“And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, and rose up and thrust Him out of the city and led Him unto a hill whereon their city was built that they might cast Him down headlong.”
The Lord came into the town where He and His earthly family had grown up and as was His custom, He entered into the gathering place on the Sabbath day. This, being a normal practice, would seem to indicate that He was no stranger to this gathering and this manner of conduct was nothing new. His family was quite accustomed to Him teaching for from an early age, He was involved in these things. Nor does it appear to be out of place that when He stood up to read, the scrolls were delivered unto Him without stipulations or restrictions.
The sacred ‘Torah’ (law) was not a scroll to be handled improperly. These were carefully reproduced from an existing scroll, by the hands of a qualified priest, who strove diligently to ensure that every ‘jot and tittle’ was copied perfectly. The average man in the assembly listened as the Rabbi read from such a venerated book but was not normally permitted to handle it; Jesus entered into the gathering place and the books were delivered unto Him.
Jesus, however, was accustomed to standing and reading from the scroll. At the age of twelve He was found of His father and mother in the Temple where He sat and listened to the elders of Israel present their renditions of the Law and confounded them as He posed questions which they could not answer; “and all that heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers” (Luke 2:47). This was a matter of great amazement and wonder to the people of the land, who were very curious about this young man, as He “increased in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and man” (3:52). How could the son of a carpenter possess such understanding of the ancient tongue and teach with such authority; “how does this man know letters having never learned” (John 7:15)?
The people of His home town knew Him and His family and when He proclaimed the acceptable time of the Lord, they asked, “Is this not Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know?” (John 6:42). But rather than engaging in a speaking tour, publishing books and travel about impressing the people, He rebuked the people sharply, plainly speaks to their rebellion and hypocrisy.
The passage which He read from was from the word of Yehovah as given to Isaiah wherein He proclaims that the Spirit of Yehovah God had anointed Him to preach the gospel. This reference to the Spirit of God was not a common subject matter and many were confused; “Jesus answered and said, Are you not a teacher in all of Israel and you do not know these things” (John 3:10). Even after His crucifixion and ascension there were those who had never heard of this Holy Spirit for the mere mention of a subject of poly-theism was considered blasphemy. Jesus claimed that the Spirit of Yehovah God was upon Him and that He had been commissioned to preach the power of God unto salvation. (And yes, when He read from the manuscript in the Hebrew, He spoke the name Yehovah properly and the people understood whom He spoke of. He was not shunned, censured, excluded or stoned because He spoke the name improperly and He did not call Almighty God, ‘Ha Shem’ – the name, as is the practice today). He did not come for the religious elite or the pious few; He came for the socially outcast poor, the reprehensible brokenhearted, the indebted captives and the pathetic blind of whom the people concluded, God must have punished because of some hidden sin (John 9:2). He came to speak peace to everyone who is discarded by the ‘chosen people of God’ and thought to be inadequate for the kingdom by those who professed their self-righteousness. These find comfort in their piety and works as Adam did in his fig leaves. through the deeds of the law according to the demented interpretation of the Pharisees.
“This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears”
The words which the Spirit of God caused the prophet to write, spoke exclusively to the work which God had done. Jesus gave no altar call and He certainly did not ask anyone present if they wanted to accept Him. He said that He was anointed for a very specific purpose; “to appoint to those that mourn in Zion and to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garments of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called the trees of righteousness, the planting of Yehovah, that He might be glorified” (Is. 61:3). He did not come to offer deliverance to anyone, or to make sheep out of goats, wheat out of tares or turn that which is natural into that which is born of the Spirit. He was anointed of Yehovah to manifest the work which He has done form the beginning to the praise and glory of His name without any acclaim to man.
The day of Yehovah spoken of in Isaiah was foretold five hundred years before the coming of the promised One. The word was presented, at that time, as a perfect work that did not need any additions or alterations to make it complete and being such, the prophet proclaims the people of the Lord righteous as they are inheriting the eternal land. These people are not of a certain nation, family or tribe of man but are of every kindred, nation, tribe and tongue as, “the branch of My planting and the works of My hands that I may be glorified” (60:21). This is the mystery of the power of God unto salvation; though they may be wild branches and not of the nation of Israel, yet they are natural branches in the Beloved (John 15:5). They, not being of the type and thus being alienated from the commonwealth of natural Israel are indeed the Israel of our God.
