“Have you commanded the morning since your days, causing the dayspring to know his place; that it might take hold of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?”
The servant of Yehovah had been brought very low as the hand of his God was laid squarely upon his back. The eternal will of God was made manifest to the heavenly hosts and a few choice inhabitants of the earth in the demonstration of His love, grace and protection of His Beloved son. The matter appeared to have come to an end with the lofty pontification of Satan (Elihu) and his hasty departure without a word of rebuttal from Job. His words appeared to be the truth as he praised God for His excellent power, judgment and justice whereby men fear Him but he has placed himself in God’s stead calling the works and words of the Almighty into question; just as he did in the garden. As he departs, or better is dismissed of God, the Lord identifies this false messenger of light as one who shrouds, covers and obscures his true purpose as a counselor who confuses with many words devoid of understanding; the wicked one, the accuser of the brethren and the adversary of the truth does not have the mind of God neither can he find out what God has done.
Having endured these horrific trials wherein he was relieved of his children, possessions and confidence of his wife, having his body covered with festering sores and postulating boils, Job may have considered his ordeal completed. But God, who is abundant in mercy, had not yet finished demonstrating His love to His servant. The Lord demanded of this battered and beaten man, to stand forth and give answer before the inquest of perfection. He was not given any reference materials to refresh his memory or any writings of man to cross-reference for proof; he was naked before the perfection of holiness who was not here to praise Job for the good way he had handled his Adamic adversaries or the wiles of the Devil.
Job had been shown that the logic and theology of Adam cannot comprehend the love and long-suffering of God for His people. He listened and was given, in the midst of physical and emotional devastation, to give the answer of a good conscience to the gainsaying friends who came to comfort him in his time of need; he had not yet, though, been given to view his position before Almighty God.
Yehovah God asks Job if he had the purpose, will and understanding to establish, empower and control the coming of the dawn’s light at any time since he came forth upon the stage of time? Was there ever a moment when that first ray of light shot forth across the sky, shattering the darkness and rupturing the stillness of the night, at the decree of Job? If not established by decree, then does it continue and come to pass by the power of the will of Job? Indeed Yehovah God causes all things to come to pass by the power of His eternal will which no man can oppose, resist or alter for He is God and there is none other; none can stay His hand; “And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing and He does according to His will in the army of heaven and the inhabitants of the earth: none can stay His hand or say unto Him, What are You doing?” (Dan. 4:35)
So after the lesson in the futility of man, the frailty of the flesh and the deceitful manner of the ‘covering cherub that covers’, the Father now begins a very personal lesson in the absolute sovereignty of the Lord God almighty over each and every aspect of His creation. He shows Job that He is God as He demands of the man to give the answers of origin, existence and purpose in life.
The coming of the morning light is the hope of the coming day. The darkness of depression of the hidden things of the night are revealed as being nothing more than what is there in the day, yet the obscurity of the darkness invites the fear and suspicions of man to flourish. But God was not speaking of the natural light of the morning rays for these are temporal; He was speaking of the dawn of existence. The research and conclusions of man, science falsely called, may discover the rotation of the earth and the time of the coming of the morning light and indeed many speak of this in the morning news broadcasts, anticipating its arrival or recording the passage of time. But the feeble mind of man with the assistance of any and all technology and speculation cannot approach the dayspring of time when Yehovah spoke and the evening and the morning were the first day.
This event, recorded and preserved in antiquity, is disputed by all who have been given to have the mind of Adam filled with the things of this existence and no man has either the ability to prove or disprove the matter. The Word was in the beginning for He is the beginning. He alone inhabits eternity being complete and the fullness of all things. The word He spoke is the power of God and by His breath He brought all things into being; each in its appointed hour for the purpose to perform that which was assigned unto it in the pageantry of God’s creation. Thus the question which God asked Job is; Was it your word that brought forth all things? Were you in the beginning or are you the beginning, by whom all things were created and with whom nothing was made that was made? Have you decreed, declared and delivered the minute elements of time and space for the performance of your eternal will “That it might take hold of the earth and that the wicked might be shaken out of it?”
