“God, be not silent; God hold not Your peace nor be still, O God”.
This is once again a song of praise to the ‘Gatherer’ (Asaph) for the manifestation of His work to His people. It is the proclamation of the sovereign power of the Almighty who alone has the right to do with His creation that which He has ordained to be necessary. The writer acknowledges that there is one other unto whom he may turn for redress as Yehovah God is the source of all truth and justice, but this is not a plea for God to take up arms against all the other inhabitants because Israel is righteous.
The call unto God to ‘be not silent’ is not due to the fact that He has been remiss in His responsibilities or that he has failed to react fast enough to the condition of the oppressed. It is a statement of the ever living presence of the Ancient of Days who is completely familiar with every thought, word and deed of His creation for by the power of His will everything comes to pass. It is the understanding that He alone has the right to enact His righteous vengeance upon the wickedness of man even as the creature, being ignorant of His ways, taunts the Creator for His apparent inactivity. This is the nature of man and all things remain unchanged from the beginning.
The concept of justice is foreign to the ways of man. Each man is convinced that his own way is the proper course which all others should be following. The deviation from this just cause is therefore reason to make petition for the justice of God. The eyes of man desire to see the hand of God come down and scourge the enemies of the truth yet the natural man has no idea what the truth is. Many have concluded, and that because a way or conviction is given unto them that the things which they believe must be true, that God is on their side therefore any who oppose their way of thinking, oppose the truth and justice. The diminutive cognitive abilities of Adam have concluded that the fellow inhabitants of the wilderness must join themselves unto him so that he may lead them into all truth for he has been set up as the role model for others as a champion of propriety. This is the lie wherein the pride of the heart of man has been deceived to think himself equal with God and to constantly attempt to ascend to the throne to rule as only God can.
When in the course of human events, catastrophe strikes by the forces of nature in the earthquake, the storm or the eruptions of the earth, the superstitions of the creature believes that God is now showing His judgment against the ‘bad people’. When there is a breakout of epidemic or the advancement of an incurable disease, it is the omen that God has had enough of this wickedness and is now bringing forth His wrath. The testimony of the scripture is, however, that “the wrath of God IS revealed from heaven against ALL ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who hold the truth in unrighteousness:” (Rms. 1:18). This is an every day moment by moment occurrence that cannot be halted.
God has not selected a few of the sons of Adam as the evidence of His wrath nor has He quarantined a select group of activities or dispositions to serve as the targets of His indignation. His wrath, which is just and eternal, is made manifest, not from this world but from the heavenly abode, against each and every son of Adam, who, knowing that which is good, desires the things of this world and the pleasures thereof. In the same manner as the demonstration of His wrath against the house of Pharaoh of Egypt as it was poured out upon the whole land and all peoples and even the dwelling places of the children of Israel, so the wrath of God is against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of the house of Adam. The shanties wherein the sons of Jacob dwelt were indeed subject to the plagues which God sent upon the land but the children within were preserved by the blood of the lamb struck on the side door posts and the upper lintel. This was in representation of the sons of God dwelling in their earthen tabernacles, who, having been sealed by the shed blood of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, are preserved in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah having no condemnation. Yet the wrath of God is continually upon the tabernacle of this dwelling and the ways of man revealing and reproving them in judgment, showing that they fail to measure up to the perfection of holiness as demanded by the Lord our Righteousness.
“For Your enemies make a tumult and they that hate You have lifted up the head” (83:2)
The enemies of the truth are all who love the darkness of this world. This is not an accusation against a group of people “for this is the condemnation that light is come into the world and men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil” (John 3:19). The enemy of God is any who oppose the truth and, in deference to the Law of God, worship the creature rather than the Creator. Since no man is capable to love Yehovah God with all his heart and all his mind and all his soul, then all stand guilty before God. Does man stand contrite before God, humbly beseeching His mercy? No! He is loud and hostile (tumult) to the ways of truth. He desires that which is right in his own eyes following the instincts of nature rather than that which God has revealed to be proper. The nature of man is as boisterously loud as the raging as the waves of the sea. Being unstable in all his ways he is tossed to and fro as he strives to assert himself before God and his fellow man. Established fast in this arrogance his head is not bowed down before the King of the Universe for, as the sons of Anak, he has his neck stretched and his head raised to see where he is going, what shall befall him and where God has failed to keep up His end of the deal. Instead of walking by faith be walks in rebellion.
