. He formed a body from the dust of the earth, breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul (Gen. 2:7). He also created man having his seed in him to be reproduced, after his kind, in the appropriate order and at the exact time. So the image of God is a spiritual body, since God is spirit, the Spirit of life within, His Bride, being His church and His seed (children) within from the beginning.
The word for image means ‘shade’ or ‘shadow’ and so since God created man in His shadow, how many shadows did God cast? How many Adams were formed from the dust of the earth? Was God complete in and of Himself? Of course He is! Did God created Adam complete, being afore-prepared by the Creator? Of course He did? A single man was the representation of a single God, not three persons in godhead or three divine essences in cooperation, agreement or covenant. The shadow of the great Rock in the weary land cast forth one shadow and that shadow represents the Rock. The stones hewn from that Rock are identical to that Rock in every detail but the shadow is the representation of it.
Adam had his bride in her from the beginning. When God took her out of him, He removed ‘one rib’ from his side for she was bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh. She was nothing new. Adam had a son that was a shadow of himself and Eve (Gen.5:3). This child was nothing new yet he was the exact image of his father. He was the son of Adam, the husband of his wife and the father of his son all in one. One Adam with many members, One Eve having many members and one race of many people, this is the image of God.
“That they may all be one as thou, Father in Me and I in thee, that they may be one in us” (John 17:21)
The singularity of the Godhead is imperative without dissimulation. God is perfect and complete in and of Himself. He works all things after the counsel of His singular will and according to His good pleasure. This is the same purpose which He has purposed throughout the land and it comes to pass by the same means as everything else He has ordained. His Word proclaims the intentions of His heart and “the fierce anger of Jehovah shall not return until He has done and until He has performed the intents of His heart” (Jer. 30:24). His Word is as singular as He is and has not returned unto Him void but has accomplished His pleasure and has prospered in all that He has sent forth and ordained to be (Is.55:11). By the power of His Word He created all things according to His singular purpose. He has made the earth and created all men of one blood upon it. He has set the time of their habitation and the limitations thereof. He has created light and He created darkness, He created good and He created evil and all is done by Him, through Him and for Him. He has purposed in Himself without consultation or covenant with another because of His completeness, sovereignty and unity; “I Jehovah do all these” (Is. 45:7).
This is the fullness of the Godhead which dwelt in the body of Jesus of Nazareth. The Son of God is the ‘Everlasting Father’ and the Spirit. He came forth in the form of a servant to do the will of the Father. Had He come in manifestation of the Father, He would have born witness of Himself which is the sign of a false prophet. Had He spoken His own words then He could not have been ‘that prophet’ that Moses said should come and had He fulfilled the law in the power the arm of the flesh He would have been in opposition to the Word of prophesy saying; “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit saith Jehovah of Hosts” (Zech. 4:6). He fulfilled all that was written by the law and the prophets in Himself for they bore witness of Him. The same Word that was from the beginning is that Word that became flesh and dwelt among man. It is the same Word that speaks to His children in these latter days, the Anointed Salvation of Jehovah is His name.
Therefore brethren, there is ONE Lord and Master over all, Jesus Christ the Righteous. There is ONE faith and it is the faith of the Son of God who loved His people and died for their sins. There is ONE name given whereby His people are delivered, ONE foundation which NO MAN can lay, ONE Jerusalem come down from above, who is the mother of the redeemed. There is ONE Spiritual man, ONE Spirit, ONE life, ONE Bride who a building fitly framed together, an holy habitation of our God and ONE baptism, which is the baptism into the death and burial of Christ Jesus. There is ONE resurrection and life and all who have been raised up together with Him have part in that primal resurrection. The second death has no power over these for they are seated together with Him in His Father’s throne.
The singularity of God is the simplicity of the gospel. His will is performed accordingly and He cannot change, therefore the children of promise are not consumed. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. This is Christ in His people the HOPE of glory,
“Jehovah is One”
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
June 23, 2013