“But now has He obtained a much more excellent ministry, by how much also He is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.”
The promise of God, as revealed unto His servants, is not a compilation of many divers promises of which the sum is the fullness of the intent of God. The promise of God is as singular as He is for it contains all things perfectly joined together as one. When He spoke to Abram He continued to reveal His promise unto him in the manner of the representation like unto two rivers. Thusly He spoke of a multitude of people who would be as the ‘dust of the earth’ and another ‘seed’ which would be as the ‘stars of heaven’. The first is the natural representation of the descendants of Abram which includes the sons of Hagar, Sarah and Keturah, which seed is indeed fruitful and has filled the earth. Herein is the natural type set forth that God is not a respecter of the pedigree or conduct of the people of His creation for unto every nation kindred tribe and tongue is the grace of God manifested and the glory of God declared. (Matt. 5:45 & Ps. 19:1).
He also told His servant that his seed would be as the stars of heaven but this seed would be of Sarah for in Isaac shall his seed be ‘called out’ (Gen. 22:12). This did not mean to infer that only the sons of Isaac are to be called children of promise for of Isaac is Esau. Nor is it to infer that of Jacob are the faithful for Jacob has no right of inheritance being not first-born but rather the blessing is in the faithful seed; first of every people of the world and then according to the types and foreshadows of the a specific ‘chosen’ people. The first stands in ignorant condemnation of Adam unto faith and obedience while the second stands in the type of the condemnation of the law, the ministration of death, unto faith and obedience; “therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the law”. These two representations are one promise of the mystery of the gospel, the power of God unto deliverance.
The promise was further defined to Abram in the proclamation of the fact that his people would dwell in a strange land and be afflicted many years (Gen. 15:13). The testimony of the time of history indicates that at the end of this servitude, the children of Israel were delivered on the ‘selfsame day’ as God had promised (Ex. 12:51) but the promise given to Abram was still in the future. God told Abram that this servitude would be completed in the ‘fourth generation’ when ‘the iniquity of the Amorites was full’. The deliverance from this ‘square pile’ or ‘four-squared dwelling place’ would not come to pass until the ‘guilt of the sayers’ (iniquity of the Amorites) was ‘complete’, ‘perfected’, finished’ or ‘at peace’ (full). It was imperative, by the decree of God, that this ‘depravity’, ‘perverseness’, ‘bent’, ‘distorted’ and ‘twisted’ nature of this particular people was to have an essential place in His creation, perform a particular function and continue until such a time when it had finished all that was assigned unto it and so the promise unto Abram and his seed would not be completely manifested until ‘the iniquity of the Amorites was full’.
“...also the Amorites that dwelt in Chazezon-tamar” (Gen. 14:7)
The land where these ‘sayers’ dwell is described as a place where the ‘archers attempt to divide the palm of date tree’. The fruit bearing ‘date tree’ or the shade of the ‘palm tree’ are both descriptions of the Beloved Bride of the King of peace (Song 7:7f). This would seem to indicate that there are outspoken or braggadocios people who are attempting to strike and divide asunder the Bride by the shooting of arrows from a bow. Since the word which is translated in the scriptures, ‘sin’, is the description of this very act, shooting an arrow and continually missing the mark, then the Word of God has stated to the exalted father of the Faithful (Abraham) that the perfect manifestation of the promise of God to his Beloved people will not be witnessed until the perfect conclusion of the perverse shooting of the arrows. This conduct, which is the constant attempt to divide asunder, is the type of the constant warfare between the flesh of Adam and the Spirit of God.
