Now Heber the Kenite, of the children of Hobad the father-in-law of Moses, had severed himself from the Kenites and pitched his tent unto the plain of Zaanaim by Kedesh,”
The express precision of every aspect of each event which comes to pass in the creation is according to the exact specifications of the builder and maker of all, Yehovah God. Each event is founded upon the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God who has designed and manufactured every necessary component for the performance of every assigned part in the proper manner and order coordinated in time. He has set them in a predestinated sequence whereby they are contingent upon that which has come before (Ecc. 3:15) yet, with the exception of geographical locations, the advancement of time and the manifestation of individual persons, these events are exactly the same; for there is nothing new under the sun (Ecc. 1:9). The children of Israel did evil in the sight of God because it was ordained of God in accord with the nature of their father Adam to manifest the weakness and frailty of the flesh. The children of Adam are given to follow after their instincts whereby they are occupied in preservation, perceived accomplishments and continuance from generation to generation (Ecc. 3:11).
Heber was a traitor and a liar whose goal in life was the possession of wealth through alliances; herein is he a Kenite and of his father, the Devil (John. 8:44). He is not a direct descendant of Cain for that lineage was destroyed in the deluge of the flood. (Noah and his family were of the house of Seth (the replacement) yet are all men of Adam whom God created having his seed in him.) The reference to Cain therefore is the identification of characteristics and habits which are associated with Cain and his fratricidal propensities for prosperity by the reward of his abilities. Cain slew Abel because the works of his hands were not acceptable before God which stands as the type of all the labours of the flesh; “but we are all as unclean and all our righteousness as filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away” (Is. 64:6).
Heber (comrade) joined himself unto Israel and dwelt among the people in their inheritance. He was not a renegade nor did he promote any civil unrest which would draw attention to his purpose. He lived in the area of the woods (Harosheth) and the winding river (Kishon) in the land of promise in an apparent harmony and peace. It was not until the appointed time that his subversion would be revealed as an intricate part of the Will of God in the deliverance of His people. Heber’s family, identified as the sons of Cain by the testimony of the scriptures, was not only given to dwell in the land but they were welcomed by the people of Judah because they were related to Moses. There was no identification with the Law, even though they were considered as strangers who dwelt among them (Lev. 18:26), neither were these people set as tributaries unto Israel. They were welcomed into the pasture, unawares, until the time came when Heber was called forth to perform his assigned duty for which he was duly equipped.
Heber is a descendant of the Midianites, therefore he is full of ‘strife and contention’. His ancestry was from Reuel (friend of God) the father-in-law of Moses. This family had been given sanctuary, after the deliverance from Pharaoh, among the children of Israel because of the marriage of Moses and Zipporah. Moses was initially met by his father-in-law as they came out from Egypt, “And Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which Yehovah had done to Israel” (Ex. 18:9) but when Moses asked him to continue with them in their journey, he refused; “and Moses let his father-in-law depart and he went his way into his own land” (27). Two years later, however, after the completion of the Tabernacle, Moses asked Hobad to be the eyes of the people as they traveled through the wilderness from Sinai because he was indigenous to the land (Num. 10:29); “and so they departed from Yehovah’s mount three days journey” (33).
Moses was born in Egypt and cast out after he took the life of an Egyptian who was abusing one of the children of Israel. Moses feared for his life and fled into the wilderness where he came to a well where certain women were come to draw water for their flocks. Moses defended them when certain shepherds were also come at the same time to the same place for the same purpose. This act of gallantry was reported to Reuel, the father of the women and Moses was given Zipporah, one of the seven daughters of a Midian priest, to wife. (Ex. 2:16ff). This man had great ‘abundance’ (Jethro) and his people were the descendants of the union between Abraham and Keturah (Gen. 25:2).
Abraham took Keturah to wife after Sarah had died because God had restored vitality to his seed and strength to his body. This wonder was caused to come to pass that it might be fulfilled as God had promised unto Abram; “and I will make your seed as the dust of the earth so that if a man can number the dust of the earth shall your seed also be numbered” (Gen. 13:16). God raised up seed to him through Ishmael and the six sons of Keturah but the birth-right of inheritance was unto the child of promise, Isaac; “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed and he went out, not knowing whither he went; by faith he sojourned in the land of promise as a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise for he looked for a city which has foundations whose builder and maker is God; through faith Sara herself received strength to conceive seed and was delivered of child when she was past age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised” (Heb. 11:8ff).