Yes indeed, from the beginning and in The Beginning, the purpose of God was to take what He had created, in its entirety, and to, not only reveal the wicked, but to empty the wicked by shaking it (His creation). Before time began the wicked had their place in the purpose of God for as the eternal love of God was upon the children of promise in the beginning, so also, the eternal hatred of God was upon those whom He created as the servants of His people.
“I have loved you, said Yehovah. Yet you say, Wherein have you loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? Said Yehovah, yet I loved Jacob and I hated Esau and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.” (Mal. 1:2)
God is not a respecter of persons; He is neither impressed with the conduct and intentions of His creation nor is His eternal will changed because of obedience or disobedience. Jacob was not loved because he was the model citizen of the kingdom of righteousness for in Adam he was odious and repulsive. Likewise Esau was not hated because he was a scoundrel, thief and murderer for he was an industrious person who was gifted in many admirable abilities and attributes; indeed the love of Isaac was upon him. He was the firstborn of the house with outstanding qualities of leadership, organization and responsibility yet no matter who he was or what he did, he could not procure the love of God, though he sought it with tears.
The Lordship of Yehovah God as the sovereign ruler over His domain (which is all-inclusive) entitles Him to do as He sees fit in the facilitation of His will. He separated Esau and Jacob from before the foundation of the world and neither man, any other creature, entity or power can re-unite them or cause there to be peace between them. Though naturally these two represent two peoples of this world, yet they are the type of the existence of the children of grace as they inhabit the earthen vessels afore prepared for them by the hand of the builder and maker of all things. The God, who has set the times of their habitations, and the limitations thereof, has set enmity between the natural man, Esau/Edom, and the inner man who is born from above. The outer man is consumed with the sights and sounds of this world as he is drawn after the cares and delights of the flesh. Though he is openly shown of God the goodness of His mercy and grace, yet will he never be righteous; “Let favour be shown to the wicked yet he will not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness he will deal unjustly and will not behold the majesty of Yehovah” (Is. 26:10).
No matter how many wonderful and great miracles were performed by Moses in the days of his ministry yet not one delivered Esau from his darkness nor transformed his ways. The mighty hand of Yehovah God in the deliverance from Egypt was seen of all people as He rained down His wrath upon the ‘great house’ and the land of double fortifications to show all flesh that He is God. The pillar of fire night and the cloud by day; the magnificent display of the complete obsequiousness of nature as the sea stood on edge and the children walked, dry-shod, across the riverbed; the decimation of the army of Pharaoh as the dead bodies washed up on the shore; the Manna and the water from the rock and the awesome manifestation of the existence of Almighty God at Mt. Sinai; none of this could cause the sons of Adam to see the light and come to the truth.
“Take this book of the law and put it in the sides of the Ark of the Covenant of Yehovah your God that it may be a witness against you; for I know your rebellion and your stiff neck: Behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, you have been rebellious against Yehovah and how much more after my death?” (Deut.31:26)
God never gave the children of Israel a chance to see if they would be obedient or not; He told Moses that they never had been obedient and that they never would be. He was not caught off guard with their conduct in the wilderness for He had fashioned the vessels of these people, with each and every passion, preference and persuasion, to continue to show forth the inability of man to see, perceive or understand the love of God. Esau cannot be persuaded by the things he sees or experiences that Yehovah is God; quite the contrary, for in all that he experiences, man has concluded that God does not exist, man is the designer and facilitator of his destiny and faith is the curse of the weak minded and insecure.
The word of God is the testimony against the ways of man. Adam was told what would happen and it came to pass. He stood with Eve as she conversed with the serpent and was helpless to stop the transaction or lend a word of caution to the course she was following. Many have speculated that God told Adam that the fruit was prohibited but not Eve; this shows a lack of understanding of the natural formation of man which is the image of God. He was created having his bride in him and so as the head of the body, that which he was told was applicable to every member of that body.
