“The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament sheweth forth His handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is not speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth and their words to the end of the world. In them He hath set the tabernacle of the sun which, as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of heaven and his circuit unto the ends of it and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.”
The creation of God clearly declares His power and majesty. It does not matter if it is recognized or understood by anyone for it stands as a testimony to God. Adam in all of his wisdom and understanding cannot see this wonder nor can he comprehend the magnitude of the greatness of God and the impotence of man. God has shown forth His handiwork and the invisible things of His nature in a very evident and open display of beauty, grace and wonders so that man is without excuse as to the knowledge and recognition of God. But man spends his time, having his eyes blinded and his heart filled with the things of this earth, trying to conquer the land, tame the sea and discover the heavens. In all of his exploration and investigation Adam is attempting to be like the most High God. He knows not how the bones are joined together in the womb, he does not understand the simplicity and beauty of nature and he cannot number the stars or call them by name, yet in the midst of great hardships and social instability, he expends a majority of his time and efforts into these very areas.
The declaration of the heavens to the majesty of God are in plain view. The day utters the testimony and the night reveals the knowledge and there is not one living thing upon the face of the earth, in the heavens above or in the sea below that this witness is not presented to in simplicity and might. The order and sovereign control of the Masters hand is openly demonstrated as each day unfolds, develops and concludes, completing the assigned course with exacting precision. God has set this witness to His glory and honour as a daily reminder to all that He is God and there is no other yet He has also filled the hearts of man with the things of this earth that he cannot find out the things of God by searching. Thus, without the help of man, his inventions or technology, God has provided an ample testimony to Himself to perfectly present Himself before all flesh and justly condemn every living thing because there is nothing that is hid from the heat thereof.
So it is with the attributes and working of God. He clearly and openly sets forth truth and justice before all, in every thing He does, and by this testimony before every thing that creepeth upon the earth, He is just in condemning those that do not believe.
“The law of Jehovah is perfect, converting the soul:”
The law of God is not contained in the handwriting of ordinances chiseled in stone for these stood as the type of that which was to come. God gave a pattern of heavenly things to Israel of weak and beggarly elements which could not make the doer perfect. Adam could not be justified before God by keeping the ministration of condemnation for it was only a shadow and not the real thing. Man’s constant attempt to keep the law and thereby obtain righteousness before God is inherent to his nature. Adam fashioned the fig leaves to make an atonement for himself and Eve and his seed has followed sort ever since. But it cannot be done. Israel demonstrated that man cannot measure up to the standard of holiness that God requires and equally demonstrated that man continues to try to attain unto that perfection. Herein is the definition and nature of sin. Sin is the transgression of God’s perfect and Holy law. Sinning is the instinct of Adam to constantly attempt to keep the law and a sinner is one who can do nothing but live his entire life striving for that which is unattainable.
But the ‘torah’ of Jehovah is perfect. It is not in types and foreshadows and does not stand in the observance of days or the killing of the beasts of the field. The instruction of Jehovah is complete and sound and nothing may be added to it or detracted from it. It as eternal as God Himself. It is proclaimed in the heavens and performed throughout all of creation, turning, restoring and converting the will, mind, appetite and desire of His people as His purpose is performed in their lives. This ‘torah’ measures up to the perfect standard of Holiness and since it has ‘hit the mark’ there is no need for continued attempts and therefore there remaineth no more sacrifice for sin (Heb. 9:26 & 10:26). It is finished and this is the law of God that He has put in the inward parts of those who are made partakers of the new covenant (Jer. 31:33). Thereby the inner man is renewed and refreshed daily (II Cor. 4:16).
“The testimony of Jehovah is sure, making wise the simple.”
The testimony spoken of here is not the voice of man as he attempts to explain the work of God. It is not the actions of man as he vainly strives to show others what he thinks has been done in him. It is the testimony of the Elect Servant of God who came to do the will of He that sent Him. Messiah said that He came forth to do thy will O God and the will of the Father is that none should perish but that all should come to the knowledge of the truth. Jesus, the salvation of Jehovah, came forth to redeem His people and save them from their sin and His testimony before the Father is IT IS FINISHED!!! But it continued when He proclaimed the name of Jehovah in the congregation of the living and presented His children before the throne saying, “Behold I and the children which thou hast given unto Me”. Each and every member of the house of the redeemed has this testimony every before their eyes and on the back of their hands as a sure and faithful witness of the eternal wisdom of Jehovah that I am His and He is mine. The seal of the Father is in their forehead and the righteousness of the Son is clothed upon them. They have a new name and sing the song of the redeemed and the dragon, that crooked piercing serpent, hates them and makes war with them because, they keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ (Rev. 12:17).
