“Fear not, neither be afraid; Have I not told you from that time and have declared? You are My witnesses. Is there a God beside Me? No God I know not:”
Yehovah God continually sent His word unto the nation of Israel, making Himself manifest in their sight in both signs and wonders. He never left this people to seek out for themselves as a test to see how well they could find the clues or follow the trail which He had left for them from age to age. Almighty God came to a people whom He set apart as his chosen nation that He might reveal His power, majesty and love and He did it that all might see.
He sent His Messenger to the patriarchs and spoke to them in dreams. He demonstrated His authority over His creation in events that contradicted the established ‘laws’ of nature to show that He indeed is Master over all. His promises to His people were confirmed in these displays of power and might from the beginning yet He had created Adam incapable of believing or retaining any of them. Thus according to His eternal purpose, the nature of man is openly uncovered, from generation to generation, showing it in constant rebellion against the word of the King as he lives his life content in his ignorance and corruption (Man loves the darkness for the deeds of the flesh are evil).
Repeatedly God instructed this group of people, as a whole and as individuals, to stand still and witness His power and deliverance. He also commanded them to be not afraid of any supposed potentials or possibilities which arose from the apparently obvious outcome of a situation. Fear permeates the nature of man because he cannot understand the reason for the events which are transpiring about him nor does he comprehend the time in which they come to pass. Since it is the inherent instinct of man to fear and flee from that which he does not understand his diminutive mind tries to explain events, circumstances and conditions through speculation and conjecture. This results in fear and trepidations, not of what is happening, but of what the magnitude, severity and ultimate conclusion of the matter may be.
When Adam took and did eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he, having his eyes opened to his nakedness, fled from God in fear (Gen. 3:10). God was not thundering down upon him nor thrashing the garden searching for the disobedient man; He, knowing full well that all He had ordained had come to pass by the power of His will, called unto Adam saying, Where are you? Adam, not knowing exactly what had happened nor why it had come to pass, ran scared into the woods. God did not ask him why he was afraid for God had ordained this whole event but He was under no obligation to explain it to the man nor give him prior notice of the coming calamity. The frail and limited cognitive abilities (or rather inabilities) of man caused him to conclude that his nakedness was unacceptable and that he could hide from God not only the event but his person. He also concluded that he could lie to God, even to the point of casting accusations and aspersions against the Creator for what had happened, saying, “the woman whom You gave with me, she gave me of the tree and I did eat” (Gen. 3:12).
His thoughts betrayed him, his fear persuaded and moved him to hide as his hands fashioned the outward evidence of his guilt before Almighty God. Even if nothing else was said, certainly the question could be asked of man, why had he fashioned the garments to clothe he and Eve? It was certainly not a fashion statement for others to see, nor was it for comfort as if it was too cold in the garden; the knowledge of good and evil made man afraid causing him to conclude that leaves from a tree were sufficient to bock the vision and obscure the wisdom of God.
Abram did not know why God called him and dispatched him into the foreign land. He did not know the people of the land nor the languages indigenous to the region and when a famine arose in the land, Abram went down to Egypt. He did not receive a trip planner and there was no advance news of the greeting he would receive in this land so, out of fear for his life, Abram said to Sarai, his wife, “Say, I pray you, you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake and my soul shall live because of you” (Gen. 12:13). Indeed Yehovah God had predestinated this for Abram’s good as Pharaoh entreated him well for her sake, but He also made Abram afraid and gave him an erroneous prognostication of the possible conclusion of the event; thus Abram lied and prostituted his wife to save his hide.
Did Abram learn his lesson from Pharaoh? Not in the least for after God confirmed His promise with him and changed his name to Abraham, he repeated this charade before Abimelech in Gerar. No matter how many or how magnificent the manifestations of the hand of God were before His servant, Abraham still brought this ‘great sin’ upon the kingdom, justifying it by saying; “Because I thought, surely the fear of God is not in this place and they will slay me for my wife’s sake” (Gen. 20:11).
