“And their property was sufficient for to do all the work and there was a remainder.”
Many today question the doctrine of an all encompassing sovereign God who has ordained all things from beginning to end and has caused all the intent of His heart to come to pass. This is hard doctrine for the mind of Adam to comprehend because of the inability of the natural man to know the things of God. This precious truth cannot be deciphered by the faculties of man because he is finite and the ways of God are infinite.
This is the nature of God that cannot be found out by searching, cannot be explained by logic and cannot be understood by the carnal mind; That He has, before the foundation of the world, called those things that have not yet come to pass as though they had already been, saying, “My counsel shall stand and I shall do all My pleasure” (Is. 46:10). This is the government of the Almighty who spoke the heaven and earth into existence, set all things in motion and causes them to act according to the predestined purpose which He has purposed in Himself. All things come to pass by the power of His will for all things are created by Him, through Him and for Him. In the power of this unchanging will and by the appointment of God, man lives and moves and has his very being, each man in his order, and each has been assigned a labour to complete. This labour is assigned by the hand of the Designer of the universe to exercise the sons of man. He has also set the world in the hearts of the sons of man so that no man can find out the work that God makes from the beginning to the end (Ecc. 3:10f). Therefore the natural man cannot comprehend the work of God, has no desire after the ways of God and cannot receive the things of the Spirit of God. Yet with all this, the fact of the all encompassing sovereignty of God is not altered one iota.
Once again the testimony of those things which were afore written for the guidance of the strangers and sojourners in the foreign land is set forth for our patience and comfort that we might have hope (Rms. 15:4). A specific time had come for an exact labour to be performed by a peculiar people in a specified place and particular manner according to the perfect purpose of Almighty God. The four hundred and thirty years of captivity, promised of God to Abraham (Gen. 15:13) had come to an end, even on the “self same day it came to pass” (Ex. 12:41), as Moses led the house of Israel out of the “fortified land” of “Mitzrayim” (Egypt). God delivered His people from the bondage of the man who was stronger than they and with the mighty arm He brought salvation to Himself. He had protected them from Pharaoh’s army in the wilderness by the pillar of fire. He opened the Red Sea that they should walk dry shod across the river bed and then He manifested His authority over all as He drowned the enemy of His people in plain sight. He gave an open testimony of His power and majesty as He led them with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night as He brought them to a place afore prepared where He would meet with them and give them His law.
Six hundred thousand people had walked out of the land of their captors heavy laden with food, possessions and clothing because God had, by the hand of His judgment upon Pharaoh and his people, given Israel favor in the eyes of the Egyptians. First God caused Pharaoh to tell Moses, Aaron and the children of Israel to ‘rise up and get forth from among my people and serve Yehovah your God’. He also told them to take their flocks and herds and “be gone”. Then the same Yehovah God caused the Egyptians to be “urgent upon the people that they might send them out of the land in haste, for they said, we are all dead”. In addition to this, “the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses and they requested of the Egyptians, jewels of silver and jewels of gold and raiment and Yehovah gave them favour in the sight of the Egyptians so that they gave them their request. Thus they plundered the Egyptians” (Ex. 12:31 – 36).
Every necessary ingredient was supplied by the Master Designer and Builder for His people to do exactly what He had afore decreed should be accomplished. He then delivered this work force to the place of employment and in the “shadow of God” (Bezaleel) “My Father’s tent” (Aholiab) was constructed by those whom He had put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary (Ex. 36:1). He made the people willing in the day of His power to relinquish such as He had given them for the construction of the type of the pattern of heavenly things. Moses received from among them an offering unto Yehovah; “whosoever of a willing heart let him bring an offering unto Yehovah, gold, silver, brass, blue, purple and scarlet, fine linen and goats’ hair, rams skins dyed red, badgers’ skins and ‘shittim’ wood, oil for the light, spices for anointing oil and for the sweet incense, onyx stones and the stones to be set in the ephod and for the breast plate. And every wise hearted among you shall come and make all that Yehovah has commanded” (35:5-10). God gave them the materials, brought them to the project sight, empowered them with wisdom and understanding, made them willing to do the work and caused His will to be performed with exacting detail.
