“The Proverb of Solomon; A wise son makes a glad father but a foolish son is heaviness to his mother.”
It is very easy and common place in the theology of man to use the Proverbs as a standard of conduct. The constant dichotomy between the wise way and the foolish way are presented as being a matter of choice on the part of the hearer to show what manner of person they may be. The one type of conduct is obedient and practical in all matters which makes them the pride of the family while the conduct of the other is a shameful embarrassment.
The premise for this type of teaching begins with the assumption that the person who is being instructed or admonished stands in a place of neutrality from whence they may pick and chose which fork in the road is the most advantageous. This choice of the one will demonstrate if the person is wise, desiring to be obedient which leads unto blessings and respect. The other is a path of hardships and disappointments which causes temporal blessings to be withheld. While there is never any direct indication which is the correct side, it normally assumed that the way on the right hand (the place of authority) since “a wise man’s heart is at his right hand but a fool’s heart at his left” (Ecc. 10:2), is the choice of light and truth. Conversely the choice of the way to the left is the way of destruction and judgment. Herein are the choices of man weighed as he either walks in the way of the light or he stumbles in the darkness, according to the doctrine of Adam and his minions.
These premises, suppositions and conclusions are completely erroneous for they proceed from an arrogant presumption against the predestination of all things by the hand of the absolute Sovereign who has declared that the way of man is not in himself; it is not of he that walks to direct his steps (Jer. 10:23). They also deny the testimony left in the scriptures of how man, incapable of being obedient to the word of God, demonstrated this inherent inability when he did take and eat, and sin entered into the world and death by sin (inability to hit the mark). The children of man are dead in trespasses and sin, being guilty before God before they enter into the world. They are alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and being of the earth, they have no hope in God. He has filled their hearts and minds with the cares of this world and the needs of the flesh wherein they are exercised day and night, attempting to sustain and promote themselves. The children of the dust do not have the mind of God neither can they receive the things of the Spirit yet the doctrine of man teaches that the way to curry favour with the Righteous Judge of time is to choose the correct path to walk. No matter how preposterous this palaver is, it is soothing to the itching ears of the outward man.
This proverb, or authoritative aphorism, from the King of Peace (Solomon) does not infer that the son who does wisely will make his father happy, nor does it intimate that the son who makes wise decisions will show his father that he has matured to the point of being able to be trusted. The Wisdom of Solomon, by the inspiration of the Breath of Yehovah simply states that a wise son makes his father to rejoice. Is this wisdom an attribute of the natural way of man? If so, why then did Eve desire it if being wise was part of her natural chemistry? “And when the woman saw that the tree good for food and that it pleasant to the eyes and a tree to be desired to make wise, she took of the fruit thereof and did eat” (Gen. 3:6).
Perhaps wisdom is a matter similar to the fruit of the field that needs to be cultivated so that it can grow and as it matures it reveals itself to be more and more wiser? This progressive graduation of wisdom then would make it contingent upon many divers circumstances in the same manner as the natural elements affect the plants. So then, how much fruit would be needed to be consumed to make one wise? How many dispensations or treatments were needed to grant unto Solomon the great wisdom that He had? And if any lack wisdom, and they seek unto God, who gives it liberally, how long before they are wise? And what of the father as he waits for this process to come to pass? Is he made to rejoice in the hope of the eventual accomplishments? Is he called upon to assist in this process? Or is this nonsense nothing short of blasphemy before the Almighty God?
“And you shall speak unto all wise-hearted, whom I have filled with the Spirit of wisdom, that they may fashion Aaron’s garments to consecrate him that he may minister unto Me in the priest’s office” (Ex. 28:3)
Wisdom is not of the nature of Adam nor is it an acquired attribute. A wise man is one skilled in matters pertinent to his profession. He is cunning in his observations and prudent in his conduct but these all relate to the natural world.
The children of grace are skilled because God has filled them with His Spirit. It is the Breath of God who teaches them all things and leads them in the path of righteousness, for His name’s sake. He reveals to the Beloved the ways of man, complete with a daily manifestation of total uncleanliness, systemic impotence in the ways of truth and chronic apathy to the concept and mannerisms of Holiness. The children of the King are made willing in the day of His power, having a complete understanding of His Law which is written upon their hearts, and are enabled “in all manner of workmanship” they have been created unto in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah.