These are just a few of the many examples of the actions of man as a result of the fear which God has placed in his heart. When the glory of God is revealed from heaven, man trembles, saying and doing outlandish and preposterous things; “and it came to pass, as they departed from Him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master it is good for us to be here. Let us make three tabernacles; one for You, one for Moses and one for Elias, not knowing what he said” (Luke 9:33)
“And the Messenger said unto them, Fear not, for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people” (Luke 2:10)
We are quite sure that this was not a normal evening event on the hillsides of Judea; that the heavens should explode with a great light as the glory of Yehovah God shone round about these men. There was a testimony of the brightness of His glory in the records which Moses and Joshua wrote concerning the Tabernacle and these were confirmed at the building of Solomon’s Temple. So these men were not ignorant as to the existence of the glory of God yet no man had seen it for many years. Thus when, in the fullness of time, God sent forth His Son, the sons of Adam were greatly afraid.
The gospel of the Salvation of Yehovah was again being revealed unto men but because the natural man cannot receive such things, neither can he know them, fear commanded the scene. Was this fear retrospect to the purpose of God? Not in the least. Neither was it the inherent command of the human spirit which enabled these men to leave the flock on the hillside and venture into the city to see the Holy child. This was all and still is the power of God over His creation and to His people, typified in the nation of Israel.
This was a people whom God had chosen, above all the people of the world, to set forth as a type of the Israel of our God as they walk in the tabernacle of this dwelling. They show forth the outward man who, while calling himself by the name of the chosen of God, draws nigh with his lips but his heart is far away; this is Adam. Yet within the natural nation there dwelt a group of people who typified the inner man being called of Yehovah and chosen. These two natures dwell together in the same nation but they are never joined as one for there is enmity between them.
So also is the condition of all who are born from above of the incorruptible seed. They dwell in the earthen vessel afore prepared for them yet they are never joined unto him. The delights of the children of the Kingdom of Light are in the Law of God and his Spirit causes them to walk in the light of Yehovah. The natural man, however, lives in the ignorance of the ways of God and the inability of ‘hitting the mark’ of the required perfection of holiness. Thus the eternal seed lives by the faith of the Son of God who loves them and gave His life for them while the temporal seed of Adam lives in fear.
Each time the Lord was pleased to reveal Himself unto His Beloved children the fear of Adam is manifested. Isaiah, being given a vision of the glory of God cried, “Woe is me for I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips, for mine eyes have seen the King, Yehovah of hosts” (6:5). He knew he was unclean because of the Spirit within who revealed the nature of man unto him and he cried out because he knew he needed mercy but this did not stop the natural man from being frightened at the presence of Yehovah God.
“Comfort ye, comfort ye My people said your God” (Is. 40:1)
The purpose of the gospel for God’s children is one of hope (for we are saved by hope), faith and peace. He knows the frame that He has prepared for His children for He has made them partakers of flesh and blood. He also knows and controls the emotions of that body and the fear that accompanies Adam. The voice of the prophet was to be a comfort unto His people assuring them that, even though they see the corruption of the flesh, the uncleanness of their ways and the abomination before the Holiness of God, whereby they know they have no right, portion or memorial to be called children of grace, yet their sin in Adam has been forgiven. This is the power of God that was completed neither by strength nor by the might of the creature but by the power of the strength and authority of Yehovah God. The Lamb of God stands as He has been slain from the foundation of the world that salvation be not of works of righteousness of the creature but by His grace. Therefore the voice of Zion, bringing and publishing the glad tidings of great joy unto the cities of the Praise of God is, “Behold your God!” (40:9).
