“I put on righteousness and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.”
There are plenty of passages in the scripture which speak to man's desire, his attempt and his doing the deeds of the flesh for the comfort and profit of Adam. There are no passages in the scriptures which demand, condone or reward the deeds of the flesh. The sovereignty of God has decreed all that comes to pass and although Adam is delighted and quick to take credit for any and all work, it is God who works in everyone to will and do His good pleasure. He has set all things in their proper order and causes these events, circumstances and conditions, by the power of His will, to happen in the exact manner that they do. Now IF Job has been able by the power of his will and according to the desires of his heart to clothe himself in righteousness, then he deserves the same worship and praise as God. IF this is his righteousness then he is equal with Jehovah our righteousness and IF all this has come to pass because of his ability to discern and judge then he has the mind of God and knows His ways.
Job is caused to remissness about the time when the first love was sweet and Jehovah seemed so close to his side. He remembers when he was esteemed and respected of his brethren and peers and the manner of life that he had before the Adversary had brought this trial into his life. He has been accused of being wicked and of harbouring this secret sin before God. He has been told that the wicked oppress the poor, forget the fatherless and the cause of the widow and he himself has confirmed this conduct as being abominable. Many years before the birth of Jacob and the captivity of his family in Egypt, these men knew that the stranger, the fatherless and the widow were to be regarded and cared for even though they themselves had not been strangers in a foreign land as Israel was in Egypt. They knew that the fatherless and the widow were not to be afflicted even though God had not delivered unto them the handwriting of ordinances which condemned such conduct and promised judgment for those who committed the same. Years before the 'law' was given, the word of God was known and understood without parchments, tablets commentaries or any helps of man. The Spirit of the Almighty taught His people the truth and conveyed it from faith to faith. There never was and never will be a difference between the education and training of a child of grace from Able to the last that shall become a partaker of flesh and blood and there will never be any difference in the truth.
Job acknowledges that he appeared to be devoid of a necessary ingredient to perform that which was required of him because he said that he had to put something on. This of necessity concludes that he did not have it on in the first place and that at some point in time a change must have occurred. No son of Adam is inherently endowed with the knowledge and the ability to please God and without faith, which is a gift of God and the evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit, it is impossible to please Him. But did Job put this righteousness on himself? Since the natural man does not know the things of the Spirit and the natural eye cannot perceive spiritual things, how does Job recognize righteousness? How does he know that he does not have it on and that he needs to wear it? Adam thought his deeds were sufficient to appease the righteousness of God and he set about to prove that he did not need any help from his creator in the garden. This conduct was after he had been given the knowledge of good and evil so why did Job, having this same knowledge, need to find righteousness and put it on? Adam judged his situation in the garden when their eyes were opened and they knew they were both naked. He determined that he needed a covering and that fig leaves, woven together by his own hands was a just and proper course of action. Why and how does Job know he lacks righteousness and that he needs to be clothed upon?
The natural man not only does not recognize the things of God but he also discards it as being worthless to his cause. The builders not only reject the Stone which is Christ but they deem it unsuitable for the house that they are building upon the sand. The Pharisees spoke the things of the kingdom of God and Jesus told them that the kingdom itself was in their midst, yet their eyes had been blinded to the truth by the Spirit of God, lest they should hear and believe and be converted and need to be cleansed. Man strives to understand many things but God has chosen the foolishness of the preaching of the gospel to confound the wisdom of this world so unless Job has been infused with something not of this world, there is no way that he could ever know that he was deficient of righteousness and incapable of proper judgment.
“I will also clothe her priests with salvation and her saints shall shout for joy” (Ps. 132:16)
The children of the kingdom of God are kings and priests unto their God (Rev. 1:6). They have been arrayed in the Holy garments of the priesthood for their consecration for the work of the ministry. Since this cannot be seen by the eyes of man, the scripture gives the account of the type in the wilderness when the pattern of heavenly things was manifested in a natural way. God had filled the hearts and minds of his chosen few with the wisdom and knowledge of how to make the holy garments. He then empowered the hands of the ones He had made willing to do the work and they accomplished His will and His design. The garments were woven from top to bottom with an hole in the middle of the top (Ex.28:32). There were no buttons, clips or zippers and the wearer needed help to put these on. Aaron did not clothe himself and neither did his sons after him. He did not enter into the service of the sanctuary without his holy garments and when he had completed the assignments for the day, he laid them aside and returned to his common garments. But when he was first set apart for the work of the ministry, he raised his arms (signifying praise unto Jehovah) and the garments were lowered over him. He did not clothe himself with the garments of righteousness and neither did Job. God chose Aaron (the bringer of light) to be High priest and it was granted to him to be adorned in the Holy garments. He then clothed his sons for the work of the ministry with the same Holy garments, anointed them with oil and consecrated them, each man in his order. They had been chosen of God and joined (Levi) unto Him. He had separated them unto Himself for the work that they had been created unto and should the work be attempted without the proper attire, it would be considered as being unclean and abominable before Jehovah.