These are not the untamed natural plants of man which bring forth wild grapes, nor are they accepted in the Beloved because of their works. Even though many say ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and in Your name cast out devils and in Your name done many wonderful works’ yet are they cast aside as reprobate branches being workers of iniquity” (Matt. 7:22).
These are the seeds born from above which, having an inseparable and immutable part in the eternal root, grow in the grace and knowledge of His will. These branches have been predestinated to be conformed to the image of the Branch, wherein they are created to bring forth good works. They are zealous unto these works and the fruit is the peaceable fruits of righteousness, and so when Jesus said that this word was fulfilled in their ears, He was not intimating that He was about to do something new, but rather that which He was given to do was the time manifestation of that which is already done. There has never been a time when the gospel has not been proclaimed upon the earth nor a day that was unacceptable before the Lord for He saw all His work and called it exceedingly good. Jesus was not ushering in a new dispensation of time.
The fact that He said the Spirit of Yehovah had anointed Him to preach the power of God unto deliverance meant that Jesus openly proclaimed before the people that He was ‘Messiah’ (anointed). When He said that the Spirit had anointed Him, He proclaimed that He was the One, foretold in the Law and the prophets, who should come in the end of the world, namely, at the end of the seventy weeks when He should be cut off, but not of Himself (Dan. 9:25f). When the same Spirit of Yehovah raised up and committed the gospel to Saul of Tarsus, he “straightway preached Messiah in the synagogues that He is the Son of God”... “But Saul increased the more in strength and confounded the Jews which dwelt in Damascus, proving that this (Jesus) is truly Messiah” (Acts. 9:20ff). Later when Paul wrote to the churches gathered together in the region of Galatia, he told them, “but though we or a messenger from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before so say I now again, If any preach another gospel unto you that that you have received, let him be accursed” (Gal. 1:8f). Without the Anointing there can be no deliverance.
Jesus is the Prophet whom Yehovah your God rose up from the midst of His brethren (Deut. 18:15) but He was not the messiah they were anticipating from the historical, sociological, economical, religious or natural view point. They expected that the Anointed One would overthrow the world governments and, sitting upon David’s throne, lifting the natural sons of Isaac out of the dunghill of society and restoring world dominance to Israel. They hoped that He would be the conquering hero that would put all the enemies of Israel under their feet so that they could see the vengeance of the Lord upon their foes; this is what was taught then (and is still taught today). The disciples of John were not convinced who Jesus was or what exactly He came to do; “and John called two of his disciples, sent to Jesus saying, Are You He that should come? Or should we look for another?” (John 7:19). Even after His resurrection and imminent ascension back into heaven his disciples asked Him; “Lord, will You at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel” (Acts 1:6). Thus it remains a mystery yet it is the kingdom which the Father gives to his children and it is not of this world.
The Anointing of the Spirit is not a separate experience for anyone who is born from above. The seed is of God and the fullness of Immanuel dwells with and in His children. The seed is planted in the beginning and the children are separated, spiritual seed from natural seed, in their mother’s womb, just as the conflict was manifested as Jacob and Esau struggled together in Rebekah’s belly. There is never a time when Jesus was not anointed by the Spirit of Yehovah and there is never a time when a child born from above is not indwelt with the fullness of the Godhead. The incorruptible seed is eternal in the Father and One in Him and even though they have been assigned a time to become partakers of flesh and blood yet He never leaves them alone. He cannot deny Himself, therefore the Word became flesh and dwelt among His people. He speaks peace to the Israel of our God as He has fought all our fights for us and He speaks comfort to Jerusalem for her warfare is accomplished.
“And I saw another Messenger fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth and to every nation, every kindred and tongue and people” (Rev. 14:6)
The Messenger of Yehovah, Jesus, came to preach to His people throughout the whole earth, to “Fear God and give Him glory for the hour of judgment is come, and worship Him who made heaven and earth and the seas and the fountains of waters” (7). Time was not a restraint upon this preaching nor was the geographical location of the seed He had sown and He did not come to see if He could find them out as if He did not know where they were. In the time appointed of the Father, He speaks and each who have ears to hear, hear His voice and followed Him. These are not made followers of the Anointing by choice or because of the spoken word of man. They have eternal life in Him and because of the voice of God they have been risen up together in Him; this heavenly reality is manifested in time, every man in his order. “Truly I say unto you, the hour is coming and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God and they that hear shall live” (John 5:25).