These are the trials and pressing down of the Father’s hand upon His Beloved as they have been made subject to the vanity of this world, being made partakers of flesh and blood, which work patience and hope. If any lack this experience then the chastening of the Father is not upon them for they are none of His. Yet in the fullness of time, when it pleases the Father to reveal Himself dwelling in His children, He gives them this learning through experience, thus they are manifested to be wise sons of God, Herein does the Father rejoice. Being glorified in His people
The children of Israel came to the base of the mount afraid and ignorant of Yehovah God. He gave them the necessary components to build the Tabernacle when He gave them favour in the eyes of the Egyptians who entreated them kindly. He brought them safely across the river and protected them from their enemies yet they had no idea of what to expect. He made them willing in the ‘shadow of God’ (Bez-a-leel), which is, ‘My Father’s tabernacle’ (Aho-li-ab), giving them all skill, cunningness and prudence through the teaching of the Spirit, with all “understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, according to all that Yehovah had commanded” (Ex. 36:1).
But were these all children of grace? Not at all! These people stand as the type of the Israel of our God, who being born of God cannot fail to hit the mark of the perfection of the Holiness of God because His seed remains in them (I John 3:9). Yet the Israel of the flesh demonstrates in Adam that no flesh shall ever be justified, for there is none righteous, no not one, neither can the blood of bulls and goats cleanse the body of the corruption of the flesh nor purge the conscience of sin. Yet God had appointed them as the type and for this purpose and unto this prescribed end, the Father rejoiced in His people and blessed them above all the nations in the world. Why? Because they were obedient and loving? No! They were a stiff-necked and rebellious people from the beginning and no amount of types and foreshadows of the ministration of condemnation or death could ever change one of them into a child of the Kingdom of light.
“Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect, yet not the wisdom of this world, nor the princes of this world which come to nought” (I Cor. 2:6)
The conduct of a son is appreciated by his father but this conduct is as changing as the tide and as unstable as the waves of the sea. Each of us may rejoice in the accomplishments of our children one moment and in the next hang our head in shame and disbelief. This is the way of man, unstable in his ways; this is not, however, the way of the election according to grace who have been firmly established upon that Anointed Rock.
The glad tidings of great joy are not according to the ways and means of the world that we live in. The preaching of the perfect sacrifice for sin, slain from before time began, is complete nonsense to the natural cognitive abilities of man. There is no correlation between the shedding of blood to forgive the inherent inability of the creature any more than the understanding that all this work was finished before man became guilty by the commission of the act. These matters are as far above the wisdom and reasoning of man as the heavens are above the earth. No amount of research or in-depth studies, meditation or soul searching can bring the foolishness of man any closer to the wisdom of the Creator who created all things for His good pleasure.
This good pleasure of God causes all things to work together unto the purpose which He purposed in Himself. He has fashioned the world as the habitation of man and has fashioned man for the habitation of the seed. He has planted the seed of the wicked one into the vessels outfitted for destruction, reserved unto judgment. He has also planted the eternal, immutable seed into the vessels afore prepared unto glory. Both seeds abide in tabernacles formed from the same lump of clay which have been properly equipped for the labours assigned during the time of habitation. They are equally subject to the progress of time, the natural needs for sustenance and mental and emotional conditions suitable to their needs. The wisdom He has put in the natural abilities of the creature are so diminutive that there exist no comparison between the brilliance of the whole of man and the so called, limitations of God; “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men and the weakness of God stronger that men” (I Cor. 1:25).
The Wisdom of God has decreed that the creature be occupied in the pursuit of the things of this world and disciplined in the inability of finding out the work which He has done from the beginning. These limitations have been ordained of old that the creature should never glory in the presence of the Creator yet these same pursuits embolden the seeker in the pride of his heart. The wisdom of the world has compiled numerous volumes of works each giving the opinions of the writers or condemning the opinions of others, each proclaiming to have the truth. Thus, from generation to generation, the princes of this world are raised up to pontificate upon their new found understanding as the people are gathered together to hear or speak something new yet there is nothing new under the sun.
