“And Yehovah give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet shall not your teachers be removed intro a corner any more, but your eyes shall see your teachers.”
The Word of the Lord to His servant Isaiah was concerning Judah and Jerusalem in that great day of Yehovah God when He would manifest His salvation before all nations. This is not when the salvation of the Lord became available or was changed because of a lack of cooperation on the part of the nation of Israel, this was the day of the Lord that the Elect Servant of Yehovah was manifested among men to be anointed of the Spirit of God “to proclaim the acceptable year of Yehovah” (Is. 61:2). It was the day when the warmth of the rising of the Son of righteousness with healing in His wings, which stood complete from the foundation of the world before time was created, was manifested and fulfilled in the fullness of time. This sacrifice for sin, which is the Lamb who stood as He had been slain, was the ‘glad tidings of great joy’ which was preached in the ears of the hearers in the synagogue in Nazareth (Luke 4:16) and the perfect sacrifice for sin, made evident in the “end of the world” (Heb. 9:26).
The evidence of the continuation of this designated period of time, called the acceptable year of Yehovah, is still being manifested at the appointed time when it pleases the Father to reveal Himself dwelling in His people. This ‘day of the Lord’ shall continue until the last of that incorruptible seed, which is a host which no man can number, is made partaker of flesh and blood and endures the vanity of this world. This is the time spoken of by the Spirit of God concerning His people and the experience that they shall endure. It is a time when, the sons of God born from above into the vessels afore prepared for them, that, for a while, they shall walk after the course of the prince of the power of the air in complete ignorance of the life within. This may be of an unrevealed and seemingly incalculable period such as was with Samuel, the prophet and judge of Israel, and John, the son of Zacharias and Elizabeth, or it may be almost the full term of natural life as with the thief on the cross; “wherein in times past you 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; among whom we also had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind and were by nature children of wrath, even as others” (Eph. 2:2f). But in the time appointed of the Father, He reveals Himself to His children and the discernment of the conflict with the flesh becomes very evident.
This is the type that the nation of Israel sets forth in the record of the scriptures; people who have been chosen in Yehovah but who find that when they would do good, evil is present. It is all too often presented that the ‘Jews’ were such failures in their dealings with the Lord and that they shall receive some greater judgment from Him because of their disobedience. It has also been relentlessly presented how that there are wicked men and women in the world which the believers should observe, avoid and castigate for their doings. This is nothing short of the pious arrogance of the Pharisee as he stood over the publican and thanked God that he was not like this common sinner. The only difference between these two men is that one thought he knew he was righteous and the other knew, most assuredly, that he was a sinner. The doctrine of Adam praises and exalts man for what he is and what he has done while the truth condemns him for who he is and what he is habitually and continually doing.
The child of grace is made aware of this woeful condition when the glory of Yehovah God is revealed unto him. When the truth is made manifest all that has been acceptable and agreeable now appears unprofitable and as contemptible as dung. As the child grows in the grace and knowledge of His perfect will, he is shown the vileness of the natural man and those things, which were of no importance before, are seen as the abominations before God that they are. Thus the warfare is unveiled as the subjection to vanity is discovered.
This causes the child to cry out unto the Father first for forgiveness as His commandment shows them that they are without hope in this world. They then are made ashamed of their own wicked ways and know that His righteousness demands eternal damnation for them according to their passions, desires, intentions and actions. They find the inability which dwells in them is the habitation of the earthen vessel they have been given of God and so that when they would do good they do not find the means by which to perform it neither do they find the ability to halt that which they would not do. Thus they begin to groan in themselves, waiting for the deliverance from the body of this death and the manifestation of the sons of God.
“Woe to the rebellious children saith Yehovah, that take counsel, but not of Me and that cover with a covering, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin” (Is. 30:1).
It is all too easy to fall into the trap of condemning everyone else in the world and pointing the finger at all the evil doers of this land all to exonerate ones self and exalt man above his fellow creatures; such is not of the truth. This doleful lamentation may indeed be specific in type to the nation of Israel as they made merchandise of the types and foreshadows of the glory of God but this is the nature of Adam and all his children. These things which are written are not for an indictment against the infidel, the heathen or the unbeliever as assigned by man, they are the explanation of the condition of the children of the kingdom that is not of this world as they endure the contradiction of sin against themselves.
