There are a number of men in the history of the nation of Israel and Judah who were given this name. Each one was employed in the “work of Yehovah” which He had assigned them. These “servants of Yehovah” were properly equipped by the Spirit of the Most High God for the work during the time of their habitation. In the day of His power, they were made willing and able to perform “Yehovah’s work”; thusly are they all named, ‘Ovad-yah’ the servant (workers) of Yehovah and/or the work of Yehovah.
This work is marvelous to behold and quite contrary to the nature and manner of Adam. Obadiah, who greatly feared Yehovah God, is present during the time of the insidious king Ahab as he hid an hundred prophets of the Lord from the lecherous evil queen, Jezebel. Here in the caves he hid them in bands of fifty and fed them with bread and water (I Kings 18). It was the ‘work of Yehovah’ through the mouth of the ‘servant of Yehovah’ which told Ahab of the location of Elijah and brought them together as the majesty of God was displayed and His will manifested in the destruction of the prophets of Baal.
The praise is not unto the man as the one who works for the ways of man are not in himself neither does he direct his steps. Rather, the praise and glory is unto the King of Kings as His people are they who ‘dwell in Yehovah’ (Shechaniah), are the ‘servants of Yehovah’ as the ‘perpetual lion’ (Arnan), ‘healed of Yehovah’ (Rephaiah), ‘delivered and preserved by Yehovah’ (Yesaiah and Pelatiah) and all this is exclusively for those ‘favoured of Yehovah’ (Hananiah) (I Chr. 3:21).
The work is the labour assigned, the labourers are they which are afore properly equipped unto the task and the performance of the work is according to He that works all things after the counsel of His own will. There is no praise unto the axe that felled the tree or the saw against the wood (Is. 10:15) for the ‘work of Yehovah’ is unto the praise and glory of His name. He has raised up Pharaoh, Ahab, Nebuchadnezzar and Cyrus, “to shew forth His wrath and to make His power known” throughout all the world. He brought forth the work by their hands as He had predestined them so to do ‘that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had afore prepared unto glory” (Rms. 9:22ff). He rules in the armies of heaven and over the inhabitants of this world setting up the basest of men over the kingdoms. He is God and there is none like Him. He declares the end from the beginning and from ancient times that are not done, saying, My counsel shall stand and I will do all My pleasure; calling the ravenous bird from the east, the man that executes My counsel from a far country; Yea, I have spoken, I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, I will perform (Is. 46:10).
“The vision of Obadiah; thus saith the Lord God concerning Edom”
This is not the Word of God to His servant as a proclamation of judgment and destruction against a certain race of people because of their heritage, nor is it condemnation because of some past omission or commission which has scarred them for life. This is the manifestation, in types and foreshadows, of the nature, instincts and conduct of Adam as God created him to walk upon this earth. These types are set forth in the example of the nation of people who were descendants from the brother of Jacob yet Esau himself stands as a type of the flesh which is contrary to the child of promise. Therefore, these things written concerning Esau and Jacob are a mirror for every child of grace as they have been made subject to the vanity of this world being made partakers of flesh and blood. Anyone who boasts of a hope in the life to come but does not have the testimony of the animosity and warfare between the natural and the Spiritual has not the Spirit of God dwelling within. They which have not the Spirit are none of His (Rms. 8:9).
Esau is Edom. He was formed in the womb with Jacob, the child of promise and was made manifest first. He is a cunning hunter and has been given to satisfy his needs through the fruit of the field. His desires are upon that which is of the world, his mind and heart are carnal and his labours are of the dust of the earth. He does not care for the things of the Spirit, his affections are not on the things from above and he cannot receive the things of the Spirit, neither can he know them. He has despised his birth-right for the satisfaction of his belly, he has forfeited the blessing of his father, though he sought it with tears, and he is been made the servant of the younger all the days of his life. For this, he continues to desire the right of the first-born with all the power, authority and prominence that accompanies the office. He craves the inheritance of his father’s house, though he only sees that which is temporal, and because his brother has been made “lord over him” and all his brethren have been made his servants, “Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him, and Esau said in his heart, the days of mourning for my father are at hand, then shall I slay my brother” (Gen. 2741). Esau could not kill his brother then and cannot kill him now. Though there be one who is granted the power of the hand of God to kill the body yet there is none but God who can leave the soul in the eternal torments of judgment. Jacob is of the eternal incorruptible seed which cannot die for “whosoever lives and believes in Me shall never die” (John 11:26).
