“Hear the word of Yehovah which He has spoken to you, house of Israel.”
The subject of the word of God has been a point of contention with many throughout the generations and shall be for the remainder of time. Some have concluded that a book is the word of God. They have disputed over translations and interpretations as they worship the book and the men who provided it for the people to read. Others have been given to believe that the words spoken at certain meetings constitutes the word of God and the speaker is venerated and esteemed highly as the mouthpiece of the lord. Many traditions, derived from both folk and lore that have become part of the rhetoric of these sessions and the governing doctrines of faith and order for which, should one question or object, are the grounds for sanction and exclusion from the privileged few.
The Spirit of Yehovah came to this man, chosen of God before he was born and ordained to be a prophet unto the nations, commanding him to proclaim the imperative nature of hearing the word spoken of God. This was not an invitation, a suggestion or a friendly inference to the possibility of the matter for this was not an ordinary subject; this was the commandment of the Spirit of Yehovah of Hosts to heed what He spoke to this specific group of people. The Word spoken was directed exclusively to a people concerning a subject and all who did not fulfill the requirements of either have no part in the subject or the intention.
This word, however, is not the sound of the air crossing the vocal cords of a speaker as detected and interpreted by the cognitive abilities of the hearers. It is the utterance, business and essence of the Living self-existing One. This is the Word who in the beginning (in Himself) spoke and life, form and time became evident. He, the Word, is the proclamation of His eternal purpose, which He purposed in Himself, that comes to pass on earth as it does in heaven by the power of His indomitable and irresistible perfect will.
This Word became flesh, in the completion of the time assigned to the purpose, and dwelt among His people in the manifestation of the purpose of the work which He had done from the beginning which is His eternal love for His people. The Word, being in the visual representation of the form of God, did not account it unto Himself to be equal with God, for He is the eternal Father. He, therefore, since there is none else equal unto Him, made Himself of no reputation, for there is none who could approach, seize or take from Him his perfect eternal reputation, that He might show forth His deliverance to all nations. The Word which the Spirit commanded Jeremiah to proclaim to the house of Israel is the same yesterday and forever. He is the One upon the brilliant and dazzling white horse who was given the crown and the bow to come forth conquering and to overcome (Rev. 6:2). He has come forth out of heaven upon this brilliant white horse being called “faithful and true and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes as a flame of fire, and on His head many crowns and He has a name written, that no man knows, but He Himself. And He is clothed with a vesture dipped in blood and His name is The Word of God” (Rev. 19:11). He is One like the Son of man in whose right hand are the seven spirits of God and out of whose mouth goes forth a sharp two-edged sword, “piercing even to the dividing point of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow and a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart; nether is there any creature that is not manifested in His sight but all things are naked and open unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do” (Heb. 4:12).
The written record of the things which God has both done and said is delivered unto His people “for our learning that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Rms. 15:4). The Word of God tabernacles in each of His beloved children shewing forth that the habitation of God is with men. The presence of Emmanuel is the fullness of the Godhead abiding in His seed which, having become partaker of flesh and blood, grows in the grace and knowledge of His will unto the Holy habitation.
“And Jesus answered and said unto him, saying, it is written that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word of God” (Luke 4:4)
The temptation or proving of the Anointed by the wicked one set forth the difference between the ways of God and the ways of man. Man is temporal and his ways are limited and carnal, therefore when the Devil, whose heart is lifted up as he boasts that he will sit in the seat of God yet he is a man, brought forth the temptation, he presented limited and sensual proofs. Jesus, however, being the everlasting Father and Prince of peace, denounced the finite, which fades away, and confirmed the infinite. He rebuked the adversary with the living Word of God proclaiming that the existence of man is by the will of God, the worship of God is the upmost duty of all His creation and the proving of the Almighty through corrupt temporal means is abominable unto Him.
The Word which the Spirit gave to Jeremiah is the life and breath of the Father for His children. By it they are sustained with the bread of life and through it they live by the faith of the Son of God who loved them and gave Himself for them. This word did not originate in the mind and hearts of man nor is it the derivative of many years of the passing down of traditions and legions from generation to generations. It is the spiritual communication of the love of the Father for those who have been hewn from the Rock, which is Anointed and it is given only for His people.
Many have tried to gain access into this word through good intentions of religious obligation. Some have taken up the quest to find the truth by searching the antiquities of man as many walk down the wide streets of Rehoboth yet they lack one thing. God has put an inherent curiosity in the heart and mind of man to seek out the ways of God yet He has also filled his natural mind with the cares and concerns of this life and this world. The child within delights in the Law of God and lives by the word of the Father crying out, “Yehovah, teach me the ways of Your statutes and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding and I shall keep You Law, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me go in the path of Your commandments for therein do I delight, Incline my heart unto Your testimonies and not to covetousness, turn away my eyes from beholding vanity. Quicken me in Your way, stablish Your word unto Your servant to Your fear and turn away my reproach which I fear for Your judgments are good” (Ps. 119:33ff).