“The statutes of Jehovah are right, rejoicing the heart:”
These are the appointments which God has assigned to each and every one of His sons. They have come down from the King, carrying His authority and His power. They cannot be violated because they are not given to Adam. They are part of the nature of the seed which is born from above, those children who became partakers of flesh and blood. These walk in the statutes of God because He has put His Spirit within them and He causes them to walk as He has ordained they should. He has given them a new heart, not like unto the one of stone which strives to adhere to the ministration of death, but an heart of flesh, which is that inner man the delights in the law of God (Rms. 7:22), who rejoices and is glad to walk in the light of Jehovah. Adam has no part in this glory or this eternal life. He is subservient to the younger who is empowered by the indwelling Spirit of the Most High God.
“The commandment of Jehovah is pure, enlightening the eyes.”
There is only one commandment and it begins and ends with “I am Jehovah your God”. The children are not encouraged to love Him they can do nothing but love Him for they are of Him, by Him and through Him. They are living stones hewned from that great Rock, they are the sheep of His pasture and His voice alone do they hear and they are sons of the Most High God and joint heirs with His Anointed. They keep the commandment to love Him with all their heart because they have an heart that can love Him. They love Him with all their soul because He has refreshed their soul and they have the breath of eternal life and they love Him with all their might because IN Him they live and move and have their very being. That which is born from above cannot deny the Father and the father cannot deny His seed for they are the generation of Jesus Christ and they serve Him because they love Him. Again this is why the world hates them and that serpent goes about to make war with them. But all whose names are written in the book of life have overcome the dragon by the blood of the Lamb, by the power of His might and by the faith of Jesus Christ.
“The fear of Jehovah is clean, enduring forever:”
No man can understand the ways of God nor comprehend His greatness. Therefore no man can properly respect or reverence the Majesty of the King or feel the terror of His vengeance. Only when the Spirit bears witness with the Spirit within can there be spiritual understanding and wisdom. And the beginning of that wisdom is the fear of Jehovah. The understanding that if He should regard iniquity none should stand because His eyes are to Holy to behold iniquity humbles the mind and soul of the believer. This fear is unmixed with any conditions, stipulations or contingencies for it is based upon the immutable God and His standard of perfection and Holiness. Nothing less than completely perfect obedience and spotlessness shall stand before Him. The purity must be so complete that it is transparent and it must endure. The fact that Jehovah cannot change means that His standards have not and will not change and therefore the children of promise shall not be consumed and he that endureth to the end shall be delivered.
“The judgments of Jehovah are true and righteous altogether.”
The vengeance and justice of the Almighty are the union of truth and righteousness. They are the very nature of God and all His works are accordingly. He cannot judge and condemn unjustly nor can He acquit by anything less than perfect obedience. This obedience is in the Son and is where unto the child has been set apart by the Spirit of holiness. “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God through the sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ:” (I Peter 1:2). The firmness and assurance of this obedience is the basis for the love of the Father because the Son is faithful above all the house and is the builder of the house. His name is Faithful and True and all His seed is ‘after his kind’.
Adam and the nature he possesses cannot receive the things of the Spirit neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned. God has set all His ways in open view for all the world to see but Adam has no interest in these things, therefore he dismisses them as foolishness and continues to go about seeking how he may exalt himself against the throne of God. Adam came forth into the presence of God in the garden and expected God to accept the works of his hands and the natural man with his carnal mind of death has and will continue this practice until the time of this habitation be ended. Herein is wisdom, to know the marks of man and the deeds of the flesh. To be enlightened and taught by the Spirit the vanity of this world and the frailty of the flesh. Herein is the patience of the saints who are seated together with Him in the heavenlies awaiting the time of the manifestation when faith shall be made sight and we shall be like Him.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
October 9, 2011