The message is not of duty unto deliverance or obedience unto blessings. The message is to the praise and glory of His name, of the work which He completed, being Faithful and True. In the beginning God finished His work on the seventh day and He rested. This work was not limited to the tangible creation of the heavens and the earth; it was all the work which God did in the beginning nothing excluded. He purposed in Himself to perform all things after the counsel of His own will and He brought all these works to their completion before any was manifested in time. The message of glad tidings of great joy is therefore the testimony of the finished Anointed Salvation of Yehovah who is seated and at rest at the right hand of the Father, for His work is finished.
The children, being men to be wondered at, are seated together with Him in the heavenlies never to be separated from the eternal love of the Father. They have each been assigned a time of habitation when they are made partakers of flesh and blood in the earthen vessels afore prepared unto glory. What glory? The glory of the vessel? The glory of man which is as the flower of the grass of the field and, being temporal, fades away? Or has the vessel been cleansed of all unrighteousness that the incorruptible seed be not contaminated by the body of this death? God indeed has done all these things to the glory of His name for He is a jealous God who will not give His glory unto another
These children are born from above and dwell upon the earth from generation to generation. They are the children of the New Covenant who have no need for the preaching of man or his writings for they are all taught of the Spirit of Yehovah; the Anointing. The Spirit causes the children to walk in the light of the Lord which illuminates the darkness of man and his deeds while exposing the vanity of this world. They see their condition in Adam, which makes them groan within, as they experience the bitterness of the proving; therefore they mourn. They are poor wanderers in a foreign land whose affections are settled on the things from above and as they grow in this constant revelation of the truth, their earnest desire to return to their Father’s house increases. This is who the Messenger of Yehovah is sent unto for to comfort them in this time of trials and tribulation; in the acceptable time of Yehovah.
“And He said unto them, You will surely say unto Me this proverb, Physician, heal Yourself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in Your country” (Luke 4:23).
Jesus not only revealed that He was Messiah but He told the people gathered in the synagogue that they would not believe Him nor accept the work which He had done. The words of the prophet foretold that in the ‘village of comfort’ , the people of the land, who were all their lives occupied with the struggle, would be exalted for the burden of the yoke would be broken. Here the government of the given son would be of peace for Israel as the justice of Yehovah was poured out upon the wickedness of the heathen (Is. 9).
It was assumed that the prophet was to bless his homeland in his ministry, especially his family and friends. The men of Ephraim, saw the sword of the Lord and Gideon victorious in the battle, therefore they desired Gideon to rule over them. The children of Dan desired a Levite named Micah to be their priest, the children of Israel took the Ark of the Covenant into battle and the Pharisees were so revered before all men. The natural man is given to conclude that if there is something esteemed holy with him, he is forgiven all his errors and blessed by the presence of a minister, priest, hireling, prophet, venerated object, bottle of water from the Jordan, a rag someone said they prayed over or sweaty hanker chief from the televangelist. Thus the people of Nazareth expected that Jesus would bring some of these blessings to and do the works for His home town and take care of His friends and family before He went out to strangers.
The hearts and minds of the people have been deceived by the religious teachings and given to believe the lie. The natural mind cannot comprehend the ways of God even when they are plainly revealed and the cornerstone of the foundation of the Temple of God is unacceptable to the wise builders of this world. Even though many miracles were performed in this region, the people could not believe; “Truly, truly I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country”. Jesus proclaimed in open session that, not only was He the Messiah but, He was that prophet who should come. Indeed it was not only the prophecy of Isaiah that was being fulfilled in their ears.
