“For thus said the Lord Yehovah;Behold I Myself will search My sheep and seek them out, as a shepherd seeks his flock in the day that he is among his scattered sheep.”
With the so called ‘ holiday season’ upon us the religion of Adam is desperately striving and encouraging all members to labour more abundantly in hope of earning enough credits for their evangelical merit badge. These primary religious ceremonies of the religion of man are the 25th of December and the first day after the spring solstice wherein the pageantry of man is in full blossom as the pious and holy receive attendance credit and favour with their gods. On these most venerated days the benches shall be filled with those who are compelled to be refreshed with feel good messages of childhood memories and soothe the conscience by fulfilling the obligatory attendance criteria. Therefore the labourers in the fields are admonished, exhorted and even threatened with sanctions to ‘ go into the highways and by ways and bring them in that the tables may be filled’. After all, the test of a successful out-reach ministry is the number of converts and seating filled to capacity which are accompanied by the necessity of the increase in filthy lucre.
The gospel of the ‘ power of God unto salvation’ is completely contrary to the intent and perversion of every attempt of man to win some for Christ for Yehovah God Himself proclaimed that this was His doing. He condemned those who had attempted to lift themselves up as God and lord over the sheep of His pasture saying ; “Behold I am against the shepherds and I will require My flock at their hand and cause them to cease from feeding the flock ”. Regardless of what theological hemlock may be the preferred libation of the children of the dust, every endeavour of the creature to explain and teach the vast immutable expanse of the Lord God Almighty is hopeless because of his limited nature, finite manner and selfish disposition.
God gave the nation of Israel His Law to openly demonstrate the inability of man ; before the people even saw the hand-writing of ordinances, Moses had shattered them upon the Rock. This gave clear presentation that man was never intended to be delivered from his inabilities by keeping the Law for the pattern given in the mount was a ministration of condemnation and who-so-ever observed each and every jot and tittle of them simply gave testimony to the fact that they were indeed incapable of ‘ hitting the target’. No man would bring a sacrifice of the first-born of the flock as the sin offering if he had no sin neither would the children of Israel observe the weak and beggarly elements of the types in ceremonies and feast day observances if they had the reality of the truth ; thus to keep the ‘ oracles of God’ was to confess, I am a sinner.
He then gave the nation Judges to bring them back to the standard of operations which God had commanded and from which they continually diverted. Neither the Law nor these men and women were able to convert one soul unto the truth for as the law was held in contempt, the feasts polluted and the statutes violated so the Judges were despised of the very people God had sent them unto. The people continued in their Adamic nature, though for a season there was the feigned appearance of repentance, and did that which was right in their own eyes as they followed after the desires of the flesh. And as they forgot the God who had delivered them and chosen them above all nations, He gave them over to the hands of their enemies until they cried out unto Him for deliverance.
Finally the people rejected Yehovah God and demanded a king be set over them “that we also may be like all nations and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles ” (I Sam. 8:20). He gave them their ‘ ruling desire’ (King Saul) and increased the nation in strength and wealth. The long-suffering mercy of God continued, because He is faithful, and yet neither the words of man nor the labours of the hands could do one thing that would turn one unto the truth. No matter what is said or done, that which is born of the flesh is fleshly and that which is of the earth, is earthly.
“Yehovah, You have ordained peace for us for You have wrought all our works in us” (Is. 26:12).
The works of man are carnal and completely worthless. Though the rivers all flow unto the sea, yet it is never filled and though man labours for his bread, yet when he has eaten he is not sustained. The body and the world we live in is full of labours which cannot continue for as soon as they are accomplished they must begin again ; therefore there is no peace in the labour of man.
Yehovah has ordained peace for His people of the election according to grace. He did not create man able to be righteous and then was surprised when he failed ; nor did He look ahead in time to see what man would choose and then make His plans accordingly. The standard and proof of God is “shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that you are gods ; do good or do evil that we may be dismayed and behold it together ” (Is. 41:23). And thus the proof that He Yehovah, the ‘ self-existing one’ , is that he has proclaimed all that He has done and none can stay His hand or say unto Him, What are you doing ? (Dan. 4:35).
The Lamb was slain before the foundation of the world. He became the sin of His people before Adam was formed from the dust of the earth and His precious blood was shed for the ‘ release from bondage’ (remission) of the Holy seed. These are made subject to the captivity of the flesh for a time appointed of the Father yet they are righteous because He is righteous. The Beloved has eternal peace with God because He is the Prince of Peace, the King of Peace (Melchizedek being the King of Righteousness and the King of Salem which is Peace) and Yehovah our righteousness. He did not make salvation possible so that man could finish the work He started nor does He meet His people half way after they demonstrate some spiritual initiative and begin to seek after Him. Adam is incapable of comprehending the assignment and not properly equipped to perform it. Therefore He did the work in His people who have been ordained unto eternal life.