Therefore Heber, the traitor, exists as a necessary element of the promise of God, through the lineage of Abram for the purpose of proving Israel. He was placed in the land of the inheritance of the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali and, living in apparent peace with the people, he was given a mind to deceive. He made the ruse of a ‘holy removal’ (Kedesh Zaanaim) as he separated himself from the affinities of Cain while this impostor dwelt among the children of Israel. He had all the outward appearances of propriety and peace with the house of Israel but, like the wolf in the sheep skin, when the opportunity for gain was discovered, he turned against the people and went to Sisera. Heber was ‘associated’ with and in the outward show of ‘fellowship’ with the children of the kingdom but he was in league with the enemies of God; for no man can serve two masters. This Jabin, the combatant of Israel, was not a rogue element for he was the man ‘whom God observed’ (Jabin). He and Heber were fashioned to work in harmony for if there were no one to betray the people unto there would be no need for a traitor in the midst of the people. The fabrics are interwoven unto a completed tapestry!
And because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage” (Gal. 2:4).
Many come in the name of the Lord and make an outward shew of kinship. They speak the right words and have an air of humility about them and some even do great and mighty deeds in the name of religion. These are the ‘Hebers’ who are sent in among the brethren to prove the faith within. They champion causes for the Lord and cry out, “come with me and see my zeal for Yehovah” (II Kings 10:16). They indeed have been sent of the Lord for His good pleasure but they are false prophets and false teachers who shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying Yehovah with whom they have business, and bring upon themselves swift destruction (II Pt. 2:1). They have an abundance of theology but no doctrine of Jesus Christ, therefore they do not love the brethren.
These traitors present themselves as fellow servants of the true God saying the right words and making the proper outward presentations. They are the adversaries of Yehovah yet they come and say; “Let us build with you, for we seek your God as you do and we sacrifice unto Him since the days of Esarhaddon (brother of blackness), king of Assur, which brought us here” (Ezra 4:2). They feign participation in the work of the ministry of reconciliation, given unto the servants of the Most High (II Cor. 5:18), but they accuse the brethren of treason against the established authorities of the traditions and customs of man. These have “no portion, nor right, nor memorial in Jerusalem” (Neh. 2:20) for they do not savour the things of God.
These are the tares in the field that the Master has instructed the labourers to leave alone and let them grow next to and along with the wheat (Matt. 13:25); they are the ones who seem to be somewhat but in the end their fruit is revealed (Jn. 13:26 – Judas). They have been given of God to do many spectacular things which appeal to the eyes of man and “many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name? and in Your name cast out devils? And in Your name done many wonderful works?” (Matt. 7:22). These mighty works and open manifestations of accomplishments cause the children of God to languish in their own inabilities in the flesh. They hear the cries for works and they see the numbers of people that follow after these charlatans and rogues and they feel themselves inferior or deficient in comparison. This ‘peer’ pressure is indeed the number and identification of Cain, which is the number of man (Rev. 13:18).
But this is not confined to the fair weather religionists who, for various reasons, seeks out and join themselves to the local assembly. Some come because this was where their parents or friends attended for many years. They oft times seek out the history and succession of a group thinking that the heritage as recorded by man is justification for and evidence of the truth and others simply come as sight-seers and curious on-lookers. But for whatever the reason given unto the individual, God brings these in amongst His local assembly like the seven women who would take hold of one man, not for truth, but for the appearance of propriety; “we will at our own bread and wear or own apparel, only let us be called by Your name to take away our reproach” (Is. 4:1).
This traitor is also, and more personally, the seed of Adam, that earthen vessel which the children of grace inhabit. This natural man bares the mark of Cain in all his intentions, actions and utterances and he is enmity against the seed within, therefore; “I know that in me, that is in my flesh, dwells no good thing;” (Rms. 7:18). This outward man knows he is mortal and that daily he is perishing but he desires the eternal life that the serpent enticed him with in the garden, saying, “you shall not surely die” (Gen. 3:4). The natural reasoning of the carnal mind is unto the continuance of his existence for no one eats to die; they eat, drink and labour in order to continue to live. This is factual about every function of this natural existence for God has put the things of this world into the hearts and minds of every child of Adam. Therefore the natural man is incapable of finding out the work which God has done from the beginning, he cannot receive the things of the Spirit, neither can he know them and he is constantly drawn away after the desires and needs of the flesh.
