“Yet will I bring an heir unto you, inhabitants of Ma-re-shah: He shall come unto A-dul-lam, the glory of Israel. ”
The prophet Micah was sent concerning the sin of Judah and the transgression of Jacob approximately 740 years before the virgin birth. This word was nothing new as if the children of Jacob had done something that caught the attention of God but was the same word which was in the beginning. God told Adam that in the day he ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil he would surely die and he did both eat and die. His children have continued to emulate the conduct and mindset of their father as they demonstrate an unending desire for the things of the flesh, striving to advance their station in life, being drawn after the delusion of a desperately wicked heart. The truth of the Word of God is the power of God to deliver His children from the bondage of this corruption through the illumination of the full extent of that corruption.
The conduct of Adam in the garden was the conduit ordained of God for the entrance of sin into the world. By the single deed of one man, he, his bride and his seed in him were all made dead in the rebellion and guilt of sin before God. “Wherefore as by one man sin entered into the world and death by sin and so death is passed upon all men for that all have sinned…nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses even over them who had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression ” (Rms. 5:12). The children of the dust begin life being guilty before God and properly equipped so as to continue to strive for the perfection of Holiness wherein they fail ; The Word of God declares this condition, condemns the action and presents the conclusion even today as it did in the garden.
Micah’s declaration of the rebellion of the house of Jacob through the generations is revealed by the light of the glory of God who through long-suffering and patient endurance guided this people every step of the way. He had chosen this people in Abram unto Himself to set His name among and, as the object of His love, to reveal Himself. He did not choose them because they were many or powerful, influential of profitable to Him. They were a wandering band of nomadic tribes who had neither home nor possession nor inheritance for Abram had left his father’s house and fled. God called him to go forth to a place he knew nothing about for to seek a building that had foundations whose builder and maker was God. He called Abram and gave him the promise of making him a great nation and He changed his name to Abraham. Indeed Abram believed God, for faith is the manifestation of the Spirit within, and it (the faith) was accounted for righteousness. But Abram, the man, was still a child of Adam and his actions were identical to those of his earthly father.
God told Abram that He would make his seed like the dust of the earth “so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, shall your seed also be numbered ” (Gen. 13:16) , but Abram could not believe this. He and his wife, Sarai, had no children and therefore no heir and so to help facilitate God and his promise, Abram said ; “Behold to me You have given no seed and lo, one born in my house is mine heir. And behold the word of Yehovah unto him, saying, This shall not be your heir but he that comes forth out of your own bowels shall be your heir ” (15:2ff). Abram could not see the evidence of this promise and so God repeated the promise saying “Look now toward the heaven and tell the stars, if you are able to number them, He said, so shall you seed be ” (5).
Still Abram could not believe God because the tangible evidence was not before him. Although he accepted the word which God gave him and after the inner man he was given to believe, Abram the man was still unconvinced that God could do what he said. Therefore when Sarai, his wife, took the Egyptian maid and gave her to Abram to wife, he hearkened unto the voice of his wife as Adam did in the garden. The result of this was the birth of Ishmael, the father of a great nation but this was not what God had promised for when Abram was now ninety nine years of age, God called to him and changed his name to Abraham, “for a father of many nations have I made you ” (17:5).
Abraham, at the ripe old age of eighty six, thought that God had indeed given him an heir and he treated this child as the heir for over 14 years but God said that Sarai was to bear a son. Sarai, the Princess, laughed when she heard such a thing, that a woman of her advanced years should conceive and bear a child. The Messenger of Yehovah confronted her on this and like Adam in the garden she lied unto God saying “I did not laugh for she was afraid ” (18:15). Even after the great battle of the kings and the great victory wrought by the hand of God through His servant Abraham, Sarah lied unto Abi-melech saying that she was the sister of Abraham and not his wife. Thus having the promise of the Word of God manifested in viable form in testimony to His faithfulness, Sarah was afraid for life and bore false witness.
Yet God is faithful and His Word is true. He brought back unto Abraham and Sarah the way of youth. He restored the vitality of their bodies and the virility of their seed and Sarah conceived. This seed was not according to the natural order of man for the time of life had passed for these two people. This was the child of promise who by the power of God was brought forth in his appointed time to be heir of the promise of Abram and father to Jacob.
