“And when Balaam perceived that it was the pleasure of Yehovah to bless Israel, he went not as other times, to seek enchantments but set his face toward the wilderness.”
The record of scripture provides yet another amazing example of the incompatibility of the faculties of the natural man with the wonder and glory of Yehovah God and the power of the Sovereign God over all. The foreigner (Balaam) was hired with the promise of “the rewards of divination” to do the bidding of his employer in placing a vexation upon the children of Israel. Balak, the devastator, and his people were caused to be sore afraid by the spirit of God. They were petrified that this band of people, seemingly wondering through the wilderness, was about to destroy them “as the ox licks up the grass of the field”. The elders of Moab and Midian sought the services of a man, whom they presumed, could protect their people from this band and ‘”peradventure” give their king victory over them. However, instead of prominence and wealth, the man who is ‘not of the people’ became the spokesman for Yehovah God. He saw and experienced things exceedingly wonderful as the majesty of Almighty God was revealed and the Word of God proclaimed.
The nation of Israel, like the natural man, gladly received all that the hand of God gave them but demonstrated only a modicum of gratitude. As the power and glory of God was evidently set forth the standard result was for the people to murmur, complain, be continually unthankful and impatient. The work which God had afore ordained and was coming to pass by the power of His will did not lead these people to repentance or even to obedience from a thankful heart. Rather the will of God was that the natural instinct and conduct of the all who are born of woman continue unabated because the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit, neither can he know them.
Yet the pleasure of the Lord God omnipotent is to bless His children as they abide in the habitation of this dwelling. He demonstrated this in the blessings of preservation, protection, deliverance, provision and increase of the people of Israel. These blessings were amply bestowed not by works of righteousness which these people performed but because, within the natural representation of a chosen people, there remained a remnant according to grace. The just and the unjust were abundantly blessed with all natural necessities as they came forth out of Egypt and although the eyes of Adam could not see His goodness yet each step of the course was ordained and directed by the Eternal Father.
The foreigner, however, was not of the household of grace. He not only sought after enchantments but the steps along his path were following after divination. When Yehovah came to him and asked him of the men that were with him, Balaam was in what he felt was common territory. He did not abase himself before the Holiness of God and say, “Woe is me for I am undone because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, Yehovah of Hosts” (Is. 6:5). He did not speak of his inabilities to proclaim the Word of God; “Then said I, Ah Yehovah God behold I cannot speak for I am a child” (Jer. 1:6) and he did not say, “Who am I that I should go” (Ex. 3:11). No this man who had been his whole life communing with familiar spirits was neither shocked, embarrassed nor humbled when the God who created him with these talents spoke to him. This indeed is wondrous but God was only beginning to manifest Himself to this wicked man.
“And God said unto Balaam, You shall not go with them and you shall not curse the people for they are blessed” (22:12).
The livelihood of this man was to divine the course of action of the proper choices to be made for his employers and he prospered in all that he did. Soothsaying, which is a form of witchcraft, is an abomination before the Lord yet the decreed path that this man was assigned to walk was so successful that others sought after him. Did he direct his steps unto this prosperity or are the ways of man not in himself as it is not in him that walks to direct his steps? (Jer. 10:23). As Balaam enters into this divination, the Lord of Hosts has come forth and met with this vessel of wrath afore outfitted to destruction, this seed of the serpent whose life is consumed in abomination before God, He tells him, he shall not go with the men. God sent these prominent men unto Balaam with their bribes, platitudes and requests, which He had placed upon their hearts and given them voice to speak in the appointed time, only to instruct His deceived servant that he should not do what they ask.
Balaam, a servant of Yehovah by creation, is made completely subservient to the word of God as he returns and informs their representatives of the Kings of the land that Yehovah God “refuses to give me leave to go with you” (22:13). Every aspect of the creation of God exists by the power of He who created all things according to the intention of His heart. Nothing happens but by His will and that precisely according to the purpose which He purposed in Himself. The wind blows according to direction, speed and intensity to calm the wave or destroy the land by the permission and power of God. The waves of the sea, the beast of the field, the fowl of the air and the planets in the courses all function exactly as ordained of old and man is no different. The inter-cooperation of all elements in magnitude and composition function together in complete harmony as the work that was finished before the foundation of the world is manifested as it is performed on the stage of time. Nothing moves but by the permission of the Creator in accordance to how, when and why they were created and all players perform their parts perfectly pursuant to the purpose for which they were set in motion. Balaam was a soothsayer by that same will, the men came to them with their boon and Yehovah God manifested His sovereign hand by refusing to give the foreigner leave to satisfy the request.
