“And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Beth-phage and Beth-any at the mount of Olives, He sendeth forth two of His disciples.”
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. In the midst of the earth He planted a garden and placed man, whom He had formed from the dust of the earth, into the garden. Here man and women would become separate from each other and the nature of man revealed. Here the lusts of the flesh and the absence of faith would be made manifest as the dominate forces in the mindset and conduct of the entire human race. Here man would violate the law of God, become dead in trespasses and sin and usher sin into the world.
God also placed a river in this garden that flowed out of the garden and watered all of the dry land. This river divided and became four heads, each of which supplied the world in which Adam and his family would dwell, with the characteristics of the people of the land. The first head increased to circle the land as it broke forth in a weighted amount of brilliance and slendour that divided the precious gems (Pison of Havilah with gold, bdellium and onyx). The second river bursts forth as an ever flowing river of hot passion and earnest desire (Gihon to Cush). The third demonstrated the nature that God had placed in man and the labours He had assigned to the paragon of His creation. The river, Hiddekel to Assyria, represents rapid and vehement activity toward success and advancement as man attempts to ascend in his accomplishments. Thus are “all things full of labour, man cannot utter, the eye is not satisfied with seeing nor the ear filled with hearing” (Ecc. 1:8). The final river, Euphrates (fruitful abundance), stands for the manner of God’s creation. He made everything with its seed in them and commanded that they be fruitful and multiply and thus the land was encompassed about with these four rivers.
“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and the imagination of the thoughts of his heart were daily exclusively evil and it grieved God that He had made man on the earth” (Gen 6:5).
The land was blessed of God with all necessary ingredients to facilitate the good pleasure of His will. Man was assigned the labour of tilling the ground and was sustained by the fruit of the land and thus the nature that God had given man in his creation was nourished and sustained by the bounty of the provisions of the land. This resulted as God had decreed in man following the imaginations of his carnal heart, desiring to satisfy the needs of the flesh and succeeding wherein he laboured. Now the heart of man was lifted up and the generation of Adam worshiped good works, hard labour and accomplishments above the grace of the Creator. And so the land of four rivers was destroyed.
“And it came to pass as they journeyed east that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and they dwelt there” (11:2).
God had delivered eight righteous souls from His judgment and preserved them in His ark. The nature of Adam was the same as they exited the ark but the heaven and earth had been changed. Now there were two rivers in a fruitful valley and these two rivers remain unto today. Here the sons of Noah demonstrated that the natural man had not been amended, even though he has seen the power of God and experienced His majesty. Here the arrogance of man and his desire to succeed, advance and ascend were demonstrated in his attempt to make himself a name or a legacy to be remembered by. God divided the people of the land as He had divided that river and “scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of the earth” (11:8).
This did not mean that God had abandoned His seed or chased off His people, whom He foreknew. His commandment to Noah and his sons was “to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth” (9:1), not to congregate and praise the works of their hands. And so when the children of Noah attempted to build a tower in commemoration of their achievements, God scattered His seed throughout the earth. Even though their tongues were changed and their ears were disturbed so that they could neither speak nor hear the same language, yet God reserved unto Himself His remnant according to grace in all the lands. Before God had called Abram to come forth out of the house and the land of his father, He had seeded the prepared lands of this world with His good seed. Before the first missionary board had been formed or one had thought he heard the call to missions, God had planted the children of the kingdom, not only in earthen vessels He had afore prepared unto glory, but also in the geographic location that had been equally afore prepared for His people to dwell (Matt. 13:38).
This was again manifested when the wickedness of the land of Israel had grown up unto God like that great tree and the foul of the heaven nested in her branches (Luke 13:19). God scattered the nation of Israel among the nations of the world and His children among them, each coming to rest in the exact place at the precise time and for the divine purpose to fulfill the will of God. Thus from the time that Noah came forth from the ark there remained, in every land from generation to generation, the picture of the country of two rivers, the world and God’s scattered people.