He even gave them the ability to teach others so that with “the support of my brother” (Ahisamach) the tribe of the “Judge” (Dan) oversaw the performance of the work. These were not a group of people looking for work. They had been forced to labour in the land of Egypt all the days of their captivity. These were the ones whom God had “filled with wisdom of heart to work all manner of work, of the engraver, of the cunning workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue, purple, scarlet and in fine linen and of the weaver, and of them that do any work and of those that devise cunning work” (35:35). Nothing was left to the devices and imagination of man so that, even though he was actively involved in the action of the work, all praise and glory is unto God that NO FLESH may glory in His sight.
“And all the women that were wise-hearted did spin with their hands and brought that which they had spun of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet and of fine linen” (35:25).
Events come to pass in a particular manner and at an appointed time. God had delivered the nation and led them into the wilderness where they traveled for three months before they came to the base of Mt. Sinai. The beginning of days was the new moon of the spring and so 90 days later would coincide with the new moon of the summer. This meant that the winter wool was to have been shorn off the sheep for the making of clothes and household goods. This wool was then spun into threads for the weaving of garments and blankets in an art form that had been a part of the children of Jacob for many years. This time, however, the wool was to be spun in a particular manner. The wool must be white, without blemish or discoloration so that the twisting was white to white. Now some may say that the meaning of the original language is such that the wool may have been bleached to appear white and whereas the language does admit such things the question must be asked, where did the children of Israel get the necessary ingredients to bleach the wool and make it appear white as marble or alabaster? The answer is found in the Law that God gave to Moses when He said that the animals brought forth as an offering unto Yehovah must be without spot or blemish (Lev. 1:10). God did not teach the women how to cover up imperfections with the cunning devices of the imagination of their hearts, He provided them with the ingredients that matched His specifications. He caused them to use this white wool in a way that would provide strings of cloth that were white. These would then be woven in an exact order to fashion the garments of righteousness for Aaron and his sons, the coverings for the sanctuary and the curtains around the Tabernacle.
He also told them that there were a few additional threads that needed to be interwoven. The Egyptians had given the nation of Israel garments of violet, reddish purple and crimson (Ex. 12:35). These were disassembled by very skillful hands so that the threads were retained for the introduction into the fabric of the Tabernacle. A violet thread represented the royalty of the King which was a part of everything made. The crimson represented the blood of the atonement for the remission of sin and the reddish purple demonstrated the manifestation of the Son of God and the Son of man that delivered His people from their sin. These were meticulously and precisely interwoven into the garments and tapestry of the earthly manifestation as the type of the heavenly reality.
These threads were also set forth in the form of “Cherubims” in the door of the Tabernacle. The people had never seen a “Cherub” and knew not what it was yet the decree of Yehovah demanded that on the door of the entrance to the Tabernacle should be the image of the ‘cherubims’. Christ told His disciples that He was the door of the sheep (John 10:7) and the prophet Isaiah said that the gates were Praise unto Yehovah God (60:18) so whatever this representation appeared to the eyes of man, it must be a representation of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah for; “No man comes unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). Let the world worship angels and heavenly hosts, the child of grace has not so learned Messiah. Praise and worship belong unto God alone. He is a jealous God and there are no other gods before Him. He alone is to be worshiped and adored in Spirit and truth not in the figure of man or beasts or heavenly superstitions.
“And all the women whose heart stirred them up in wisdom spun goats’ hair” (35:26).
