“More to be desired than gold, yea, than much fine gold:”
This declaration of the Spirit of God is to the perfection of His nature and the Holiness of His way. David has set forth the indisputable axioms of His Law, His testimony, His statutes, commandments, fear and His judgments which are manifested in the work which He has done. These are the immutable attributes of the fullness of the Godhead that cannot be altered in any manner by God (for He cannot deny Himself) or any part of His creation for “Yehovah of hosts has sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so it shall come to pass and as I have purposed, shall it stand: …For Yehovah of hosts has purposed and who shall disannul? And His hand is stretched out and who shall turn it back?” (Is.14:24 & 27).
The immutability of God and His way is the comfort and assurance for every child of grace. His Word is consistent from the beginning and He has not changed one jot or one tittle of it. He set it forth in the garden and so it was unto Noah when he destroyed the earth. He confirmed it with an oath and a covenant in the pattern given in the mount and proclaimed it through the mouth of His servants the prophets. That Word is sure and firm from the beginning and it is “I am God and there is none else, I am God and there is none like Me” (Is.46:9). Therefore when that Word became flesh and dwelt among the inhabitants of this world, He came not with something new but to fulfill all that was manifested in the types and shadows of the Law, all that was written of Him in the prophets and all that the Father gave Him to both do and say; which three are one.
David’s proclamation here is not an admonition to the children of the dust to muster up in and of themselves a love and yearning for the Word of God. He is not calling upon Adam to lay aside his natural desires and replace them with an heavenly desire for spiritual things. The theological pontificates have relentlessly expended copious amounts of time in the instruction and exhortation of the sons of Edom as to how they can find peace in ‘spending some time in the word’, find comfort in a ‘successful prayer life’ and find ‘victory in Jesus’ simply by surrendering their all unto Him. These sentiments are diametrically opposed to the axioms which the Spirit has caused David to set forth as peace “for whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Rms. 15:4). The comfort of every one who is born from above is manifested as the Spirit within causes them to “Behold you God” and the peace which they have with God is because of the finished work of the Lamb of God slain and risen from the foundation of the world. This is the work which He has done from the beginning which no son of man can find out for God has limited his carnal mind and filled it with the things of this world.
The natural mind of Adam is of the earth and therefore it is focused upon the earth. God has given man the desires for those things which sustain his life and even though some are considered involuntary, they are still after the nature that God gave to man. The way of man is after the course of this world and although his imaginations may be on outer space and extra-terrestrial beings yet even these are portrayed in a manner fashioned after man himself. So David is not appealing to the natural mind or passions of man to develop an understanding and love for that which he is incapable of knowing, receiving or loving. He is however, continuing the sentiments that preceded these statements.
The nature, characteristics and way of God commands and controls all things. He has purposed all things in and of Himself for the glory of His name. He is the unity of all things joined together and nothing comes to pass but by the power of His will as “the works of His hands are verity and judgment; all His commandments are sure” (Ps. 111:7). David continues the description of the beauty of His Holiness by saying, “and the preciousness (of the true and righteous judgments of Yehovah) exceedingly abounds in splendour and brilliance more than refined gold”. The beauty of the perfection of God is greater than the most precious thing of all His creation and the glory thereof exceeds such that the glory of the creation appears as no glory at all.
The example of this was given in the glory as seen in the face of Moses when he came down from the mount. God had caused his face to shine as a testimony that he indeed had spoken with I AM, but that glory faded away; therefore “Moses put a veil over his face that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished” (II Cor. 3:13). This glory of the former or first covenant is that glory that fades away for it is temporal. The glory of Solomon’s Temple was the greatest that was seen of man as he dug many mines to harvest the gold of this world. The garments of the priests, all the furniture of the pattern and the walls of the Temple all shimmered with the brilliance of this world but that splendour is gone. The glory of the former house cannot compare with the beauty of the latter house “who is there among you that saw this house in her first glory? And how do you see it now? Is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing” (Hag. 2:3). The later house does not have the glory of this world for it is that Tabernacle not made with hands of which Jesus spoke, saying, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19).
