“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”
Wisdom, like all of creation has a type and anti-type. The type is the wisdom of man which is from and of the earth. This wisdom is sensual and devilish being temporally based upon that which is contained in the tangible universe; it passes away with the cessation of natural life. It is according to this wisdom that man and his society conclude from generation to generation, what is acceptable for the good of themselves and their fellow man. This standard of excellence is centered solely upon the perceived needs of the man and is obtained through that which is alluring to the eye and desirable to the flesh as understood according to the pride of his heart (I Jn 2:16). What he sees with his eye and discovers by the use of his senses is evaluated by the limited ability of his carnal mind which God has filled with the cares of this world. These experiences of life are evaluated for their beneficiary qualities to the man, either in the procurement of affluence, fame and/or influence, and reasoned to be acceptable by an heart which is “deceitful above all and desperately wicked” (Jer. 17:9).
When the governing factor is the hedonistic nature of man (“the ethical doctrine that pleasure, variously conceived of in terms of happiness of the individual or society, is the principle good and proper aim of action”) then the individuals right for the pursuit of happiness is paramount to his life endeavours at the expense of any or all around him; unless of course they are in agreement with his precepts which no two men are 100%. The natural dictates of the sons of Adam are unto self-preservation through the labours of their hands and the constant improvement of self-esteem through accomplishments and the accolades of other.
This was the way of Adam in the garden when they sought to improve their station in life and, desiring to be wise, to be like God. After they took and did eat, their eyes were opened to their condition, which was naked. They concluded, having now obtained the knowledge of good and evil, through their limited mental faculties that they needed clothing which they fashioned by their own hands; thus observing the symptoms of their condition they arrived at a treatment. When Yehovah came to them, they full well expected that He would be impressed with what they had done and pardon their offenses. Every son of the dust ever since then has followed after the flawed wisdom of Adam.
The wisdom which is from above, however, is the anti-type. It is certain being established in the eternal truth and not of man who is tossed to and fro like the waves of the sea and unstable as water. This wisdom is of the eternal immutable ‘self existing One’ who is the same “yesterday, today and forever”. His sovereign rule over His creation includes every thought, word and deed of each and every particle (atomic and sub-atomic even to the smallest of the small) that exists and is a “discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”. Everything exists for His good pleasure, being created by Him, through Him and for Him, and everything continues, coming to pass by the power of His will. No man or any other part of His creation can stay His hand, preventing Him from performing the intent of His heart and He needs neither the assistance nor counsel of any one. The man who has this wisdom is content for he knows that Yehovah God sits on His throne and rules over the kingdoms of this world.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all liberally and upbraids not and it shall be given him” (James 1:5)
The wisdom of God is the only means by which the wisdom and number of man is understood; “here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast, which is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred, threescore six” (Rev. 13:18). No man has ever concluded that his wisdom was erroneous and should not be followed; every man cherishes his opinion which is based upon sound carnal logic and irrefutable temporal evidence, yet even though father Adam obtained the knowledge of good and evil, the way of man is in darkness for his deeds are evil (John 3:19).
The children of this world have sought after the wisdom of man in attempt to understand themselves but they seek that which they cannot find. Only those who have been born from above have the Spirit of God “that you might be filled with knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in knowledge of God; strengthened with all might according to His glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness; giving thanks unto the Father, which has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light” (Col.1:9). These are given the wisdom which enlightens them to the true understanding of man and the worthlessness of its way.
God gave such wisdom unto Solomon who gave his “heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all that are done under heaven” (Ecc. 1:13). This sore travail has been given to every son of Adam but according to the nature within the conclusions are quite different. Solomon found that everything which a man does in attempt to find fortune and fame in this world is vanity of vanities while the children of this world seek them as a thirsty man seeks water. God gave this wisdom to Solomon for the purpose of being able to rule over His people, Israel. He came to him and asked him to request whatever he wanted and when Solomon did not ask for fortune or fame, God gave both to him with the wisdom which made him the wisest man in the world.