“For I will promote you unto very great honour and I will do whatsoever you say unto me, come therefore, I pray you and curse me this people” (22:17).
The cue from the conductor now sends forth the son of the sparrow, that little flitting bird (Zippor), whom He has promoted to the King of the children of the incestuous abomination of Lot and his daughter. What an honour to have such a prestigious man of a renowned people promise to promote with great honour. Where was the honour wherewith he was to promote Balaam? In a people whose lineage is declared in their name, Moab; “of his father”? Was it in the success of their wickedness or their objection to the chosen people of Yehovah?
This man was an accomplished soothsayer who was not in need of the acknowledgement of this people or the acclaim of this endeavour. According to the pride of his heart and the vanity of that pride, he delighted in his work and excelled in his craft. Yehovah God instructs him that if the princes come and call upon him again, that he should arise and go with them, “but yet the word which I shall say unto you, that shall you do” (22:20). Balaam, thinking he is being obedient to God and being instructed of God that he can neither add nor detract from the word of God and the labours assigned to him (22:18), goes forth with the princes to meet the devastator, Balak.
In strict compliance with the necessity of the scene (for it was for none but Balaam to experience), God isolates Balaam and the animal he is riding from the other men as the Angel of Yehovah stands with drawn sword before him. Manifesting the ignorance of the natural man and the blindness of his eyes to the ways of God, Balaam beats the animal, the ass is given to speak and the Messenger of Yehovah is revealed. He has come to withstand the foreigner because his “way is contrary before Me” (22:32). God reveals His power over all flesh as things come to pass which are unnatural to the mind of Adam. His justice is manifested by the drawn sword and His mercy, even upon the wicked, is demonstrated as He causes all men to walk in the way He has ordained. This walk is not only in direction and purpose but also in manner. The perversion of the way of Balaam was, because of his nature being of the earth, earthly, after the reward of unrighteousness. He knew not Yehovah God as his Father because he was not born from above; therefore the nature of his way and all his actions were contrary to God, though ordained of old.
“For the flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh and these are contrary one to the other so that you cannot do the things that you would” (Rms. 5:17).
The mammon of unrighteousness is the greed after the riches of this world. Those who are of the earth delight in this mammon while they loathe the Manna of life. The carnal mind is in constant pursuit to obtain the riches and supposed rest that comes with them and the carnal mind is enmity against God. Balaam went with these men for the greed of wealth, the prominence of fame and the glory of men. Yehovah opened his eyes and he saw the Messenger which was sent unto him to cause him to alter the steps of his walk and set him in the proper frame of mind to “only the word that I speak unto you, that shall you speak” (22:35).
The steps are ordered fast and sure, the preparation of the heart and the answer of the tongue are of the Lord and the time of each event is established unmovable. By the time Balaam arrives, his boss is very upset. He barks his words at him and reminds him that he is the Monarch of the land. This ‘peer’ pressure is brought to bear against Balaam but it cannot overthrow or supersede what God has purposed to come to pass. It is however a most important part of that Divine Will.
The antics of Balak and Balaam bare a close resemblance to the religious activity of today’s world. The traditions of man attempts to ascend up to the high places (Ob. 4), which is an abomination before God, there to build holy shrines in attempts to worship God. Their sacrifices are many and the ceremonies of rituals are plenteous but none of these is acceptable before the throne of God for they are the savour of death.
Yehovah had already told Balaam that He would speak to him but now Balaam acts as if he may summon God at his beckoned call; “peradventure Yehovah will come to meet with me” (23:3). Nothing man can do or that can be done in heaven or in the earth can provoke God to do anything. He has done the intent of His heart and His work is finished therefore He is seated in the heavens and rules over the kingdoms of this world. All the inhabitants of this world are accounted to Him as grass-hoppers, or ‘winged infestations’ (Is. 40:22), He asks counsel of no one and needs the assistance of none of the creatures His creation to fulfill His will
The doctrine of Balaam is like unto his nature which is manifested in his action. This is all part and parcel to the purpose for which he was brought forth into this world during the time of his habitation. The hand of Yehovah God is not slacked upon him because he is a son of perdition and He has not ‘winked’ at his sin. His inabilities are necessary to the purpose of God and although he thinks that God shall respond to him because he has built seven altars and offered upon every altar a bullock and a ram, this did not impress the Lord God almighty. The good pleasure of His will has brought forth this servant child of the Edom to proclaim the gospel of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah in the presence of the ‘wash basin’ of the Lord, Moab (Ps. 108:9). No son of Adam can speak anything against the house of the Israel of God for there is no condemnation to them that are in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah, therefore Balaam proclaims; “How shall I curse, whom God has not cursed or how shall I defy, whom Yehovah has not defied?” (23:8).
