“Then spake together the fearers of Jehovah, each on to his fellow companion and Jehovah gave attention and heard. And a book of remembrance was written before Him for the fearers of Jehovah and for those esteeming His name.”
These words from the mouth of the prophet signify a progression or continuation of events. This event happens either after of with the preceding occurrence, which is when God sent forth His servant messenger, John, into the wilderness. He was to prepare the way for Messiah to come and fulfill the promises and covenant of the Father. When John came forth, it signified that Messiah would come quickly into His temple, confirm the covenant with many and cause the daily sacrifices to cease. But it also meant that He would come "like refiners fire and like fuller soap" to cleanse His people from sin and remove the tarnish from the precious treasure within. Jeremiah asked "how is the gold become dim and how is the most fine gold changed?" (Lam. 4:1). He did not question the preciousness of the gold or it's worth but rather he said that the exterior had become tarnished with the corruption of this world. The refiner was to come, at the same time as the voice in the wilderness crying, prepare ye the way of the Lord" to remove the dross from the silver and reveal the truth within. This would, of necessity, indicate that refining was needed, specific contaminants must be present and only Jehovah God could do the refining. No descendant of Adam could identify the problem, present a solution or effect the recovery because Adam cares not for the things of the Spirit and does not have the mind of God. The refiner is the same as the messenger of the covenant and He has come for the treasure.
Everything God has done, seeing that these works were finished from the foundation of the world, is for the elect. he created heaven and earth for His children. He raised up Pharaoh and Egypt (Satan and his captivity) that he might make known the power of His will and deliver His children from the house of one stronger then they. He raised up the Assyrians, "the rod of His anger and the staff of His indignation" (Is. 10:5) and He turned the heart of King Cyrus for the good of His little flock, that remnant according to grace. And when He came as the refiners fire and fuller soap, He came for the purification of His personal possession. he purged the gold and the silver of those 'joined' (Levi) unto Him so that they may "offer unto Jehovah (Himself) and offering in righteousness. When He made the offering of 'praise (Judah) and the 'springing forth of peace' (Jerusalem) it was a sweet savor of life before the throne of God and when He saw the travail of the soul of the Son, He was well pleased. At that time and in that day, Messiah brought forth swift judgment against the wicked, testifying against 'spiritual wickedness in high places' and because He does not change, the sons of Jacob, that child of promise upon whom Jehovah has an eternal love, are not consumed. (3:6)
The those who have wisdom within and fear Jehovah, for "the fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom" (Ps. 111:10) spoke together with fellow companions of like precious faith. They did not seek out other strangers to attempt to persuade them to come unto the refiner for a 'shave and a hair cut' or a 'saw buck and a new suit' or a new twist on life. They spoke one with another of how great things that Jehovah God has done for them. They did not speak half the language of Ashdod, (Neh. 13:24), they did not incorporate the traditions of the people of the land and they sought no alliances with the inhabitants of the earth. Those who had the eternal love of the Father within, the delight after the law of God after the inward man, the statutes of righteousness written upon their hearts, the indwelling of the Spirit causing them to walk after the commandments of God, those who had the testimony of the 'salvation of Jehovah' and who hunger and thirst after the truth, esteeming the name of Jehovah above all other names give in heaven and earth, Jehovah gave attention to and hearkened unto them. His sheep hear His voice and He hears them. Another voice they will not hear and will not follow and He, likewise, seeks after none others but those who are His and He listens to their cries, groans and petitions.
Are these matters and people spontaneous or indeed are the premeditated from old? Is God a respecter of persons that He would look and see who would do, wants to do or may do things that He appreciates or Has he from before the foundation of the world, set forth in a book of remembrance, yea the book of Life of the Lamb, the names of each and everyone of these "fearers of Jehovah"? Has he not set down in this book the same names that have been engraven upon the palms of His nail pierced hand? Has He not declared t"the end from the beginning and from ancient times that are not done yet saying, My counsel shall stand and I will do all My pleasure" (Is. 46:10)? Is the way of man in himself to direct his steps? No! God set down a book of remembrance before time was created that declared all things whatsoever should come to pass and all this for the good of them that love Him, to those who are called, according to His purpose. (Rms. 8:28).
"They shall be to Me for the day that I accomplish (perform) My treasured possession (personal property or peculiar treasure) and I will have mercy (pity, compassion) on them as a man has compassion on his son serving him" (3:17)
All those who have the Spirit within, being born from above of that incorruptible seed, are to Jehovah for that day when He finished His work in righteousness and sat down at the right hand of the Father. When He had purged the sin away by the shedding of His blood, washed His people in the regeneration and stood before the Father to declare His generation, saying, "Behold I and the children whom Jehovah hast given me" (Is. 8:18), He accomplished, performed and made up His most precious treasure. Jacob, the child of promise and Israel, 'he who has power with God' are that 'peculiar treasure' (Ps. 135:4) not because they kept the law for by the deeds of the law no flesh shall be justified (Rms. 3:20). But rather because they are "the children of God", they are "an holy nation unto Jehovah you God and Jehovah hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto Himself above all the nations of the earth" (Deut. 14:2). This treasure was first hidden in earthen vessels and then in the midst of the nation of Israel and even though the nation corrupted themselves, rebelled against God, turned aside from the way and worshiped the gods of the land, exactly as God told Moses that they would (Deut. 31:24ff) a remnant according to grace was preserved unto the day of the performance of His treasure. And since He never changes and keeps the covenant unto the third and fourth generations, all whom the Father gave Him, He raised up in that last day, after he had made an end to the daily sacrifices, confirmed the oath with many, entered into that sanctuary not made with hands and offered the sacrifice for sin, His precious blood.
Because of this finished work, the Father loves the children, those fearers of Jehovah who esteem His name, exactly like He loves the Son who served Him and is seated at His right hand in the throne on high. There is no difference between the love of the Godhead and the love for His children because they are ONE. His children have been hewn from that great Rock and that Rock is the Anointed Servant of God, Messiah. He is One with the Father and the whole house of the redeemed is One in Him. They are His personal possession for whom He bled and died and the same love that the Father displayed for the Son when "he who knew no sin became the sin of His people" (II Cor. 5:21) is identical for the ones for whom he died. The righteousness which he proclaimed when He completed all that the Father gave Him to do is the righteousness of the saints wherein they are adorn in fine linens pure and white.
"Then ye shall return and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth Jehovah and him that serveth Him not" (3:18).
Many people want to tell us what is wrong with the church these days and the list grows with the popularity of the message. Brethren, there is NOTHING wrong with the church of Jesus Christ. She is perfect, without spot or blemish and she is still and ever shall be the 'apple of His eye' and the One on whom His desires rest. When He finished His work, he made many sons righteous and when it pleases the Father to reveal His Son in His chosen few, they turn and return unto the house of their Father for only there do they find peace, sustenance and forgiveness. The child of grace has been given wisdom and spiritual understanding because of the presence of the Godhead within, to know righteousness and wickedness. They desire the law of God after the inward man and walk in the light of Jehovah. The flesh rebels against this light from within, seeking the darkness to hide his works and the warfare is engaged. Only those who have such common deliverance from the ministration of condemnation, the liberty unto Christ and the like precious faith can identify with this warfare, that contrary nature between the Holy Spirit and corrupt Adam and with each other. When the Spirit within bears witness of the bondage of the corruption of the flesh and the earnest desire to be absent from the body and present with the Lord and the sincere love of the brethren of the pasture, then shall the fearers of Jehovah speak one unto each other because they esteem His name precious. "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him and given Him a name above every name, that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and in earth, and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Phil. 2:9-12).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
March 18, 2012