“Thus shall you say unto him; Yehovah has said, Behold which I have built will I break down and that which I have planted I will pluck up, even this whole land.”
The word of the Lord had come to this confused servant who had been drawn away after the desires of the flesh to think more highly of himself than he ought. Baruch was given to understand that the judgment of God was against the wicked of this world but had concluded that he was not one of them. He saw the injustice of the people and was a first hand witness to their cruelties even to the prophet Jeremiah and as a willful servant of God, who had twice copied the verbally inspired word of God to Jeremiah, he thought he was entitled to some consideration when the wrath of God was poured out. God assures him of the axioms of reality; the sovereignty of Yehovah God and the universal inability of man. As the Creator of what-so-ever exists, God has the right to do with His creation as He has decreed to be proper and necessary and since He has created man (having his seed in him) incapable of knowing His ways or keeping His commandments, He is under no obligation to explain or justify His will to the children of the dust.
God has planted (fastened, fixed, established) everything from the minutest of particles to the immensities of the universe with every portion thereof fully dependent upon the position, quantity and function of the rest. Nothing is isolated to itself or self-sufficient, for the purpose of God and the power of His irresistible will have interwoven every fabric of time and space together to function in complete unison and harmony. There can be no rouge elements or independent agents acting outside of the eternal decree of the Almighty who from the beginning has called it exceedingly good; “And God saw everything He had made and behold, very good” Gen. 1:31) God was not applauding His labours or indulging in self-aggrandizement; He was proclaiming that all was exactly as He intended it to be.
“And Yehovah God planted a garden eastward in Eden and there He put the man whom He had formed” (Gen. 2:8).
This garden was fastened, fixed and established as the stage where sin would enter into the world and death by sin. When that which was afore ordained came to pass, God expelled the man and his wife from the garden and “He placed Cherubims and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life” (3:24). Adam had been given eyes to look upon the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and to desire the fruit thereof but his gaze was prohibited from the tree of life; he desired to be like God but he did not desire eternal life.
This tree was protected by the anointed emissary from God from the beginning, when God placed man in that which He had established, until the garden was destroyed by the global deluge. The tree however was not nor could it ever be destroyed for it is Anointed. The testimony to the existence, power and sovereignty of the Godhead was in the presence of all men from Adam to Noah; still the natural man was never altered from the ignorance and inability of father Adam. Rather, as the seed grew and filled the earth; “God saw the wickedness of man great in the earth, and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart only evil continually” (6:5). Was this contrary to the irresistible will of God? Or had something gone astray from the purpose of God and come to pass by an independent power? Neither!
The pundits of Adam’s theology will wrestle with this quandary until time shall be no more and spawn many theories, speculations and faux axioms to ‘prove’ their findings. Those within whom dwells the Spirit of the Most High have been taught from above that nothing comes to pass but by the good pleasure of His will and the power of His purpose. They have been given the assurance that everything which transpired in the place which God had planted came to pass as God had predestined it to come to pass. Else, how can ALL things works together for good to them that love God, to the called according to His purpose? And when the purpose of the garden was completed and the testimony of the Cherubims and the flaming sword accomplished, God ‘plucked up’ both.
“Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel and I will plant them that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more, neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more as before time” (II Sam. 7:10).
The promise of God to His servant David was that He would establish His people and the Kingdom of his seed in an eternal kingdom. He also promised that this people would be established and fastened in a place from which they could neither be moved nor afflicted by the seed of the wicked; “For Yehovah loves judgment and does not forsake His saints; they are preserved forever but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off” (Ps. 37:28). God gave the nation of Israel an inheritance of the land which He promised to Abram when he wandered as a stranger in the land in testimony of the power of the Godhead and His sovereignty over all people, places and things. Yet again the instinctive nature of Adam was neither changed nor deterred as every man did that which was right in his own eyes. The people, instead of holding fast to the promises and blessing which were openly set before them, forsook Yehovah God and joined themselves unto the gods of this world.
God indeed planted the nation of Israel in a land that was not their own and caused them to eat of the fruits of crops that they had not planted but this people was ‘stiff-necked and rebellious’ from the beginning. They were chosen of God as a testimony to the fact that “the Most High rules in the kingdom of men and gives it to whomsoever He will and sets up over it the basest of men” (Dan. 4:17). The nation of Israel was not a Holy nation of people, the kingdom was destroyed, the people scattered and the house was left desolate. They were established a choice vine, commensurate to the purpose, and ‘completely reliable’ (wholly right) to accomplish all that which they were assigned, thus they were revealed to be a “degenerate plant of a strange vine” before Yehovah God (Jer. 2:21). Thus the type was manifested as carnal but the fulfillment is eternal.
“Now will I sing to My well beloved a song of My beloved touching His vineyard. My Beloved has a vineyard in a fruitful hill” (Is. 5:1).