“But He, passing through the midst of them, went His way” (4:30)
Jesus made reference to the fact that the widow of Zarephath (the refinery) was more worthy of the presence of the prophet and the blessing which God gave unto them, than any widow within the borders of Israel, though there were many and God shewed His love for Elijah when He prepared the refining fire of the refinery to receive him. He followed this with the fact that not one of the many lepers of Israel received grace to be healed of their dreaded disease yet the Syrian, Naaman, was healed when he washed in the Jordan River. How is it that Yehovah God showed forth mercy upon the captain of the Syrian army of occupation, through the mouth of a “captive out of the land of Israel a little maid and she waited on Naaman’s wife” (II Kings 5:2) yet He shewed no such mercy on any of those who called themselves by the name of Yehovah?
There are many who have speculated why Jesus did not continue to read the second part of the passage of scripture where the day of vengeance is mentioned. The propositions and speculations are numerous yet the account would seem to indicate that even though He did not read of the judgment of God upon the ungodliness of man yet He made everyone present clearly understand that God had a controversy with them. The attitude of the assembly turned from those who “wondered at the gracious words which proceed out of His mouth” to the fever pitch of murder. And when they were “filled with wrath” Jesus went with them as the thrust Him out of the meeting place and the city and “led Him unto the brow of the hill, whereon their city was built”.
He had spoken the truth, He had read form the sacred text and revealed unto all present that Yehovah God had brought to pass all the promises that He had given to the Fathers; yet there was no rejoicing, no acceptance, no repentance and certainly no revival. Even though not one of these people or any son of Adam has any power over the Lord of glory, He was subservient to the passion and fury of the people. He did not fight with them or attempt to persuade them through apologetics and rhetoric. Nor did He call forth His army of angels to protect Him and unsheathe the sword of vengeance as so many envision He will some day soon. Jesus gave yet another testimony of His power and sovereign rule over even the wrath of man as He walked through the midst of them.
A few short years hence, some of these same people may have been in “that great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also out Lord was crucified” (Rev. 11:8) to witness that horrific event which came to pass according to the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, but today, they had no power for His time had not yet come. He proclaimed the acceptable time of Yehovah and in the fullness of time all was made manifest but neither by the will of man nor the power of the arm of the flesh. Every step which He took came to pass according to the power of His will and fell in the exact place appointed. Every word He spoke was ordained of old and accomplished the predestined appointment as they that had ears to hear, heard His word while the others were blinded.; “The wrath of man shall praise Him the remainder, He restrains”
“And Jesus went out and His disciples, into the towns of Ceasarea Philippi and by the way He asked His disciples saying, Whom do men say that I am?” (Mark 8:27)
This question resonates today as the opinions and hypotheses of man continue to gain notoriety about who this man is. The gospel depends on the fact that He is the Messiah, the Son of the living God for if He be any other, than the work accomplished is tentative for one greater has the final say over the matter. He is the great King over all the earth who is seated in the heavens and rules over every kingdom of this world. Not one step is altered by the notions of man or the power he assumes he has and not one thought, word or deed exists but by the eternal decree of the Lord God Omnipotent.
When Peter proclaimed the truth as revealed to him from the Father in heaven through the teaching of the Spirit within, Jesus “charged them that they should tell no man of Him” (8:30) for upon that Rock, the irrefutable fact that He is the anointed servant of Yehovah God, He has built His called out assembly and the gates of the vast prison of the grave, death or hell can never prevail against it (Matt 16:18). Theologians and hirelings will pontificate about what is wrong with the church these days and readily give their opinion as to how to correct these flaws; the church of Jesus Christ is perfect in Him without spot or blemish. He has given her all things pertaining to life and Godliness, blessed her with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies and given her the earnest expectation of the imminent return to the house of her Beloved. Thus each member in particular is delivered in the perfect sacrifice for sin and raised up in the first resurrection before the foundation of the world; delivered from the wrath of God which is poured out upon the ungodliness of man and when the time of this habitation is over, they shall be delivered from the body of this death as the tabernacle not made with hands is revealed.
The good news is that He is Messiah and so are His people. He is that Prophet and His people have His testimony, which is the Spirit of prophecy and He had been declared to be the Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness by the resurrection of the dead and His people are raised up in Him; therefore they are the sons of God. He is the Great King over all the earth and the High Priest after the order of God and His people are also kings and priests to their God. He is the King of Salem, which being interpreted is the King of Peace and being justified by His faith, His Beloved is at peace with God.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
April 2, 2017