“Thus Yehovah is saying, Do not learn the way of the people and do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven as the people are dismayed at them”
Jesus spoke to His disciples and told them that in the last days there would be signs and wonders in the heavens because an evil and adulterous generation desires signs. He also told them that many would come and say that the Anointed One was in many different and various places yet He assured His followers that He was not there; “And then if any man say to you, Lo, here is Messiah, or lo there, do not believe him for false Messiah’s and false prophets shall rise and shall show signs and wonders to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect, but take heed; Behold I have foretold you all things” (Mk 13:21).
This was the condition of things when in the last days the Anointed One manifested the salvation of Yehovah before all the world, and it continues today. The natural man is still infested with the insatiable desire to seek and know the truth, which he cannot recognize though it be before him. The testimony of God is open and evident so that there has never been nor ever shall be any who could properly claim the defense of ignorance before God. His Word, Messiah in you the hope of glory, is revealed to all men, for all have seen His salvation, yet He is not given because He has no place in them (John 8:37). These having natural ears can only hear the natural word and follow after it in the natural conclusions of their own intellect, but unto “he that has ears to hear” the “Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light upon my path” (Ps. 119:105).
The way of the people is not a condemnation of the different people of the nations of the world for their customs and heritage; this attitude has produced great animosity between the arrogant natures of the sons of Adam. It is the way of man which leads unto destruction. The Spirit does not leave His people to figure out what this way is; He did not set down a commandment and then expect the children to find their own way. He has made each of His seed to be subject to vanity because “the customs (ordinances and laws) of the people are vain”. In the fullness of time, when it pleases the Father to reveal Himself dwelling in His people, the light of the glory of His perfection illuminates the ways of the people. Thus the blind man saw the injustice of the people as he was excommunicated from the Temple, the lame man was deprived of the services of his fellow man having to find sustenance and shelter for himself, the one who dwelt and ran naked amongst the tombs was sent back to his ‘friends’ and the leper was dismissed from the commune and forced back into society. These all, having the power of God revealed in them, discovered the corruption of this world, the hypocrisy of the nature of man and the pain of the burden of the labours of life. So it is when the Spirit reveals the ways, laws and customs of the inhabitants of this world.
The decorating of the tree is not a sin nor is the workmanship of man’s hands. The veneration of the creature into deity is a demonstration of the inability of man to ‘hit the mark’ and the need for such objects to be worshiped is the way of man. God has given Adam and his children the knowledge of good and evil and after his cognitive abilities and the ‘good intentions’ of his heart, man devises the objects of worship and the manner in which they shall be adorned. There is not a son of the dust who full well knows that these are nothing but the stump of a tree covered with gold or silver for they have been given to believe that “these be your gods, Israel which brought you up out of the land of Egypt” (Ex. 32:7).
God has not preserved the vessels afore prepared unto glory from these same feelings and passions and thus the flesh is drawn away after diverse lusts. The natural eyes are as deceived as in the garden to look upon the things of this world and desire them. The station in life which God has appointed to His people is inadequate for the natural man who seeks to make his nest in the cleft of the rocks and dwell with the eagles and every inhabitant of this world is deceived by the pride of life. Thus the natural ways of the people strives to preserve the flesh and promote his self through his ideas and labour. He seeks the comradery of the people of the land and delights in the communion of that which cannot sustain.
“Be not afraid of them for they cannot do evil neither also in them to do good”
The heart and mind of the natural man is very fearful yet there is no fear of God in him. He is stubborn and rebellious before his maker and defiant against His word. The children born from above are made aware of this antagonistic nature which makes them cry out to the Father for deliverance and to groan within. Though the Spirit of the most High God dwells within and “greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world” (I Jn 4:4), yet the temerity and fear of the natural man causes the natural man to tremble. His eyes are distracted to everything that moves as he delights to look upon the misery and calamity of the world, and his superstitions and paranoia lead him into panic and terror.
The children of the Kingdom of the Israel of our God have overcome the wicked one by the power of the blood of the Lamb and are preserved and set apart in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah. They dwell in the secret place of the Lord and no man can pluck them out of His hands for He is the Almighty God. He has done whatsoever His heart desires and as He has spoken so all has come to pass. He cannot change the works which were finished from the foundation of the world and make something different come to pass in time for there is a time to every purpose under heaven and all events come to pass in the time appointed unto them Therefore the children shall not be afraid of what the flesh might do for ‘they are all together stupid kindling to be burned, closed to the instruction of the vapors (emptiness)’ (8).
The carnal things of this world, unto which the flesh is sold unto sin, cannot sustain the flesh let alone the spirit of man for the world is full of labour. Man has been assigned this labour from the beginning and as Esau, he strives to be the best man of the field and cunning hunter that he can be. He finds delight in his travail and temporal satisfaction in his accomplishments but these cannot sustain him. Thus there is a concern as to what we shall eat and what we shall wear or how we shall cope with the problems of the world or the difficulties of our families.