“But in the fourth generation they shall come here again for the iniquity of the Amorites not yet full ” (Gen. 15:16).
The timing for the promise given to Abraham was not known unto him nor was he aware of the manner in which it would be fulfilled. The conduct of Abraham continued to demonstrate that all that came to pass was of grace and nothing more. The deeds, intentions and expectations of the sons of Adam were insignificant to the facilitation of the will of God yet intrinsically interwoven into the fulfillment of that which was decreed. And in the fullness of time, on the exact self-same day, Yehovah delivered this people from the bondage of Egypt, bringing them across the sea and into the wilderness where He gave them His Law. This would conclude that the sin of the Amorites was indeed complete in every detail and to the prescribed extent which enabled the Word of God to come to pass and the children of Israel to be delivered.
Many struggle with the notion that God is in complete command and control over the sin of a people and particularly the hidden inability of man. They suppose that God’s sovereignty interferes with their free will but in a challenge to the nation of Israel God calls to them to prove that they are indeed God. First He calls for an assembly of the sons of Jacob to “produce your cause, bring forth your strong reasoning ” whereby the children of the dust may prove their divine nature. He demands that man show forth the necessary attributes of God which are “Let them bring forth and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things what they be, that we may know the latter end of them or declare us things for to come. Shew the things that are to come hereafter that we may know that you are gods ; truly, do good or do evil that we may be dismayed and behold it together ” (Is. 41:20ff).
The promise of God has never changed from the beginning. He has promised to deliver His people from their sin and the bondage of their iniquity which work was finished from the foundation of the world and made manifest in the fullness of time. His grace was given unto His Beloved before the world began, and was made manifest in the end of the world (II Tim. 1:9) when the heir came to the ‘chief place’ for the ‘justice of the people’ (Mareshah and Adullam) which is the glory of Israel. When Simeon saw Mary enter into the Temple with the babe in her arms, he proclaimed ; “Lord let Your servant depart in peace according to Your word ; for mine eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared before the face of all people. A light to lighten the nations and the glory of Your people Israel ” (Lk. 2:29). The heir had come, the sin was complete and the people were to be delivered.
God gave the sign for the manifestation of this promise ; “behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call His name Immanuel ” (Is. 7:14). This was the sign of that which was finished from the beginning. The child was already born before the prophet uttered the word and the son, the heir, was already given. The government was always upon His shoulders and His name is forever, Wonderful Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Eternal Father, The prince of Peace. His kingdom is not of the temporal creation and of the increase of government and peace wherein He sits and rules over the kingdoms of men causing all things to come to pass in complete harmony for the good of them that love Him, there is no end. He is seated upon the throne of the Beloved and He alone orders and establishes His kingdom with judgment against the ungodliness of Adam and justice for His people (Adullam). Adam was not consulted on the matter ; his manner is limited, his way polluted and his understanding darkened. He does not seek after righteousness, he cannot intercede for another and he has no desire to shed his blood, even for his own inabilities ; therefore Yehovah God brought forth the heir of all things as His Elect Servant brought salvation unto Himself by His right hand and His Holy arm.
“All this is for the transgression of Jacob and for the sins of the house of Israel ”
The sin of Jacob is Samaria, the ‘watchers’. This mountain was purchased from Shemer by Omri an evil king of Israel who followed after the sins of Jeroboam, wherein he made all Israel to sin. Israel is Jacob and when God rent the kingdom after the death of Solomon through the greed and avarice of Rehoboam, Jeroboam set up two golden calves (just as Aaron did) one in Dan and one in Beth-el for the people to worship. He set up the false Law with fake priests and sacrifices to prevent the people from returning to Jerusalem and back to David. The evil kings that followed, each established by the hand of the eternal Sovereign, did worse than the one before and when Omri bought the watch mountain, Ahab built the counterfeit Temple. Thus the sin of Jacob is Samaria.
When the hand of the Lord brought forth His judgment against the ten northern tribes, the Assyrians took captive all the people and desecrated the land of promise. Yehovah sent lions among them and slew many forcing the men of Assyria to beg their king to return the priests to teach them how to worship the god of the land. Is it not interesting that these frauds should return to teach foreigners how to worship the God of Israel. It sounds exactly like the neo-evangelicals designs on their mission trips into the world.