Adam did not interject and correct the subtlety of the serpent as he called the word of God into question nor did he counsel Eve as to the possible results of her actions. He took the fruit she gave him and the word of God was confirmed for at the time when he ate, he was separated from his estate, his environment and his relationship with God. As man demonstrated the true nature and ignorance of his ways he revealed the creature that God had created, acting after the manner commensurate to the beast.
The word of God set an impregnable barrier of distinction between the man and the garden which God had prepared exclusively for him, wherein stood the tree of life. He placed an irreversible barrier between the man and the ground from which God had ordained all sustenance of man should come, for the continuance of his life. God also revealed the enmity between the seed of the woman, which is Christ who is the life of His people, and the seed of the serpent. This is the station of life of the creature of the dust; he labours for that which cannot give life and lives in the transient ways of the earth yet God does not leave him as excused because of his ignorance. He does not overlook the ways that He has ordained for, wherein the soul that sins shall surely die, man is also judged by the works which he performs.
The way of Cain and the actions which followed were of no surprise to Yehovah God when He had no respect for the offering of the labours of his hands. The anger which ensued and the fruition of that wrath dispatched Abel from the confines of this existence and manifested the curse upon Cain; “a fugitive and vagabond shall you be in the earth” (Gen. 4:11f). The hatred of Ismael for Isaac was after the same distinction of God and the curse upon Ishmael was that he should be a wild man with his hand against every man and every man’s hand against him (16:12). (Notice that God did not say that the hand of Ishmael was against Jacob or Israel but against EVERY man and EVERY man was against him – so much for world peace!)
The hatred of Esau for his brother is because of the hatred of God for Esau. He is the father of that manner of people who, like Cain and Ishmael, are at home here in this world. They follow after the natural elements of the land and thrive in the success of the strength of the arm of the flesh. This is the way of Adam for Esau is Edom who is Adam ‘red’. He is lifted up by the pride of his heart wherein he believes the lie of his own self-worth and, laboring for his daily bread, he has no need to be thankful to that which he cannot see; not as though God has hidden the proof of His power and majesty for He has placed it in plain view being the heavens above and the very earth wherein man thrives.
The nation of Israel stands as the representation of the fullness of the expression of God’s love for His people and their abject condition in the flesh. He had not entered into a new phase of salvation as He gave them His Law for He is immutable. The same standard of complete obedience that was in the beginning remains even today and the complete inability of man accompanies it. God told Moses that the people were rebellious from the beginning in spite of all that He had done for them. He also said that they would not only continue in this mode of conduct but that they would grow worse after Moses departed in death: “this people will rise up and go a-whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land” (Deut. 31:16). Moses could not stop it, Joshua could not assuage the angry and proud waves or alter the flow and course of the river; these things must needs be for the mouth of Yehovah has spoken it.
“I know that You can do all and no thought can be withholden from You” (Job 42:2)
The revelation of the Spirit of God of the vanity of this world and the corruption of this flesh is daunting to those who have eyes to see, ears to hear and an heart to perceive. The wisdom of the Holy Ghost in the children of hope reveals the number of the beast, which is the number of the man, causing the children to cry to the Father for deliverance. Job was shown, by a painful and humiliating experience, the foolishness of man and the impotence of the arm of the flesh but these were the prelude to the fullness of wisdom.