“And it shall come to pass in that day that the Master shall set His hand again a second time to recover the remnant of His people, which shall be left, from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Chamath and from the islands of the sea. And He shall set up an ensign for the nations and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel and gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth” (Is. 11:11f).
In the fullness of time, God sent forth His Son into the land of Shinar, to fulfill His law in righteousness, redeem His people and save them from their sin and to gather together His people from throughout all the world. He had come not to fulfill the types but to manifest the true heavenly reality of those works which were finished from the foundation of the world. This was that time, in the end of the world, when the root of Jesse should stand for an ensign of the people and the mystery of God declared. Now would the first fruits be waved before Yehovah by His High Priest (Lev. 23:11) and all people of every kindred, nation, tribe and tongue would be gathered together in the harvest of ingathering (23:39). Thus Jesus told His disciples that the field was “white already unto the harvest” (John 4:34).
Nothing was left undone or incomplete when the Elect Servant of God finished the work that the Father had assigned to be performed. He was all types and all foreshadows of the Law and the perfection of the handwriting of ordinances. He knew the time and the season appointed of the Father “and it came to pass, when the time was come that He should be received up, He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). He did not wait for an invitation or for men to make ready for Him. He knew that all things must needs come to pass in the exact moment at the precise time and in the ordained fashion, and so, He sent forth two of His disciples into the city.
He did not tell them to wander through the town until they found someone to help them, He sent them to the appointed place where of “both roads”. He instructed His disciples to go to where the two rivers, two highways or both paths were for there they would find an ass and her colt tied outside a door. There were no blacksmiths to find who may have an horse for hire or a carriage to convey the party, the Lord of Glory required a colt upon whom no man had ever ridden. He did not send them to a stable or a local rancher for He needed the colt that was tied without the door that was placed there for this specific reason. He also told them that they would meet a person who would ask them what they were doing. He then gave them the word that would instruct the inquisitive bystander that the Master had need of these and he would not interfere for this was the day that the two women would bear the ‘ephah’, lifting it up between heaven and earth, there to build an house in the land of Shinar (the country of two rivers) (Zech. 5:11).
“Upon this Rock will I build My church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18).
This is the house that is built between heaven and earth, that New Jerusalem, that is built upon the Apostle and High priest of our calling (Heb. 3:1) and that Prophet that should come (Deut. 18:15), Jesus Christ the corner stone. This is that house built upon the rock that stands against the wind, the waves and the storms of this habitation (Luke 6:48). When the fullness of time had come, the law was fulfilled and this house was revealed. John saw her coming down from heaven adorned as a Bride for Her Husband, clothed upon in the righteousness of the saints. There was no residue of Adam found therein and all who love and make a lie are without the gates. There is no sun or moon for the glory of the former law was done away in the light of the King of glory and the Lamb. There is no handwriting of ordinances and no ministration of condemnation or death for the King of Righteousness has gone forth upon His white horse, conquering and to conqueror. He has overcome them and won the victory and the accuser of the brethren is cast out, therefore there is no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (Rms. 8:1).
“And they brought the colt to Jesus and cast their garments on him and He sat upon him” (Mk 11:7).
All that Jesus told them had come to pass in the exact manner in which He said it would happen. The two disciples “found the colt, tied by the door where two ways met” (11:4) and they brought the colt to Him. The Word of God came to pass according to the power of His will and Jesus entered into Jerusalem on the 10th day of the first month riding a colt of an ass that it may be fulfilled as prophesied 500 years earlier; “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion, shout, O daughter of Jerusalem. Behold thy King cometh unto thee; He is just having salvation; lowly riding upon an ass and upon a colt, the foal of an ass” (Zech. 9:9). Unlike today’s religious hucksters, charlatans and rogues, Jesus did not send His disciples out with a socially creative and limited carnal understanding of mans flawed interpretation of prophesy to try and find something that loosely resembles the fulfillment, NO, He sent out His disciples in fulfillment of the prophesy and then revealed the fact to them. This is the way of God lest man should say; “mine idol hath done them and my graven image and my molten image hath commanded them” (Is. 48:5). And as if this were not enough of a testimony to the sovereign will of God and His power to perform all that He has spoken, the people then, in fulfillment of prophesy, spread their garments on the roadway and proclaimed the words of the Psalmist recorded 1000 years earlier; “Blessed is He that cometh in the name of Yehovah; we have blessed you out of the house of Yehovah” (Ps. 118:26).