This promise was confirmed by the mouth of Yehovah to His servant Moses when He commanded him to go to Egypt. Here, after a ‘four squared period of time’ (forty years) in which he was properly prepared for the labour which was before him, Yehovah God told him that he was to deliver the chosen people of God from the wrath and anger of the ‘two-fold siege’ of the ‘great house’ (Egypt, Pharaoh). God had surely seen the affliction of His people and was come down to deliver them; “and to bring them up out of the land unto a good and large land, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites” (Ex. 3:8). Even though the mighty hand of God had ripped His people out of the grasp of Pharaoh, the physical entering into the land whereon Abram dwelt was yet forty years in the future “till all the people, men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because that they did not obey the voice of Yehovah; unto whom Yehovah swore He would not shew them the land, which Yehovah swore unto their father’s that he would give us, a land flowing with milk and honey” (Josh. 6:6). And when the fullness of time was come and the people crossed the river to inhabit the land of Promise, yet were the Amorites dwelling there. The iniquity of the Amorites was not yet full even though Israel had been delivered from Egypt.
“And I said unto you, I am Yehovah your God: do not fear the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell: but you have not obeyed My voice” (Judg. 6:10).
The power of God by the hand of His servant Joshua had defeated ‘the sweeping warrior’ (Sihon) the king of the Amorites. The testimony of this victory, wherein the mighty hand of Yehovah God was made openly manifest before the nations of the world and the people of Israel, preceded them in their march to the Land of Promise. God gave victory after victory over many nations stronger than Israel as He continued to shew forth His power, His sovereign rule over all things and His love for His people. These mighty displays of the fullness of the Godhead to the natural eyes of man could not bring about faith in Him or His Word and though He never ceased to make these open manifestations yet the people did not believe “but rebelled against the commandment of Yehovah your God and murmured in your tents and said, Because Yehovah hated us He has brought us forth out of the land of Egypt to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites to destroy us” (Deut. 1:27).
The warfare with the speakers of the logic of man according to the passions of Adam in the lusts of the flesh and the pride of his heart is the carnality of the sin that dwells in the flesh of every child of grace. The type as represented in the testimony brings the judgment (Dan) into “captivity to the law of sin which is in my members” (Rms. 7:23). These ‘sayers’ dwell in the exalted shinning of the field of the deer (mount Heres in Aijalon) which is in the burrowed out holes of the den of the fox (Judg. 1:35). They feign the glory of the hart, which is the Beloved who dwells in the cleft of the rock (Bethar - Song 2:17) yet they are a deceitful thief and cunning predator. They live in burrowed holes into the ground and are likened to the graves of man, wherein dwells the conclusion of corruption, death and decay.
The coast or borders of where the Amorites dwell is ‘Akrabbim’ or the ‘ascension of scorpions’. They dwell like the scorpion from under the rocks (36) and were a people who “had tails like the scorpion and there were stings in their tails and their power to hurt men five months” (Rev. 9:10). They are the wickedness of man whose “mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud; under his tongue is mischief and vanity” (Ps. 10:7) and the sin of all men in Adam “whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness” (Rms. 3:14).
These have been put to tribute for the house of Joseph, the savior of Israel, has prevailed over them yet they have not been utterly destroyed. Therefore “the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites” all the days of their habitation in the natural representation of the inheritance which God gave to them. He did not let one word of His promise fail when the King of Peace began to reign over the land of Israel for all things had been fulfilled in type and the Amorites were servants to the king of Israel. All the enemies were subdued under the feet of the Beloved and the King of Peace built the Temple of Yehovah (I Kings 8:56). The promise was completed as God told David that he should not want for a man to sit upon his throne yet God also promised that his kingdom would be established forever (II Sam. 7:12) but the fulfillment of His promise was not yet seen.
Again the natural representation could not show forth the eternal reality of the promise of God. The promise stood in types as did the law but as the handwriting of ordinances could never make the doer thereof perfect so the promise which stands in type and the tangible manifestation cannot make the recipient perfect. The things of this yoke which neither the fathers nor the children can bear are of the earth and dwell in the land with the people of the land, those children formed from the dust of the earth. The promise of God is His Kingdom which is not of this world, wherein flesh and blood have no inheritance.
“For the law made nothing perfect but the bringing in of a better hope by which we draw nigh unto God” (Heb. 7:19).
