“I am Yehovah, Ye shall keep My statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind; Thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed, neither shall a mingled garment of linen and woolen come upon thee.”
The provisions of the new covenant is that the Lord Himself would remove the heart of stone and give His people an heart of flesh; that He would write upon this new heart, His commandments and His Spirit would cause His elect nation to walk in all His statutes. There can be no exception to this axiom for the children of light must walk in the light of the Lord by the power of His Spirit or else they are none of His. The word of the God to the children of Israel, which stand as a type of the natural man who cannot receive the things of the Spirit, is the commandment to keep His statutes. Since the natural man does not know the ways of God, cannot imagine the thoughts of God and has not the ability in the flesh to keep the Law of God, this Word is the witness against Adam and his children. Just as Adam was told that he would be disobedient to the commandment in the garden and thus he was, so every one who is born of the flesh continues in trespasses and sin, incapable to keep His statutes. This is the will of God that no flesh should glory in His sight (I Cor. 1:29).
But this is also a declaration of the fact that those who have been born from above do keep His law. These have been born of an incorruptible seed which cannot sin for they have the Spirit of God dwelling within an earthen vessel afore prepared unto glory. They have the testimony of the Spirit, who bears witness with their Spirit that they are the sons of God, children of the kingdom of light and the generation of Jesus Christ. They have the truth which has made them free, the liberty of the gospel wherein they stand and the hope of glory within whereby they walk the path and run the race with patience, looking unto Jesus the Author and finisher of their faith. Therefore is the dragon of the revelation wroth with the woman, which is Jerusalem from above the mother of the elect, and went about to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ (Rev. 12:17).
The Law of God was given in type to the nation of Israel at the base of Mount Sinai. Everything that was given by God to Moses was a type of the heavenly thing and a foreshadow of things to come. These types have as much significance now as they did when they were given, even though the cultures of societies may have changed, for they were written so that the strangers and sojourners in this barren wilderness might, through patience and the comfort of the record, might have hope (Rms. 15:4). Although the subject matter here may appear to be directed towards breeding, agriculture and fashions the emphasis is upon the distinction of the diversity of different kinds.
The cattleman is forbidden to cross breed cattle with a goat, sheep or horse, the farmer is cautioned against planting in the field combinations of seeds between genus and the weaver is forbidden to mix the garments of the animal wool with the garments of the plant fabric. These may have sounded strange to the children of Israel as they crossed the Red Sea and came into the wilderness but it is not foreign to the corrupt mind and perverse imaginations of man. This same law forbids the explorations of the sensual depravity of the carnal mind in the areas of bestiality, homosexuality and many other contrivances which are contrary to the natural use of the body because this is the nature of Adam.
“And God saw the light, that it was good and God divided the light from the darkness” (Gen. 1:4).
In the beginning God established times, locations, obligations and limitations on every aspect of His creation. He set boundaries which cannot be violated and parameters which must and are maintained, by the power of His will. The light cannot dwell in the darkness and the darkness cannot over power the light; neither can the dry land become the sea or the heaven become the earth for this is the way of God. He separated man from the animals, each having their seed in them, and woman from man, each having their seed in them. Man cannot procreate with the animals no matter how vociferously the scientist and philosophers rant about common ancestry. Man cannot reproduce of himself and there is no such thing as a spontaneous fertilization of the seed in the womb of a woman. God has established the ways and the means whereby these things must come to pass. He has also given to Adam however, a curious mind and he has been deceived by the pride of his heart (Ob. 3). Adam from the beginning, when he did take the fruit and eat, has been impugning the work which God makes from the beginning to the end, mimic in attempt to duplicate that work to show that it is indeed not of God and disprove the testimony of God by his findings, science falsely called.
This diversity which God has established is also the temptation whereby man strives to improve on what God has made. If through the science of his understanding, man can cross breed cattle with another species, then, perhaps, he can create a stronger animal that in turn can do more and better work. The objective, as stated, is to improve productivity and increase profits that man can have a better lifestyle and live more comfortably. If he can genetically modify the food sources, then he could wipe out world hunger and feed the masses of the starving of the nations and if he could integrate cloth and fabric, he can make himself more stylish and agreeable to his fellow man. These sound like noble gestures but they are the arrogant ravings of Adam who was not content with who God has made him, where God has placed him, what God had given him and he lusts for more.
God has made everything beautiful in his time. Nothing has fallen short of the intent that He purposed in Himself or has failed to perform completely within His design specifications. He looked upon His creation and saw that everything was exceedingly good and He rested from all His work. Indeed part of that work was the nature and characteristics of man which is why He gave such instructions about breeding, agriculture and fashions but these stand in the weak and beggarly elements of type. There is a diversity that the mind of man cannot comprehend, the wisdom of man has no concept of and the devices of man cannot duplicate.