What is it that Adam seeks? Fame, fortune, prominence and glory? These things are the trinkets that are esteemed necessary for the comfortable passage through this life but what Adam desires is to be like God. This is why Eve looked “and saw that the tree was good for food and that it was pleasant to the eyes and a tree to be desired to make one wise” (Gen. 3:6). She desired to be as gods, knowing good and evil and so instead of taking and eating of the tree of life, she partook of the fruit that condemned her, not only for disobedience to God, but also by giving the knowledge of that which is good and that which is evil.
The seed of Adam has ever since been taking ‘crafty counsel’ against the children of light who know the truth and being the sons of God, are indeed equal with God; “Brethren now are we the sons of God” (I John 3:2). These have been adorned in fine linen clean and white while the dust of Adam is still modeling aprons of fig leaves. Even though no flesh shall be justified by the deeds of the Law, man continues to bring the fruit of the land (as Cain) being sensual, carnal and temporal, before the Holy One as works of righteousness. God has from the beginning put enmity between the flesh and the Spirit and they can never be agreed thus the flesh has consulted against the ‘hidden ones’ of Yehovah; “He that dwells in the hidden place of the Most High shall abide under the wings of the Almighty” (Ps. 91:1).
This secret counsel and cunning consultation is to the intent to destroy the children of light just as Esau sought to kill Jacob. The house of Esau, which is Edom, is the sworn enemy of the house of Jacob, so the house of Adam, being of the earth, is the inveterate foe of the sons of God; “because the carnal mind is enmity against God for it is not subject to the Law of God neither indeed can be” (Rms. 8:7).
“The tabernacles of Edom and the Ishmaelites of Moab and the Hagarenes” (83:6)
So that there could be no confusion, the Spirit left a list of all who qualify as the enemies of Yehovah. The dwelling place of Adam is first on the list and could have served well as it stands alone, but Spirit gives a detailed list for all who have ears to hear. Edom is Esau and Adam against whom the hatred of God has been placed from the beginning. This hatred is not because of anything Adam has done or that his children may do in the future; “for being not yet born, neither having done ANY good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him that calls; it was said unto her, the elder shall serve the younger as it is written, Jacob have I loved but Esau have I hated” (Rms. 9:11)
The issue does not end with Adam as the father of his race for he was created having his seed in him. Thus every son of Adam acts according to the nature ‘of his father’ (Moab). Moab is the wash pot of Yehovah which the refiner’s fire causes to boil for the cleansing of and the purging of Adam, yet when this cleansing is complete there can be nothing left for “there shall not be remaining of the house of Esau for Yehovah has spoken” (Ob. 18).
Has God thus called His children to take up arms and confront the house of Edom? Has He commissioned the Bride to gain the victory over the oppressor and to take dominion over the carnal ways of the world? These things do not exist! The rulers of Edom are amazing and the mighty of Moab have taken hold of the people of the land (Ex. 15:15) but “I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: There shall come a Star out of Jacob and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel and shall smite the corners of Moab and destroy all the children of Sheth” (Num. 24:17). Yehovah our God fights the battles for His people for He has put on righteousness as a breastplate and salvation is His helmet; therefore are the children adorned in the whole armour of God. He has overcome the wicked one and put all His enemies under His foot stool, therefore He is the King of Peace and having peace with God His children are entered into His rest.
The children of Hagar are in bondage to the weak and beggarly elements of this world. Their fears and superstitions cause each son of the dust to be cautious to touch not, taste not and honour the venerated days. But the kingdom of the Israel of our God is not of meat and drink which are for the sustaining of the flesh nor is His kingdom of this world. Though the logic of man has concluded that the worship of God must be in the ‘high holy places’ yet his envy and pride accompany him in his most sincere of endeavours. These mountains, wherein man is elevated to the pinnacles to overlook the lowly and humbled people of the Lord, burn in the same Refiner’s fire and have been cast into every kindred nation tribe and tongue of this world (Rev. 8:8).
