“Come now, and let us reason together, says Yehovah: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
The theology of works has sounded forth this passage, generation upon generation, as a plea for the outcast to come unto the Lord to find resolution to their problems. It still remains as the cry of those who believe that man can turn from his natural ways and accept the offer of salvation of Yehovah into their hearts. This will, in turn, release the pent up blessings from God’s store-houses which He has been withholding awaiting the obedience of man. It will then transform the nature of Adam, making him a child of God, and procuring this position of favour with Almighty God, gain them title and right to an abundant existence here below and eternal life. These things do not exist but in the diminutive imagination of man and the outpouring of his reasoning and superstitions.
The Word of Yehovah came to His servant in the waning years of the ten northern tribes. The people called Israel, whom He identified as a rebellious people from the beginning (Deut. 9:24) had been given to follow the sin of the ‘contention of the people’ (Jeroboam) as they abandoned the handwriting of ordinances, the ceremonies and the figures of the heavenly Law of God. They were given to follow the devices and desires of the natural man to which Yehovah God calls forth a testimony of all creation against; “Hear, heaven and give ear earth” (1:2).
This testimony was not a new experience or something that had come to pass by any other means than the power of God’s eternal will. He set forth Adam in the garden as a creature which was capable to be corrupted and so he was. He established that the natural instincts of man and the allurement of his senses were such that the truth of God and His wonders could neither be seen nor understood as anything other than natural and that through these natural desires man would be led away from the truth. Thus the recall of Eve concerning the word which God had spoken was augmented as the woman saw that the tree was good for food, pleasant to the eyes and a tree to be desired to make wise, she took of the fruit thereof and did eat and she gave to her husband with her and he did eat (Gen. 3:6). Some may infer that the woman was not in personal contact with the Lord, being in the man and not yet manifested, but Adam stood there with her. He did not object nor did he correct her in her misunderstanding. When their eyes were opened and they knew that they were naked, he went forth and produced the covering of the trees of the field by the work of the arm of the flesh empowered by the limited carnal knowledge of man. He ushered sin into the world, and, being endowed with the knowledge of good and evil and properly dressed for the occasion, he accused God of injury, passing condemnation upon his wife, he manifested the way of man and his love of darkness. He hid himself, he covered himself and he never revealed his deeds before God.
Now, centuries later, the world being filled with darkness and labours, God demands a testimony against this people whom He set apart unto Himself. Of all the nations in the world He magnified Himself in their midst and, giving the promises and manifold blessings, He made them great. He had brought them from a wanderer from the Ur of the Chaldees to twelve sons of one man unto a mighty nation whom the world adored. Yehovah God had set apart this people of all the nations of the world, not because they were mighty, nor because they were great in number or for the righteous in their ways; “Understand therefore, that Yehovah your God does not give you this good land to possess it for you righteousness, for you are a stiff-necked people” (Deut. 9:6).
He had also raised this people, unto whom He owed nothing, for God is not a respecter of persons, as children of God. He provided for them their daily needs and instructed them each in His ways. His long-suffering was on constant display as He took them by the arm teaching and healing them (though they knew it not) and drew them along by the cords of a man, with bands of love. He was unto them as One who removed the bit out of the mouth and set meat before them. Yet for all this they rebelled against Him loving the deception of the counterfeit representations of the law and the carnal interpretations of what God said and what He meant (Jer. 5:30).
The extent of this atrocity is manifested in the evidence that even the ‘dumb’ animals of the field know who their master is and they render respect unto their owners. But this people, unto whom God had poured out His love, His power and His majesty with many irrefutable tangible displays of His presence and preference, could neither be instructed nor learn having no experience or acquaintance with God. God is Spirit and they that worship Him must do so in Spirit and truth; man is devoid of both the Spirit of God and the truth therefore “the natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him, neither can he know, because they are spiritually discerned” (I Cor. 2:14)
“A nation full of sin, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evil doers, children that are corrupters; they have forsaken Yehovah, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are all estranged behind”
This is the way that Almighty God has defined and introduced this people, not because they were the sons of Jacob, but because they were of Adam. The nation of Israel stands as a microcosm of the whole of man. The behavioral attitudes and proclivity towards those things which are carnal is evidence that these were born of the seed of Adam being made subject to the vanities of life. The description which God gives of this people is not exclusive to them nor is a solitary condemnation against the northern ten tribes. The nation of Judah is to be assigned the status of being worse than Israel in that God showed them all these things and yet; “for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned unto Me with her whole heart , but feignedly, said Yehovah, and the back-sliding Israel has justified herself more than the treacherous Judah” (Jer. 3:10).
Nor is this commendation reserved for the people of middle east descent. The nature of the sons of Adam is that when they knew God they did not glorify Him as God, neither were they thankful. This is because the eyes of man, being open, remain in the darkness of sin therefore their sin remains (John 9:41). God did not create Adam with an all-inclusive eternal mind to know the thoughts and intents of the heart of God. He filled the mind of man with the cares of this world and assigned him labours to occupy and exercise him throughout his journey in time. Thus the ways of the Creator far exceed the ways of the created and they will never meet. The creature shall perform that which the Creator has ordained being completely ignorant that it is He in which they live move and have their being (Acts. 17:28).