“And Yehovah said unto her, two nations are in thy womb and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels, and the one shall be stronger than the other and the elder shall serve the younger” (Gen. 25:23).
There have always been two manner of people upon the face of this earth and shall be throughout the annals of eternity. One is of the incorruptible seed which inhabits an earthen vessel afore prepared unto glory. The other is of the seed of the serpent which inhabits a vessel outfitted for destruction. The first has the everlasting love of the Father and the second the eternal hatred of God. These are contrary one unto the other in their affections, their delights and their hopes and their eternal abodes. The seed which is born from above is seated together in Him in heaven and inhabits an eternal tabernacle not made with hands. The seed of the wicked one inhabits a vessel properly constructed to endure the eternal destruction where the worm never dies and the flame is never quenched.
This distinction is demonstrated in an even more subjective manner in the contrast between that which is earthly and that which is Spiritual. The dichotomy of these two is often misunderstood by the natural man because he desires the things of the Spirit, namely, peace with God. To this end and with the finite frailties of his flesh, the carnal mind of the natural man supposes to strive to keep the law of Mt. Sinai in order to establish his righteousness before God. Just as father Adam did in the garden so every man is soon drawn to that which is of the earth as he brings forth the works of his hands before God. Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto Yehovah and it was rejected of God. Sarai brought her maid from Egypt to Abram in attempt to fulfill the word of God and Ishmael was born who would dwell ion the wilderness and become an archer. Likewise, Esau, who was hated of God, was a cunning hunter and a man of the field and again Jehu said; “Come see my zeal for Yehovah” (II Kings 10:16) but these were all works of the arm of the flesh. These indeed were works of righteousness which the natural man could perform yet they are as blood soaked menstrual rags before the throne of God for they cannot cleanse the subjects from all unrighteousness.
“And the perfume which thou shalt make, ye shall not make to yourselves according to the composition thereof; it shall be unto thee Holy for Yehovah” (Ex. 30:37).
The furniture, artifacts, curtains and confections of the Tabernacle were not to be counterfeited, produced for common use or profaned in any manner. They each portrayed the Messiah who should come and the particular nature of His work, exclusively for His people, the Israel of our God. The anointing oil was for the consecration of Aaron and his sons for the work of the sanctuary and no one else had any right to it. The same was true for this perfume, the ointment of the apothecary and the garments of the priesthood. A man of the tribe of Levi and of the house of Aaron, who came forth into the Tabernacle must first put off his common garments, wash and put on the garments God fashioned for him. These were wool garments woven in a particular pattern and made white (linen – Heb. ‘shesh’). Anyone who was not of the order, house and tribe appointed of God was to be stoned to death as an imposter who would usurp the authority of the priests.
These imposters did indeed eat the fat of the sacrifices as ordained of God for the priests (Ex. 29: 13, 22 & 41) “but a stranger shall not eat, because they are Holy”. They also were clothed with the wool coats, girdles and bonnets of the sons of Aaron (Ex. 28:40) and did slaughter the fattened ones as prescribed in the law (Ex. 20:24) but they did not feed the flock. The people made feigned reference to the handwriting of ordinances as they kept the good for themselves and offered the lame and the sick unto God (Mal. 1:8). The wool garments of the priesthood (Heb. ‘tashner’ – shaggy whiteness) identified them as the priests of God and these were to be worn for seven days as they performed the complete work of the sanctuary. They were not for the stranger or for those who were not joined (Levi) unto Yehovah God. If a priest were to show up for his assignment wearing linen (Heb. ‘pishteh – flax from cotton) he would first show forth his foolish stupidity (Heb. – ‘pish’) and the weakness of his commitment to the order and God. He would be refused entrance into the Tabernacle, he would not be a partaker of the meat of the sacrifice and he could not offer a sacrifice for his own sins. He would be cast forth because he came in without the proper garments. But and if an imposter stepped forth wearing a mixture of the wool and the linen and attempted to enter into the service of the sanctuary, the wrath of Yehovah God would strike him dead. Thus the instruction to the children of Israel is that there should be no intermixing of diverse elements in their garments for this is an abomination before the Lord.
“Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, of woolen and linen together” (Deut. 22:11).
The natural man strives all his days to prove himself before God. He is convinced that if he brings forth the work of his hands, made white by his washing, together with the fruit of the field (fig leaves for example) he can present himself acceptable before God. Even a child of grace can be given to believe that faith, without the keeping of the Law in types and foreshadows, is insufficient before God. Yet the Spirit teaches His Beloved that they are joined unto Him and no man can snatch them out of the Father’s hand. He assures His little flock that there is nothing that can separate them from the love of God for they stand justified in Him and it has been granted unto each and everyone of them to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white, which is the righteousness of the saints.
The Judaizers brought this doctrine to the church at Galatia and the saints were swept away after it. They taught that a mixture of works and grace was needed for salvation and they continue to proclaim the same today. The doctrine of Adam professes that the Sovereign God has provided a way but man needs to find it. This teaching also states that God has many wonderful things in store for His people if they would only mix a little linen or leaven in to make their garments whiter and their works more acceptable.