“From the top of the rocks I see him and from the hills I beheld him and lo, this people shall dwell alone and shall not be reckoned among the nations” (23:9).
National Israel is numbered among the people of the world and their history is continually rehearsed. They have been scattered throughout all the nations of the world. They have married and been given in marriage with all the peoples of the land so that blood touches blood and the house is polluted. The abomination of their way has left that house desolate as the time of the type has ended (Gal. 4:4). The vision which Yehovah God gave to Balaam was of the Israel of God not the Israel of man in Palestine.
The Israel of God is His elect people who are in the world but not of the world. They have been hewn from that Rock which is eternal and they have been born, by the Spirit from above, of the incorruptible seed. They have become partakers of flesh and blood in vessels afore prepared by God and covered by the shed blood of the Lamb. They have been made subject to the vanity of this world by reason of the hope of glory and the eternal life within. Their affections are on the things of their Father’s house, which is above, and the wickedness of this present evil generation is a vexation upon their souls. They are not seen in the common arenas of the economy of this world for they are scattered strangers and sojourners in a waste howling wilderness. Though they have been assigned the labours of this life and their natural man needs and desires the things of the flesh for health and sustenance yet are they grieved by the bondage of this corruption. They long for the time when the time of this habitation is over and the tabernacle of this dwelling is dissolved for then they shall be absent from this body and present with their Lord. Though they be as the sands of the seas and the hosts of heaven which cannot be numbered (Jer. 33:22), yet are they a remnant according to grace. They are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation which shall not be reckoned among the nations of this world and a peculiar people of kings and priests unto God.
“Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob neither is there any divination against Israel; according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What God has made” (23:23).
The testimony of the Word of God is that His people are His workmanship; “Know that Yehovah is God, He has made us and no we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture” (Ps. 100:3). Balak took Balaam up to the cleft of the rocks where the lookouts were spying on the progress of this nomadic tribe. After building seven more altars and offering up bulls and rams on each, Yehovah gives Balaam a parable about His Beloved. This parable presents the people of Yehovah as a great lion because their head is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, which is praise unto our God. None can stand in His way or prevent Him from performing the purpose of His will and His people are one in Him. His ways are Holy and just and although the mind and morality of man does not comprehend the perfection of the ways of God yet the works of His hands are the confirmed truth of the justice of the Judge and His commandments are established firm and sure (Ps. 111:7).
The people of the nation of Israel were not a military power because of their advanced weaponry or their superior tactics and training. They fought the battles as they were instructed at the mouth of Yehovah. The outcome was according to His justice against the wickedness of those nations because Yehovah fought for Israel. “Do not speak in your heart, after that Yehovah your God has cast them out from before you, saying, For my righteousness Yehovah has brought me in to possess this land but for the wickedness of these nations Yehovah drives them out before you. Not for your righteousness or for the uprightness of your heart do you possess their land, but for the wickedness of these nations Yehovah your God drives them out from before you that He may perform the word which Yehovah swore unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Understand therefore, that Yehovah your God gives you not this good land to possess it for your righteousness, for you are a stiff-necked people” (Deut. 9:5f).
The sin of Adam can not negate the purpose and promise of God but rather it is part and parcel to His way. He manifested His presence to this foreigner and declared His word in his ears. He caused him to speak these words which were as coals of fire upon the head of the devastator who was infuriated by the resolution of the soothsayer. The accuser of the brethren is cast out and no amount of the honour, prestige or riches of this world can bring even a son of perdition to accuse God of sin or His people of any impropriety. There is no demon who may harm the children of grace and no incantation which shall produce aught upon them or alter their way. There is no condemnation against them for the Lamb stands as He had been slain from the foundation of the world. The righteous Judge has seen the Law satisfied by the travail of His soul and He has removed that inability in Adam away from His people. Who dare lay any charge against the judgment of Almighty God save a stiff-necked and rebellious people who think that injustice has been levied, yet “if you Yehovah should mark iniquities, Oh Yehovah, who shall stand?” (Ps. 130:3).