“...but the foolish son, the heaviness of his mother”
The foolish condition is no different than the wise condition. There is no reference to a foolish act or a progression unto foolishness for they are both a state of being. These are not two opposing people locked in an immortal struggle for good and evil; these are two nations and two manner of people formed together in the womb. These represent the natural man of the earth and the spiritual man born from above. They are the inner man and the outward man, the one who is subservient to the law of the members and the other who delights after the Law of God. The foolish man is the natural man and just as the wise son is the rejoicing of the Father so the fool is the sorrow of the mother.
The father is the head of the family, the progenitor founder of the race. For all who are born of the seed of Adam the characteristics of the children are the same as those of the founder and the bond or the unity of the group in the mother. The foolish children are born of their father Adam (Moab – of the father) and are bonded together in their sorrow. This is the sorrow of labours for their daily bread, the sorrows of life with the taskmaster of time and the sorrows of vanity which comes to nought. God has subjected the natural man, Esau, to the labours of the field and given him great confidence in the abilities of his hands yet these cannot sustain; “what profit has he that works in all that wherein he labours?” (Ecc. 3:9)
This sorrow is not the grief of observation or the pain of identification for the ‘less fortunate’ of the world. Unto them that have eyes to see the truth, it is an observation of the earthen vessel that the children of light have been made subject unto. It is the revelation of the contempt that the natural man has for the things of grace and the arrogance of his ways, but more-so, it is the realization that there is a law in the members that cannot be broken. It is that with opened eyes, he who was blind to his condition now sees that when he desires to follow after righteousness and honour his Redeemer in every thought, word and deed, that the ability to perform this does not exist in Adam. He finds an irrefutable law that when he desires to do good, evil is present for there is a law in his members, warring against the law of his mind, bringing him into the captivity of the law of sin which is in the members. He sees the sorrows of death that surround him and the pains of the grave that have a hold upon him in nature and herein he finds, daily, trouble and sorrow (Ps. 116:3).
When it pleases the Father to open the eyes of the blind there is great rejoicing in the light of His countenance. Many desire to hear of the time and place of this in another’s life hoping that it agrees with the experience that they have had. Others hope to compare this testimony to their own in a competitive manner and thus there has been established a standard in the testimony that must be reached and exceeded in order for it to be genuine.
The testimony of the children of hope, however, is that once I was blind but now I see. They know that once they were occupied in the pursuit of happiness in this life but now they see the barren wilderness which Adam calls home. There is neither food nor water in this land for those who hunger and thirst after righteousness. There is no place for these wanderers to call home for they do not speak the language of the people being strangers and sojourners in a foreign land. They find that those things which were beneficial to them in days past, wherein they prospered, are now not only worthless unto them but they are repulsive and unclean and they have an earnest desire to return to the land of their nativity.
This is the teaching of the Breath of God unto His children born from above as he reveals that He has overcome the world and made it the servant of His people. And while this is a comfort to the creature within the outward man still is drawn after the desires of the flesh like a moth to the flame. Try as they will the natural man cannot be tamed by the good intentions or disciplines of the flesh and as the light of His glory shines brighter and brighter the wise son sees the darkness of the corruption of the flesh more and more.
“Herein you have done foolishly, therefore, from henceforth, you shall have wars” (II Chr. 16:9)
Asa was a child of grace who had been assigned the kingship in the land of Judah. He did that which was right in the eyes of Yehovah and, being a child of Wisdom, he walked in the light of the Lord. He was moved of the Breath of God to cleanse the land of the idols and to tear down the groves wherein the people offered strange fire unto their pagan images; he removed his wicked mother from being queen over the land and caused the people of Israel to enter into a covenant with Yehovah; “and they swear unto Yehovah with a loud voice and with shouting and with trumpets and cornets, and all Judah rejoiced at the oath, for they swore with all their heart and sought Him with their whole desire and he was found of them and Yehovah gave the rest all around” (15:14f)
Asa lead Judah in many battles against the invaders of the Promised Land and Yehovah delivered the adversaries into his hands. He also stirred the hearts of the people of Israel, namely Benjamin, Manasseh and Simeon, to return unto the folds of Judah and come unto the Temple in Jerusalem to offer up the sacrifices before the Lord; “so they gathered themselves together at Jerusalem in the third month in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa”. Truly Asa (the healer) was a child of grace whom the Lord had blessed to be the leader of the people, causing him to walk before Him is truth but at the appointed time, Yehovah brought forth the adversary that would prove Asa the man.
