“And Abram said, Yehovah God what will You give me seeing I have go childless and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?”
Abram was a man unto whom the Lord revealed Himself in many wonderful ways. He gave him exceeding great and precious promises as He called him forth out of the land of his father to go to a place unknown. He went out not knowing where he was going as the eternal decree of God directed each step into the plain of Moreh (the teacher) where He again set forth an magnificent promise of not only a great and powerful nation but also of a land of plenty as an inheritance. Abram had no children as yet and his conduct with Sarai, his wife, was less than admirable as he gave a wonderful demonstration of the inability of the natural man to receive the things of God even when the Word came directly from the mouth of God. But Yehovah God is not a respecter of persons and He does not act or react to the conduct of man.
Yehovah blessed this man to be very wealthy in cattle, silver and gold and after He cut the family of Lot out of the herd, He appeared again to him with a heavenly vision of splendor as He told Abram that his seed would be “as the dust of the earth so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then shall your seed be numbered” (13:16).
He added to this greatness by making his hands strong in battle as his men fought against the overwhelming forces that invaded and spoiled the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, taking Lot and his good in the victory of warfare. The military ability granted by the Spirit of God gave Abram the zeal for the cause, the ability to train his men and the victory as he utterly destroyed the invaders and returned the captives to Sodom. Here Abram was met by the King of Sodom after his return from the slaughter of Chedor-laormer and they were in agreement on level ground (valley of Shaveh). The King of Sodom attempted to reward him for his accomplishments but Abram refused saying, “I have lifted up mine hand unto Yehovah the Most High God, the possessor of heaven and earth, that I will not take from a thread to a shoe-latchet and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, I have made Abram rich” (14:23). Here Abram was also met by Yehovah God who blessed him.
The King of righteousness (Melchizedek), who is also the King of Peace (Salem), brought forth the bread and the wine for he was the Priest of the Most High. He represents the eternal Priesthood of God and is here made manifest many years before Jacob was even born from whom came the priesthood that stood in type. Unto this obscure King, of whom there is no record of Abram ever meeting prior to or after this encounter, Abram, willingly and freely, delivers up a tenth of all he has. There is not even a record of what was spoken of between the two men and yet without any high pressure sales tactics or neo-evangelical coercion, the friend of God paid his tithe to the Anointed One of God in acknowledgement of His authority and great power. This was done because Abram was a child of grace and partaker of the New Covenant wherein the Spirit caused his worship of God to be in Spirit and truth through faith.
The great cloud of witnesses was all about Abram, with many more testimonies to come, yet, in the midst of this grand display of the sovereign rule of God over all men, Abram the son of Adam asks God what will You give me?
“Then answered Peter and said unto Him, Behold we have forsaken all and followed You; what shall we have therefore?” (Matt. 19:27)
The disciples of Christ were men of like debasing passions as Abram. They saw the wondrous works which Jesus did in their sight, healing the sick, raising the dead, casting out demons and preaching the power of God unto salvation, but they expected something in return. This is a vulgar trait of every son of Adam and is preached in the gospel of Adam and his duty unto his ascension. When Adam heard the words of the serpent, being present with Eve in the garden, he, desiring something more for himself, was attentive to the idea of being wise like unto God. He was not content in the station which God had prepared for him, nor with the provisions God had set before him; the idea of being like God was appealing to his nature and so he hearkened unto the voice of his wife and did take and eat. The disciples, Peter being the mouth-piece of the internal desires of the flesh, wanted to know; what was in it for them? What was God going to give them since they gave this diminutive display of obedience in following Him. True obedience is of and by the Spirit not according to the desires of designs of the flesh?
This question was answered sharply by the Lord with an impossibility of man; no man was made alive by the will of the flesh, for God has prepared each earthen vessel for His purpose; no man caused himself to be born in trespasses and sin and no man can cause his birth in the Spirit from above. Every one born of the seed of Adam is carnal, sold under the inability to hear the voice of the Master, receive the things of the Spirit and walk in obedience before the Lord. Jesus was not placing before these men the avenue for greatness, for no man can change the life he has been given or amend the labours he has been assigned, He stated the absolute that unless one followed Him IN the regeneration they had no part in the Israel of our God.
His reference to the regeneration is a privilege that only those who are one in Him could ever experience for as He was delivered up and died, so also He was made alive from the dead. His people are therefore risen up together in Him before the foundation of the world and this is manifested in the day when they hear His voice and live. Those that sleep in Him await the time when it pleases the Father to reveal unto them that the fullness of the Godhead dwells in the remnant according to grace and when the Word comes unto these, every man in his order, is awakened unto life. All who follow the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah in the regeneration, being born anew from above by the Spirit, have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places and have been given all things pertaining to life and godliness yet the children of the dust ask; What will you give me?