This wisdom made him renowned throughout all the world as people foreign lands, kings, dignitaries, special envoys and even the Queen of Sheba were dispatched to hear the Wisdom of Solomon; “and I gave my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly”. But this wisdom also gave him to follow after and to discover the pleasures of man thus Solomon loved many women.
It is not a sin for a man to love a woman nor was it a sin for Solomon to have many wives; but he took unto him many women of the nations whom God instructed the children of Israel that they should not take their sons or give their daughters unto. These women occupied the heart and mind of Solomon so that he loved them and soon followed after the gods of their homeland. He build altars that they could sacrifice unto them and “Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians and after Milcom the abomination of the Amorites; and Solomon did evil in the sight of Yehovah and went not after Yehovah as David his father” (I Kings 11:5).
God gave Solomon the wisdom to know the number of man through the experiences he had in his life. He learned the vanity of this world which was painful to his soul by seeking and searching the things which make man happy in the flesh and content in their evil ways. This is the same wisdom that every child of grace has, being the fellow companions of the New Covenant, wherein God reveals the truth about the ways of man for, just like Solomon, the Spirit teaches every child the uncleanness of the ways of the flesh and the abomination of the works of man before God. Through the testimony of Solomon and their own life experiences, the children understand this vexation upon their souls; therefore the creature groans within waiting to be delivered from the body of this death: “And not only, but ourselves also, which have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body” (Rms 8:23).
“And Yehovah stirred up an adversary unto Solomon, Hadad the Edomite of the king’s seed” (I Kings 11:14)
God made Solomon king over Israel in fulfillment of His promise to David; “and when your days be fulfilled and you shall sleep with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, which shall proceed out of your bowels and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for My name and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever” (II Sam. 7:12f). There were no conditions set upon the seed of David, especially since David had not yet met Bath-sheba and this child was not yet born, for this was not an agreement between two parties. This covenant was the promise of God, who is not a man that He should lie, for the seed of David; “I will be his father and he will be My son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the stripes of the children of men: but My mercy shall not depart away from him as I took from Saul, whom I put away before you” (14f). The promise to the Beloved, however, was not of his son Solomon for he was not eternal neither was his kingdom. The promise was of the true King of Peace, the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah, whose kingdom is without end, Amen.
Solomon, therefore, as a son of God, could not fall away from the love and grace of God for nothing can separate His people from His eternal love. This love is without conditions as it speaks of what God is doing for His Beloved in the daily manifestation of that love. Each subject of the Kingdom of Light has been ordained of God to walk a path which for a time may be obscured by the ignorance of blind eyes, but in the fullness of time, when it pleases the Father, the eyes of the blind are opened and this light is revealed. Then each will see that their conduct along path that they walked was according to the god of this world, the prince of the power of the air and the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience. When the eyes are opened they, like Adam in the garden, see that they are naked before God, having their minds full of adultery. They also see the hypocrisy of man and the injustice of this world as the Spirit reveals the way of the light of His glory wherein is the truth.
The first adversary which God brought against Solomon was the ‘strength of Adam’. The advancement of King David was like unto the campaigns of Joshua into the Land of Promise for God gave them both dominance over their enemies. Joshua was given to complete the commandment of God and “utterly destroy” the inhabitants of the land while David was given to have his enemies under his foot, one of which was the land of Edom.
This is the land of the descendants of Esau, the inveterate enemy of the children of Promise. Jacob was hated by his brother, not because of the subterfuge and deceit by which Jacob obtained the promise from Isaac, but because God had put enmity between them. These were “two manner of people” whom God had separated from the beginning for one possessed the eternal love of God while the other the eternal hatred. Neither child had done anything to merit these stations in life and nothing that either could do could change the state they were in; “as it is written, Jacob have I lived but Esau have I hated” (Rms. 9:13).
God also decreed that the younger son should be a people stronger than the people of the elder and that elder son, Esau, should be the servant of Jacob for all time (Gen. 25:23). This is not apparent through the testimony of Jacob as he fled from his brother and feared for his life yet God had placed this fear in Jacob for good. He did not intend that there should be comradery between two people whom He had separated. Unto Esau was given to be a cunning hunter and a man of the field; this one was agreeable to the eyes of man and the needs of the flesh. The other son was of no redeeming qualities to the eyes of man for he was a simple man who lived in the tent and as Esau, who is Edom (Gen. 36:8), became a mighty nation so grew the animosity between his people and the children of Jacob. This is not to infer that every natural son of Jacob was a child of promise for they are not all Israel who are of Israel (Rms. 9:6).