Adam was disobedient before God in the garden. He heard and understood the words but was incapable of hitting the target of perfect righteousness before God and thus sin entered into the world. Adam was created having his seed in him and therefore his inherent inability and the manifestation of that natural trait was unto all his seed, from generation to generation, and death by sin. He rebelled against the truth of the Word of God as he was given to hear the voice of the Adversary which was carnally logical and appealing to the needs of the flesh. He was drawn away after the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life as he took the counsel of the ‘false accuser’ (Devil).
Did he seek the Lord when his eyes were opened? No. Seeing his nakedness, he sought the works of his own hands as he provided a covering for him and his wife. He sought out the covering of the leaves of the trees by the intuition of his mind and the labours of his hands as the strength of the ‘great house’ (Pharaoh) before God. He stood behind the ‘confinement of hostility and double entrenchments’ (Egypt) before the land was inhabited as he demonstrated the ways of man. He did not seek the Lord and he did not beg forgiveness because, although he knew something was amiss, yet he did not esteem himself guilty before God. Thus the strength of the great house became his shame and the trust he placed in the shadow of his protections were revealed as being unprofitable; “for the Egyptians shall help in vain and to no purpose.”
This was not an isolated event which took place many years ago and which makes for good subject matter in the discussions of man but rather it is the ever-present condition of every child of the dust. Unto those whose earthen vessels have been outfitted for destruction is also given the seed of the serpent and these do the works of both their father Adam and their father, the Devil. These have been fashioned by the Potter from the clay of this creation and have been afore appointed unto eternal destruction. They are wise in the things of this world, find comfort in the amenities of the people of the land and have great confidence in their value before their Creator. They have been given to say in their hearts that there is no God, to be oblivious to the glory of the Godhead as revealed in His creation and to be at peace with the wisdom of this world in all carnal understanding. These have no warfare for as the outward man is perishing so the inner man is appointed unto wrath being dead in trespasses and sin.
The children born from above are the eternal seed that is incorruptible and undefiled. They also have been given a vessel formed from the same lump of clay by the hand of the same Potter, yet are afore prepared unto glory. When that glory is revealed, at the time appointed of the Father, then also is the rebellious nature and carnal propensities of Adam made evident. This one finds that “the bed is shorter than stretching out upon and the covering to narrow than he can wrap himself” (Is. 28:20). They find that the earnest desire of the flesh is to hide and conceal the intentions and counsel of the wicked heart from Yehovah God as Adam attempted to hide himself in the garden. They see the works of the outer man as being congruent with the world and they hear the reasonings within saying “Who shall see and who shall know?” This is the foolishness of the natural man which is diametrically opposed to the things of the law of the mind, wherein the prisoners of hope delight after the Law of God.
These are the sons of the Father of the faithful (Abraham) and the children of promise (Jacob) whom Yehovah has redeemed unto Himself. They languish in the vexation of the contradiction of sin against themselves as they experience the wretchedness of the body of this death, who delights in his inabilities and justifies himself in the performance thereof. But these shall see the work of the hands of Yehovah God as He rules over all the inhabitants of this world, the kingdoms of this world and all for the good of them that love Him, to the called according to His purpose. They shall see “how great things God has done” in their midst, both in their assembly and most importantly in themselves; “they that have erred in spirit shall come to understanding and they that murmured shall learn doctrine” (Is. 29:24). This is the manifestation of the Spirit wherein He teaches His children all truth as He reveals unto them the true reality of their nature in Adam and the vanity of this world; thus they know that they, in Adam, are indeed “a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the Law of Yehovah; which say to the Seers, do not see and to the prophets, do not prophesy straight and true, but speak unto us portions of land, territory, awards, seductions and flatteries; see mockeries, illusions and deceit. Turn aside out of the path and get out of the way. Cause the Holy One of Israel to rest from before us” (Is. 30:9ff).
