“Then the word of Yehovah came unto me saying, Before I formed you in the belly, I knew you and before you came forth out of the womb I sanctified you the ordained prophet unto the nations.”
The sovereignty of God is the foundation of the assurance of faith to every child of grace. It is the unexplainable security or anchor to the soul which assures the children of the King that He is complete in Himself and no one can challenge His authority. His Word is not subject to interpretation, His way is not compromised and His purpose is without consultation for He has purposed in Himself to do His will and by the power of that will all things have, do and shall forever come to pass. This is the immovable Rock; the Anointed chief cornerstone whereupon the foundation of His city is built against which nothing in creation could ever prevail.
Thus when God created all that exists, all inclusive of everything in heaven and in the earth, He looked upon His work, being the full intention of His heart, and called it exceedingly good (Gen. 1:31). The light was as good according to His purpose as the dark and evil was as essential to His purpose as holiness; all was created by Him for Him and through Him and without Him was nothing made that was made (John 1:3). Everything that is was formed, equipped and actuated for His good pleasure (Rev. 4:11) and since the desire of God is solely upon His Beloved (Song 7:10), He has done all these things, everything that is from the beginning to the end, for good to the Beloved; “to them that are called according to purpose, for whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Rms. 8:28).
The singular purpose of God being unto His glory, is contained and commanded in the source of all authority and power; Almighty God. His power is not compromised with another and there is none with whom He consults. There is none other who has the mind of God or understands His purpose for counsel of policy or procedure. El Shaddai answers to no one concerning parity, equity or that which may be called unfair since His righteousness is the standard by which all is judged and He is the Judge of all. When sin entered into the world it was because it seemed right in His eyes to ordain, create, command and complete the transaction in the manner He prescribed for the purpose which He alone could purpose in Himself from the beginning.
There are some who object to the all inclusive nature of the eternal sovereignty of God, claiming that this doctrine intrudes upon the ‘free will’ of man. While their objection is valid in the sense that the natural man indeed cannot understand these things, yet it is also a denial of the One true living God whose counsel stands as He performs His good pleasure (Is. 46:10). It is impossible for a temporal, mortal mind that has no concept of eternity to understand the mind and intent of the heart of “the high and holy One who inhabits eternity; Holy is His name” (Is. 57:15). There is no attempt to deny this right of belief in those unto whom it has been given to conclude that the All Mighty is not concerned with small or trivial matters, for whatever a man believes is that which God has given him; “for who makes you to differ and what do you have that you have not received? Now since you have received it why then do you glory as if you have not received?” (I Cor. 4:7). The examination of the matters revealed must stand in testimony and endure the evaluation of either the limitations or all the inclusive nature of the sovereignty of the Lord God Omni-potent. Those who are deposed unto consternation over whether God is interested in the food they eat or the clothing they wear are in ignorance to the words of the Lord to His disciple; “therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink nor yet for your body, what you shall put on.” (Matt.6:25). The all inclusive sovereignty of Almighty God has not only these things in consideration but He has provided all things which pertain unto life and godliness unto His Beloved.
“Anathoth and her suburbs…” (Josh. 21:18)
To attempt to trace the conditions of this passage would take the reader back to the beginning for those things which are at any given time are built upon and dependent upon that which has come before. No event in time may be isolated out to stand alone on it’s own merits because that which has been is that which shall be and that which is done is that which shall be done, and no new thing under the sun (Ecc. 1:9). It should be sufficient to say that the children of Israel were chosen of God as the nation upon whom he would demonstrate His love and give His promise. He fulfilled the promise of deliverance from the 450 years of bondage, as He promised to Abram and, after manifesting His covenant in the handwriting of ordinances and the pattern given in the mount, He brought this people into the land. Here the ordinances of the law were realized as the children of Levi had no inheritance in the land for Yehovah was their inheritance (Num. 18:20). And so, the cities of refuge were established for the children of Levi as a place where the accused could find safe haven until in the mouth of two or three witnesses the mater was resolved. This was the purpose of God for these towns and their surrounding areas as appointed by Joshua (the salvation of Yehovah) and the priests were the inhabitants. This particular town was a place for ‘answers’ (Anathoth) as a ‘testimony’ unto the power and glory of God.
Now almost 800 years later, a son of Levi (joined) and a priest of Yehovah of the ‘inheritance of Yah’ (Hilkiah) was given a son who was ‘appointed of Yehovah’ (Jeremiah). The kingdom stood divided, the corruption of Judah being more treacherous than Israel which had been destroyed by the Assyrians. Now with Babylon awaiting the command of God, poised to dispose of Jerusalem and take the people captive, came the exact point that God decreed that the bones should come together in the designated womb for the purpose of bringing forth a prophet.