God has never left His identity or His Holiness up to the imaginations of man, yet this wonderful characteristic of the limited creature has thrived in his speculations and conjectures as to who God is and what He has done. God has empowered the punitive mind of man to conjure up his theology as he desperately attempts to explain the unexplainable and comprehend that which he cannot see. He has also given unto the sons of Adam itchy ears to listen and attend unto these theological explanations of eternity, holiness and perfection and the arrogant disposition to suppose and presume, as father Adam did in the garden, that these lofty endeavours coupled together with the works of his hands may please God. Great swelling words have been set forth by the ‘learned’ of society that make the weak and poor feel unwanted and those unto whom Yehovah has revealed Himself to feel abandoned by their fellow man. These have been called ‘separatists’, ‘loners’ and, being outcasts of society, they are generally impossible to get along with. They are melancholy, with an almost morbid way about them concerning their eternal estate and the corruption of their flesh. These have no confidence in their abilities, they find that all they can do is worth nothing before their God and they find no hope nor comfort from His Holy Law.
There is no one who has ever inhabited eternity except Yehovah God. He sought no advice or counsel when He purposed in Himself to create the heavens and the earth, He needed no assistance when he spoke and His word became manifest in the beginning and He seeks no help in the administration of His perfect will as He brings every thought, word and deed to pass, each in it’s appointed time and order, in a complete and harmonious accord for His Beloved. He certainly does not need the limited and vile words of man to reveal Him to any other or to proclaim His Word to His people; He has done this Himself for He is the Messenger having the everlasting gospel to preach to all that dwell in the earth.
The revelation of the Salvation of Yehovah is subjective and personal. Each of His people comes to the knowledge of the truth through the teaching of the Holy Spirit who compares spiritual things with the Spirit dwelling within; the spirit or breath of man is neither qualified nor worthy of such comparisons. He has revealed Himself to all mankind as the invisible things of God, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead (Rms. 1:20) but this is not the salvation of Yehovah.
The Father has decreed that for a period of time, while the children inhabit the earthen vessel, that they should walk after the god of this world, the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience. But, in the fullness of that time, He reveals Himself dwelling in His people as the reality of the New Covenant is seen and felt. This manifestation is confirmed in the testimony which the Spirit left for the saints as the prophesy of old time (the proper disclosure of hidden things) came not by the will of man, but holy men of God spake moved by the Holy Ghost (breath) of God (II Pt. 1:21).
“I declared the former things from the beginning and they went forth out of My mouth and I shewed them suddenly and they came to pass; because I knew that you are obstinate and your neck is an iron sinew and your brow brass. I have even, from the beginning declared to you, before it came to pass I shewed you lest you should say. Mine idol has done them and my graven image has commanded them” (Is. 48:3ff).
The ways and means of mankind has been expressly ordained and arranged so that the children of grace shall know the complete corruption of the creature. There is nothing new under the sun and that which has been from the beginning is now and shall ever be. God has fashioned the solar systems with their respective plants and moons to entice the curiosity of man. He has set His creatures upon this globe which has been outfitted with everything necessary for their existence. He has measured out the waters in the hollow of His hands while man cries out that he is running out of fresh water. Has God measured inaccurately? Has something changed since God created that has upset the balance of His decrees? Does the Lord God Omnipotent reign supreme or not?
He has regulated the heavens with a span and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, thus the finite nature of the children of the dust. He has weighed the mountains in a perfect scale and the hills in a just balance. He has precisely set the speed, tilt and orbit of this globe to function for the allotted time, so that the inhabitants are not crushed by the gravity nor float off the surface, and He has ordained the seasons and times accordingly. Man, however, claims that the heavens are out of sort, the planet needs to be fixed and the seasons have all been distorted by the technology of man and the abundance of flatulent cattle (even if these be true, have they escaped the sovereign decree?)
The nations of this world with the collective wisdom of man, are but as a drop in a bucket. They are accounted as small dust of this balance in the presence and magnitude of the Ancient of Days. He has ordained and established, firm and sure so that it cannot be moved, the conditions and times of the habitations of His creature. He is the absolute sovereign over the light and the darkness for He has created good and evil. He has fixed the course that the darkness of this world should travel and though the light of His glory shines upon that darkness, the darkness does not comprehend His presence or acknowledge His authority. He has led His people, drawing them unto Himself by the cords of man, yet they knew it not. He renews the strength of the spiritual man within while crushing the earthen vessel back to the dust from whence it came. The illumination of His love for His people shines bright in their hearts, revealing the vileness of man, as the refiner’s fire reveals the works of man, rebuking them as wood, hay and stubble, and consuming the dross to reveal the glory within; “For Yehovah your God is holding your right hand, saying unto you, Do not be afraid, I am supporting you; do not be afraid Jacob, you worm, and you men of Israel, I am your help and redeemer, said Yehovah the Holy One of Israel” (Is. 41:13f).