The natural man desires the eternal life of the Spirit but he can neither understand nor receive the things of the Spirit. He is not spiritual and he does not know the truth, therefore he cannot worship God aright. He does not know righteousness therefore he does not know the wretchedness of his sin and thus he is in need of no deliverance for, as the Pharisees, his eyes are open and his sin remains (John 9:41).
“Therefore Yehovah will wait, that He may be gracious unto you and therefore will He be exalted, that He may have mercy upon you; for Yehovah is a God of judgment, blessed are they that wait for Him” (Is. 30:18).
The ways of the Lord God Omnipotent are not dictated by the passage of time nor are they enhanced or diminished by the actions of the creation; quite the contrary. The sovereign government of the Ruler of time and space has decreed all things, whatsoever comes to pass, according to the good pleasure of His will and He has assigned the time of entrance, the limitations for performance and the time of departure from off His stage called time. He is not slacked as men judge delinquency and deficiencies in their fellow man nor is He a man that He should lie. As He has purposed in His heart so all things come to pass that His grace might be sufficient in the time of trouble and His mercy in the time of the need. He reveals the nature and condition of the natural man to His children in their appointed time when He has decreed that they have been properly prepared to receive such and He grants each understanding of this condition as is commensurate to His will; this is all according to His great love wherewith he loved His Beloved with that eternal love.
God does not share His glory with any of His creation. He has not arranged matters so that Adam may be exalted and exonerated to sit with Him in the throne of glory for there is none righteous no not one. He has, however, provided an extensive tutorial for His children as they wander as strangers and sojourners in this foreign land wherein He continually supplies them with reminders that they are “carnal sold under sin”. These reminders are graciously given of the Father that the Beloved be aware of the deception of the pride of the heart of Adam, the irresistible appetite of the desires of the flesh and the itching ears of Adam which yearn for the soothing words of the subtle serpent. These reminders cause the children to hope that they shall soon put off this tabernacle and lay aside this corruption as they are the manifestation of the love of the Beloved for His people; these are for the teaching of His people.
“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk in it, when you turn to the right and when you turn to the left” (30:21).
The bread of adversity and the water of affliction are the delicacies of this world wherein the natural man delights. Before the Lord was pleased to reveal Himself in His people, they reveled in these amenities and lived deliciously in their splendour; but when the light of His glory shone forth in the hearts of His people, “what things were gain to me, I now count loss for Christ” (Phil. 3:7). This does not dispel the carnal sustenance or sweeten the waters of Marah for these elements remain in the body of this death with the children all the days of their habitation. The natural man eats well the bread of adversity thinking that his labours will prove himself and he enjoys the waters of affliction as he attempts to quench his thirst. But these things can never quiet the struggle within wherein the people of the Lord do not wrestle with flesh and blood but with thrones, principalities and powers and the imaginations of their hearts which exalt themselves against God.
The water and the bread of this life bring forth much fruit from the labours of the arm of the flesh. This is interpreted by the carnal mind as the approval of God because of the abundance of the increase and the numbers certainly catch the eyes as the message soothes the ears of the people of the land. The Canaanites delight in the fertile fields of the low land which produce great crops that shall sustain them through hard times and when the labours of their hands are so amply rewarded by the Creator, then are they enticed by the pride of the natural heart to say; “Soul, you have much goods laid up for many years, take your ease, eat, drink and be merry” (Luke 12:18). This is the goal of every son of Adam as he performs the labours assigned unto him by God all the days of their habitation. It is an unfulfilling prize for when the Spirit conveys the truth, from faith to faith, as the testimony to the children of grace, and then are the engraved images of idolatry defiled with the righteous garments of flowing splendour wherein the natural man has been adorned. The revelation of the truth through the teachers God has given His people makes an open display of all the works of righteousness which they have done in Adam and this, by the grace of God, causes his works to be accounted as menstruous cloths which are cast away (30:22). The teachers are no more obscure and vague in concept or intention for as the child grows in the grace and knowledge of His perfect will, so the total depravity of the natural man is uncovered along with his works causing the children to cry out; “O wretched man that I am who shall deliver me from the body of this death”.