He has planted His seed throughout the whole world in earthen vessels which He has afore prepared. He has set the time of the manifestation of the growth and maturation of the seed unto the predetermined fruit that should be produced. He knows where His seed is scattered and as He is in the midst of them, for nothing can separate them from the love of God, so He alone can search them and seek them out. He told the Messengers that they were to leave the tares alone lest they harm the wheat in their attempt to purge the garden but assured them that in the harvest, the tare would be separated from the wheat and cast into the fire ; the wheat however, would be gathered into His barns
It was not the conclusion of the wisdom of man which said that there was none who regarded or sought after righteousness nor was it Adam who wondered that there was no intercessor. It was the decree of God from the beginning that man was not suitable to do the required work ; therefore He brought salvation unto Himself by His right hand and His Holy arm. Yehovah God does not delegate this work unto another and when the religious elitist came to Jesus and inquired about doing the work of God, they were told that His work was the granting of faith unto His children ; “And Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that you believe on Him whom He has sent ” (John 6:29).
His children are born of the Spirit and thus have the fruit of the Spirit within. They believe because they have faith, which is a gift of God, and they are given to know the truth who abides in them ; “He answered and said unto them, because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven but to them it is not given ” (Matt. 13:11). This faith is given unto deliverance and that through hope whereby the seed is made subject to the vanity of this existence. Thus the manifest token is given unto the entire household by the loving hand of the Father.
He has performed this work, which is hidden from man so that he cannot find out the work which He has done from the beginning, personally for His Beloved. All that He has ever done is for His eternal love for this peculiar people for His desire is upon her ; “I am my Beloved’s and His desire is toward me ” (Song 7:10). He came to seek and to save that which was lost (perished). He did not leave road signs to show the way, set up a network of informants for the wayfarer to find or leave man to group in the dark to find his way.
Yehovah God, being the Eternal Father, is inseparably joined unto His seed as the fullness of the Godhead dwells in each one. He has scattered them unto their appointed destinations in time where they are made partakers of flesh and blood. He has established a time when in the dark and cloudy day He delivers them from their ignorance and reveals His great light. This is not a day where the natural man has arrived at the end of his rope and turns unto God as a last resort nor is it the rewarding of years of studies and research by fallible man. It is the time when in the arrogance of confidence in the flesh the Spirit opens the eyes and makes corruption evident and death inevitable.
“I will seek out My Sheep and will deliver them out of the places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day”
The natural light of this world is utter darkness in comparison to the Light of glory. When Moses came down off the mount after speaking with God, his face shone by reason of being in the presence of the glory of God. Moses had no glory in and of himself and when God commissioned him for the work that was before him, he objected, claiming that he was not suited for the work. When in the presence of Yehovah God the appearance of his face was changed and he reflected the glory of God ; yet when he returned to the people to give them the word of God, although the shinning face served as proof that he had been in the presence of God and his word was true yet that glory faded away.
God is a jealous God and He does not give His glory to another. He has finished all our works lest any should rise up in Adam and profess that his hand had done all these things. This is the nature of the sons of the dust who still desires to fashion aprons to cover their shame and God has created them with these carnal designs. The testimony of the Spirit to the inner man is of this nature and the constant drive of the flesh to prove itself worthy before God contrasted by the evidence of the work which He finished before the foundation of the world.
The eternal incorruptible seed was delivered into the darkness and hidden (cloudy) manners of the seed of Adam. The natural man loves the darkness for he thinks that his deeds are hidden and he strives to conduct his affairs after the course of this world in a hidden or secluded manner. This is why when the eyes of Adam and Eve were opened and they saw their nakedness, they hid themselves from God and everyone who works evil, hates the light, neither comes to the light lest his deeds be reproved (John 3:19). “Lord, how long shall the wicked triumph ? Shall they utter speaking hard things and boast themselves in the works of iniquity ? They break in pieces Your people and afflict Your heritage ; they slay the widow and stranger and murder the fatherless ; yet they say, Yehovah shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard ! Understand you stupid among the people, and you fools when will you be wise ? He that planted the ear, shall He not hear ? He that formed the eye, shall He not see ? He that chastens the nations, shall He not correct and teach men knowledge ? Yehovah knows the thoughts of man that they are vanity’ (Ps. 94:3ff).
