“Then shall you call upon Me and you shall go and pray unto Me and I will hearken unto you; and you shall seek Me and find when you shall search for Me with all your heart.”
The duty faith of Adam is the cornerstone of his ambitions and the untempered mortar of the walls of his foundation. With the things of this world in his mind and the assignment of labour all his life it is contrary to his nature and his philosophies and religion are no different, to seek after the things of God. Great orators have been so skillfully educated and cultivated in the doctrine of the duties of the flesh in order to win the favour of God that the words flow as the ointment of the apothecary to soothe the itching ears of the natural man. The strokes of the whips of the Egyptian task masters are relentless as chorus after chorus of the anthems of conditionalism, hedonisms and humanisms are sung in the language of Ashdod saying, you are idle, “go therefore now and work for there shall no straw be given you yet shall you deliver the tale of bricks” (EX. 5:18). The people of the habitation of the dust drink well this elixir of hemlock and labour more diligent as the neo-evangelical work-mongers catechize the hearers in worldly traditions to call upon the name of the Lord in order to be saved. The labourers are called to the fields, the hirelings mount the stands in the synagogues of Satan and carnal pastors fleece the flock of goats, living well in the ministry of the ‘Lords’ work; and the people love to have it so (Jer. 5:31).
The child of grace finds this fodder repulsive and cries out under the crushing burden of the call for duty in Adam as the Spirit within reveals that these things can never be. Adam can never call upon the name of the one whom he is separated from, being dead in trespasses and sin. God has limited the ability of Adam by creating him of the earth, therefore he is earthly, and is instinctively drawn away after the things of the flesh. God has also separated Himself from the creatures of His creation making them incapable of understanding the ways of God; “for My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are My ways your ways, saith Yehovah” (Is. 55:8). The natural man cannot seek the things of God for God has prevented him by filling his mind with the things of this world so that he cannot find out the work which God has done from the beginning (Ecc. 3:11).
This disability is the bondage of corruption that the seed born from above is made aware of daily for it is the contradiction of sin. Certainly God has given the natural man the ability to speak, even if not in an audible sense, and He has given most fully functioning ears to hear, yet the tongue of Adam is incapable of speaking the name of Yehovah and the carnal ear is deaf to His Word. The testimony of the Prophet is not an admonition for the natural man to amend his ways, turn unto God and call upon His name for forgiveness. This is the testimony of the Word of the Sovereign God who has declared that at a certain time His people shall perform that which He has decreed.
“That after seventy years be accomplished in Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good Word toward you, in causing you to return unto this place” (29:10).
The captivity of the nation of Israel is again a type of the experience of the child of grace as he walks through the time of his habitation. He is in Adam, being a child of the dust, a rebellious and stiff-necked being from the beginning (Deut. 9:24 & Ex. 32:9) for this is his nature. He has neither the ability to be obedient nor was he ever given the opportunity to be obedient to the Law of God for it was shattered before the people ever saw the tablets written by the finger of God (Ex. 32:19). The divine purpose of Almighty God decreed that this being, whom He has chosen to place His name upon, be taken into a captivity of ‘confusing by mixing’ (Babylon) by reason of this rebellion. Here the doctrines and customs of the people of the land would be assimilated into the person of Adam as he strove to demonstrate to God his worth and his righteousness. Just as Adam took of the earth and sewed fig leaves together to make an atonement for himself and his mate, so that instinctive nature of man is to make alliances and confederacies with the Canaanites and to serve the god of this world (Eph.2:2f).
The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of man who hold the truth in unrighteousness (Rms. 1:18). This declaration is not an indictment against the bad and wicked people of the world, it is a statement of man in general. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God is an all inclusive statement and therefore in the seed of Adam there is none righteous no not one.
The love of God is manifested in His children as they are partakers of flesh and blood, the earthen vessels afore prepared unto glory, as the Spirit within reveals the vanity of the flesh. No one knows the confusion of the world until there is a standard whereby the comparison may be made. The peace of God is shed abroad in the hearts of His people as he reveals to them that He is not the God of confusion but a God of immutable simplicity. He has sent His people into the bondage of the confusion of this present evil generation and, when the time appointed is completed, He who ‘comes forth out of confusion’ Zerub-babel, reveals the head-stone of the foundation, “crying, grace, grace unto it” (Zech. 4:7).