When David became king over Israel, he was granted the power of God to have dominion over his enemies. Joab (Yah Father) defeated the Edomites and in six months he cut off every male child in Edom but just as Herod thought to kill all the Hebrew children to eliminate He who was King of the Jews, so Joab failed to utterly destroy all the male children. The strength of Edom (Hadad-edom) fled as a child and found refuge in Egypt, the place of doubled fortification. Here in the ‘great house’ (Pharaoh) he found great favour and was given to wife the sister of she who was ‘wife of the king’ (Tah-penes). He had found an agreeable home with regal amenities but “when Hadad heard in Egypt that David slept with his fathers and Joab the captain of the hosts was dead, he said unto Pharaoh, Let me depart tat I may go to mine own land” (I Kings 11:21). Thus the strength of the flesh became the adversary of the King of peace.
This adversary was given unto Solomon in the same manner and for the same purpose that God sent a thorn into the flesh of Paul. These men were servants of the Most High God who had been granted to do many wonderful works for men to see but, as is natural to the pride of life, they were both given a messenger from the adversary (Satan) that they might not think more highly of themselves than they ought; lest they be exalted above measure (II Cor. 12:7). Since there has no temptation come unto any of the children of hope but such as is common to men, this must be the same in every stranger and sojourner in the land.
The second adversary whom God raised up against Solomon was again because of what the Beloved had done. David was granted to push the northern boundaries of Israel to the Euphrates River in fulfillment of the promise to Abram (Gen 15:18). David defeated the Philistines and Moabites in the south and smote the Syrians in Damascus. He defeated Hadad-ezer, the son of Rehob, king of Zobah and put garrisons in Damascus of Syria. He defeated the ‘help of might’ (Hadad-ezer) of the fruitful (Euphrates) broad place (Rehob) and annulled the ruling station (Zobah) of the step (Syria) but there was one who rebelled. This one fled from his master, the strength of assistance and his ruling station and went and dwelled in Damascus, reigning there over the people; “and he was an adversary to Israel all the days of Solomon, beside the evil of Hadad, he hated Israel and reigned over Syria”.
This adversary spoke directly to the intentions of the heart of Solomon. The wisdom which God had given him vaulted him to the enviable place of being the person to go to for help. When the women came with the dilemma of the dead child, the Wisdom of Solomon helped them discover the truth and restore the child to his rightful mother. This was the beginning of the acts which manifested his great wisdom but with this came the pride of life and this adversary objected to his being king.
The ‘prince’ (Rezon) who rebelled against his master is one “whom God knows” (Eli-adah). It is recorded that he is a son of David born unto him in Jerusalem (II Sam. 5:16). There is no record of this name anywhere else in the scripture, save a mighty man of valour of the tribe of Benjamin in the days of Jehoshaphat (II Chr. 17:17). So it is conceivable that this rebellion and the hatred for Solomon may be a family matter. Here was one who was properly born unto David in Jerusalem who watched as this child born of questionable ancestry ascended to the throne of his father. The animosity of family and the bitter contention between brothers of differing mothers is seen in the contention between Ishmael and Isaac and Esau and Jacob, both which represent the epitome complete dichotomy between of first Adam and the second Adam, which is Anointed.
The struggles which Solomon had and the contention with this adversary is the contradiction of sin against self. He found that no matter what he did or what was done in this world, nothing was added to the work which God had done nor could anything be removed from that which was completed. He discovered that the labours of the hand only rearranged that which already existed and there was no profit to all that was done; “I know that, whatsoever God does, it shall be forever: nothing can be put to it nor any thing taken from it and God does that men should fear before Him” (Ecc. 3:14). Thus the pride of life, whether it be from ancestry, accomplishments or righteous endeavours was revealed to be, not only of no value, but a vexation upon his soul; herein is the number of man revealed, herein is wisdom.
