“My portion Jehovah, I have said I will keep thy words.”
The Psalmist states here that Jehovah God is his portion. He did not say that a portion of Jehovah was his inheritance but rather that the entirety of the eternal ‘self existent One’ was his inheritance. This claim portrays the writer as being one who has the legal right to an inheritance, which would mean that he is the heir. In order for him to be the rightful heir he must be not only a son but the first born son. It also concludes that the testator and the heir are in accord about the inheritance. Because the heir has stated that Jehovah God is his rightful inheritance then the fullness of the extent of God belongs to this particular son and to none other.
When the nation of Israel was camped at the base of Mount Sinai, God reiterated the promise He had given to Abraham and to his seed. It was not given to seeds as in the many children of Abraham with Hagar and Keturah but rather He said; “in Isaac shall thy seed be blessed”. The people assembled at the mountain in the wilderness were of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all others were excluded from this promise. But God continued and as stated that the children of Levi were joined unto Him as His inheritance even above the first born of all the tribes of Israel and that they had no part in the inheritance of the world. He told them; “Thou shalt have no inheritance in their land, neither shalt thou have any part among them. I am thy part and thine inheritance among the children of Israel (Num. 18:20)”. Those joined unto Jehovah God were the rightful heirs of God as their inheritance. This is of course not to the exclusion of the remainder of the nation of Israel for; “the portion of Jehovah id His people and Jacob (the child of promise whom He loved) is the lot of His inheritance (Deut. 32:9)”. Thus all the tribes make up the one called Israel and all are joined unto Him in Levi and so the Psalmist records that the rightful heir of God is joined unto Him and he, being many members, is One.
The tribe of Levi and the sons of Aaron were the priests unto God for the service of the sanctuary. They had no part in the inheritance of the land in Israel but were given to inherit and live on the offerings of Jehovah made by fire (Deut. 18:1). The priesthood was their inheritance and the labour which they were assigned is wherein they lived (Josh. 18:7) yet when Joshua conquered the land of promise, he gave it to the entire nation of Israel as their inheritance (11:23). Now did Joshua fight all the battles by himself or was he the commander and chief of the armies of Israel? Did Israel defeat all the Kings of the land or did Jehovah God fight for His people? Was Israel a singular entity made up of many members yet called one? Of course they were. But the ‘salvation of Jehovah’ (Joshua) wrought the work as the head of the body and all the members worked as one by him and through him and for him so that ‘he who has the power of God’ (Israel) obtained the promise of the inheritance. Do we then speak of Israel as many individual essences or as separate entities or are they one? But of course they are one and as Joshua led them they were one with him as he “took the whole land, according to all the Jehovah had said unto Moses and Joshua gave it for an inheritance unto Israel according to their divisions of their tribes (11:23)”.
This promise then was not to the people who fought with Joshua only but also to their children from generation to generation so when the writer speaks of the Son who is the heir of Jehovah God, he also speaks to the seed of the generation of that Son as heirs. Since the inheritance is eternal the heir must be eternal and since the heir is eternal His seed must then be eternally joined unto Him to be a joint heir: “Jehovah is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup, He maintains my lot (Ps. 16:5)”. Since Jehovah God is a jealous God and will not give His glory unto another, then the heir must be as righteous and holy as God else the inheritance be corrupted, so the priests of the sons of the righteous priest (Zadok), who have kept the charge of the sanctuary of God when the children of national Israel went astray have no inheritance or portion in the desolate house of Israel, wherein dwells the whore of Babylon, their inheritance is Jehovah God and He is their possession (Ez. 44:17-28).
The only rightful heir of God then is the Only Begotten of the Father and His generation. This is the generation of the house of the first-born. It is not unto seeds as in many but unto the seed which is that incorruptible seed born from above. They have always been in Him and they have been the object of His eternal love. They have the Spirit of God in them and the fullness of the Godhead dwells in them. He has given them His Spirit, who causes them to walk according to His statutes, and they are the sons of God (Rms. 8:14). They do not stand in a waiting line to receive the promise waiting for the death of the ones before them, they are the generation of Jesus Christ and therefore they are joint-heirs with Him. As He has received the inheritance, having finished the work set before Him in all righteousness and now seated at the right hand of the Father, so are they the sons of the righteous High Priest, they are faithful in Him and are seated together with Him in the heavenlies.
This Son is also the “everlasting Father” and His seed then are the sons of the ‘exalted father of many’ (Abraham). They are heirs of righteousness through faith (Rms. 4:13) and heirs according to the hope of eternal life (Titus 3:7). Thus He has chosen the poor of this earth to have no inheritance of this world to inherit the kingdom of God. He has caused them to be faithful in all things and given them the hope of glory, which is Messiah dwelling in them. Herein does the Psalmist record the Words of Messiah as the servant of the Most High God, who came to do the will of Him that sent and to finish the work in righteousness, as declaring “My portion is Jehovah”.
It would be very easy to skip all that has been said and concentrate on the admonitions to obedience and exhortations to flesh in attempt to raise Adam up and give him worth. But this same Son, who is One in the Father and One in His people, cannot deny Himself and therefore he states; “I have always, am now and ever shall declare that I shall observe and faithfully discharge all thy words”. No son of Adam can make such a claim for in him all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. If one could (howbeit that it is impossible) keep all the commandments from his youth upwards, he would still be performing this deed being dead in trespasses and sin. This would render all his works of righteousness filthy and polluted and unfit for the courts of the King, whose eyes are too Holy as to behold guilt. But because this rightful heir was, is and always shall be the Son of God, He and all His children are welcomed into the kingdom as good and faithful servants, not according to Adam but according to He whose name is Faithful and True. They keep His words because they have been taught the statutes of God by the Spirit, given wisdom and spiritual understanding of His law, made to go in the path of His commandments and delight in His ways. Because he has inclined their hearts unto His ways they keep the law with their whole heart and thus fulfill the first commandment. All those who have this same Spirit have been taught the same thing and have experienced a common deliverance; therefore they entreat the Lord with their whole heart and are drawn after His testimony. What is His testimony but the Sabbath of our God in a finished work.
This Son of God, who is the only rightful heir of Jehovah God is the companion of all who fear Him and keep His law. He is the head and they are His body. They are One in Him as He is One in the Father. He is that High Priest who has been touched with the feelings of the infirmities of His fellow companions because He was tempted in all points, like unto they are, and He endured the contradiction of sin against Himself. He took on the form of servant that He might be made perfect in all that he suffered and His children are partakers of the same sufferings. They now Him, they know the power of His resurrection and have fellowship in His sufferings being made conformable to His death (Phil. 3:10). Therefore He is their associate in the vanity of this life, the corruption of the body of this death and their brother and companion in tribulation in the kingdom of God.
The body is one but of many members. Each member is assigned a place, a labour and a purpose. All the members work together in the body for the good of the body and the members in particular and Joshua has given the whole land of promise unto the body of the Israel of our God according to their lot appointed of the Father for good. Therefore is the dragon, that piercing serpent wroth with the remnant of the seed of the woman who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ (Rev. 12:17).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
March 17, 2013