“Then shall He give the rain of your seed that you shall sow the ground withal; and bread of the increase of the earth shall be fat and plenteous: in that day shall your cattle feed in large pastures” (30:23).
The feast of fat things is unto the children of the kingdom of the Israel of our God. It is not soiled, polluted or tainted by the vanities and conflicts of this world for old things are passed away and behold all things are new. The earth is not the ‘Terra firma’wherein the natural man dwells for as Noah emerged from the ark unto a new heaven and a new earth, so the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah has come forth unto the new heaven and new earth (Rev. 21:1). Here the righteousness of God reigns over all and without is everything which defiles and all that work abominations and delight in lies. Within dwells all whose names are written in the book of life of the Lamb of God, the seed that should serve Him. These have been sealed with their Father’s name in their forehead and they have the testimony of Jesus Christ and kept the commandment of God, namely, they love Yehovah God with all their heart, with all their soul and with all their strength and they love the fellow inhabitants of the pasture as they love themselves. This is the greatest commandment which rises up and slays the natural man (Rms. 7:9) while it comforts and sustains the subjects of grace (Rev. 12:17).
The tree of life is planted on either side of the street by the pure river of water that proceeds from the throne of God. This tree bears twelve fruits every month and the leaves of the tree for the healing of the people as they dwell in the temporary booths in this foreign land. Herein has the Beloved blessed His people with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies as He daily shows unto them the need for the healing of the incurable wound in Adam. His Messenger, the Comforter sent of the Father, bears witness to His people that they are the sons of God and His testimony reveals that they are strangers and sojourners in a foreign land. The food cannot fill and the waters cannot sustain yet they are compelled by nature to eat and drink this carnality all the days of their habitation; “All the labour of man is for his mouth and yet his appetite is not filled” (Ecc. 6:7). This is the vanity that the children are made subject to, not willingly, but by reason of He who subjects the same in hope.
God makes His people drink well the wormwood (the bitterness of the curse of Adam) and reminds them in affliction and misery that they think not more highly of themselves than they aught; “this I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope” (Lam. 3:21). This hope is not of things seen or felt in this life for that which is seen is temporal and what a man sees why then does he continue to hope. This hope is the anticipation of the revelation of the glory that is within, the manifestation of the sons of God in the Salvation of Yehovah. This is the hope of the realization that when the veil of this life is removed and the body of this habitation is dissolved, the children of hope have a tabernacle not made with hands which is eternal in the heavens, that when He shall appear we shall be like Him and that we shall behold Him in the beauty of His Holiness and with the tongue of the pure language, call upon Him who is worthy.
“It is good that should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of Yehovah; good for a man to bear the yoke of his youth” (Lam. 3:26).
Yehovah God has ordained a breach of iniquity for His people as they dwell in this habitation. It is as the swelling out of a high wall and is common to all sons of Adam but it is only discernible by the teaching of the Spirit of Holiness to the election according to grace. This breach is ready to fall and it shall come suddenly at an instant for God shall break the potter’s clay vessel into pieces in His appointed time. Man cannot enhance this nor can he prevent it from happening for from the beginning there has been a time appointed unto all things. The instruction to the nation of Israel was to be still and see the salvation of Yehovah. The song of the sons of those who have been made bald (exposed and open before Yehovah) is to, “be still and know that I am God” as Yehovah has said that since the Egyptians shall be of no help, strength is to sit still (30:7). As He works, His wonders to perform, He lovingly and patiently manifests the misery of this world and the vanity of the flesh. He slowly consumes the wood, hay and stubble, which is Edom, as He reveals the glory of the precious stones within and though Adam is cursed to labour all his life, it is good for the Bride to stand up, shake off the dust and sit down; “and unto her it was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white, for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints” (Rev. 19:8).
Yehovah God has delivered His people from the inability of Adam. He has purged the house of the leaven and He has covered his people in His blood. They all hear His voice and follow Him in the fellowship of His suffering and the power of His resurrection. Herein is comfort in the midst of the confusion of this world. Herein is praise unto His name and herein is the manifestation fo the coming of peace, which is Jerusalem from above.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
April 10, 2016