The disciples, whose ears were not yet open to the truth of the doctrine of Messiah, thought He was speaking of the absence of food and drink when He said, “beware the leaven of the Pharisees”. Jesus, however, was revealing that there is nothing that does, can or ever shall come to pass but that the Father in heaven has not ordained and empowered it to be and that all is contained within the boundaries of His perfect will. The wicked one desires to deprive the children of this assurance through his deception, like David, they desire to know their numbers for the assessment of their strength. This is another in the never ending demonstration of the inability of the flesh to hit the mark for the children of the King walk by faith not by sight. Thus drawn away in the fear of inadequacies being deficient in strength, provisions and assurance the sons of Adam seek to provide that which is missing causing the creature within to once again groan.
The Father has provided the needs of His children that He has assigned to be partakers of flesh and blood. He is the great King over all the earth that has created heavens and earth for His Beloved. He has blessed His people with all spiritual blessings “according as His divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness through the knowledge of Him that has called us to glory and virtue; whereby are given unto us exceedingly great and precious promises that by these you might he partakers of the divine nature having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (I Pt. 1:3).
“But Yehovah is the true God, He is the living God and everlasting King” (10:10)
There are many gods in this world and even a god of this world by whom the spirit works in the children of disobedience. But there is no god who can approach the true and living God. Many have proclaimed to be god. Adam took and did eat that he might be like God, the Adversary has his heart lifted up to be like God and the nature of Esau is to be exalted and dwell among the stars. This attitude of man has caused many to strive to be like the sons of god. These put on the antics of piety and have a distinct presence of denying of the flesh, but these all lack the ability to “produce your cause said Yehovah; bring forth your strong arguments, said the king of Jacob. Let them bring forth and shew us what shall happen; let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them and know the latter end or declare us things for to come. Shew the things that are to come hereafter that we may know that you are gods: yea, do good or do evil that we may be dismayed and behold it together” (Is. 41:21ff). This is the exclusive nature of God and there is none other.
The natural mind cannot comprehend the power of the Almighty to speak existence into being or the perfection of His will by which all things continue. Man searches to find the reasons for life and the logical explanation for the way things work but rather than finding the answers, his heart is as hard as an adamant stone and his rebellion is strengthened. The stronger his thirst for knowledge becomes as he ascends Mt. Nebo the greater his confusion of face and delusion of mind. He strives harder and harder to find his worth in life and since he does not like to retain God in his mind, he replaces Him with the images of the creature as he does that which is right in his own eyes.
How then could any son of Adam possibly come to the knowledge of the truth? “Who would not fear the King of the nations?” The truth is revealed in the children of hope because whosoever is born from above does not commit sin for His seed remains and His Word is truth. The natural man cannot receive such things for it is unlawful for him to know them being too wonderful for his understanding. He does not know the truth and he shall never be free. Thus the prisoners of hope rejoice in Yehovah of Hosts while the earthen vessel and the breath in him has rejected the chief cornerstone of the Temple of God, deeming Him unsuitable for his purposes.
“But they are all together brutish and foolish the stock a doctrine of vanities”
Solomon observed that the earth is full of labours which cannot be finished. They continue from generation to generation never completing the matter as “all rivers run into the sea yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come thither they return again; all things are full of labour which man cannot utter: the eye is not satisfied with seeing nor the ear filled with hearing” (Ecc. 1:7). This is the vanity that God created in the beginning and no man can change this in any manner. He has also made the way of man, filled with laws, ordinances and structure, being the epitome of this vanity, to be consumed in the fire with the residue of the house of Edom (Ob. 17). This is part of the wood, hay and stubble of the works of man that the Refiner’s fire is consuming as it purges the dross to reveal the gold, silver and precious living stones within. The outer man is perishing daily while the inner man is strengthened by the Spirit of Almighty God and Yehovah God has ordained this to all work together in complete harmony for good to them that love Him, to the called according to His purpose. The timber or wood (stock) of this structure is the fuel that God has provided to ‘discipline’ (doctrine) His children in the worthlessness (vanity) of this existence which He has made for them “by reason of Him who has subjected in hope, because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Rms.8:20).
Every man is this fodder in his knowledge, every founder is confounded by the graven images for his molten image is falsehood and there is no breath in them. They are all vanity and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation, they shall perish.
“The portion of Jacob is not like them for He is the former of all and Israel is the rod of His inheritance: Yehovah of Hosts is His name”
Man continues to look to the terra firma for sustenance and comfort for he is of the earth. The Kingdom of the Israel of our God is not of this earth and the inheritance of the children of the King is the Kingdom of light. This kingdom cannot be found in the dust of the sands of the seas or upon the top of the mount as these all shall fade away. But the “Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God and if children then heirs; heirs of God and joint heirs with Messiah, if so be that we suffer with Him that we may be glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Rms. 8:16f)
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
June 18, 2017