Has the Lord enticed His sheep to lay siege against the mountain? NO! It is Yehovah our God who is opposed to this destroying mountain, even though he exists and operates according to the will and purpose of God; “Behold, Yehovah said, I am against you destroying mountain which destroys all the earth, and I will stretch out Mine hand upon you and roll you down from the rocks and will make you a burning mountain” (Jer. 51:25)
This is Mt. Sinai wherein man is deceived to think he can find redress for his condition in keeping the commandments. It is Mt. Nebo where man finds his justification in learning and letters. It is Mt. Moriah where man is confident that if he surrenders all unto the service of God he will be exonerated for his guilt and it is the mount of Jerusalem which is now wherein man will earnestly contend for the coming kingdom. These mountains are the burning desires of refuge and solace for the natural hearts and minds but they cannot purge the conscience of sin nor cleanse Adam from his delight after the desires of the flesh. The ways of man are tribal (Ammon) being gregarious which delights in dwelling in the valley (Amalek) wherein the labours of the hands productive. He presents himself as being righteous and moral, wandering and rolling in the dust (Philistia) as he put his trust in the rocks of this world (Tyre) for protection and strength.
But Yehovah is against this rock for it is not Anointed. He has caused the nations of this world to constantly contest over the rocks of the land spilling blood over territory and inheritance. This rock is the natural counterfeit representation of the truth which the tribes of the world will cast as weapons or defend as sacred; “Therefore thus said Yehovah, I am against you, rock (Tyre) and will cause many nations to come up against you as the sea cause his waves to come up; and they shall destroy the walls of the rock and break down her towers: I will also scrape her dust from her and make her as the top of the rock” (Ezek. 26:3).
All who are of the natural inherent penchant of Adam to climb the step (Asshur) in attempt to rise above their assigned station of life (which is dead in trespasses and sin) ascending to stand before God in a covering (Lot) of their choosing, having woven their clothing out of the spiders web, are polluted in blood. These sons of the dust can never come before the presence of God and yet each one will contest the judgment of God against them saying “Lord, Lord have we not prophesied in Your name? And in Your name have cast out devils? And in Your name done many wonderful works? The will I profess unto them, I never knew you, depart from me you that work iniquity” (Matt. 7:22).
“Do unto them as the Midianites, as to Sisera, as to Jabin at the brook of Kison” (9)
The children of strife were raised up by the hand of Yehovah to prove Israel. This was not so that Yehovah might know if they really were His people or not but to show them that they can do nothing good in Adam. For seven years God empowered the people of strife to reign over Israel and oppress them until the appointed hour when He raised up the ‘hewer’ (Gideon) to cut down the pride of the victor and deliver His people. The Messenger of Yah came to the ‘hewer’ and causing him to be willing in the day of His power, rallied the people about him and he said; “Arise for Yehovah has delivered into your hands the host of the Midianites” (Judg. 7:15).
He also delivered them from the one whom He raised up as king over the Canaanites, Jabin (whom Yah considers). He set over the nation of Israel the captain of the host in full ‘battle array’ (Sisera). He brought the ‘battle array’ to the winding river (Kison) and by the hand of the ‘Bee’ (Deborah) and the ‘lightning’ (Barak) they were swept away. Here also, at this same winding river, did Elijah (My God is Yah) destroy the prophets of Baal; “And they took them and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon and slew them there” (I Kings 8:40).
Yehovah has brought His enemies in full armament and battle array, with their disproportionate numerical supremacy and the power of the strength of the flesh. He has assembled, judged and destroyed them at the winding river. Is this the job for the wandering sojourner in this foreign land? Is it the commission of the Ambassadors of the Kingdom of Light? Or is this the work of Yehovah for His people? “Sing unto Yehovah a new song for He has done marvellous things: His right hand and His Holy arm have gotten Himself the victory” (Ps. 98:1), for Jehoshuah has overcome the world.
