“At the commandment of the Lord they rested in the tents, and at the commandment of the Lord they journeyed: they kept the charge of the Lord at the commandment of the Lord and by the hand of Moses.”
Upon the completion of the tabernacle God instructed Moses that when He removed the cloud from upon the Holies, that the people were to be called together by the sounding of the trumpet because it was time to move. They would disassemble the tents and the furniture of the tabernacles and when the cloud moved they journeyed. It did not matter if the cloud moved 10 feet or 10 miles, what matter was that when God spoke they moved. “At the mouth of Jehovah” is the Word of God and no one was given the right or the privilege to question where, when or why the cloud was moving for the mouth of Jehovah had spoken it.
The people had been in bondage and servitude to the Egyptians all their lives and when God delivered them from that slavery He brought them to a place where they could rest. Instead of being thankful and resting the people rose up and played as they fashioned idols after the form of calves and said, ‘these be the gods that brought us out of Egypt’. When they moved they thought they were going to the promised land, a land that none of them had ever seen and instead of rejoicing they complained against Moses, Aaron and the Lord. This is not an indictment against the people of Israel for this called out assembly in the wilderness stands as an example to the child of grace throughout all ages. When God commands that we move, it comes to pass, for who can resist His will? And when He says “be still and know I am God” all of creation stands still, yet the natural man, Adam, does not hear such a command for he, having ears to hear, cannot hear the voice of God.
This is also not an example of things happening that God is not aware of, because there is no such thing. He brought them out knowing them full well. He created them week and rebellious and so they were. He led them about by the hand of Moses and although they knew it not, they could do nothing without Him. In Him they lived. Not only in the provisions of the day, the water from the Rock, the Manna and the quail but in the every moment function of their bodies down to the most minutest particle for by Him ALL thing consist. By Him and for Him they existed and so it is today and every day because Jehovah does not change. His people have been assigned their labours and stations in life by the decree of God. He has outfitted them according to the task set before them and has empowered them with wisdom, power and faithfulness to complete ALL that He has ordained. Nothing is left to chance or the will of man for the way of man is perverse and laden with guilt (Prov. 21:8). This way of man is not in himself and it is not of the one walking to direct his steps (Jer. 10:23) but rather, as the text demonstrates, at the mouth of Jehovah they observed the charge of Jehovah. He did not leave a set of blue prints and ask man to see what he could make of it by rather, as the wise and master builder, He caused all things to fall out exactly as He intends them.
The nation of Israel wandered through the wilderness for forty years. Did God forget about them because they were wandering? When they committed whoredoms with the people of the land, or when they murmured against Him for not letting them die in Egypt, was He ignorant of their affairs? Did He know that there were some who did not have the faith to believe His Word and that He would slay them in the wilderness? There was a day when there was no ruler in Israel and each man did that which was right in his own eyes. Was God absent through this time? God forbid! he ordained each step of the way for each and every vessel, whether it contained a seed of the blessing or a child of wrath and all to His glory and honour.
In Acts 17, Paul explains that the Creator made all mankind in the exact way for in Him, he said, we ALL live and move and have our being. There is nothing on the face of the earth, above the heavens or below the earth that exists of functions on its own. This includes all things, all peoples, every intention, thought word and deed: ALL thrones, principalities and dominions, especially those of the beast and the anit-christ and all the wickedness of man. The wrath of man shall praise Him and the remainder of wrath He shall restrain. Since the heart of the wicked king Cyrus is ion His hand and since He turns it whither-soever way he decrees and since He has put it in the hearts and minds of the wicked to give the kingdoms of this world unto the beast, thus fulfilling His will, what then can escape His power and will? NOTHING.
Paul wrote to the Galatian brethren and said that he was crucified with Christ yet he did not mean his fleshly body had been killed. He as an elect seed had been baptized into the death of Christ being one with Him in all things. He had also been buried with Him and raised again unto newness of life therefore he said, “never the less I live”. But it was not him after Adam that lived but Christ that lived in Him whereby Paul had the hope of glory. And the life that the man Paul lived in the flesh, he lived by the faith of the Son of God and not by the sight of Adam. This is all because Messiah had loved him with that everlasting love which He has for all His elect and because of that love, He gave Himself for His people. The reason the child of grace moves at the mouth of Jehovah and is obedient to Him is because they have the Spirit of the Most High dwelling within them causing them to walk according to His statutes. Only those whom He has loved with that eternal love and only those for whom He gave Himself for and only those who are participants in the first resurrection are accounted as he generation of Jesus Christ and have the right, the portion and the memorial in the Kingdom of the Redeemed. Because He lives and is seated by the right hand of the Father, His children live and have the hope of the glory to come.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
May 1, 2011