God confronts His servant, who in all the things pertaining to his trial, did not fall short of the glory of God, nor fail to hit the mark nor did he charge God in an impious manner, by revealing Himself in a very direct way. He asks Job for his credentials and a list of accomplishments that would cause God to listen to him and respect him as a man. Beginning with the light of the morning, God rehearses all that He has done in the formation of the world, with each inhabitant’s time, place and station, and compares man to Himself. The result of this rhetorical salvo of Yehovah God is the destruction of the pride of man and total abasement of his worth; “Behold I am vile; what shall I answer You? I will lay my hand upon my mouth; once have I spoken but I will not answer, twice but I will not proceed any further” (40:5)
God brought His servant to the place where he was silent before His Creator and then He answered him, in the continuance of the expression of His love, out of the whirlwind. Does He pat this servant upon the back and congratulate him for a fine showing? No! He speaks in the testimony of the New Covenant to His Beloved to show the reality of the total depravity of man whereby His people loathe themselves. Will you frustrate My judgment and condemn Me that you might be righteous? This is the theology of Adam which presents God as less than the sovereign ruler and great King over all the earth. It is the evangelism of the students of theology whereby they conduct their forays in to the world to save them that God has decreed should die and kill them unto whom He has given eternal life “and will you pollute Me among My people for a handful of barley and for a piece of bread, to slay the souls that should not die and to save alive that should not live, by your lying to My people that hear your lies?” (Ezek. 13:19).
“Do you have the arm of God?” Have you the ability to create and destroy? Can you speak of the things which have been and that which is to come? “Produce your cause, said Yehovah, and bring forth your strength said the King of Jacob. Let them bring forth and shew us the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us the things for to come. Shew the things that are to come hereafter that we may know that you are gods, yes, do good or do evil, that we may be dismayed and behold together” (Is. 41:21f).
“Deck yourself with majesty and excellence and array yourself with glory and beauty” The beauty of His Holiness is unimaginable to the limited mind of man; nor can the eyes of man behold it. John saw this beauty in the heavens when the Spirit gave him the revelation of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah. His words were inadequate to describe such beauty for it is of the eternal abode of God. He heard things for which man has neither the word to describe nor the hearing to understand and so God asks Job and each of His children; “Can you do what I have done in perfect Holiness, justice and love as the King of the Universe?”
The answer brings the sons of God before His throne to sing praises to His name as they are shown that with man, deliverance is impossible. They are taught that He alone casts forth His wrath as He abases EVERYONE that is proud, bringing him low and treading upon the wicked, which are the sons of Adam. This list includes the proud and angry waves, the pride of the heart of man whereby he is deceived and the pride of Satan, whereby his heart was lifted up.
This one was beautiful in the day he was created as the covering cherub of God and he was deceived in that beauty (Ezek. 28:17). He has no power of his own nor is he at large to do as he sees fit. He is that messenger of God who has been cast out of the heavens to roam to and fro upon the face of the earth seeking to devour those whom God has given him. He is that great beast (Behemoth) whom God has created yet he is the complete servant of the Most High. He is the piercing serpent (Leviathan) has no will of his own nor is he at liberty to do as he sees fit, for God has put it in his heart to fulfill His will as He leads him about with hooks in his jaw, a cord around his tongue, a hook in his nose and torn through his jaw (Job 41:1).
Yehovah God is the supreme ruler of all His creation which He has made for His Beloved. He teaches His children that He is Lord of lords for there is none other beside Him as He shows them the wonders of His work. He is seated in the heavens for His work is finished from the beginning and He rules over the kingdoms of this world, reputing the inhabitants as nothing and turning the hearts of the rulers of men.
The earthen vessel is tried and found wanting as it is consumed in the fire. The pressure of the hand of God exerts (tribulation) causes the vessel to return to the dust as the outward man perishes and God does all this to show His love for His little ones. He proves His Kingship in His sovereign command, He manifests the power of His name as He endures with much long-suffering the vessels fitted for wrath and makes know the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He has afore prepared unto glory. His desire is upon His Bride and He has created all things for His good pleasure, which is His church and though the outward man suffers in the vanity of this existence, “wherefore I abhor myself in the dust and ashes”, yet the teaching of the Spirit continues revealing His love.
“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened wit might by His Spirit in the inner man: that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend, with all saints, what is the breadth, and length and depth and height, and to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:14ff)
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
January 24, 2018