“Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what you shall eat neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat and the body more than raiment.”
The opponents of the sovereign will of God will often accuse those who believe in His predestination of all things, of teaching a lazy attitude toward life and complacency toward sin. They will say that the subject sounds good but it is not practical and has no place in a growing church. “Preaching that ‘stuff’ will dry up the church and chase away the young people” is the cry of the ignorant fool who denies that this is His church and His Word abides in truth. And to those who only do lip service to this precious doctrine it is an illusive theory that gives the ‘learned ones’ something to think about and discuss in private.
God set forth in the types of the old covenant an example of the provisions that He has made for His people. Exodus 28 sets apart the bringer of light (Aaron) and his sons as the priests of the Lord. They are separated from all the world and from the house of Israel for the purpose of the work of the sanctuary. Before they are born they have a job waiting for them from 20 years old and upwards and they can never escape this assignment. They are given clothing to wear that is made by wise hearted men in whom God has placed the spirit of wisdom, that is specific for the work they have been called to do. They are given food to eat which comes from the sacrifices that the people bring to the tabernacle. They are sustained by the sins of the people in the work of making an atonement for the sins. They are given houses and cities which they did not build, that is to say, not made with (their) hands, and live in the assigned places given to them by the law of God. If this be the type or the pattern of the heavenly things, then all must be true in the anti-type or the fulfillment of those whom He has washed with His precious blood and made priests and kings unto our God (Rev.1:6). These have been chosen in Him from before the foundation of the world, clothed in fine linen pure and white, which is His imputed righteousness, and have a tabernacle, not of this dwelling, eternal in the heavens. They have no inheritance with the people of the earth and they delight in the law of God after the inward man. They have a table prepared for them which is the altar of God (Ez. 41:22) and they live by eating the body and drinking the blood (John 6:60) of the perfect sacrifice, the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. They live because He died.
But what about every day life? God has assigned unto all mankind a labour and a course to walk that is in this world. Just as He outfitted the priests of Levi to perform the duties of the service of the tabernacle, so has He outfitted each and everyone to accurately perform the labour that He has assigned to them. And to His chosen few, the remnant according to grace, He said, do not be anxious about food, drink and apparel. “For all these things do the nations of this world seek after” but the children walk by faith and “your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things”. The example of the filthy scavenger bird, the raven, which does not sow or reap and has no storehouses or barns yet is fed by the hand of God, demonstrates that God brings forth one to die that one may live and raise it’s family, and yet has been ordained to supply the needs of His servant Elijah. How much better are His children whom He has redeemed unto Himself that these?
Can anyone add to his statute on bit? Or has God prepared each earthen vessel, which His children have become partakers of, to His specifications and for His purpose, so that they may accomplish His will? With such a perfect work by the hand of God, why would we want to add to it? Only because we are in the bondage of this corruption waiting to be delivered.
The Lilies of the fields represent His bride (Song 2:2) whom He has granted to be adorned as a bride for her husband in fine linen pure and white. She does not spin or toil and yet she is arrayed in a garment far greater that the cumulative riches of Solomon. These are not the works of her hands but have been provide for her by the One who is the Spirit of truth and wisdom. If God has so dealt in type with the grass of the field what has HE done to His true bride and how has He sustained her while she is here in the tabernacle of this dwelling?
Brethren let us be not of a doubtful mind to think that the sovereignty of God’s government does not include what we should eat and wear but let us, by the grace of our God, having food and raiment, therewith be content. And may the Spirit grant us that whatsoever state we are in, therein to be content that our Father in heaven knows our every need and every good and precious gift comes down from above.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
August 8, 2010