The world as it was created was full of the descendants of the first man. God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and He destroyed the earth in a deluge (Gen. 6:5). He did not, however, destroy sin for this is the nature of man. From the beginning man has been as a natural brute beast made to be taken out and destroyed. He continues to speak of things that he does not understand and he shall utterly perish in his own corruption having “eyes full of adultery and cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls with an heart exercised with covetous practices; cursed children” (II Pt. 2:12ff).
Man has a great esteem of himself and his peers endorse a healthy self-esteem for the advancement of the race and the good of the community. The Spirit, however, teaches the children of the Kingdom of Light that this outer man is contrary to the delights and ways of that which is born from above. The old man has been taken out of the way and crucified with Christ but the natural tendencies of the earth vessel is after the things of this world. Having their eyes open to the truth, the sons of God see the corruption of the world and the vanity of the flesh and they are grieved that they cannot contain the lusts of the flesh nor appease the pride in the heart for God has put enmity between the two. That which is of the earth shall never be made like the Son of God for it is of the man. That which is born of incorruptible seed cannot fail as Adam to keep the Law of God and walk in all His ways for the Spirit of God dwells within.
These children of the King have been chosen in a furnace of affliction, which is the earthen vessel upon whom the Refiner’s fire burns. God has shown forth all things concerning His being, His sovereign authority over the whole of His creation and over the wicked one but the natural man cannot see for “son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see and see not; they have ears to hear and hear not for they are a rebellious house” (Ezek. 12:2). This fire shall continue until the house of Edom is consumed and “there shall not be remaining of the house of Esau says Yehovah of Hosts” (Ob. 18). Then shall the children be delivered from the furnace, which has no power over them, and they, in the adoption, shall be manifested as the Son of God “as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times” (Ps. 12:6).
“From the sole of the foot even unto the head, no soundness in it; wounds and bruises and putrefying sores that have not been closed, neither bound, neither mollified with ointment”
The corruption and subsequent conduct of the children of Israel is likened unto the plague of leprosy. The plague is detected by the High Priest who has in turn brought it to the attention of the people (Lev. 13). The people have neither eyes to see nor ears to hear that they have been infected and so they take no action but rather they deny the existence of the disease and pride themselves on the whiteness of their appearance. Instead of being horrified as to their condition, the natural man glories in his outer man who is perishing daily in the fires of God. This is the way God manifests Himself, especially to His people. When He came to Moses at the bush and Moses argued with God about his abilities God said unto Moses, “Put now your hand into your bosom, and he put his hand into his bosom and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow” (Ex. 4:6). When the anger of Yehovah was manifested against Miriam and the cloud departed from the Tabernacle, “behold Miriam leprous as snow and Aaron looked upon Miriam and behold leprous” (Num. 12:10. And in demonstration of the hidden mystery of the gospel of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah, Naaman the captain of the host of the king of Syria, being a man of valour, was a leper (II Kings 5:27). Each of these were given to see the uncleanness of their ways being partakers of the new covenant but the nation of Israel, as a whole, does not manifest the children of light, rather the children of darkness.
The plague of leprosy begins as a small white spot which, when the person is given to notice it, is brought to the attention of the only person gifted with the empirical knowledge of the law to detect and identify the plague. Each and every man, woman and child was to come before the priest and show forth his uncleanness to see if it be the plague or simply a blemish of the skin. If the priest determines that it is not the plague the individual is to be either dismissed or quarantined for 7 days and re-examined. Thus the disease is identified and the person is pronounced clean or unclean. The children of Israel stood before the great priest over all and He has pronounced them fully saturated and unattended to.
When a person came before the priest and the plague had broken out and covered all the skin, “from his head even to his foot, wheresoever the priest looks, then the priest shall consider and behold, the leprosy has covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce clean the plague that is all turned white: he is clean” (Lev. 13:12f), This of course infers that the person has been given a mind to be concerned about the white spots that appeared and that they were given a mind to follow the prescribed order of operations; coming to the priest and showing themselves unclean. This was followed by the people having to identify themselves to all they knew that they were unclean and to be completely avoided, not only in person but also in reference to contamination of all possessions. They would have been quarantined a number of times for observation until finally the priest pronounced them clean because the plague had no where else to go. The entire body was covered in white, as white as snow.
However, when the raw flesh should appear, the living flesh of a man, this was not a sign that the disease was abated and the patient was being healed for the priests was to immediately pronounce them unclean again. Whatever ointment, oil, lotions or potions that had been applied in mans attempts to overcome the plague, would and could only result in a declaration of uncleanliness and a banishment again from society (13:14ff).