This is the experience of the child of grace in the time when it pleases the Father to reveal Himself in him. The example given to the nation of Israel was a corporate inclusion. The land, which is Esau, enjoys the Sabbath as long as it remains desolate. The appointed time type for this was seventy years (II Chr. 36:21). If the land were to again become inhabited and prosperous, then the Sabbath would no longer be kept and condemnation would again stand against the land but God has made the house of Israel (not Israel of our God but the house where Israel dwells) to be desolate; “your house is left to you desolate” (Matt. 23:38). Therefore child of grace, that inner man who delights in the Law of God, keeps that Law as he loves Yehovah God with all his “heart, and all your soul and all your might” (Deut. 6:5). The children of the dust lie desolate, without fruit, until this tabernacle be dissolved and so the Sabbath is kept in the feast of Tabernacles (Zech. 14:16).
“And I will give them an heart to know Me, that I am Yehovah, and they shall be My people and I will be their God, for they shall return unto Me with their whole heart” (Jer. 24:7).
The nation of Israel was well determined to observe all that God had commanded Moses upon the mount (Ex. 19:8). They were full of good intentions but completely devoid of any ability. God gave Moses the pattern of heavenly things and then put wisdom in their hearts of the people stirring up them to do the work He had commanded. He made them willing in the day of His power to keep His law of types and foreshadows and wrought all the work of the sanctuary (the furniture and the altar and the curtains that surrounded the Tabernacle) by their hands. They had no formal training in the work or prior knowledge as God, who created them for this purpose and assigned them this time of habitation to labour accordingly, gave them an heart to do His work. He did not give this ability to every person He delivered out of the hand of the ‘great house’ (Pharaoh) but unto those who dwelt in the ‘shadow of God’ and in the ‘tent or tabernacle of my Father’ (Bezaleel and Aholiab – Ex. 36:1). To these He had assigned this labour, he gave the ability of understanding and wisdom, empowered their hands and caused them to be obedient.
The same thing is recorded in the testimony of the events at the end of the seventy years of captivity. Yehovah God caused Cyrus to give the edict for as many as were willing to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple but it was Yehovah God who gave the people an heart to go. Joshua (anointed salvation of Yehovah) the son of ‘the righteousness of Yehovah’ (Jozadak) and his brethren the priest, and he who came out of ‘confusion by mixing’ (Zerub-babel) the son of ‘whom I have asked of God’ (Shealtiel) lead the people in the reconstruction of the Temple. Not all of Israel came forth out of the confusion, for they are not all Israel which are of Israel, neither did all that returned labour in the work but as many as were led of Yehovah, by His Spirit within, came forth willingly and were empowered to be obedient to His word. The people of the land desire to be involved with the work and assist but the testimony unto Zerub-babel was; “You have nothing to do with us to build an house unto our God” (Ez. 4:3). The adversaries of the truth stood up to contest the authority of the building but; “the eyes of their God was upon the elders of the Jews that they could not cause them to cease” (Ez. 5:5). These bore witness to the purpose and power of God for His work is not of the might or strength of Adam that these things are performed but by My Spirit saith Yehovah of Hosts (Zech. 4:6).
This example, being left for the children not yet born is repeated again when the heart of King Artaxerxes is turned by the hand of the Sovereign God to deliver up as many as were willing to go to rebuild the walls of the city under Nehemiah. Though there were people living in the city and many left in the captivity of Babylon, yet in the fullness of time, God raised up ‘the consolation of Yehovah’ to lead His people in the labours which He had assigned. He again gave as many as He ordained an heart to go and to do for He caused them to walk according to His statutes and to keep His law. Again the world attempted to intervene
“And the land shall tremble and sorrow for every purpose of Yehovah shall be performed against Babylon to make the land a desolation without inhabitants” (Jer 51:29).
The same Word of God came to the same prophet and was spoken to the same people who were told that at the end of the seventy years He would return unto them and deliver them. Yet there were those who heard not the word neither had they any understanding. If the Prophet Of God, who declared the deliverance, which was manifested as true before the eyes of the people, also proclaimed the wrath of God against the land wherein the dwelt, surely they would have reasoned to leave the land. Yet the word was not for them therefore they could not hear His Word: Jesus told the Pharisees the same thing (John 8:43).