The hope that is found in the law is in the constant daily performance and perfect obedience to every jot and tittle of the law. Offense in one point is the violation and guilt of the whole and since Adam was formed incapable of being obedient, the scripture has concluded all under sin and God has concluded all in unbelief. God has ‘shut up all in unbelief’ that he might have mercy on whom He will have mercy (Rms. 11:32) and the testimony of the “scriptures has concluded all under sin that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe; but before faith came we were all kept under the law, shut up unto faith which should hereafter be revealed.” (Gal. 3:22).
Since the types and foreshadows of the first covenant were made by the ministration of the hand-writings and ordinances of the ceremonies of man, which stand in various washings, the blood of bulls and goats and the observance of days and they cannot purge the conscience of sin, there is need of the bringing in of a better testament which does. This better covenant is by a more excellent ministry than the ministration of condemnation and death. Accordingly the new covenant, which God has made with His Beloved, is unto eternal life in a better Tabernacle, that is to say, not of this dwelling. It is by a ‘better resurrection’ than that of the natural body “for we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (II Cor. 5:1). It is unto a better country “that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God for He has prepared for them a city” (Heb. 11:16).
The first Adam was formed from the dust and, because he is dust, unto the dust he shall return; the first inheritance is of the earth, earthly. The second Adam, which is the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah, was raised up again, not seeing corruption, and His seed is risen up in Him, who is the first resurrection. They shall never die for they have eternal life and upon them the second death has no power. He is seated on the right hand (place of authority) of the Father and all His children, being raised up together in Him, are seated in the heavenlies in Him (Eph. 2:6). Of the increase of the government of His Kingdom there shall be no end, for it is an everlasting Kingdom, and it is the good pleasure of the Father to give the Kingdom unto His children. They are born of God and are His children and being of the generation of Jesus Christ, the first born of many brethren, they have the right of the inheritance, which is God Himself (Rms. 8:17).
The natural representations stand as the figure of the heavenly reality. The type of the inheritance of the promise of God was unto the natural nation of Israel, a land of abundance and splendour. It was a land of fatness and substance which was appealing to the natural eye and sustaining to the earthen vessels of man; it was “the glory of all the lands” (Num. 13:27). Yet the testimony of God to the natural man of all the beauty and glory of this land could not persuade the natural man to trust God for all men have not faith. The carnal man cannot see the wonders of the works which God has made from the beginning and therefore he is drawn, like the moth to the flame, after that which he can see, feel, hear, touch, taste and smell. These things will their fellow man speak of with ‘great swelling words’ as they are given by the decree of God to ‘soothe the itching ears of man’ with the vain philosophies and theology of man. This is the sum total of the beast, which is number of man, “And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies and power was given to him to continue forty-two months” (Rev. 13:5). The instinctive nature of man is back to Egypt, back to the weak and beggarly elements of the works of the flesh, in attempt to shew forth his worthiness and righteousness before God; This is the warfare of the law in the members against the law of the mind of the spiritual inward man, who is renewed daily.
“It was therefore necessary that the pattern of things in heavens should be purified with these but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices that these” (Heb. 9:23).
The Lamb stood as He had been slain from the foundation of the world as a testimony to the work of God being finished from the beginning. He did not need a building of wood, hay and stubble to shed His precious blood for the sin of His people. He entered into a sanctuary not of this world where He poured out His blood upon an altar which man has no right unto. He was bruised for the transgressions and stricken for the sin of His people before Adam was created, therefore He is the author of eternal salvation when as yet time was not yet manifested. His blood not only cleansed His people from their sin but it covered them (atonement) and protected them from the wrath of God which is “revealed from heaven against all unrighteousness of man, who hold the truth in unrighteousness” (Rms. 1:18). It has sealed His people with the identification of being the redeemed of Yehovah and preserves them in Christ Jesus (Jude 1). This the blood of bulls and goats could never do by reason of the imperfection of the creature before the perfect Holiness of the Creator.