The whiteness they speak of is the keeping of the law which could never make the doer thereof perfect. This doctrine proclaims that the blood of bulls and goats together with the works of the arm of the flesh can change the scarlet sins and make them white as snow and though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool (Is. 1:18). Yet the teaching of the Spirit is to those who have washed their garments in the blood of the Lamb, “Come ye out from among them and be ye separate” (II Cor. 6:17).
The linen, or making white, is the need for the washing of the garments to make them clean for this is not their natural state and the Law is resplendent with various washing’s. The incorporation of the things of this world (flax of cotton) are for the satisfaction of the eyes, ears and mind of man. But the garments of the priesthood of Aaron are in accord with the handwriting of ordinances for the service of the sanctuary, which is the ministration of condemnation for by the deeds of the law no flesh shall be justified in His sight (Rms. 3:10). This glory of this service has faded away for Messiah has fulfilled the law in righteousness and nailed the handwriting of ordinances to the cross, crucifying them in Him.. Those who desire to keep the law and proclaim before God; “All these have I kept from my youth up” (Luke 18:21) are incorporating the foolishness of the ignorant intentions of Adam, by the inept polluted tools of the arm of the flesh, for the service of the ministration of death (II Cor. 3:7). This is the number of man; “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast, for it is the number of man, and his number is six hundred, threescore and six” (Rev. 12:18).
The garments of righteousness, which is the righteousness of Christ, is foolishness to the eyes, ears and understanding of the world while the woolen made white garments of death are greatly sought after, especially by the body of this death. If one be a keeper of the law, then they are considered pious, disciplined and reverent. They strive to be seen of all men, they have the respect of their fellow man which come to them seeking advice and indeed they have their reward. If one live by faith being saved by hope, they are concluded as fools for they have nothing to show for their labours.; “A man may say, You have faith and I have works; shew me your faith without works and I will shew you my faith by my works” (James 2:18)
Those who would wear the fig leaves of works desire to be covered before God and have their sin forgiven but the child of grace never needed their sin removed because they had no sin. The sin is in Adam but only one who is born from above recognizes this and that in and of themselves, “For I know that in me, that is in my flesh, dwells no good thing” (Rms.7:18). The manifestation of this sin is the continual attempt of Adam to demonstrate his righteousness in the presence of the inhabitants of this world. He does not know what faith is for he lives by sight and tactile proof. When the Father is pleased to reveal Himself dwelling in this clay pot, then this conflict begins. Though he has ‘kicked against the pricks’ for many years until the time of his awakening, yet the foolishness of the carnal mind concludes that, though I have begun in the Spirit yet I must now continue in the flesh. Herein is the desperate action of a perishing outer man who cannot inherit the kingdom of God, is being consumed in the furnace of affliction and, being dust, shall soon return unto the dust from whence he came.
The Spirit cannot be polluted by the weakness and frailties of the flesh but the flesh tries to emulate the Spirit. As the ox cannot plow together with the ass, both being beasts of burden yet diverse in their strength and ways, and as the fruit of the vineyard and the fruit of the field cannot grow together by reason of the nature of their product and the particular growing habits of each, so the foolishness of making white cannot coexist with that which is clean and white. The aprons of fig leaves may be recognized by the eyes of the servants as acceptable before the Master of the feast but His eyes, which are purer than to behold iniquity (Hab. 1:13), identify and expose the one who has come into His presence without a proper wedding garment (Matt. 22:12). His refining fire and fullers soap removes the dross of the outer garments from His Beloved as they walk the path set before them. Through trials and tribulations He exposes the corruption and vanity they have been made subject to, not willingly, but by reason of He that subjected the same in hope. His testimony to as many as have ears to hear is that there is a distinction between the natural and the Spiritual. His Spirit bears witness with their Spirit that they are the children of the kingdom and that this world is not their home. Though the children of this generation sit in the market place and pipe to the strangers calling them to dance for them and sing the songs of Zion, yet the Word of God speaking to their hearts says;
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what concord has Christ with Belial or what part has he that believes with an infidel? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For ye are all the temple of the living God, as God has said; I will dwell in them and I will be their God and they shall be My people” (II Cor. 6:14ff).
Is it any wonder that the ointment of the apothecary sends forth a ‘stinky savor’ of death when dead flies are mixed in with it (Ecc. 10:1)? Or that the mother of all Harlots and abomination of the earth is the mystery of ‘confusion by mixing’, Babylon (Rev. 17:5)? Or that the plagues that are written in the book have been added to all those who have added to the Word of God and the prophecy of this book (Rev. 22:18)? Whatsoever God has joined together, no man can separate and whatsoever He has separated, cannot be joined together by the power of man, though he endeavour oft.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
July 6, 2014