The natural seed of Adam, Abraham or Israel does not grant anyone any special dispensation from Almighty God. His Word is for His people and the testimony of His servants fall on deaf ears when the truth of the gospel is proclaimed. God said He would utterly destroy Babylon yet the people remained for only those whom He decreed should return came back to Jerusalem and only those unto whom He had assigned the labours performed the work. The natural man cannot receive these things for he is not equipped to know them.
Those unto whom God has removed the heart of stone and given an heart of flesh are His children, loved with an eternal love. His thoughts toward them are for peace and not for evil unto the appointed end. He made them partakers of flesh and blood yet He afore prepared the vessels for them. He appointed them a time of habitations and set such boundaries and restrictions as demonstrated His constant care and love. He has properly equipped them with all physical and mental aptitudes necessary to accomplish that which He has ordained and assigned a school-master to bring them unto the Anointed deliverer. Then, when it pleases the Father, He reveals Himself in the chosen vessels and the light of His countenance shines forth. This shows the sin in Adam and the guilt of the body of this death so that the child of grace groaning within cries out, Father, Father. His Spirit within teaches each to know Yehovah God and the contradiction of the inability in Adam. He also teaches them that Esau is desolate and dry, being without inhabitant or fruit (“for in me, that is in my flesh, dwells no good thing”), as the Refiner’s Fire consumes the wood, hay and stubble of Edom; “and there shall no be any remaining of the house of Esau, for Yehovah has spoken” (Ob.18).
The Spirit also reveals the peace that passes all understanding of the finished work of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah. He came forth, having humbled Himself to be the Servant of God, to do all that the Father gave Him to do. He is faithful above all and fulfilled every jot and tittle of the Law of God in complete righteousness. Therefore, being justified by His faith, His people have peace with God. Herein is the rest (Sabbath) because the dust of the earth is void of life and shall never inherit the kingdom of God (I Cor. 15:50) and His people have been raised up together in Him who is worthy, for He was slain before the foundation of the world
“In the first year of his reign, I Daniel, understood by books the number of the years, whereof the Word of Yehovah came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolation of Jerusalem” (Dan. 9:2).
The vision and understanding given to Daniel was that not only was there to be an immediate fulfillment of the type as the children of Israel would return unto the land of their fathers but that there was a fulfillment which was yet to come. The nation of Israel did not completely return as some were given an heart and mind to remain in Babylon. The children of Israel did not rebuild Solomon’s Temple nor did they place the seed of David upon the throne. This kingdom did not rule the earth nor was it a perpetual kingdom as promised by God, yet this temporal sign was given of God who spoke and it came to pass.
The manifestation of the fulfillment of that which was finished from the foundation of the world was when the Anointed One came and stood for His people. This is Michael (he who is like God) who is the Captain of His people when He “should taste death for every man; for it became Him, of whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings” (Heb. 2:10). The end of the captivity, demonstrated in the middle of the week when Messiah was cut off, was the year of the jubilee or the acceptable year of Yehovah (Is. 61:2) as proclaimed by Jesus in the synagogue (Luke 4:21). The captivity of His people would be returned, all debts were forgiven and liberty was given to those in bondage (Lev. 25:10). In that day, according to the Word of Yehovah to Jeremiah, His people, identified in their foreheads with His name, would be gathered to Him from every place they had been scattered unto. The same hand of the same God, who does not change, that had sent His people into the confusion of this present evil generation, because of that great love wherewith He loved them, came to seek and to deliver that which was lost. He came forth and called His sheep, who hear His voice, and they follow Him as He leads them in and out to find pasture.
In that day His people call upon His name, not with the tongue of Adam which no man can control, but in the pure language of Zion and “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rms. 10:13).
“Marvel not at this, for the hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life and they that have done evil to the resurrection of damnation” (John 5:28).
Every child of the king has his part in the first resurrection, which is Christ. Each one has been buried with Him in baptism and raised again unto newness of life. They are now seated together with Him in the heavenly places, the spiritual body of Christ clothed in His righteousness, for they are the sons of God. Jesus told Martha that he that believes in Him, though he were dead, yet shall he hear the voice of the King and live and so it is with the whole house of Israel. The Israel of our God, though they are carnal sold under sin in Adam, yet have they heard His voice and they live; “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come out of your graves and bring you into the land of Israel” (Ez. 37:12). “Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost; and behold the veil of the Temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom and the earth did quake and the rocks rent; and the graves were opened and many bodies of the saints which slept arose and came forth after His resurrection and went into the Holy city and appeared unto many” (Matt. 27:53). The resurrection of the Anointed Servant is the testimony of the Son of God by the manifestation of the power of God and “blessed and Holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of His Christ and shall reign with Him a thousand years” (Rev. 20:6).