“My God, make them like a wheel as the stubble before the wind”
The house of Adam and all his works are a never ending wheel which cannot be halted or interrupted. Many may think they have accomplished some new thing while even more are drawn together to hear or to speak something new but Almighty God has said there is nothing new under the sun (Ecc. 1:9). The works of man shall be revealed by the fire and proven to be but chaff and stubble as the outer man, who is Edom, perishes daily in the same inferno. The fire of the furnace of affliction has set the stubble ablaze and the daily activities of the flesh fuel the fire unto the consumption. This same fire has set the mountain on fire with a blaze that cannot be quenched demonstrating man to be deficient in his attempts, ignorant in his understanding and arrogantly stubborn before the Holiness of God. He contests that he has kept the commandments yet he lacks the love of the Father. He proclaims himself blameless according to the righteous standard he has set in the keeping of that law and is zealously ready to attempt any labour or undertake any endeavour that will prove his zeal for the Lord.
But God has appointed this zeal unto condemnation. The more ardent the passion and ambition of man the larger the stock pile of fuel and filthy blood soaked rags. The more the man attests that he knows his sin and has taken steps to correct the corruption of his flesh the more he testifies to his own blindness but God has appointed these things for good unto them that love Him (John 9:39ff).
“Let them be confounded and troubled for ever, let them be put to shame and perish that they might know that You, whose name is Yehovah, are the Most High over all the earth”
The condition of the habitation of our dwelling is the same as the vessels appointed unto destruction for they were formed from the same lump of clay. All that God has ordained to come to pass is for the praise of His glory and honour. He proves through His creation that He is God as “the heavens declare the glory of the Lord and the firmament shews forth His handiwork; day unto day utters speech and night unto night shews knowledge” Ps. 19:1). The heavens also declare His righteousness and all people see His glory (Ps. 97:6) but the eyes of Adam cannot see the wonders of His ways.
Adam was created complete in the assignment given unto him. He was not deficient in any faculty or ability necessary for him to do exactly as the Lord had decreed; therefore he was perfect. But God never intended that man should be eternal. He had a beginning when God formed him from the dust of the earth and since God instructed him that he could eat from every tree in the garden (save the tree of the knowledge of good and evil) he must have needed sustenance to continue. He was created mortal, ignorant and incapable of ‘hitting the mark’, yet God revealed Himself to Adam in every manner necessary to render him without excuse as to the long-suffering and mercy of God. Thus surrounded with the wonders of creation, being in the presence of God and having direct communication with Him, man was not able to rise above his station and exhibit that ‘divine spark’.
“If God, willing to shew wrath and to make His power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted for destruction and that he might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had afore prepared unto glory, even us, whom He has called not of the Jews only but also of the nations?” (Rms. 9:23)
Every seed of Adam is on a steady march back to the dust from whence it came. God is against the land of ‘double entrenchments’ (Egypt – the security of man) and is causing that desolation that man might know that He is God (Ezek. 32:15). He has brought the sword (His Word that became flesh and dwelt among us) against the land because of their abominations which they have committed (33:29) “and when this is come to pass (lo it will come) then shall they know that a prophet has been among them” (33:33). He has overcome the mountain (Gog) and ‘drawn him out’ (Mesheck) bringing him low so that “when I have brought them again from My people and gathered them out of the land of their enemies lands and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations, them shall they know I, Yehovah, am God which causes them to be led into captivity among the nations but I have gathered them out of their lands and have left none of them there any more; neither will I hide My face from them for I have poured out My Spirit upon the house of Israel, said Yehovah” (Ezek. 39:27f).
Indeed this is a song of praise to the Gatherer! This is not a geographical relocation of peoples from the four corners of the earth back to their homeland; “but you are come unto mount Sion and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of messengers, to the general assembly and church of the First-born which are written in heaven and to God the Judge of all and the spirits of just men made perfect” (Heb. 12:22).
“O the depths of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God; How unsearchable His judgments and His ways past finding out!” (Rms. 11:33)
The Father speaks peace unto His children but this is not a peace which Adam can understand. He cannot research the cause nor understand the effect of this peace for it proceeds from the justification of the people of God by the faith of the Son of God who loves them and gave Himself for them. The conflict continues as the wheel turns round and round in the never ending cycle of life but He who is the wheel inside of the wheel, has been burnished in the furnace for His people. He has overcome the world for only Joshua could ‘Utterly destroy’ the Canaanites and David (the Beloved) was the only one who could put all His enemies under His foot stool that the King of Peace (Solomon) could be seated in the heavens ruling as King of King and Lord of Lords.
“These things I have spoken unto you that in Me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33)
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
October 8, 2017