This is the body of the Anointed Servant of Yehovah. It is His bride in whom is neither spot nor blemish, who has been glorified with the glory that the Godhead possesses from the beginning. This is that New Jerusalem which John saw coming down from heaven being granted to be adorned in the righteousness of the saints, which is the imputed righteousness of Messiah; “having the glory of God and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal” (Rev. 21:11). This is the preciousness of the judgments of God which exceed the brilliance of all of creation as far as the east is from the west and as high as the heavens are above the earth.
That which is born of man delights in the things that are of this habitation, therefore Adam kept the garden and ate that which was of the field. He chose of his own free will according to his nature that which was right in his own eyes when he lusted after the forbidden fruit. He doubted the word of God and desired that which was logical and tangible over the commandment and provisions of God. He fashioned that which was of the creation as his defense before God and argued foolishly that God was in error for what he had made and therefore was to blame for what had happened. Cain followed suit when he brought forth that which he reasoned and concluded was right in his own eyes before the Lord in his sacrifice and was wroth with God when he rejected it. As the wickedness of man increased and covered the whole earth, exactly as God had decreed, empowered and caused to come to pass, “the earth also was corrupt before God and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth and behold it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted His way upon the earth” (Gen. 6:11f). When Noah was delivered from the Ark, he followed his natural instincts and planted a vineyard; Esau was a cunning hunter and lived from the things of the field when there was no king in the land every man did that which was right in his own eyes; this is the number of man. Thus when God, in the fullness of time, looked, He found none righteous, no not one. He saw none that sought after righteousness and none to help for He had concluded all under sin from the beginning. Therefore He brought salvation to Himself by His right arm and by His righteousness His children are healed of that blemish in Adam.
These children delight in the Law of God in that inner man who is renewed daily. They hunger and thirst after righteousness because their affections are set on things from above. They have been made subject to the vanities of this habitation with all the weaknesses, infirmities and inabilities of Adam which makes them groan within, awaiting the manifestation of the sons of God. There is a constant struggle with the law that they find in the members which wars against the law of their mind as an ever present reminder that the very essence of their earthen vessels is carnal, sold under sin.
These have been made subject to this vanity in hope of their return to their Father’s house. They long after Jerusalem which is not of this world, to hear the name that is above every name and to sing with the pure tongue praises of their Beloved Savior and Redeemer. Thus the desire, delight and pleasure of the children of this hope is in the preciousness of that brilliance which far exceeds anything of this present evil generation, which has been tried and proven (fine gold) in God.
The Beloved has been tried and proven in the furnace of affliction. He has been tempted in all points like unto the passions, impulses and needs of the earthen vessels of His children in Adam, yet without sin. He has been touched with the feelings of our infirmities and from generation to generation He has proven Himself to be Yehovah God. Therefore the prophets saw Him as one who was ablaze in the fire, as one who walked in the furnace and as He whose feet had been brazened in the furnace. He has endured all the trials and tribulations of each and every temptation of man for He came in the likeness of sinful man, to condemn sin in the flesh (Rms. 8:3).
He is that refiners fire by which He has proven Himself just, faithful and true and so is His seed in Him, therefore His name is Faithful and True (Rev. 19:11). He has taken the cup of the fullness of the fury of the wrath of God against all the unrighteousness of man and He has drunk it all. He was bruised for the guilt of His people in Adam and raised again for their justification; therefore they have peace with God. They also have been chosen in the furnace of affliction as the fire consumes the wood hay and stubble to reveal the treasure within. The wood, hay and stubble are those things of the weak and beggarly elements of this world wherein Adam thinks himself righteous. They are the whole of the house of Esau (Ob. 18) who has been deceived by the pride of his heart to think more highly of himself than he ought and they are the works of man; “every man’s work shall be made manifest for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is” (I Cor. 3:13).
This is ordained of God to manifest the treasure within the earthen vessel. It is for the proving of the faith through trials and tribulations ordained of old “wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, you are in heaviness through manifold temptation: that the trying of your faith, being more precious than gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto the praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ”. They are the manifestation of the chastening hand of the “Father, who without respect of persons judges according to every man’s work” and they demonstrate the gold, silver and precious stones of the household of the King; “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding eternal weight of glory, while we look not at the things which are seen but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal but the things which are unseen eternal” (II Cor. 4:17f).
“sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb”
The need of the natural body for sugars is well documented and the purer the form of this sweetness the better. They are a form of energy and absolutely necessary in the repair and maintenance of the body yet being of the natural elements of this creation, they are temporal in effect. The judgments of Yehovah God, however, are not so restricted and their sweetness is far greater than any earthly substance.
The testimony of the Spirit of God is that His absolute sovereign command and control over all of His creation is an “overflowing pleasure”. We know that honey comes from the honeycomb as it is produced by the hard instinctive work of the bees in complete cooperation with the flowers of the fields and the elements of the environment. The all inclusive nature of all necessary elements from seed to plant to flower to scent to bee to collection to building of honeycomb and the quantity needed to cause it to be ‘dripping over’ and ‘flowing down’ is a demonstration of the all-inclusive nature of the way, decree, statutes and judgments of Almighty God. There is no element left to chance as every last detail is meticulously ordered fast and sure in the perfectly joined together unity of Yehovah God.
The testimony of the perfect Holiness of God is not affected by any of His creation for He is above all these things yet He has orchestrated all things to work in complete harmony for good to His Beloved. The overflowing sweetness or pleasing nature of His commandments, statutes and judgments are the very essence of His person. When He gave the pattern unto Moses on the mount He also spoke of the promise unto Abraham, Isaac and Jacob of that Promised Land which was “flowing with milk and honey”. This stood as a type of the inheritance of the children of the kingdom which the Father was pleased to give unto them. The abundance of the land in nature represented the abundance of the spiritual blessing He has blessed His people with in the heavenlies according to the vastness of His fullness. The children of Israel inherited the land and through the uncleanness of Adam they polluted the inheritance as God had decreed. Since God has concluded all under sin and by the works of the law no flesh shall ever be justified, the glory of the type fades in comparison to the brilliance of the reality of the inheritance of the children of light. That glory cannot be tarnished and Adam shall never lay his hands upon it.
The children of the King however, have been born of the Spirit of God of that incorruptible seed. Because that seed remains in them they cannot commit sin (I John 3:9) for in the day of Yehovah, when he shook the earth, then did He “punish the world for evil and the wickedness of their iniquity and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible, and I will make a man more precious than fine gold, even a man than a golden wedge of Ophir” (Is. 13:11f). This ‘fine gold’ is purified or refined and the golden wedge of Ophir is that which is removed from the ashes of the Refiner’s fire, thus in the day when the finished works were made manifest, the sons of God were revealed as that of brilliance (gold), value or worth (silver) and hewn from that Rock which is Anointed (precious living stones). This is the inheritance of the children and it is God; the fullness of His glory, the priceless value of His love and the Children born from above.
He is that land of milk and honey, ‘abundantly white and flowing sweetness’ for He is the inheritance of his people. His Word, which is alive and full of power, is nourishment and strength to their soul (Ps. 119:103) as they hunger and thirst after righteousness. David was not entering into some neo-evangelical revival attempt to motivate man to desire the Word nor was he presenting the elusive carrot before the weary children as they wander through this world. The natural man does not know the things of the Spirit, he cannot worship God aright for the Spirit is not of man. He has discarded the corner stone of the Temple of Yehovah as being unfit for use in his world and built his house upon the sands of this world (Matt. 7;26).
David was speaking peace and comfort to those who have this warfare within wherein they are shown daily that in them, that is in their flesh, dwells no good thing. This struggle is not against flesh and blood, but is within themselves as when they would do good the Spirit shows them evil within and the good that they would do they do not find how to do it. While at the same time they find that they delight after that which cannot be seen and hope for that which is not of this world after that inward spiritual man. This is that seed which was born of God which is growing in the grace and knowledge of His will. Herein is the discernment of the truth and the understanding of the number of man as God “though your commandments has made me wiser than my enemies (Esau) for they are ever with me” (Ps. 119:98)
“Moreover by them is Your servant warned and in keeping them is great reward”
The school-master which brings every son of God unto the Anointing is there to make an open demonstration of the mark or blemish upon the Beloved in Adam. The wisdom which God gives to His children is to know this mark of the evil beast, which is the number of man (Rev. 13:18). This is not the wisdom of the education and experiences of Adam for he cannot even know his own wicked heart which is deceitful above all things (Jer. 17:9). He cannot add one inch to his height, he cannot control the thoughts of his wandering mind and he cannot even harness the wickedness of his tongue; he is of the earth and his ways are carnal; God has filled his mind with the things of this world and he is inherently incapable of receiving or understanding the things of God: therefore this wisdom is not of man.