Esau is strong and his forces appear formidable but he has no power over his master as he has been properly suited to be his servant. He is suspected to be on a constant quest to kill the children of the kingdom and fear accompanies his presentation yet he is made small among the people as he has no strength in and of himself. He has been blessed with many ‘dukes’ who have been seated in the prominent seats of this world but he is greatly despised of the saints of light, the peculiar people of the generation of Jesus Christ. He is not satisfied with the meat of the field as his body and soul labour for that which cannot sustain and, having neither the bread that fills and the water that quenches, his soul ‘loathes this light bread’ of the manna. He has rejected the Rock and craves the dust, he cannot see the garments of righteousness as he clothes himself with an apron of fig leaves as he is lifted up in the arrogance of pretense before God.
“The pride of thine heart has deceived you that dwell in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high and that said in his heart; Who shall bring me down to the ground?”
The pride of Adam, this earthen vessel wherein dwells the fullness of the Godhead, bodily, before the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was eaten and his eyes opened, was evidenced in the discourse between the serpent and the woman. She, having Adam there with her, embellished the Word of God by asserting that He had said that they could not touch the fruit, lest they die. She had no right to add to the Word of God and she did not possess the knowledge of the evil she was performing but when she heard the words of the crooked serpent, who was also created as they were, she hearkened unto his words. She then looked upon the fruit of the tree and seeing it was good for food, pleasing to the eyes and a tree desired to make one wise, “she took of the fruit thereof and did eat and gave also unto her husband with her and he did eat” (Gen. 3:5). She acted out the assigned labour in complete accord with the manner in which she was created, without the knowledge of good and evil in a manifestation of the pride of Adam/Esau/Edom. Adam hearkened unto her voice, being of one mind, heart and desire for he saw what she saw and desired what she desired. He was tempted and was drawn away of his own lust and enticed. Then, when that lust did conceive it brought forth sin and sin, when it was finished, brought forth death (James 1:14f). This was and still is in compliance with the design specifications of the Creator of the Universe who saw all that He had created and called it exceedingly good.
The banishment of Adam from the garden and the protection of the tree of life were absolutely necessary for man, having his eyes open and seeing his nakedness, acted with his new found knowledge, in emulation of the Most High God. He fashioned himself a covering in the aprons of fig leaves, he attempted to hide himself from the presence of the Omnipresent God and he attempted to approach the throne of justice and plead his innocence. He said in his heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God, I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the side of the north (judgment), I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High God (Is. 14:12). Adam was so deceived by the pride of his heart coupled together with his knowledge of good and evil that his actions were identical to the nature of Satan. The beauty of his excellence was the lifting up of his heart as he thought he dwelt in the safety of the clefts of the rock, his habitation was on high and his fortress impregnable.
“Though you exalt yourself as the eagle and though you set your nest among the stars, thence will I bring you down, saith Yehovah”
Adam was indeed the last and the greatest of God’s creations. All that came before was in preparation for the arrival of man onto the stage of creation as God prepared a place for Adam. Through the ordained will of God, by the means which He decreed, empowered and enacted, man exalted himself to be like the eagle. He was deceived to believe that the strength of his hand could accomplish the desires of his heart and be pleasing before God. He expected that this conduct would elevate him to the position of the hosts of heaven, which Yehovah calls by name, where he would make his home. He makes confederacies with the men of this world, especially those of religious practices, to gain acceptance and notoriety. His righteousness is judged by his monetary gain and numerical advances as he heaps unto himself the works of his own hands in order to find rest. Thus the earthen vessel which the children of grace have been made partakers of is driven by its carnal desires, limited knowledge and finite understanding to be like the sons of God.
The promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was that God would make them fruitful and their children would be as the sands of the seas and the stars of the heavens. This was manifestly declared to be fulfilled when the King of Peace (Solomon) brought forth the testimony of the covenant (the Ark) and placed it in the temple of the Lord. He testified, as the glory of the Lord filled that temple, that not one word of the good promises of Yehovah God had fallen to the ground or failed to come to pass because Yehovah God was a God who keeps His covenant (I Kings 8). He had made the nation great and the sons of Jacob as the stars of the heavens. He had brought them forth out of Egypt with the mighty hand of the eagle, He had covered them with His wings and He had provided for them making them the nation that they were.