Certainly the Tabernacle of Yehovah is for His sheep only! Never shall a goat enter into the court of His praise or come before His throne with thanks giving. Yet God instructed, empowered and caused this hair of the goat to be spun together for the coverings over the Tabernacle (36:14); But why the hair of a goat? First off it is the hair of a female goat, the same female goat that would serve as the sin offering before the Lord (Lev. 5:6) and the scapegoat in the celebration of the atonement (16:5). The female goat (Heb. – ‘az’) stands for being established firm and made strong (Heb. – ‘azaz’) because of the maternal instincts that would cause her to fight a foe far greater than she to protect her young. The female is a most tenacious hunter and because of her love for her children she fights to protect them. So the hair of the she-goat was spun into the threads needed to weave the curtains that covered the dwelling place of the covenant of God, along with the red hide of the prominent or mighty One (Ram) and the hide of the ‘sea cow’ or badger (Heb. – ‘Takhash’). The she-goat is coupled together with these as a type of the mystery of the gospel, the sacrifice of Yehovah and the fact that the redeemed of the Lord are of every nation, every tribe, every kindred and every tongue. These are His people, His sacrifice, His covenant and His mercy seat in the Holy of Holies.
The goat is a demonstration of the mystery of the gospel for while the nation of Israel grew to believe that they were the only children of God, yet the true Israel of God is not of national descendants. He is not of the house of ‘Praise’ who is one outwardly, who observes ceremonies and rituals or who can show forth a lineage back to Jacob or Abraham. He is a child of the house of Judah who is of the circumcision of the heart not made with hands, in the Spirit, not of the letter, whose praise is not of man but of God (Rms. 2:29). The mystery of the gospel, which was hid from the beginning yet revealed in the last days, was that the nations of the world are partakers of the same Spirit of God, not by works of righteousness which they have done but according to His great love, wherewith He first loved us. The goat is included as a type of the nations that did not appear as children in the manifestation of the ministration of condemnation and were hated and shunned by those who thought themselves chosen of God. What appears to man to be the wild olive branch is indeed the natural if part of that root and chosen in Him before the foundation of the world, elect and pure.
Now in the end of the world, in the voice of the seventh messenger of God when he began to sound (Rev. 10:7) the types and foreshadows are no longer needed. Christ has fulfilled the law and abolished the handwriting of ordinances, nailing them to the cross and the mystery of God is finished. The exacting details of all particulars have been accomplished as He is now seated at the right hand of the Father. He has finished the work in righteousness and glorified the Father (John 17:4). He has declared His generation, the generation of Jesus Christ, and all that was given to Him by the Father have been raised up together with Him and are now seated in the heavenlies in Him (Eph. 2:6). Yet as His children are partakers of the earthen vessels afore-prepared for them, they still perform the labours of this life that have been assigned unto them. They complete with all perfection, the good works they have been created in Christ Jesus unto and are zealous of these works. They have been provided with all the materials necessary for the completion of the labour assigned unto them and they walk the path that He has set. They perform the good works they have been created unto in complete ignorance of the flesh as they are filled with all “wisdom and spiritual understanding”. They grow in the grace and knowledge of His will as the light of His countenance shines forth in their hearts and the eyes of their understanding is enlightened to know the hope of their calling and the riches of the glory of the inheritance of the saints (Eph. 1:18).. They know that it is God that works in them both to will and to do His good pleasure and they are comforted in the knowledge that NO DETAIL HAS BEEN OVERLOOKED OR LEFT UNATTENDED TO.
Dear brethren, when the doubts and fears well up in the bosom of Adam, consider the wirery, bristles of hair that are on the hide of the goat; contemplate taking the knife and scraping them off the animal and then sitting for hours, twisting them into a thread sufficient enough to weave eleven curtains about 30 cubits long by 4 cubits wide. Then ask yourself if God indeed pays attention to details and concerns Himself with the ‘small things’. This will not convince Adam of anything and will not prevent the mind of the flesh from hypothesizing about the ways of God. It may, however, be of comfort in the consideration of the breath and length and depth and height of the love of Christ which passes all knowledge (Eph. 3:18).
This is the absolute predestination of all things that the Sovereign God of the Universe has purposed and performed for all of His children. It is culminated when the time of this habitation is over in the manifestation of the Sons of God. Even so Lord quickly come.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
October 20, 2013