Jesus then told Martha that whosoever is alive and believes in Him shall never die. The flesh has a predestined end to return to the dust from whence it came but the child of grace has eternal life. This can never end or be affected in any way for the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah is the life of the body, His children, His Bride and He inhabits eternity. This is a finished work from the foundation of the world that is manifested in time to the election according to grace.
“A new heart also shall I give you and a new Spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh and give you an heart of flesh” (Ezek. 36:26).
Adam cannot love or obey God in any manner for he is carnal, sold under sin (Rms. 7:14). He cannot circumcise his own heart, he cannot return unto his mother’s womb and be born a second time and he cannot do anything to inherit eternal life. When the Apostle would do good, which he could only have intentions upon because of the Spirit within and the incorruptible seed born from above, he found evil present. When he sought to refrain from the lusts and desires of his flesh he found he had no power in and of himself to halt or impede these instinctive impulses. He concluded that he was a wretched man who needed to be delivered from the body of this death. The children of the kingdom of God are given a new heart whereby they may love the Lord their God and keep His commandments; for this they are hated of all men and the anger of the dragon, that piercing serpent, is upon them (Rev. 12:17).
When they are converted and the truth is revealed in them, then the children loathe themselves in Adam. They see the wickedness of their ways and they call upon the name of the Lord which is Salvation. Then they are led unto Him by the school master as they see sin as exceedingly sinful and they pour out their hearts in prayer and supplication before the mercy seat. Then they seek Him who is found by them that did not seek Him because with a new heart, wherein they delight after the law of God, do they search for Yehovah.
Then do they praise the name of Yehovah with their whole hearts and shew forth all His marvelous works (Ps. 9:1) as they speak of how great things God has done in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation of God (Ps. 111:1). These have like precious faith and a common deliverance for they are blessed to keep His testimonies and seek Him with the whole heart (Ps. 119:2). This is the heart circumcised by Yehovah God (Deut. 30:6) which cannot sin because the seed remains (I John 3:9) which cries unto the Father and keeps His statutes (Ps.119:145). This is the manifestation of eternal life to those who are ‘born from above’ not by the will of man or by the power of the arm of the flesh. These are the sons of God and heirs of God, joint heirs with the Anointed One of the Kingdom of God which is not of this world. This is the true prayer of the children of hope as they sing and make melody in their hearts before God with Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, rejoicing in the Lamb that was slain (Eph. 5:19). This is the new song of the redeemed which no man can learn (Rev. 14:3).
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has afore ordained that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10).
The acceptable year of Yehovah has come and the Jubilee is upon His people for Messiah has finished His work. The land, the body of this death, is still desolate as He has gathered His sheep into his pasture in the mountain of Israel. He has finished His work and is set down at the right hand of the Father and although the flesh desires to be active in the work, yet Adam and those indigenous to the land, have “no portion, nor right nor memorial in Jerusalem” (Neh. 2:20). It is the wisdom of the Spirit which He imparts to His children to know the number of man (Rev. 13:18); to recognize the injustice of the carnal way, to identify the strange wives and the gods they bring and to hear the language of Ashdod in the tongue of man, herein is understanding and the vanity of this world.
God is the King of all He has created and all continues to come to pass according to the good pleasure of His will. He has ordained that His people shall walk the assigned path, the footsteps of the flock which is the light of the Lamb, and bring forth the peaceable fruits of righteousness. He has commanded by the power of His Word that His people shall, because of His great love wherewith He has loved us, call, go, pray and seek and search and find the way. When He reveals that the years of captivity have ended and the captive is set at liberty, then is the warfare within manifested as the outward man perishes and the inward man is renewed day by day. His branches bring forth fruit, not of this world for His Kingdom is not of this world, which are the good works they have been created unto. The Husbandman prunes the branches of His Vineyard causing them to bring forth all that He has designed, decreed and demanded. He has not left His Beloved to fend for herself and He does not stand at the ready waiting for Adam to assist Him in His work; “for the Lord God Omnipotent reigns”.
“O house of Jacob, come and let us walk in the light of Yehovah” (Is. 2:5), “Being confident of this very thing, that He which has begun a good work in you will perform until the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6)
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
May 24, 2015