The ‘Heber’ which has been afore prepared for that seed which is born from above, is not delivered from the passions of his companionship and alliances with the Canaanites in the slightest bit. He is, rather, revealed unto the creature within, that inner man, in the appointed hour to manifest the corruption of the body of this death; “wherefore by their fruits you shall know them” (Matt. 7:20). As the light of the glory of God shines forth in the hearts of the children of the Kingdom of God, they see the corruption of the flesh and the vanity of this world. They also see that there is a law in their members which wars against the law of their mind, bringing them into the captivity of the law of sin (Rms. 7:23). The light of the truth reveals the exceeding sinfulness of sin or the total extent of their inability in man to even approach the standard of the perfection of the Holiness of God. It openly manifests the evil in the works of Adam, for which the children hate themselves (Ezek. 20:43) and the traitor; that natural man and earthen vessel wherein the seed has been planted. The awareness of the presence of Heber in the land causes them to cry out; “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death” (7:24).
Howbeit, Sisera fled on foot to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite for peace between Jabin the king of the castle and the house of Heber the Kenite” (Judges 4:17).
There was constant warfare in the land of promise between the house of Israel and the people of the land; and this God ordained for good. He left these antagonists in the land to prove Israel and to show unto His people their impotence and vile nature in Adam. Man cannot accept that sovereignty of God over sin and the atrocities which proceed from it. He would have the children of the kingdom occupy their time in ridding the land of the Kenites, Canaanites and Perizzites to show themselves worthy unto God. God, however, has commanded the utter destruction of these people of the land in demonstration of His absolute power in that He is God and there is none other. He has not enabled the flesh to destroy the flesh nor has He given Adam authority over the flesh for He alone has “power over all flesh” (John 17:1).
Adam strove to be like God in the garden and his children follow suit. They believe that their dwelling place is strong as they attempt to put their nest in a rock (Num. 24:21). The children of the dust have been deceived by Yehovah, through the pride of their hearts (which are desperately wicked above all things), to dwell in the cleft of the rocks and taunt their Maker by saying; “Who shall bring me down to the ground?” (Ob. 3). God said to Adam; “dust you are and to the dust you shall return” (Gen. 3:19) but the arrogant instincts of man exalts himself as the eagle and sets his nest among the stars (Ob. 3). It is only in the time appointed when it pleases the Father to reveal Himself in His children that the pride of the flesh is manifested and the vanity of his ways understood.
God had given the children of Israel a powerful victory as the ten thousand men (the remnant) of the habitation of struggle (Naphtali/Zebulun) swept the field. He alone discomforted Sisera and his destructive teams of horses with all the hosts as He fought for Israel and made His people willing in the day of His power. He taught their hand to war, gave them to be willing and able and strengthened them to complete the labours He had assigned. They were not however given to vanquish the traitor or the captain of the battle field. The glory of this victory was not unto the lightning (Barak) nor to the dwelling nor to the struggle for all glory belongs unto Yehovah God; He alone is worthy.
Instead, God had arranged that Heber and his wife were to be residents in a lush plain that would end up being near to the battlefield. When Heber went to inform Sisera of Barak’s movements and lead him into the trap God had set for him, his wife did not pack up and move for fear of the battle for she was made confident in the endeavours of her husband and the strength of the army. She did not know that Sisera was to make a military mistake and lead his army into this confined place nor did she know that the Spirit would instruct the lightning to strike at that appointed hour but there was no need for haste or for relocation of her part for the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God had established her in the right place at the right time to be an integral part of this performance. She was made to stand put because the purpose of God was that by the hand of the ‘mountain goat’ should be the destruction of the captain of the hosts of Canaanites. Not only so, but when God discomforted Sisera, He gave him the clarity of mind to flee and directed his steps unto the very place where this mountain goat was waiting for him. He was given the strength to make the run successfully, a thirst for water and the confidence to drink sour milk from a skin bag.
This man was no doubt weary from the engagement of the battle and instead of remaining with his strength, the team of horses he was riding, he “lighted down off his chariot and fled away on foot” (Judges. 4:15). Some would attribute this to the confusion of the battle and indeed there was great confusion. The teams of horses were trapped and the strength of their mobility was eradicated by the terrain of the land but for the General of the army to abandon his means of transportation and flee on foot is suspect at best but obviously decreed of God. This valiant man whose reputation preceded him for reward to his comrades and devastation to the conquered was given to surrender the field, abandon his protection and run away in fear to the tent of the mountain goat. Fear, anxiety and confusion all working in complete harmony for the purpose which Almighty God purposed in Himself so to do. Finally, overcome with fatigue and filled with sour milk, Sisera, the field of battle, falls into a deep sleep at the feet of this woman. This mountain had been made low, the enemy had been vanquished and peace would reign for forty years.