The sacrifice for the sins of His people was finished and His people sprinkled in consecration unto the work whereunto they were created in Christ Jesus when God finished His work in the seventh day and He rested. This was manifested in the last days “when in the fullness of time, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman and made under the law, to redeem them that we might receive the adoption of sons; and because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Father, Father” (Gal. 4:4). Here God shewed forth His promise again “by a new and living way, which He has consecrated for us through the veil, that is to say, His flesh” (Heb. 10:20). This is not unto the laying again of the principles of the doctrine of the Anointed but is unto the newness of life in Him. It is the hope which cannot be seen by the eyes of Adam or polluted by the touch of his leprous hands. The truth may not be tainted by the unruly tongue of those who speak with half the tongue of Ashdod and His people cannot be separated from His love by the rebellion and guilt of the body of this death.
The righteous judgment of the Law of God was completely satisfied by the perfect obedience of the Lamb of God and “by this therefore shall all the iniquity of Jacob be purged and this is all the fruit to take away his sin; when He makes all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten asunder the groves and the images shall not stand” (Is. 27:9).
“Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for a new heaven and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (II Pt. 3;13)
The children of promise have been made prisoners of hope while they are partakers of flesh and blood. The evidence of the Promise of God is still manifested in the natural world that is seen and the world to come which is unseen. The captivity of this great house in which the children of the Israel of our God dwell and groan, waiting to be delivered, shall continue until the guilt of the Amorites is finished. The accuser of the brethren has been cast out from before the throne of God as ‘he who is like God’ (Michael- Jude 9) and the ‘salvation of Yehovah’ (Joshua) has rebuked him saying, “Yehovah rebuke you, Satan, even Yehovah that has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you: is this not a brand plucked out of the fire?” (Zech. 3:2). This was manifested when after forty days wherein “He did eat nothing and when they were ended, He afterward hungered” the Devil came and tempted Jesus. The One in whom the fullness of the Godhead dwelt bodily did rebuke the Devil for His Bride and His finished work; “and when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from Him for a season” (Luke 4:3ff). This dragon, that piercing serpent, is the god of this world and the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience. He has a dominion assigned him of the Lord God Omnipotent and he is bound by the limitations placed on his proud waves. He is the servant of Yehovah God and he knows his time is short and though he be the king of the Amorites yet he has been overcome by the blood of the Lamb.
The Amorites however, still dwell in the land with the children of Israel. The Adamic nature still brings arguments, accusations and justifications before the Lord and Maker of all things in spiritual wickedness in high places. He is exalted by the pride of his heart wherein he thinks himself to be God and he continues to speak of things in demonstration of his ignorance. “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come: for men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous boasters, proud blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful and unholy, without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying the truth thereof: from such turn away” (II Tim. 3:1ff)
Adam speculates upon the ways of God and constantly attempts to explain His doings after the logic and mannerisms of the flesh. He ‘balks’ at the idea of absolute sovereignty, speculates about eternity and contrives ways and means whereby the Almighty God is to answer his beckoned call. This is the Amorite in the nature of Adam which wars against the Spirit within and when the iniquity of this Amorite is perfected, completed and finished, then shall come the adoption, the manifestation of the sons of God.
“Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will” (Eph. 1:5).
The intricate nature of the manifestation of the Promise of God, as given in the examples left the children in the Holy writ, proclaim His sovereign rule over all things. Every thought, word and deed is set forth in the deliverance of Jacob into Egypt, the abundant prosperity, fruitfulness and captivity were all meticulously set forth in the promise which God gave Abram. The minutest of details carefully and strategically set in proper order and enacted to bring to pass His perfect will at the appointed hour. Each and every thread of the tapestry placed, every man in his order, and interwoven into the fabric of the Will of God as demonstrated in His creation. This is the example of those things which were afore written for the learning of the children of the kingdom during the time of their habitation; “that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Rms. 15:4). Abram waited an hundred years for his promised heir, Israel waited four hundred years for deliverance “and these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise, God having some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect” (Heb 12:40).
He is immutable and so His word and His promise, for they are one. He has promised that His people will suffer affliction, heartache, bondage and fear for He has subjected them to the vanity of this world. This subjection is unto hope and hope does not make His people ashamed. Let therefore patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire wanting nothing (Jms.1:4).
“It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of Yehovah” (Lam. 3:26).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
September 27, 2015