But that house was temporal and is now passed away because the abominations have made it desolate, therefore it is cast forth. This stands as the type of the tabernacle of this dwelling for those things which are highly esteemed of the natural man, those things wherein he is drawn after, are abominations before the Lord. Amazingly though, the natural man is constantly drawn back to those same weak and beggarly elements of the law of ceremony and ritual, the keeping of which may make the natural man feel like one of the children of Israel, that is, stars of the heavens, as he emulates the handwriting of ordinances. But the deeds of the law, the first principles of the doctrine of Jesus Christ, can never make the doer thereof perfect or purge the conscience of sin. The works of the hands of the flesh are polluted and corrupt and the ministration of condemnation is the perfect arena for the manifestation of this corruption. He is dust and to the dust he shall return as the tabernacle of this dwelling is dissolved but just as the house of Israel was slowly corrupted and destroyed, so this clay pot is being consumed as the outward man perishes daily.
“But who may abide in the day of His coming and who shall stand when His shall appear? For he is like a refiners fire and fullers’ soap and He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver and shall purge the sons of Levi; purge them as gold and silver that they may offer unto Yehovah and offering of righteousness” (Mal. 3:2).
The children of the King have no spot nor blemish. They are born of incorruptible seed which cannot commit sin, for they cannot deny their Father in them. The earthen vessels have been cleansed of all unrighteousness by the shed blood of the Lamb of God who stands as He had been slain from the foundation of the world and they are covered with the blood of the atonement from the wrath of God. Yet in the habitation of this dwelling, they find that in them, that is in their flesh, dwells no good thing. They find that when they would do good, evil is present and that those things which they would not do, they do and consent unto the law that it is good. This they are taught, is not of the seed within but is because of the sin that dwells in their members. They can never measure up to the perfect standard of the holiness of God because they are carnal, sold under sin. Herein do they groan, waiting for the deliverance from the bondage of this corruption and the manifestation of the sons of God. And so, the house of the children of promise, Jacob, and the house of the next or other son, Joseph, (which speaks of the mystery of the gospel wherein all nations should be partakers of the same Spirit of God) are this fire whereby the wood, hay and stubble, the house of Esau, is consumed. Messiah stands as one whose eyes are ablaze with fire (Dan. 10:6), His feet are as fine brass though they had been brandished in a fire (Rev. 1:15) and “about Him is the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round within it, from the appearance of His loins even downward, I saw, as it were, the appearance of fire and it had brightness round about” (Ez. 2:27). He has refined His people and chosen them in the furnace of affliction (Is. 48:10) that the glory be not in the flesh. All flesh is grass which is consumed as it is consumed in the fire of the oven. The glory thereof vanished as the Son of Righteousness rises which healing in His wings. So also are the works of the flesh, being wood, hay and stubble, consumed by the Refiners’ fire. He demonstrates His love for His children as He proves the faith within through the trials and tribulations which are for the perfection of the saints of light.
The Kingdom of God is not of this world and flesh and blood shall never inherit it. The fire of the glory of God, upon the vessels afore prepared unto glory, is so that there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau, for Yehovah has spoken. The warfare is not for those vessels which have been outfitted for destruction for they are of their father, the Devil. They find comfort in the things of this world and have their reward. The fire that shall be upon them cannot be quenched as the eternal damnation of the lake of fire shall never end. The fire of the furnace of affliction shall be completed when all the stubble has been consumed. Then shall be manifest the Sons of God, for He shall appear a second time, without sin. All who look for His appearance shall see Him as He is, in the beauty of His Holiness, as they stand before the throne of glory, clothes in the fine linen, clan and white, which is the righteousness of the saints. Then shall they be delivered from the body of this death and be changed to be like the Son of God.
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations, knowing that the trying of your faith works patience; but let patience have perfect way, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1:2).
He demonstrates His love to His people and will never leave nor forsake them even when they cry out after the flesh that His yoke is to heavy and the labour to difficult. His love never fails and no man can separate Him from His Beloved.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
June 22, 2014