God raised up a wicked one (Ba-asha) whom He set up as king over Israel who did not like the fact that port of his empire had defected. He came against Asa and built a hill (Ramah) overlooking the city to prevent the inhabitants of Jerusalem from leaving and preventing relief to come from without. The ruler over the sin of Jeroboam, wherein he caused all Israel to follow after the counterfeit representation of the types and foreshadows of the law, was filled with fury and wrath because God had caused the son of My right hand (Benjamin), the first born of Israel (Ephraim) and the first born of the other son (Manasseh) to repent of their ways and return unto Yehovah God of Israel.
Did Asa, the champion of faith and hope, call upon the name of Yehovah to send forth His chariots and fight for His people? No! Had this very thing happened in his sight not a few years earlier when Yehovah gave him the victory over the Ethiopians? Of course it has for the Lord gives evidence to His people for when the sons of Cush, having empty hearts, came to oppose the nation of Praise, the hand of Yehovah was mighty to deliver. Yet at this time, a time appointed of the Father to prove the nature and attitudes of the flesh, Asa ran off to seek the assistance of his fellow children of the dust to oppose the eternal decree of God.
When Asa was overtaken in this fault, he acted as one without strength (foolishly). His eyes were drawn away like Peter’s on the water, to see the troubles that presented them before him and he was given to return to the dust for help. Did he lose his salvation? Did the Father disown him and cast him out? Or was this the proof that the natural man is the fool and sorrow is the common bond of the family?
When the Father is pleased to show His Beloved children the corruption of this world and the vanity of the flesh there is great rejoicing in the testimony of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah for it is a finished work. And when it pleases Him to show the wretchedness of man with the uncleanness of his ways and the impotence of his strength there is great sorrow. The more He reveals Himself unto His children the more sorrow is seen and felt “for in wisdom there is much grief and he that increases knowledge increases sorrow” (Ecc. 1:18).
God left the people of the land to prove Israel that they were indeed bone of the same bone and flesh of the same flesh. The fact that the Lord showed forth His love upon this people in type of the true Israel was to show His long-suffering and kindness not to exalt the man. The dichotomous relationship between the two sons is the contrast between the light and the darkness, the good and the evil and the wise and the foolish. The children of hope walk in the Wisdom of God by faith in the Son of God because the “eyes of Yehovah run to and fro throughout the whole earth to shew Himself strong in the behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him”. He is not seeking to find recruits nor is He looking to find strong candidates for His company. He came to seek and to save the lost for whom He shed His precious blood. He draws them by the cords of man, though they do not know it, and He finds them, in the day of their nativity in this world, “in the day you were born your navel was not cut, neither were you washed in water to supple; you were not salted at all nor swaddled at all; no eye pitied you to do any of these unto you, to have compassion upon you, but you were cast into an open field to the loathing of your person, in the day you were born” (Ezek 16:4).
The love of the Father and His rejoicing is in His Beloved, which is the called-out assembly of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah. This is His body for whom He was slain to preserve them in Him and protect them form the wrath of God which is poured out against the ungodliness of man. They are His Bride which is bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh for He is the life of the body and they have been made partakers of flesh and blood. These being whom He did foreknow, them also did he predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son; that they should endure the contradiction of sin against themselves being made subject to the vanity of this world. They are wise in Him being of the incorruptible seed; therefore they love Him with all their heart, all their mind and all their soul. Yet they are foolish in the Adam and until such time as they put off the tabernacle of this dwelling they shall continue to be shown the foolish son who hates reproof.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
October 22, 2017