This concept of following is nothing new in Adam for as God has assigned the station of leader to some, He has also assigned the privilege of following to others. If a man has a word or an idea that is pleasing to the logic of the flesh and aggrandizing to his flesh, he sells it to his neighbor saying, Come see my zeal for the Lord. Adhering to the tried and true practices of deception and illusion through speculation, the eyes and ears of the natural man look for and follow after signs and wonders in the heaven which God has put there to entice the evil generation of man. When the great swelling words of the orator come in contact with the itching ears of man, who desires to hear or speak something new, this combination of the refuse of dung, the perishing outer man and dead flies of duty causes the ointment to send forth the stench of death, which man finds to be a sweet smelling savor and the more pungent the aroma, the stronger the following.
The doctrine of Adam is identified by this allurement as many seek unto religion to find a benefit in this life through obedience and their eternal reward in heaven for leaving all and following a man called Jesus; “Not everyone who cries Lord, Lord shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven but he that does the will of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to Me, in that day, Lord, Lord have we not prophesied in Your name and in Your name have cast out devils and in Your name done many wonderful works?” (Matt. 7:21).
This doctrine is also seen in the individual efforts of self-denial and a moral walk as the death shrouds of this life are paraded about in pious grandeur. The leaven of the Pharisees is the standard of living for the natural man who struts about wanting to be heard of many people and sought after of man but unto those who have been born anew, this stench is offensive, repulsive and cannot be permanent.
“But the Lord said unto him, Go your way; for he is a chosen vessel unto Me to bear My name before the nations and kings and the children of Israel; for I must show him how great things he must suffer for My name’s sake” (Acts 9:15)
The manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, which is daily poured out against the ungodliness of man, is revealed unto all who have been counted worthy to suffer for the kingdom of God. These have eyes to see the vanity of this world and the corruption of the flesh but they are also hated of ALL men for His name’s sake for He is Light and man loves the darkness rather than the light. The children of the King have their affections set on things from above by reason of their being born from above and as they grow in the grace and knowledge of His will, they see that this world cannot sustain them nor give them hope. They are made acutely aware of the pains of death which surround them in the body of this death and the sorrows of the grave encompass them as the outer man perishes daily. They find that they have no hope in this world as the furnace of affliction consumes the wood, hay and stubble of the works of man and the remnant of Edom.
This suffering is also from without as the way that the children are given to worship their Father is called heresy by the religious world. They find that they are isolates and alone as the grand parade of man’s religion marches through the streets of the marketplace and the inhabitants of this world join in the procession. Even they are drawn as the moth to the flame at the pageantry and magnitude of this religious juggernaut as it rolls along and many there be that find it. The splendor of the beauty of this enterprise glistens in the eyes of man and the music of the people of the land causes the sons of Adam to sing alone and dance but the children of the Israel of our God find that all this glory is temporal and fades away. Thus they find themselves in solitude, as the pelican in the wilderness, wondering if there are any who find peace in the sovereignty of Yehovah God over all things. They hear that still small voice which shows them the way through the barren wilderness of this world.
But this wilderness is a place prepared for them. Adam rejected the place prepared for him and was banished from the garden but the children of hope find peace and comfort walking in the footsteps of the flock through this world for they lead to the shepherds tent where He feeds them. Though the flesh is being consumed and their weakness is being made evident yet they are strengthened by the Spirit within and while the flesh complains of insufficient attention and an assumed indifference by God, the children know that every step is ordained of God who has done all our works in and for us. Saul of Tarsus was to suffer a great many things for the name of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah and while people are not being stoned and left for dead these days, yet the inveterate hatred of Esau continues, restrained by the hand of the Sovereign.
God gave Abram more than possessions and fame in this world and through the Spirit within Abram believed God and kept His commandments. He was not made righteous by his actions for no flesh shall ever be justified before God nor did he become the friend of God by proving himself faithful (Jms 2:23). He was of the incorruptible seed who was made partaker of flesh and blood whose vessel had been afore prepared unto the glory of the seed within but he was a man of like passions, such as we are today, who was tempted in all points, like as unto we are, and who failed to measure up to the perfect standards of the holiness of God. But the Father manifested His eternal love for the incorruptible seed and as Abram was blessed so he demonstrated every reasons why he should have been destroyed.
God again took Abram to a place where He showed him the wonders of His creation. He told him that his seed, which would proceed out of his loins, would be as the stars of the heavens, which could not be numbered, but which God calls by name (Ps. 147:4). God reveals unto Abram the same thing He showed unto John in his vision of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah; that there is an host redeemed by the blood of the Lamb which no man can number but the foundation of God remain sure for the Lord knows them that are His. And was this sufficient to cause Abram to change his Adamic nature? Of course not!
Abram, like every doubting son of the dust is incapable of taking God at His Word and believing what he said because all men have not faith. Faith is a gift of God and the evidence of the indwelling of the Spirit of God. It is the path by which the children of hope live and walk in the light of the Lord, a light from which man is repulsed, and the evidence of things which the natural eye cannot see nor the natural mind comprehend. By faith, the prisoners of hope receive the precious promises, which man discards as of no use, for they seek a better country than this world, a better promise and a better life being eternal in the heavens. Abram was a child of grace who had these promises and more yet when God revealed unto him those things which surely must come to pass, Abram of Adam asks;
“...Lord God whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?”