The world and all that is therein is instructed to keep silent before the majesty and power of Yehovah God but He has placed the challenge before Adam and his sons of the dust. He has set forth the wonders of His sovereign rule and continual command over all of creation “that they may see and know and consider and understand together that the hand of Yehovah has done this and the Holy One of Israel has created it”. But He commands that man should come together corporately, and produce his cause; “bring forth your strength” that man, who by virtue of the acts of the first in the garden gave him the knowledge of good and evil that he should be like God, might ‘shew Us what shall happen; let them shew the former things, what they be, that they may consider them and know the latter end of them; or declare Us things for to come. Shew the things that are to come hereafter that We may know that you are gods, indeed, DO GOOD OR DO EVIL THAT WE MAY BE DISMAYED AND BEHOLD TOGETHER” (41:20-23)
Let the theology of man wrestle with the Word of God and not with the knowledge of man for if the divine spark in man is capable of performing one act of good, then Yehovah God is a liar and His word is unsure. Woe then unto the sons of Jacob if the Holy One of Israel is not King of kings and Lord of lords for then indeed may they be consumed for their sin and their guilt before Him. However, if there is none good, save God, then the theology of man is wherein there dwells no truth and if it be that all men are liars, then Adam has no place in the Jerusalem from above; “and there shall in no wise enter in any thing that defiles, neither works abominations or a lie but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Rev. 21:27) for indeed Yehovah God is truth and every son of Adam, altogether, liars!
“Behold My servant whom I uphold; My elect in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him and He shall bring forth judgment to the nations” (Is. 42:1)
The comfort of the people of the Israel of our God is to behold their God. It is He who made Himself of no reputation and took unto Himself the form of the servant of Yehovah. He came in the likeness of the sinful flesh of man that He might manifest the fulfilled Law in the flesh and abolish the weight and inability which easily overcomes the weary wanderers. He humbled Himself, being anointed of the Spirit to proclaim the gospel unto the meek; “to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prisons of the bound, to proclaim the acceptable year of Yehovah and the day of vengeance of our God; TO COMFORT ALL THAT MOURN” (Is. 61:1f).
And being found in fashion like a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God has highly exalted Him and given Him a name which is above every name, that at the name of the “Salvation of Yehovah” (Jesus) every knee should bow, in heaven and in earth and under the earth; and every tongue should confess that “the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah” is Master to the glory of God the Father (Phil. 2:7ff).
The heart and mind of the kings and rulers of this world are fully obsequious to the will of the King of the Universe who causes all things to come to pass by the power of His will. He turns the hearts of these leaders to perform in the prescribed manner that which is to the glory of His name as they bow the knee and confess by their actions that He is Lord. The economies of man shall fail and the kingdoms shall collapse by reason of the corruption within but the Word of God stands firm. He has gone forth in vengeance against the ungodliness of man and, finding they who were lost, He lost not one child of the kingdom whom He raised up in the last days. This is the comfort of His people and the foolishness and stumbling block to the world.
“I am Yehovah and there is 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 there is none beside Me; I am Yehovah and there is none else. I formed the light and created the darkness. I make peace and create evil: I Yehovah do all these” (Is. 45:5f).
His people dwell in the secret places and are secure in His hands. He rules over the kingdoms of this world and the foundation of His Kingdom is sure for He knows them that are His. He will never leave nor forsake them for it is He who works in his Beloved both to will and to do His good pleasure. The reverence of God is the beginning of Wisdom. He is the first and the last. He leads and follows surrounding His people, preserving and protecting them in His Salvation. Children of hope, Behold Your God!
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
November 19, 2017