This was one whom Almighty God had set apart as the ordained prophet unto the nations before the enzymes, chromosomes and DNA of seed of both Hilkiah and his wife were joined. Since man has neither comprehension nor command over how bones grow in the womb it was not because of this man and woman that this earthen vessel was born; this was a vessel afore prepared of God. Hilkiah and his wife were the means ordained of God to facilitate His eternal decree but this was a vessel that had a time appointed of God, limitations for the time of habitations and fixed immovable boundaries from before the formation of the world (Acts 17:26).
This vessel was ordained according to the eternal love of God upon His children and prepared to receive the eternal seed born from above when the precious blood of the Lamb of God was shed before the beginning of the world. Each and every thought, word and deed being accounted for in the purpose of God with the inability of man covered in the atonement; by this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob (children of promise) be purged and this all the fruit to take away his sin” (Is. 27:9). It was assigned a time of manifestation upon the stage of time (as well as the time of departure when the labours were all completed) being fully equipped to perform each and every task assigned without possibility of failure to the glory of God.
God did not say that these attributes and abilities were granted before the babe was formed in the belly, He said they were assigned before He formed, fashioned or created everything essential to the conception and birth of this individual. Adam and his seed are indeed active participants in the process of the events in time but this is because of the eternal decrees of the Sovereign of the Universe who causes the events to transpire according to the good pleasure of His will.
God appointed this one, without first consulting with him in what Adam concludes is a violation of his right to freedom of choice, as the ordained prophet to the nations. He was to come forth in a very hostile environment as the ‘spokesman’ of Yehovah against a people who saw nothing wrong with anything they were doing. He did not send him off to a cemetery to learn the dead languages and theology of man. He did not interview him for his diplomatic prowess, his economic and social understandings and He did not first consult a public opinion poll to see if this was the right time or place to send this one forth. God brought him forth completely prepared and properly equipped to do that which he had been ordained unto. Jeremiah did not choose his mission field, he neither studied the scholars nor sought advice as he was sent, not only to the apostate whore of Judah, but unto all people.
“Then I said, Lord God, behold I cannot speak, for I am a child”
The word of God came to Jeremiah in the majesty and power of Yehovah God. Jeremiah was empty and shakened out having nothing to bring to the table or to offer God. He did not know what was expected of him, where to go, who to speak to or what to say. He had no self confidence before the Lord and rather than being bold in the flesh, he was abased to be prostrate before the great King over all the earth.
According to the standards of the Law every male that opens the matrix was set apart unto God but God proclaimed that He had separated this man unto Himself. No intervention or assistance was needed from the fellow children of the dust to facilitate the purpose of God for He outfitted and actuated this man unto his appointed course in the fullness of time.
The Lord rebuked Jeremiah for his carnal understanding. God did not ask him to muster up and lend Him a hand; He empowered Jeremiah by putting His Spirit in Him and making him willing in the time of His power. He sent this servant unto a specific location and unto a group of people who possessed the very nature and problems that the word was unto. He put the words into the mouth of His spokesman and set him over the nations of the world, to root out, pull down, destroy and throw down. He also sent the same word at the same time to build and to plant (1:10).
Has God changed over the years of time? Is God subject to time and the frailties of the flesh? Not at all!! The surety of the sovereignty of God is supported in His immutability. He is the same yesterday, today and forever and He cannot change. His Word remains as constant as He and His purpose is unaltered. Thus Jesus told His disciples; “settle therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what you shall answer: for I will give you a mouth of wisdom which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay or resist” (Luke 21:14).
“...for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Rev. 19:10)
Growing up I was instructed in the supposed class system that God had established. There were patriarchs and priests and the average lay people. There were champions of the truth and the giants of faith along side of the common people who followed after these role models. Then there were the Major Prophets and the minor ones whose words, while similar, bore less weight in comparison to the first string varsity players. Jeremiah was a major prophet and one to be revered for his words spoke of the coming of Messiah, the restoration of Israel, the mysteries of the end times and the final deliverance of the people of Israel.
This class system is false teaching and indicative of the doctrine of man. God has not established a class system in His kingdom where one is greater than another for there is no division in the body. In the Anointing, there is neither Jew nor Greek, bond nor free, male nor female for all are one in Him, who is the head; “from whom the whole body fitly framed together and compacted by that which ever joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, making increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love” (Eph. 4:16). The body of the Anointing, being one and having many members, functions in complete agreement as one, according to the nature of God who is all inclusive one; “Hear Israel Yehovah, our God Yehovah, is One” (Deut. 6:4).
He has made every member of His body and every subject of His kingdom, kings and priests unto Himself and has given them His Spirit who causes them to walk according to His statutes. His Spirit bears witness with their spirit that they are the sons of God as He reveals unto each one, every man in his order, the uncleanness of his ways and the corruption of the flesh. As these children, grow in the grace and knowledge of His will, they understand through experience the trials and tribulations which God has assigned unto them as the manifold witness of His kingdom. Thus each one cries out, ‘Why am I thus?’ and ‘Behold I am vile’, and ‘depart from me for I am a man of unclean lips’ and ‘who shall deliver me form the body of this death?’