The long-suffering of God unto this people called Israel had resulted in neither concern nor action on the part of the people. He had shown them again and again, as He does to all upon whom His love is bestowed, the pollution of their hands, the vileness of their intentions and the corruption of their hearts and minds all because of their inability to measure up and hit the mark of the perfection of holiness which He requires. The words of the prophet were not simply that the people had not hit the mark but that they always miss the target as they never cease from trying. This is the way of man and every child of Adam continues to do the work of their father, Adam, trying to show forth the righteousness of man before God, “but we are ALL as an unclean thing and all our righteousness as filthy rags and we all do fade like a leaf and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away” (Is. 64:6).
“Wash yourselves and make you clean. Put away the evil of your doings from before Mine eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do well, seek judgment, relived the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow”
The entire nation was infected and completely apathetic to their condition. Did God send forth Adamic missionaries to help clean the people up and put them on the ‘straight and narrow’? No! God sent forth His Word to declare the uncleanness of their ways and the judgment that was upon them. He did not offer a way out for them to ‘get out of jail free’ nor was He pleading for “ye that are weary come home”. He rejected the burnt offerings and sacrifices for they were unclean (everything that a leper touches becomes unclean therefore no leper could bring anything to the altar which could be acceptable before God). He would not hear their cries and instructed His prophet to “pray not for this people for good” (Jer.14:11).
So what kind of washing could be done by the hands of a polluted and defiled person to cleanse him from the very plague that had revealed his pollution? What actions could be taken that would not only be tainted with the sin of the doer but also completely unacceptable for the leper was not permitted before the altar? Someone had to intercede for the wounded as an intermediator for the infirmed. The children of Israel could no more wash in snow water to make themselves clean or offer rivers of blood from the blood of bulls and goats for they were unto God as Sodom and Gomorrah. Yea even the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah is more tolerable in comparison to the sins of Israel and the city of Jerusalem (Matt. 11:24).
The rituals were of no use but to condemn the people, the prayers were unheard and the celebrations were esteemed abominable before God; “away with iniquity even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates; they are trouble unto Me, I am weary to bear and when you spread forth your hands, I will hide Mine eyes from you, yea when you make many prayers I will not hear you hands are full of blood” (1:13f).
‘Come together now reasoning, though your sins completely covered you they are being made white as snow; though they be shaggy as the worm of Adam’
God’s promise to His people is found in the New Covenant. Here He proclaims that unto those whom He has given the heart of flesh, removing the heart of stone, He resides being Emmanuel. He has written His Law upon their hearts and His Spirit causes the children of glory to walk in the statutes, keeping the commandments of God. The entire house of the Israel of our God walks in the light of Yehovah and the Spirit reveals unto them their former ways wherein they “walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience” (Eph. 2:2). The Spirit of God opens the eyes of the children of the Kingdom to see the vanity of this existence and, rather than causing them to brag about their inheritance in the Anointing, He causes them to “remember your own evil ways and your doings that not good and shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations” (Ezek. 36:31).
This revelation begins as a small spot which is revealed like the ‘kicking against the pricks’. It intensifies as the glory of the Lord shines forth into the darkness reproving and rebuking the works of the flesh by the polluted hands. Where once one was alive and righteous now they are slain by the very law wherein they thought they had life. They find that the good that they presumed that they were doing was indeed the dead flies in the ointment of the apothecary and that which was perceived as a sweet savor of life was indeed the stench of death. As the Spirit reveals, line upon line and precept upon precept the beauty of the Law of the Sovereign Almighty God, the children of hope cry out “Oh wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death”. They find no good think in their flesh as the pride of their heart is illuminated and the dross of their worth in Adam is discovered; “This is the manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you suffer” (II Thes. 1:5).
“Son of man, the house of Israel is to Me become dross, all brass, tin, iron and lead in the midst of the furnace, even the dross of silver” (Ezek. 22:18)
The house of the nation of Israel is left desolate because, like the fig tree, there remains no fruit. So it is with the house of Adam wherein there is neither life nor truth. The fire of the Lord precedes His army as it consumes the wood, hay and stubble of the works of man, refining the gold, silver and precious stones. The hand of Yehovah is heavy upon all men as His wrath is poured out against all ungodliness of men. He presses down upon His children (tribulation) for the proving of the faith within; this is not His wrath but His chastisement which is upon all whom He loves with and eternal love. This demonstration of His love is for the revealing of the uncleanness of the ways of Adam and to consume the residue of the house of Esau. The outer man is being consumed by the refiner’s fire but only those with the testimony of the Spirit are aware of it for God has made the heart of the people gross and fat. He has stopped up their ears and has closed their eyes; “lest at any time they should see with eyes and hear with ears and should understand with heart and should be converted and I should heal them” (Matt. 13:15).
The Spirit anointed the Salvation of Yehovah to open the eyes of the blind and to set the prisoner free; to preach the deliverance of Yehovah unto His Beloved people. When they are given to see that the plague has covered their entire Adam, then they know that they are clean. And when the living flesh shall appear and the illusion of healing is seen, then they know that in me, that is in my flesh, dwells no good thing.
God doesn’t make deals and neither does there exist enough good works to merit the favour of God; “For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast” (Eph 2:8).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
August 27, 2017