Christ has redeemed unto Himself a people zealous of good works. He has created them unto good works and he has assigned unto each his station in life with the appropriate limitation. “He saw that there was no man and wondered that there was no intercessor. Therefore His arm brought salvation unto Himself and His righteousness sustained Him, for He put on righteousness as a breastplate ad an helmet of salvation upon His head and He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing and was clad with zeal as a cloak.” (Is. 59:17). Since the High Priest has been clothed in righteousness then must His sons be clothed in the Holy garments for the work of the ministry. Therefore it is granted unto the sons of God to be arrayed in fine linen pure and white, which is the righteousness of the saints. They do not clothe themselves, they do not pick and choose when or how they can 'put on Christ' or how much of the 'new man' they need to wear for the day. They have been caused to raise their hands in praise unto Jehovah God and the imputed righteousness of the Redeemer has clothed them that they may do the good works.
When the man came into the wedding feast without the proper garments, the Lord of the feast said, “friend how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? and he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, bind him hand and foot and take him away and cast into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt. 22:12). The wedding feast of national Israel has been silenced and the sound of the bride and the bridegroom are heard no more. The abomination that has made them desolate has brought the great whore Babylon to destruction and the true Bride has arisen from the dust. She has been granted to be arrayed in fine linen pure and white and she is blessed to be seated with Her Beloved in the throne of God. So are all the sons of God even though it does not yet appear to be so (I john 3:2). When the time appointed of the Father has come for each of His children, who have become partakers of flesh and blood and been made subject to the vanity thereof, to put off this tabernacle (II Peter 1:14) and be clothed upon with that building not made with hands, which is eternal in the heavens. Only then shall the sons of God be made manifest, for they shall be transformed and made like the sons of God. The earthen vessel shall return unto the dust and the adoption, to wit the redemption of the body, shall manifest each of the elect, to be like as He is, every man in his order. Then the end shall come and this corruption shall be clothed upon by incorruption and this mortality shall be clothed upon in immortality (I Cor. 15:53). Then death shall be swallowed up in victory and mortality swallowed up of life, “for we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven, if so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked” (II Cor. 5:2).
Job is a son of God and he was clothed with righteous clothing which covered him like a robe and lawful discretion adorned his head, which is Christ Jesus, the head of every man (I Cor. 11:3). He did the works of his Father in that he was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. Just as JAH is “a father to the fatherless and a judge of the widows” in His Holy habitation, so Job was blessed to “deliver the poor that crieth and the fatherless with none to help him. The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy” for he was a “father to the poor”. Just as Jesus told the children of that evil generation that they were of their father the devil and their father's works would they do (John 8:44), so the children of the King shall do as the Son did and perform all the works of the Father.
Now while they are here in the tabernacle of this dwelling, they are in the world but not of the world. They are strangers and sojourners in a weary land. They have been born in the flesh but they are not of the flesh and they await the time when they shall be re-united with their Beloved for all eternity. These are the strangers, fatherless and widows to whom Job has been ordained to shew forth these good works. This is the evidence of the children keeping the commandment of God in that they love one another. They do not love the world or the things of the world although they are drawn aside by the lusts of the flesh from time to time. Yet God, who has predestinated them to be conformed to the image of His Son, has established the works that shall be done and has properly outfitted each subject of grace for the work of this ministry.
This was the condition of Job before God dispatched the Adversary and tried Job in the furnace of affliction. Job had done nothing to warrant judgment for he was a righteous man. Just like the Hebrews in the land of Babylon, Job had been afore prepared for this fiery trial and the Almighty was with him. Although the earthen body was in pain, his breath was corrupt and his emotions betrayed him, the trial proved the gold within. Though the husks and the chaft had been blown away by the wind, yet the faith within did not fail. Since God does not change, how then shall it be with all of His children whom He loves?
“I will greatly rejoice in Jehovah, my soul shall be joyful in my God, for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness as a bridge groom with his priestly ornaments and as a bride is adorned with her jewels” (Is. 61:10).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
September 23, 2012