This is the wisdom and spiritual understanding that the Spirit of God gives to all His children as He reveals the bondage of the corruption of the body of this death. By this spiritual understanding they are taught, warned, admonished and enlightened as the servants of the Most High God as to the exceeding sinfulness of sin, the vanity of this world and the weakness and frailties of this flesh. The more they grow in the grace and knowledge of His will the more He enlightens them to the vanity they have been made subject unto as they groan within themselves waiting to put off this tabernacle and be freed from the body of this death.
Because the Lamb of God was slain for the sin of His people, the children are not slaves unto their inability in Adam. They have been set free from the bondage of this servitude and at liberty in Him who is “declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead” (Rms. 1:4). They have been buried with Him in the baptism of His death and they have been raised again unto newness of life in He who is the first resurrection. Thus sin has no dominion over them and they are not the slaves unto it for “being then made free from sin (by the death of the Elect Servant of God) you are become the servants of righteousness” (Rms. 6:20). The abounding consequence of this liberty by the precious shed blood of the Lamb of God is that the elder shall serve the younger. The ‘great reward’ is not the heretical teachings of Edom wherein God shall hand out rewards for all the good works His children have done so that they may cast their crowns of glory at His feet. (Such doctrines cater to Adam, stroking his ego and feeding the pride of his heart wherein he has been deceived. This should be left in the dung heap of the putrefying stench of all the works of righteousness which he has done but the sons of the dust thrive on these flattering words upon their itching ears.) God has blessed His people with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies and He is their reward (Ps. 58:11)
The abundant consequence of the observing, keeping, guarding and performing the work which God has created the seed in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah unto is because of the eternal life within. The seed has been created in Christ Jesus unto good works and they bring forth the peaceable fruit of righteousness which the world can not see, discern or desire. They do not keep the Law, commandments, statutes, precepts and judgments of God by the strength of man nor by the arm of the flesh but as the Spirit teaches them all things, comparing spiritual with spiritual, so they understand the testimony of the finished work. Herein has Messiah fulfilled the Law in all righteousness and because He is immutable He continues to keep His Law perfectly; therefore His children keep the commandments of God and live in them (Lev. 18:5).
The old or former covenant stood in carnal activities which openly manifested that by the deeds of the Law no flesh should be justified before God. The new covenant is life and peace for He has removed the heart of stone and given an heart of flesh; He has given a new Spirit and has written His statutes upon that heart: He has given His people His Spirit who causes them to walk according to His commandments (Ezek. 36:25ff), therefore “the dragon was wroth with the woman and went to make war with the remnant of her seed which keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev.12:17).
The promise of the New Covenant is not the dust of the earth in the middle east. The promise unto the Beloved was that all the enemies of His son, the King of Peace, would be under his feet, “and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days. He shall build and house for My name and He shall be My Son and I His father and I will establish the throne of His kingdom over Israel forever. Now, My Son, Yehovah be with you and prosper You and build the house of Yehovah Your God as He has said unto You. Only Yehovah give You wisdom and understanding and give You charge concerning Israel that You may keep the Law of Yehovah Your God” (I Chr. 22:9ff). Solomon the man failed in his attempts though he was given to set forth the sign; the King of Peace has not failed for He has finished all that the Father gave Him to do and is now seated at the right hand of the Father. He is given Him power over all flesh and He has done all for His Beloved and the glory of the Godhead is one; “for as the body is one and has many members and all the members of that one body: so also Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether Jew or Gentile, whether bond or free and have been all made to drink into one Spirit” (I Cor. 12:12).
“This is the Word of Yehovah unto Zerub-babel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit saith Yehovah of Hosts” (Zech. 4:6).
Many call this doctrine unfair as they attempt to judge God by the standards of Adam. Yet the question is begged and remains unanswered by the scholars, theologians and philosophers of the doctrine of man; Does not God have the right to do with His creation that which seems good in His sight? As He has intended, shall it not come to pass? How then call you this unfair?
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
September 6, 2015