The sin of Judah is Jerusalem. Here the people unto whom were given signs and wonders in the heavens and unto whom pertains the statutes and principles of God through the hand-writing of ordinances came the corruption of the mind of man. Like the parents in the garden, they were given to doubt the Word, desire something greater and prove their worth before God. They made merchandise of the types and corrupted them by their own hands in such a manner that they could convince themselves that they could keep the Law. Thus they called themselves by the name of Yehovah, ever sporting their sin and iniquity before all the nations of the world. They were not given to consider that he who makes the eye sees all and He who fashioned the ears hears every peep. Thus Jerusalem became the den of iniquity where the ideas and contrivances of the mind of man tarnished the beauty of the pattern and made is common among all nations.
“Our father’s worshipped on this mountain and You say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship ” (John 4:20).
The Samaritan woman at the well spoke according to the religious teachings of man. She was well aware of the contentions between the self-righteous sons of Abraham and the half-breeds of Samaria and when Jesus spoke with her, she was astonished “How is that You, being a Jew, asks drink of me a woman of Samaria ?”
Jesus had not made a mistake by coming to the exact place where the woman was drawing water from the well and He had not acted improper. The Heir of all things had come to one of His children to reveal Himself unto her and to teach her that the hour had come when ‘you shall neither in this mountain nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know ; we know what we worship for deliverance is of the Jews ; but the hour is coming and now is, when the true worshipers of the Father shall worship in Spirit and truth and they that worship Him must worship in Spirit and truth ” (John 4:20).
It is by this Spirit that the incorruptible seed is born from above and through the testimony of the Spirit with our Spirit that we know we are the sons of God. The children of the dust have an incurable wound which they cannot mend. They cannot deprive the flesh nor punish the will in order to subdue the nature of Adam. They cannot weep under the winepress nor mourn in the house of the dust for they are covered as they roll in the dust of the earth. Man cannot deny his nature nor change his station in life. He is of the earth, subject to the vanity of this world and his mind is saturated with the cares and designs for this world. His ears cannot hear the testimony of the Spirit and though the wonders of God are before his face, yet can he not see the beauty of His holiness.
Man seeks the tangible and judges all things by what he can discern. He is inseparable from the dust of the earth as his eyes look for something new, his ears are soothed by great swelling words and his ego is edified by the gratitude of his fellow companion of the house of dust. He strives to rebuild what God has torn down and re-establish that which is eternal in the heavens. He seeks to lend a hand and help facilitate his understanding of the will of God so that he may take his rest in his zeal for the Lord and the work of the kingdom.
“Awake, awake, put on Your strength Zion, put on Your beautiful garment, Jerusalem, the Holy city, for henceforth there shall no more come into you the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake yourself from the dust, arise, sit down, Jerusalem, loose yourself from the bands of your neck, captive daughter of Jerusalem ” (Is. 52:1).
As the Spirit bears witness with our Spirit that we are the sons of God, He teaches us that, if children, then heirs of God and joint heirs with the Anointing. This inheritance is not of this word for it is His good pleasure to give His children the Kingdom of God. That Kingdom is above, over and all-encompassing of all creation. Adam has no part in this inheritance for while he is rolling in the house of the dust, the children of grace are shaking the dust off their feet. The beautiful garments, which are of fine linen clean and white, the righteousness of the saints, cannot be tarnished by the dust of the earth for the Bride is without spot or blemish. The heir is not of the house of Adam or is he the son of a handmaid. He is the eternal Son of God born of a woman and made under the law that He might redeem them who are under the law. The finished work is His testimony. He was faithful in all things and His righteousness is imputed unto His Beloved.
He is the eternal Father and the Son who was given because He made Himself of no reputation, took on Himself the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death even the death of the cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and given Him a name above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven, and in earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that he is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Phil. 2:6ff).
The beautiful garments have been granted unto the Bride because she is bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh. She is one in Him as He is One in the Godhead ; “and there shall in now wise enter into it any thing that defiles, neither working abomination or a lie, but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life ” (Rev. 21:27).
The heir stands from the beginning of the world with His generation adorned in the garments of righteousness. The sons of Adam are filthy, putrid and defiled, but for the children, the love of the Father has provided the flames of the Refiner’s fire to consume the wood, hay and stubble of Edom. Thus the delicate children of the dust are made bare as their shame is discovered for there is none righteous, no not one.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
December 11, 2016