Jael is not presented as an inhabitant of the pasture of Israel for she is a goat (wild & untamed). Her manifestations through the time of her habitation were that of a loner who walked precariously along the ledges of the rocks of the mountainside. She was aloof and, in all outward appearances, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel. She was, however, the tool in the hand of the all wise craftsman who subdued on that day, Jabin the king of the Canaanites before the children of Israel (4:23). There was no praise unto the lightning (Barak) or the habitation of the struggle for Yehovah God had raised up an introvert mountain goat, wife of the Kenite, as His servant; “so that no flesh shall glory in His presence” (I Cor. 1:29).
Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (I Cor. 10:12).
Heber was given to be deceived to think himself living in the right place and doing the right things. Like Judas, he proceeded from the notion of a noble cause having his heart and mind deceived of the Lord while his passions were enraged. He sought the old ways when the Canaanites lived on the land they owned and he desired that control again. He had deceived those about him with his counterfeit piety and pretense but he manifested his pedigree in the fullness of time. The natural man of the dust of this earth is deceived by the pride of his heart, the strength of his arm and the wisdom of his mind. He dwells in the castle (Hazor) of his defense as the champion of the cause of Adam by doing that which is right in his own eyes. This may sound anarchistic but Jabin and Heber are the men whom God has observed, continues to consider and has complete understanding of therefore their steps are precisely directed of the Lord of the Hosts. This presentation of the natural man is drawn away after the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life as Adam continues his labours, in attempt, to show himself worthy before God. Herein he demonstrates his guilt, his arrogance and his rebellion before God; this is Edom.
The children of the god of this world, who are of their father the Devil, know nothing of this warfare. They hear the testimony of the children of light and dismiss it as foolishness, referring to the lonely pilgrim as religious fanatics and sending them either for psychiatric help or inundating them with duties and obligations. These children of Israel are tempted, each moment of every day of their existence in this habitation, with the worthless cares of this life and the empty ambitions of this carnal mind. They are reminded of the promises of God and they look for their fulfillment in the tangible things of this world, therefore God, according to His great love wherewith he loved His Beloved, shows them that they are carnal, sold under sin and as they are brought into the bondage of this corruption, they cry unto the Father for deliverance. This is the groaning of the creature within as he awaits the manifestation of the sons of God.
Only one, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, has experienced this contradiction of sin against them; this one knows the identity of the traitor without. Only one who has been born from above has the testimony of the Spirit within which manifests the vileness of this earthen vessel and the sin in the members and only one who is of the household of the kinship of this habitation knows, by experience, the struggle of the warfare within. This is how the nation of Israel stands as the type of the children of hope. The chosen of the Lord have been blessed with all spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah and they have been made subject to the vanity of this existence, by reason of He who has subjected the same in hope. The constant conflict and wrestling of this habitation is augmented and exacerbated by the betrayal of the confidence of the flesh. Adam thinks himself sufficient to direct his steps and show his worth before God but he has been deceived by the pride of his heart. The vain philosophies and theologies of the world preach this liberty through labour and like the taskmasters of Egypt they apply the whip of obedience through duty faith. This is agreeable to Adam who is made subject to the sweat of his brow and the labours of his hands (Gen. 3:19) but it is the vanity of corruption and the constant reminder of inability of the flesh to the children of hope.
There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able but will with the temptation also make a way of escape that you may be able to bear” (I Cor. 10:13).
God has ordained the Canaanites and the Kenites to remain in the habitation of this world to show forth His power and that His great name might be declared throughout all the earth. He has ordered the trying of the faith within His people to openly manifest that it is not by the faith of man or by the strength of Adam but exclusively by His Spirit alone. He has chosen a mountain goat of this world to confound the strength of the lightning. He has opened the mouth of the ass to speak His truth, has made known His wisdom and love through the simplicity of the scriptures and has manifested the power of the Godhead through His creation. He has interwoven the means whereby His people are sold into the hand of the enemy and the manner in which they are recovered without spot nor blemish upon that fine linen clean and white.
How marvelous are His ways beyond the limited understanding of the feeble mind of man!
This is from Yehovah; it is marvelous in our eyes” (difficult to understand) (Ps. 118:23).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
February 28, 2016