“When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of Jehovah shall lift up a standard against him; and the Redeemer shall come to Zion and unto them that turn from the transgression of Jacob, saith the Lord. As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith Jehovah; My Spirit that is upon thee and my words, which I have put into thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor the mouth of thy seed, nor the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and forever.”
The prophet established in the first verse of this chapter that the Lord’s hand was not to short to deliver. This stipulates to the fact that deliverance is needed, there is someone who needs deliverance and there that God alone has the ability, knowledge and intent to deliver. What good would it be if all factors of the deliverance were in place and there was not a subject to be saved; or a subject to be delivered but no need to be delivered from anything; or a subject and a need but an Almighty God who had no desire to deliver for He had no love for the subjects; or a subject and a need were present but an inept, impotent god, who could not save unless he was given permission. All factors must be in complete harmony to complete the deliverance which only God could perform.
“And He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor:” Man has no understanding of sin or the Holiness of God, therefore he has no concept of the deliverance or the need thereof. He cannot comprehend the blood sacrifice because he does not know how the blood is the life of the body. He has not the mind of God or the thoughts of God so he does not seek after Him or perceive the necessity for deliverance. How could he then intercede for himself or others? How can one champion a cause when there is no perception of a cause?
”Therefore His arm brought salvation unto Him and His righteousness, it sustained Him”. This entire procedure must have begun in the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, been completed before the foundation of the world, manifested in the fullness of time and culminated when time is no more and all by the hand of He that has performed all the intent of His heart. When He put on righteousness as a breastplate and a helmet of salvation upon His head, His bride was adorned the same way. To Her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen pure and white, which is the imputed righteousness of Her Husband. She wears salvation as a crown upon Her head, being in subjection to Her Lord as He was in subjection to the Father to perform all the work set before Him and to raise up all that the Father had given Him in the last day.
The garments of vengeance and the cloak of zeal were the vestige of the justice of God which is of a just weight and an equal balance. ”According to deeds, accordingly He will repay”. Not one thought word or deed is overlooked in His righteous vengeance against His enemies or excluded in the atoning blood for the sin of His people. The whole of the wrath of God is concluded in Him, “so that they fear the name of Jehovah from the west to the rising of the sun”. The subject of the deliverance bows his knee at the name of Jesus for He is worthy who has redeemed His people and the wicked bow the knee to Him in subjugation and terror, for it is a ‘fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living God’.
“When the enemy shall come in like a flood”. There is no coincidence between his enemy and his flood and the dragon who sent forth a flood after the woman after she gave birth to the man-child and fled to the prepared place in the wilderness. The enemy is that piercing serpent, the dragon and his seed which are enmity against God and His beloved. But and when he shall come, the Bride is not called upon to repel him. She is not thrust to the front line to avenge her Husband or protect His sheep, rather, the Spirit of Jehovah fights the battle. He does not set up a flag or banner as the translators would suggest, He ‘causes him to retreat’. He identifies the evil beast in the woods, confronts Him with the brightness of His Holiness and causes him to ‘turn tail and run’. He is the ’good shepherd that lays down His life for the sheep’ and He will never leave them to the liberty and devastation of the wicked one.
And at the same time as the wicked enemy shall come, “The Redeemer shall come to Zion”. These events do not need thousands of years between them to be fulfilled. When the man-child was brought forth, who is the ruler in Israel, the enemy pursued the woman and persecuted her until the time when the Redeemer would come forth to Zion in the resurrection “unto them that turn from the transgression of Jacob”. Not as the work-mongers would propose that when one turns from sin, he will come to them, but rather to those who have been returning from the sin of Jacob, are returning and shall one day complete the return when the habitation of this dwelling is dissolved. They are returning from the transgression of the man Jacob, who could not measure up to the standard of the Holiness of God, just as the children of Israel were returning to their homeland after being delivered from the bondage of Egypt. They had been delivered, they were being delivered every day and, in the fullness of time, they were delivered from the wilderness into the inheritance promised to their fathers. These are they who, like Jacob, have the everlasting love of God upon them, not according to any good they had done, but according to His election of grace. These are the promised seed, the chosen generation of the house of the First-Born, the ones for whom the new covenant is made.
“As for me, Says Jehovah, this is my covenant”. Not according to the covenant that He made with them in the wilderness which covenant they brake. There, at the base of Mt. Sinai, the people said, ‘all that God said, we will do’, but in His covenant He said, ‘My hand is not short to deliver and I shall do all that I have had said’. This is the covenant which is the preamble to the law of God in Exodus 20 and has been with His children from the beginning. Sorry dispensationalist! God never changes, He is the same therefore the children of Jacob are not consumed. The promise then is that His Spirit, which is upon His children and His Word, shall not depart. The love, the Spirit and the Word will never leave His people and because they are upon His people, He causes them to walk according to His statutes, FOREVER. They are eternally faithful because they are eternally ONE with Him.
When Jesus stood up and read from Isaiah that the Spirit of Jehovah was upon Him to preach the gospel it is the same Spirit that God sets upon His people. Since the same Spirit is upon all His people and the product and proof of the Spirit is love, therefore, they love one another. The love of the brethren is the love of the bride of her beloved and the love of the Father for the Son. Those who have not been taught the essential nature of this relationship cannot understand the beauty of the new covenant and the joy of the realization when time is no more.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes.
October 10, 2010