The lamentation of the prophet is concerning the nation of Israel whom God fixed, fastened and established in a land flowing with milk and honey. This was not a lamentation because God had intended to plant this people to incite them to finally be obedient to Him, for after all, nothing had worked so far, nor was it a warning to all who would ‘fall away’ after once obtaining the blessing from on high. The prophet was setting forth exactly what had happened for all to see. This was again a testimony to the magnificent power of the Almighty who had purposed in Himself that this type should be set forth for all to see the abject inability of the natural man. God chose this people because they best suited the intent of His heart. He meticulously combined the seed of Adam in the proper order to bring forth a people unto Himself that would best demonstrate the hardheartedness of the natural heart of stone of man. He gave them the passions of the flesh and the pride of Adam which caused them to conclude that the simplicity of the gospel was foolishness. The result was not a people worthy to be called the Israel of our God but a people rejected and destroyed by the very hand which had raised them up and established them as His testimony; “Does not the potter have authority over the clay to make one vessel unto honour and another unto dishonour?”
God showed forth His power over creation before this people as He altered the forces of nature to fulfill His will. He enraged the passions of man to illogical decisions and unwise courses of action which gave this week and untrained nation victories over those who were stronger than they and He turned the heart of the evil King to do His will, all as a testimony of the all inclusive nature of His will.
He raised a man from the sheep pen and made him King over Israel not because he was righteous but because he was a chosen vessel unto the Lord and a child of grace. He gave him victory over all his enemies, giving the nation rest, and when the time of his habitation was over, his seed sat upon his throne to rule in righteousness. Yet this man could not continue for he was a type of the Anointed King of Peace who should come. Instead of the eternal kingdom, the kingdom was rent from Solomon as the testimony of Adam showed him to be a cursed child who could not cease from sin.
The kingdom continued for three hundred or more years. The sin of the people was openly demonstrated as the hand of God was laid heavy upon them in judgment. He raised up wicked men who did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord and form time to time one who did right before God because the Spirit of God dwelt within. The wild grapes which were manifested did not come from an incorruptible root or a righteous vine; they came forth as the fruit of the ‘choisest vine’ which God had established perfect to His purpose. Now, in the fullness of time when the sin of the people was full, God spoke to Baruch, concerning this very nation with the nations of the world, saying, “that which I have planted I will pluck up, even this whole land”.
“He spake also this parable; A certain had a fig tree planted in his vineyard and he came and sought fruit thereon and found none” (Luke 13:6).
The parable was concerning the long-suffering patience of God toward His testimony in this world. The tree which had been planted was without the proper elements to bring forth fruit even though it appeared to be sufficient. The seeker did not approach the tree in a season when no fruit could be found but came in the time of the harvest. This tree had been established for the purpose of bringing forth fruit and all who looked upon it concluded that it indeed should but it lacked the most essential element; life.
Therefore, thought the man instructed that the tree should be left another year while he digged about it and fertilized it, this tree was to be cut down and cast into the fire. Jesus completed this testimony as He came to the fig tree (natural Israel) and finding no fruit proclaimed, “Let no fruit grow unto it henceforth for ever, and presently the fig tree withered away” (Matt. 21:19). That which He had established had been found deficient to the perfect holiness of God, and failing to hit the mark, even though it had fulfilled His will and completed all that He had given it to do, the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah pronounced, “Your house is left to you desolate” (Luke 13:35).
“Another parable He put forth to them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field” (Matt. 13:24).
A certain man had gone forth into either a field that he purchased or owned it by inheritance to plant his crop. This field was properly prepared for the purpose that the man intended as he planted the crop he desired. This was indeed an ‘excellent’, ‘beautiful’ and ‘precious’ (good) seed in which there was neither spot nor blemish. It was also a living seed for it brought forth fruit. The seed that was planted was for wheat and each seed was planted in the exact location where the master desired it to be; “but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tare among the wheat and went his way” (25).
The enemy could not have performed his dastardly deed if the man had not first prepared the ground. The timing of this adventure was when men slept and were seemingly oblivious to the work of this adversary but the master knew. He had afore ordained that this wicked one should come and establish this counterfeit representation immediately adjacent to His precious plants for good. He was fully aware of what had happened as He instructed His servants, who could not distinguish between the wheat and tare, to leave the two grow together but in the harvest, that which brought not forth the desired fruit was bound in bundles and burned. The sovereignty of the Master over His crop was unto His praise and glory as He planted, protected and preserved His seed unto His habitation; “but gather the wheat into My barn”.
The elements of this event all happened in the appropriate order as each fabric of the tapestry is revealed to be in complete cooperation, one with the other. The eternal will of God is that as He has afore prepared a place for His eternal seed to be planted while the children are partakers of flesh and blood so He has prepared a similar place for the seed of the wicked one. These two grow together under the watch and care of the Master of the field until the time of harvest when all things are revealed “but he that endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 10:22).