The Creator of all has predestinated every thought, word and deed of man and His Word is the discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. He knows the heart of man that it is desperately wicked above all things and none can know it. He knows the mind of man is filled with the lusts of this world because He has filled it thusly so that man cannot find out the work which He has done from the beginning, and it is He who has breathed into man and made him a living soul. He knows the frame that it is dust and He is full well acquainted with the limitations He has set and the inabilities He has given to Adam and his seed.
“I am Yehovah and none else;no God beside Me. I girded you though you have not known Me that they may know from the rising of the sun and from the west that none beside Me. I am Yehovah and none else. I form the light and create darkness;I make peace and create evil;I Yehovah do all these” (Is. 45:5ff).
The work of the Eternal Father for His children is identical to the work of the Husband for His Beloved and the Shepherd for His sheep. The foundation of God is sure because He is personally joined to His sheep and they hear His voice. He has given them all things which pertain to life and godliness and they are complete in Him. He leads them in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake and His glory is the light which causes the shadow in the valley of death.
It is He who has scattered His seed throughout all the world and He who commanded His disciples to go into all the world and preach the power of God unto salvation ; the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah. He can never leave nor forsake His sheep, especially during the time of habitation in the dust, therefore He seeks out His flock in the time that He is among them. His Spirit leads them in all truth as He reveals the Canaanite (the people of the land) which is the earthen vessel formed from the dust of the earth. He brings them out of the countries where He has scattered them and gives them earnest desire to return to that city not made with hands whose builder and maker is God. He shows them the bondage of sin and the corruption of the flesh, teaching them that they are strangers and sojourners in a foreign land. They feel as the pelican in the wilderness wherein there is not food. They sit in solitude as a sparrow upon the rooftop seeking the fellowship of like-minded people as the Spirit demonstrates to them that only those of like precious faith are joined together. Only those who have been chosen in the furnace of affliction, that Refiner’s fire and Fuller’s soap which consumes the stubble of Edom and reveals the living precious stone within, know the struggle against the flesh and the warfare between the law of the members and the inner man. These are forth brought out of the people and countries (the graves and corruption wherein the seed has been planted) as the Lord reveals to them that for a time they walked according to the course of this world. His mercy brings them to the place where they hate themselves because their deeds in the flesh are completely unclean and an abomination before the Lord ; therefore they who were alive once, die and those things which were gain unto them are now dung.
“He makes me to lie down in green pastures: He leads me beside the still waters: He restores my soul: He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Ps. 23:2).
The good Shepherd who has given His life for the flock feeds them those things which are needful to sustain them all the days of their habitation. Moreover He feeds them with that which when a man eats thereof he never hungers and when hr drinks thereof he never thirsts again. Man shall not live by the food of this world but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. That Word became flesh and dwelt among His people. He said that unless one eats of His flesh and drinks of His blood he is not worthy of the kingdom of God and since He is the life of the body so He is the good pasture when He leads and feed His flock.
Adam has no place in this pasture for the river thereof flows from the throne of God. This is the living water that quenches the thirst of all who hunger and thirst after righteousness. It nourishes the tree on either side of the street whereon is the fruit that heals the nations. Here Yehovah God brings His fold and blesses them with a feast of fat things so that His sheep neither want nor need.
His promise, which is His Word, which is Christ, is that He will feed His flock like a shepherd. He Himself leads them to the peace and rest of His pasture where no beast can harm and no time can corrupt and He alone manifests this finished work each and every day “and as many as were ordained unto eternal life believed ”
He alone has this ministry and He alone is qualified to perform the work in all righteousness. He came into this world to seek and to save that which was dead in trespasses and sin ; He alone is the light that enlightens the nations and the glory of His people the Israel of our God. Not only does He watch over and care for His flock but he also at the same time, administers judgment upon the wicked. He binds up that which is broken, strengthens that which is sick but He destroys the fat and the strong and feeds them with judgment.
The good news of glad tidings of great joy must be that Yehovah God has come with a strong arm which rules over all things according to the good pleasure of His will. Not one angry wave proceeds beyond the prescribed boundary nor does the wrath of man disrupt the will of God. His reward is the joy set before Him and His work is the deliverance of His people from their sin. He alone shall feed His flock like a shepherd, He gathers the lambs with His arm and carries in His bosom and shall gently lead those that are with young. (Is. 40:10f).
He is the Lord God Omnipotent who lives and reigns forever. His Beloved is protected, provided and preserved in Him and He never changes. By His eternal love He draws His people out of the places where He, the sower, has scattered His seed ; He brings them forth to bare the peaceable fruits of righteousness as He calls each one, every man in his order, out of the people, out of the nations and finally out of the body of this death.
This is the work of God: Adam has neither right, nor portion, nor memorial therein.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
December 4, 2016