Natural religion wants to have assurances. It seeks a time and place wherein an action took place and thus asks when a person became a believer; it wants to know and demand that one should know when they were ‘born again’ and how their have changed since that day. The children of the incorruptible seed know nothing of this assurance for since the day when the Father revealed Himself in them they have seen the uncleanness of their ways and the corruption of the body of this death. Being like unto the example of the scriptures, both Esau and Jacob were formed together in the womb each having their identity and function in this life. Jacob is the child of promise who is of no great attraction to the people of this world as he appears to be a helpless annoyance to the affairs of life. Esau however, is the attraction of the eyes of flesh. He is a cunning hunter and a man of the field who succeeds in this world and has the compliments of the people. These two abide together in the same house until such time as the Lord reveals the animosity and bitter hatred between them. Then Jacob knows the fear of death as Esau seeks to kill him and regain his birthright and although the Lord has ordained that Esau be servant to Jacob, Jacob’s experience is that Esau cannot be tamed or controlled.
It is Esau who cannot believe and needs proof even though the promises of God are evident in His creation as the heavens show forth the great works of God which He has done solely for His Beloved. The insatiable demands of Edom show forth that his nature is devoid of patience, which is also an evidence of the Spirit for the inner man, and though God has decreed every purpose to have a time of manifestation yet even when His purpose is made evident yet is man not thankful. He demands that his passions and needs be attended to with haste and that when he speaks God should listen and when God causes him to be still and sit in the lower recesses of the earth awaiting His hand, it is the outer man who is broken and the inner man who is strengthened.
What more could Abram have needed to convince him that God was telling the truth, for indeed He is “not a man that he should lie or the son of man that he should repent” (Num. 23:19). Even after God promised that the children of Abram would live and be afflicted in a foreign land for many years and then caused the burning lamp to pass between the pieces of the sacrifice yet Abram and Sarai thought it best to ‘take the matter into their own hands’ and help God fulfill His Word. This is the man whom God called His friend and the father of the faithful and while he lived in a primitive society and in backwards times, we today presume to have a way to overcome this doubt and fear; after all, all that needs to be done it to surrender all unto Him and claim His promises and he is obligated to hear our demands and come to our aid! Is this not the doctrine of Adam?
“Jesus said unto him, If you believe all things possible to him that believes. And straightway the father of the child cried out and said with tears, Lord I believe, help Thou my unbelief” (Mark 9:23)
The trying of the children of grace is a two edged sword. It shows the faith within as the evidence of the indwelling Spirit of God while revealing the defect, deficiencies and wretchedness of the outer man of Adam. Until such time as appointed of God when the tabernacle of this dwelling is put off all who have been born from above in the regeneration will have the fears of Adam which spring forth from the compost of his corruption. No matter what the Lord reveals to the natural eye, and He is constantly revealing His sovereign power over all things, yet the inability of Adam to prove and understand these things, which inability God has placed in every son of Adam so that he cannot find out the works which God has done from the beginning, unbelief shall abound accompanied by the uncertainty of the moment and day. Man strives to remain in the arena where he has most control due to his intellect, his training or his natural abilities but as the light of the glory of God shines forth into the inner recesses of the natural being, the children of grace know that “the way of man is not in himself; not in man that walks to direct his steps” (Jer. 10:23).
The testimony of the scriptures in the examples that are left to those who have eyes to see and an heart to perceive is that in Adam we are constantly trying to correct that which we esteem as being broken and to alter the course of our lives and others. We conclude the outcome of events based upon our reason and cognitive abilities but “there is a way which seems right unto man, but the end thereof the ways of death” (Pro. 16:25).
Which one of us would not readily return to a former time to correct the steps we took or even those of another so that the present day heartaches would not be as they are? Which would not take back an unkind word or banish the deeds of the flesh which cause embarrassment or shame so that Adam could remain reputable and respected in the eyes of his peers? And which of those who have the hope of glory within would not eradicate the sin which so easily besets us and shows us that in me, that is in my flesh dwells no good thing?
Herein the noblest of endeavours are we all manifested to be the sons of Adam having eyes full of adulteries, cursed children who cannot cease from sin. We would ascend to the throne of God and casting aspersions of impropriety against His perfect will, take His throne to show ourselves to be like God. Adam cannot rest in His most Holy will nor can he accept the ways of God, which cannot be altered, for Yehovah God is seated in the heavens having finished all His work. The beauty of the finished work and His irresistible will, by which He causes all things to come to pass, infuriates the work ethic which God has given to Adam and his children and when the comfort of His perfect way is communicated by the Spirit, from faith to faith, there will always be the unbelief of Adam and the ever active meddling of his polluted hands in his attempt to fix things and make them right.
This world is not the home of the children of the Kingdom of light and though none of these could have ever scripted out the life that they have lived or the life that remains yet they know that the Lord God Omnipotent reigns supreme over all things for true and righteous are His ways.
“But as it is written, Eye has not seen nor ear heard neither has it entered into the heart of man, the things God has prepared for them that love Him; but God has revealed unto us by His Spirit for the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God” (I Cor. 2:9)
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
May 13, 2018