“Hosanna in the highest”
The day of jubilee had come! The people thought that Jesus would deliver them from the tyranny of Rome and set up an earthly kingdom but He said; “My kingdom is not of this world”. The religionists of the world were looking for a tangible earthly kingdom and supposed themselves to be the recipients of the grace of God and the power of the kingdom. But this throng of people had their mouths opened and were given the words to sing the praise of God yet they were completely ignorant of the event that they were praising. Even the disciples that had been told, numerous times, as to what things must shortly come to pass, did not know that the days of vengeance had come when all things written should be fulfilled. Jesus was not speaking of a future day in which the cosmos would be aligned and the end would come, the end had come and the two ways had met at the door where He took His ride, bearing the sin and burdens of His people to the cross and the gave.
The day of deliverance had indeed come for the Lamb of God was to be slain for the sins of His people. He who knew no sin was to become the sin of His people. He would remove their sin as far as the east is from the west, He would cover them and protect them in that day of the wrath of God and He would manifest His power over all flesh. He was the first born of many brethren and the first fruits of them that slept. He is the wave offering and the harvest. He is altar, the blood, the fire and the sweet smelling savor before His throne. The debt of the sin of His people, obtained in the deed of Adam, was paid in full by the shedding of the blood. The captivity of the bondage to the weak and beggarly elements of this world was delivered from the prison that held them and returned unto the house of the first born. And when the Father saw the travail of His soul, he was well pleased and He was declared to be the Son of God, before all the nations of the world, according to the Spirit of Holiness, by the resurrection from the dead (Rms. 1:4).
“I have glorified thee on the earth, I have finished the work thou hast given Me to do” (John 17:4).
The joyous feat of the jubilee was commanded by God in the giving of the tablets of stone at Mount Sinai (Lev. 25:10ff), but throughout the testimony of the scriptures, there is no record of it ever being observed by the nation of Israel. Man cannot obviate himself from sin. He cannot set himself free from the bondage of corruption nor pay the debt for the remission of sin, therefore he cannot celebrate the time of liberty for “by the deeds of the law shall no flesh be justified in His sight” (Rms. 3:30). Man cannot keep the law for he is dead in Adam for by one ma’s offense death reigned by one (Rms. 5:17). Adam was not created to keep the law else would he have done so and he did not chose not to keep the commandment of God for he had not the power. Thus Adam and all his children are obligated to the demands of the perfection of the Law of God and condemned by the same.
But thanks be unto God that He sent forth His Son to redeem them that were under this law. He came forth in the end of the world and manifested that which was finished from the foundation of the world, that he might confirm the oath with many and bring many sons into glory. He has revealed Himself to His people and given them an ear to hear His word. He has made them willing in the day of His power and causes them to walk in His statutes by His Spirit within. This Spirit bears witness with our Spirit with the testimony of Jesus Christ (Rev. 1:2) that we are the Sons of God whereby we cry out to the Father with that pure language and liberated tongue. He has set forth His testimony of this finished work in the hearts of His family, elect according to the foreknowledge of God, and has filled their hearts to love the brethren as they love Him. Herein do they keep His law.
He glorified the Father, being the image of the invisible God (Col. 1:15) having the fullness of the Godhead dwelling in that body prepared for Him (Col. 2:9), and He has glorified His children in Himself. The Body is One in Him as He is One in the Father and nothing can ever separate His Bride from His eternal love.
He came lowly and riding an ass but He is risen in power and glory, He sits in the throne of God ruling over the kingdoms of this world and none can stay His Almighty hand. His will is performed on earth as it is in heaven.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
September 15, 2013