“A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed” (Song 4:12).
These types all give a pattern of the church of Jesus Christ as it is manifested here in this world. She is the incorruptible seed which is planted in the garden which He has prepared for her as she brings forth the peaceable fruits of righteousness. The adversary is the wicked one who would seek to destroy what God has planted but his work has been ordained for good. His plants are the seed of wickedness, the children of disobedience, and although they look like the wheat yet shall all be revealed and “you shall know them by their fruits”. God has prepared the field for the reception of both seeds and the planting and the growth are under the sovereign hand of the ruler of the universe. He had dug His vineyard and established a beautiful vine that is contrary to the vines of this world. All who proceed from this vine are of the vine and shall bring forth the fruit commensurate to the vine. All who are of the natural vine shall bring forth natural fruits which perish with the using.
The garden of God, however, is eternal and no ‘wild’ or ‘natural’ vine dwells there. He has established a wall about His garden called salvation and He is the gate. The wicked one has been cast out to walk to and fro upon the face of the earth but he has no admittance to the garden of the Beloved. Though the winds of darkness (left -north) blow together with the winds of authority (right – south) yet these are for the stimulation of the aromas of the spices in the garden. The winds of this world may indeed hurt the earth but they cannot harm the Beloved who has been sealed in her forehead with the name of the Father (Rev. 7:3).
This is the place of rest for the Beloved where sweetness is partnered with the feast of fat things to satisfy and satiate her every need in the Beloved. She is at peace in the garden of the Beloved though for a time she is manifested as in the midst of the confusion and corruption of this world. She is seated together in her Beloved though for a brief moment she appears to wander as a stranger and sojourner in a foreign land and though she has been made subject to the vanity of this world, being surrounded by tare, yet she is enclosed by the power of her Lord and none can harm her for she is “sanctified by God the Father and preserved in Jesus Christ, called” (Jude 1). And although the natural senses have concluded that her Lord has abandoned and left her solitude yet the promise of the Beloved is, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” and “lo I am with you always, even unto the ends of the world”.
“And he shall be as a tree planted by the rivers of water which brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf shall not wither and whatsoever he does shall prosper” (Ps. 1:3).
The seed which possesses the eternal love of the Father has been predestinated to be conformed to the image of the Son of God. This seed is planted in an earthen vessel afore prepared unto glory by the shed blood of the Lamb of God. No praise is given unto this vessel for it is formed from the dust of the earth for a specific use and has been fashioned commensurate to the need. The vessel outfitted for destruction is for the seed of the evil doer which brings forth no fruit unto righteousness but serves the vessels afore prepared unto glory. These vessels, also formed from the dust of the earth, are the habitation for the righteous seed. The glory of the vessel is natural and both shall return unto the dust from whence they were formed while the seed within shall remain. The seed of the children of disobedience shall be cast into the lake of fire which is the second death but the seed of the Anointing shall be raised up in the manifestation of the sons of God.
The man therefore in whom this eternal life abides is likened unto a tree planted by the rivers of water. This tree is not adversely affected by its surroundings for it is nourished by the waters of the river. If the river is natural then it can be altered by the weather and usages of the land but if that river be the river of living water, then is the tree unaffected by that which prevails in the land. The children become partakers of flesh and blood as they grow in the grace and knowledge of His will. His will is not discernible by the natural man and the waters of this world are bitter to the eternal seed but “he that believes on Me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). This tree is indeed in the world but it is not of the earth.
Thus the eternal seed, born from above and having the Spirit of God dwelling within, believes in the Son of God who loved them and gave Himself for them. They have this testimony in them by the same Spirit which testifies to them that they are the sons of God and that the vanity of this world has been ordained by the Father and is necessary for good. They have been planted in this corruption but their earnest expectation is to be delivered from the body of this death; then shall the tabernacle not made with hands be revealed and they shall see Him as He is.
“And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it and on either side of the river, the tree of life which bare twelve fruits yielding her fruit every month and the leaves of the tree for the healing of the nations” (Rev. 22:1).
This is the revelation of Jesus Christ the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah. He has planted, established and fixed Himself in His Beloved for her care and protection. He sustains her and heals her of the ‘incurable wound’ (Mic. 1:9) in Adam. He has predestinated that she be conformed to His image as she endures the contradiction of sin against herself but when He shall appear she shall be like Him.
Adam is the planting of God which shall be plucked up and destroyed but the Israel of our God is the planting of God that shall never be rooted up and destroyed. This is that holy habitation of God, this is Immanuel (God with us) this is Jerusalem which is from above.
The natural man could not see the tree of life in the garden and his seed has and shall continue to “commit two evils; they have forsaken Me the fountain of living waters and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot old water” (Jer. 2:13)
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
June 19, 2016