The world is not their home, the provisions of the field cannot sustain them and they long for the return unto the land of their nativity; Jerusalem from above. They are hated of ALL men for His name’s sake and they have a groaning within as the law of the flesh in their members wars against the Law of their minds. They find that in them, that is in their flesh, dwells no good thing yet they keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
This is Anathoth, the testimony which each and every child of the kingdom has and for which they are hated by the whore, the beast, the dragon and all men. This testimony is only for those who are joined unto Yehovah and have Him as their inheritance. These have been given a dwelling place for refuge and have been appointed of the Lord unto the labours they have been created in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah unto. The Spirit teaches them all the same thing as they grow in the grace and knowledge of His will and, walking by the faith of the Son of God who loved them and gave Himself for them, they bear witness to how great things they have suffer and God has done for them.
“Follow after charity and desire spiritual, but rather that you may prophesy” (I Cor. 14:1).
The general consensus of the doctrine of Adam is that prophecy is the prediction of what things shall be. Men have assumed the title of Prophet and many halls are filled to capacity when the prophesy conventions are presented. The words are soothing to the itching ears of Adam and many come to hear these great swelling words. Like the throngs gathered on Marz Hill, the appetite of the flesh is to hear or speak something new as the speakers scramble to be the first to unlock the hidden treasures of end times. The end result of these endeavours is a hierarchy of learned men desiring to be revered as they count the coinage of return on their many books, lectures and personal appearances; this is not edifying to the church.
Paul told the called-out assembly at Corinth that the proper speaking about hidden things was for the building up of the church, for exhortation and comfort of the people. The Word of the Lord was to comfort His people by saying to the house of praise, Behold your God which when the Father is pleased to reveal Himself to His people, also discloses unto them each, the uncleanness of their ways and their vileness in Adam. This is why the Spirit groans within as the passions of the outer man struggle against the delights of the inner man causing the children to cry out, Why am I thus?
The gifts which God has placed in the church are for a testimony to the world of the power of God and for the confirmation of truth unto the brethren. A brother who is blessed with a gift is given the particular gift for the good of the body and the gift is not exclusive to the individual. The one who is spiritual today and is given the gift to restore a brother who is taken in a fault may indeed be tomorrow the very one taken in a fault and then restored by he who was restored. Thus the God of all comfort, comforts His people in all their tribulations that they may be able to comfort any who have any kind of trouble and since the nature of man is full of troubles, doubts and fears, the comfort of each member is unto each members all the days of their journey.
God has given these gifts, not as an evangelical outreach mission to bring the lost unto Jesus; He has set these as signs and wonders to those without as a testimony of Emmanuel. He has also given these gifts for good of the brethren. If one speaks in a tongue, he speaks unto the Lord but in the assembly, without interpretation, he is a barbarian causing confusion. If and when the brethren all speak of the hidden things of the testimony of the Spirit with their Spirit, the one who does not believe or is unlearned “he is convinced of all he is judged of all and thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest and so falling down on face, he will worship God and report that God is in you of a truth” (14:24f).
If a man should speak in a tongue by two or at most three and by course, let one interpret for so it is commanded in the city of the testimony (Anathoth) that in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every matter be established. When the brethren thus properly report the hidden things of the heart, let them speak two or three and let others judge; “for ALL of you may prophesy one by one that ALL may learn and ALL be comforted” (14:30). God is not of confusion for His yoke is easy, His burden light and neither He nor His Word EVER changes. There is but one dispensation of grace which is in the Anointed from the beginning and the salvation of the Lord’s people has never altered from the shed blood of the Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world.
“If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord” (14:37)
The acknowledgment of the Word of God is not because of the writer or the speaker but of the Spirit of Holiness. If the Word be true it is pure and holy being tried in the fire wherein all wood, hay and stubble, the residue of Edom, has been removed. The ass which Balaam rode spoke the truth while; “a wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; the prophets prophesy falsely and the priests bear rule by their means and My people love so: and what will you do in the end thereof?”
Every child of grace is a priest of Yehovah. They have been given the ministry of reconciliation as the Ambassadors of the heavenly Jerusalem. They are not called upon to recruit for the kingdom but they are admonished to bear the burdens of their brethren, weeping when they weep and rejoicing in the Lord. The disclosing of the oracles of God can only be by the Spirit of God whose divine interpretation is for the children that they might have hope. The light affliction, which are but for a moment, work a far greater and exceeding weight of glory to the redeemed of the Lord while the bantering and babbling of the prophets of the world, like the serpent in the garden, corrupt the natural minds from the simplicity of the gospel (II Cor. 11:3).
I John, who also am your brother and companion in tribulation and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle of Patmos for the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:9)
Brethren comfort one another in the testimony of the hope that is within.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
August 6, 2017