“Therefore now flee to your place. I thought to promote you unto great honour but lo, Yehovah has kept you back from honour” (24:11).
The enticements of this world are indeed pleasant to the nature of Adam and no man, left to himself to do that which is right in his own eyes, is immune to the allurement of the sparkle and the glitter. If man indeed had a ‘free will’ then those things which are pleasing and satisfying would be followed without question and sin would have free reign. The only freedom of will that Adam has is his natural instincts which drive him to follow after the desires and needs of his body and heart without duress. This ‘liberty’, which is the bondage of the corruption of the flesh, is appropriately directed as Yehovah God has decreed of the proud waves, thus far shall you come and no farther (Job 38:11).
The devastator does not like the Word of Yehovah no matter who speaks it and his anger is kindled when his ways are shown to be under the direction and control of the Lord God Omnipotent. He cannot touch the Bride of Christ in any manner to defile her, bring any reproach upon her or to apply any spot or blemish to her beautiful garments. She is the desire of the Master and He has done all for her benefit. She has been granted a tabernacle of this dwelling which has been prepared for her in complete compliance with the specifications which her husband has designed for her good. Adam is an earthen vessel fashioned from the dust of the earth but because of the atonement (covering) of the shed blood of the Lamb of God, and that from the beginning, the tents of Jacob are pleasing and the tabernacles of Israel are presentable before the Lord (24:5). The seed within cannot be corrupted as the children grow as trees planted by the rivers of water and the outward man perishes daily.
“And Edom shall be a possession and Seir also shall be a possession of his enemies and Israel shall do valiantly” (24:18).
Edom is Esau which, being natural, is the first born and therefore temporal. He is the elder brother who was prepared to be the servant of the younger, Jacob. Jacob is not a man to follow after for he, after his nature in Adam, is without strength or hope in the Kingdom of God. That Kingdom of God is not of flesh and blood and therefore not of this world. The subjects of that Kingdom are only those “which are born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor by the will of man, but of God” (John 1:13). Edom and his shaggy covering (Seir) are the possessions of the Creator which have been fashioned for the benefit of His Beloved. Edom does not rule even though, as the country of two rivers – Shinar, he has twelve sons who became dukes or rulers of this world; this is the counterfeit river whereby the world worships their gods. Yet being contrary to the Spirit of God within and enamored with the things of this habitation he has no interest in the things of the Kingdom of our God.
The enemies of Israel, like the foreigner, have designs and intentions which they full well believe are their own, yet these designs and their hatred for the children of the Kingdom of God, are subservient to the will and designs of God. Neither they nor their father the Devil, may do anything but what it has been ordained of old and ushered into fruition by the will and power of God (John 13:27).
“Out of Jacob shall come He that shall have dominion and He shall destroy him that remains in the city” (24: 19)
The Star that came forth out of Jacob is the Anointed of Yehovah. He is that Sceptre which did not depart out of Judah until Shiloh came which is the peace that passes all understanding. He has smitten and continues to smite the borders of Moab and destroy all the children of the ‘compensation’, Sheth, He has power and authority over all flesh and His rule is without objection. He is the preeminence because He is God and there is none other. He has the preeminence for He has come forth and has conquered. He has overcome the earth and all they who take refuge in the fences, walls and buildings of man built upon the sand of the earth shall fall. The walls of Jerusalem are salvation and her gates are praise unto our God. Nothing enters into that city, whose builder and maker is God, which loves a lie or defiles in any manner. “Fear not little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32).
“And when the foreigner perceived that it is good in the eyes of Yehovah to bless Israel, he walked not with foot step after footstep to encounter his divination but he put his face toward the pasture” (24:1)
The devastator was looking from the cleft of the rocks into the wilderness in his attempt to curse and halt the Beloved of Israel. The foreigner was caused to see the pasture in the wilderness which God had prepared for His people. He saw the loving hand of the Father for His children, the caring of the Husband for His Bride and the love of the brethren as He loved Himself.
The sovereign rule of Almighty God is all inclusive with nothing lacking. The devastator and his princes are at bay as the children of the kingdom walk through the habitation of this dwelling. The doctrine of the foreigner is enticing to the natural man for avarice and greed but the children of the kingdom shall never leave the course set for them. When they have finished the course and run the race with patience, looking unto the Salvation of Yehovah, the author and finisher of their faith, then shall they put off the tabernacle of this dwelling and realize the manifestation of the sons of God. Herein is the Anointing in you, which is the hope of glory.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
March 8, 2015