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Isaiah 56:3

“Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the Lord, speak, saying, The Lord hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, behold I am a dry tree.”

The man who is blessed of Jehovah to observe the sabbath, being firmly established upon the finished work of God, is not and never has been limited to the natural nation of Israel. The Holy Spirit sets forth here a prophetic statement concerning the mystery of God as He includes two categories of people that would otherwise be excluded by the ‘sons of Abraham’. The stranger who is not a descendant of the house of Israel would not be permitted to join in with the feasts and celebrations of Jehovah. One who was impotent, wounded in the stones or has been castrated is not worthy to be called a son of Israel, yet the Holy Spirit instructed Isaiah to write that both have a place in the kingdom of God.

Abram was a stranger in the land of Canaan and his seed would be strangers in Egypt four hundred years. Jacob dwelt in the land as a stranger and Moses was a stranger in Egypt and these are spoken of as the ‘fathers’ of the Jewish people. After God delivered them out of Egypt, He gave them His law in the wilderness. He said that, with regard to the Passover, “There shall no stranger eat thereof, but every man’s servant that is bought with money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof... All the congregation of Israel shall keep it and when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the Passover to Jehovah, let all males be circumcised” (Ex. 12:43-49). No one who did not have a sincere desire to be one of the tribe of Jehovah could come near unto the camp and partake of the offerings, the sacrifices and the ordinances. Yet one who was not ‘home born’ could be considered as a son of Jacob if he was identified by circumcision. How great the desire must have been for one to come forth and present himself before the congregation, renouncing all traditions and customs of his homeland and allowing the priest to take a sharp stone and remove the foreskin. No when God gave this commandment to Israel, they had just crossed the Red Sea and came to Mount Sinai. There were no strangers among them. No one had come out of Egypt to join this band as they trapped themselves in the wilderness and there were no stragglers along the way for to be called ‘stranger’. So, it was easy to obey the law that said no stranger can eat the Passover, come into the tabernacle (Num. 1:51), eat of the Ram of the atonement (Ex. 29:30), partake of the Holy anointing (30:33) or be king over God’s people (Deut. 17:15). And it was just as foreign for God to say to them that they should love the stranger as themselves (Lev. 19:34) since all the congregation was kin.

The Holy Spirit set forth those two rivers, again, of the stranger who is an emigrant or a foreigner, as one stream, and the one, not born of Jacob, who dwells with and abides with the children of promise with a great desire to be joined unto the assembly. In the first river dwells all kind of diverse fish who have nothing in common except the gregarious needs of a group. They speak different things, each have a personal agenda and do not care for one another save in the way that they may benefit from another. The second river is of one mind, they speak the same language and the same thing. They have the mind of God, desire the things that please Him and delight in His law day and night. The stranger in type that came to the nation of Israel to be joined with the household was circumcised in the flesh. The stranger and sojourner, wandering in this foreign land, has his heart circumcised by God when He removed the heart of stone, gave him His law and His Spirit and CAUSED him to walk according to His statutes. The delight of each member of this river is after this Law of God and that desire is after the inward man. Let not this one say that Jehovah separating separated me from His people for he has been grafted into the vine. He is to be treated and regarded “as one born among you and thou shalt love him as thyself” (Lev. 19:34). This precious love of the brethren, reserved for those members of the pasture who have the testimony of the Salvation of Jehovah and therefore keep His commandments, is not intended to be spread around for any and all. The foreigner and the emigrant have no right, part or memorial in this love, for it is foolishness to them. It is based upon the eternal love of the Father for His seed, His children that should be made partakers of flesh and blood and be redeemed by the shed blood of the Lamb. To the Canaanite, this is nonsense and shear foolishness. They do not hunger and thirst after it, have no desire in it and have discarded it as useless. But every child of grace has it as the anchor of their souls and a common experience in their lives so that they may come together and speak of how great things God has done. Therefore, they love one another, because the Father first loved them and His love is shed abroad in their hearts.

Isaiah also speaks of the eunuch. This one has been alienated from the congregation of Israel because he has been castrated. He cannot produce offspring so he has no inheritance (Ps. 127:5), he has no posterity and no name in Israel (Duet. 23:1). Therefore he is an outcast and being despised of all, he feels himself a ‘dry tree’. But God has said that the children of the barren one shall be greater than she which is married. The redeemed of the house of Israel, married to God under the first covenant, are but a few (Rev. 7:4) but the redeemed out of those who are said, these be not the people of Jehovah’, are a ‘great host which no man can number of all nations, and kindreds and peoples and tongues’ (7:9) because God has “dried up the green tree and have made the dry tree to flourish; I Jehovah have spoken and have done.” (Ez. 17:24).

To both of these ‘outcasts’ of society and the ‘undesirables’ of the purists of Zionism, who have been made to observe the finished work of a Sovereign God, who desire the pure milk of the Word to fed from and the things which are pleasing unto God and who are part of that New Covenant, the everlasting covenant of His people, God has given a place in His house, a part of that spiritual building of God, His church, His temple and His Bride and all the parts not only compliment each other, providing that which each needs, but are fitly framed together and are growing up to an Holy habitation of God. He has prepared a place for them inside the walls called ‘salvation’ wherein they dwell in safety and has given them a name that is better than any name given to the natural sons and daughters of Israel. It is a name above every name, written upon a white stone and no man (Adam) knows that name (Rev. 2:17). It is the name of the Faithful and True (19:11) and the name on His thigh being, King of Kings and Lord of Lords (19:16). His children have been sealed with their Father’s name in their foreheads (7:3) and that name is their name. “Beloved now are we the Sons of God” (I John 3:2).

The child of grace is blessed because of the Spirit within to do these things and he is one with the Father, as he is one with his brethren. He is not born of the flesh, nor of the will of the flesh but by the power of the Most High God, therefore they are called sons of God. This came not by might, nor by strength but by My Spirit saith Jehovah of hosts (Zech. 4:6). He is the Father to the fatherless (lonely) the comfort to the oppressed (strangers) and the provider and sustainer of the forsakened and desolate (widows). He has caused these to come forth unto Zion desiring to worship Him in Spirit and truth and they shall all walk in that light of Jehovah. They have all been blessed as One, having One Lord, One faith and One baptism in Christ Jesus and they all are firmly established in the finished work of Messiah.

Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
February 26, 2012