The third adversary which Yehovah God raised up against the King was the contention of the people, Jeroboam. This son of Ephraim was a valiant and industrious man and God gave him grace in the eyes of the king. He was the son of a man who was the servant to the king but his hand was lifted up against the king because he built Millo and repairing the breaches thereof, gave it as a gift to his wife, Pharaoh’s.
There was a long and bitter hatred by the family of Ephraim against the Egyptians which dated back to his youth. This boy was born unto Joseph in the house of Pharaoh into a family of power and fame. He was raised as a son of Egypt and when he was reunited with Jacob and his lineage, he was promoted to the position of the first-born because of an event which happened over 60 years earlier; “now the sons of Reuben the first born of Israel (for he was the first born but forasmuch as he defiled his father’s bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel. The genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright for Judah prevailed above his brothers and of him came the chief ruler (which is Christ), but the birthright is Joseph’s” (I Chr. 5:1f). After Joseph died and Yehovah raised up a Pharaoh who had no regard for the Israeli intrusion into Egyptian history, or the economic and social reforms under the hand of the savior of the land, Joseph. Ephraim and his brother were relocated to the ghettos of Goshen and made to suffer the whip and bondage of the task-master for 4oo years.
Now Solomon had taken the daughter of Pharaoh to wife, rebuilt the wall and mounds about the city and gave her a house right in down town Judah. The rightful inheritance of the crown that Jacob gave to the sons of Joseph (Gen. 49:26) was in the hand of this up-start and God was blessing him. Added to this was the insult of Solomon placing Jeroboam in a cabinet office of being over all the house of Joseph was enough for there to be strife between these two men. The contention of the people (which is the nature of Adam) is when every man is drawn away after his own lusts and enticed. Then when lust has conceived it brings forth the manifestation of the inability of man to know, understand and measure up to the standard of the perfection of God (James 1:14).
This is where envy and strife flourish for there is enmity between that which is of the flesh and that which is from above. Every seed born from above becomes partaker of flesh and blood which cannot perceive or understand the ways of light. The wisdom of the flesh concludes even the testimony of those things which the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah both said and did as being applicable to self for the improvement of the outward man and the advancement of the station in life. Those in favour of this doctrine teach the outward appearance and denial of the flesh can lead to the blessing from God; this is the contention of the people, whereby, all Israel sinned (the sin of Jeroboam).
The grace of God is given to His Beloved children that they may know Him, the fellowship of His suffering and the power of the resurrection. He reveals the true nature of Adam through the pressing and proving of the faith that is within. As His hand lays heavy upon His children in the demonstration of His love through chastening, He shows unto all who have eyes to see and ears to hear, the uncleanness of their ways and their works which are abominable in His sight. His Spirit reveals that though their intentions may appear admirable, yet they inhabit the booth of cursed children who cannot cease from sin. With this is also revealed that the blood of the Lamb was slain before any commition of any action on the part of the recipient as the love of God first cleansed the vessels afore prepared unto glory that the incorruptible seed be not polluted and identified each of these with that blood struck upon the doorposts.
The mercy of God shows the children the corruption of the body of this death through every thought word and deed which is performed and the vanity which He has made the children subject unto. They see that they are carnal sold under sin as the outward man perishes day by day. Yet the inner man is renewed by the strength of the Spirit and as the light of Hos glory shines brighter and brighter, the children of the King see that they are wretched men in Adam who need to be delivered from the tabernacle of this dwelling.
“This is the word of Yehovah unto Zerub-bable saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says Yehovah of Hosts” (Zech. 4:6)
Paul besought the Lord three times to remove the messenger from the adversary but God said, “My grace is sufficient for you”. When He told Peter that the adversary desired to sift him as wheat, the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah told him that He prayed that his faith would not fail and when the adversary came to tempt the Lord He responded, “The Lord rebuke you” . Every child of grace shall endure the fellowship of His suffering for He has overcome the adversary, which is Satan; “in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities nor power nor things present nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us form the love of God which is in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah” (Rms. 8:37f).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
May 28, 2017