“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth
in the way of sinners nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”
All too often these words are utilized for the purpose of exciting the Adamic nature into some form of obedience. It is concluded that the person who refrains themselves from these three arenas may find themselves the recipient of a blessing from God. Memorizing these words are intended as a safeguard against a back sliding that could result in lost benefits, reduced grace and even a loss of temporal salvation. Of course, nothing could be furthest from the truth.
The word ‘man’ as used here does not indicate that these provisions are exclusively for those of the male gender. Nor does it mean that the blessing spoken of is intended for or obtainable by Adam. The ‘man’ refers to anyone, both (ish) man and (isha) female who are included in those who have been so blessed. God created Adam both male and female as one and this was the image of God. In Christ Jesus there is neither male nor female for they are all one in Him. So likewise the ‘man’ spoken of here is everyone and anyone who has been blessed of Jehovah. But this blessing does not come ‘to whosoever will’ for it is reserved for a specific group. It cannot be obtained by seeking after it or requesting it for it is a gift from God and since God is not a respecter of persons, no act, will or intention could carry favour with God to secure His blessing.
This blessing is unto a group of persons whose manner of life has not ever been after the purpose, determination, counsel of advice of that which is evil and wicked before God. It is not unto those who have repented from these evil ways and sought desperately to reform their lives and refrain from wickedness but is unto those who have never been subjects of evil. Paul does write to the church at Ephesus about the fact that those whom God has quickened together in Christ Jesus have been made alive unto the newness of life in which they have turned from their former ways, “Wherein in times past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience, among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind and were by nature children of wrath even as other” (Eph. 2:2) but the Psalmist wrote of those who had never walked according to evil.
He also addresses those who have never stood or remained after the habits, course of life or mannerisms of the sinner. Now sin is the transgression of the law and whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Also the attempt to measure up to the holiness of God is included in the missing of the mark (sin). These people do not miss the mark and are not associated with those who are attempting to do so. These have never been in this condition of having to achieve the holiness of God because they are Holy in Him.
He also states that the blessing of Jehovah is upon those who do not dwell and have never dwelt in the habitation of arrogance, pride, envy, strife, mocking and any place that is full of scorn. This group of people are not those who have obtained something but rather those that have something and have never been without it.
“But his delight is in the law of Jehovah and in His law doth he meditate day and night” (1:2)
Paul wrote that he delighted after the law of God after the inward man. Not some faint intuition or mystic feeling but after that man of God that was born of the Spirit into the chosen vessel which was revealed unto him of the Damascin road. This is that eternal seed that serves Jehovah and is His generation. It is the children that are born of the Spirit and become partakers of flesh and blood, it is that treasure in the earthen vessel and it is that which is born of God that “doth not commit sin because His seed remaineth in him and he cannot sin because he is born of God” (I John 3:9). This has nothing to do with Adam because “the natural man receiveth not the things of the things of the Spirit of God” (I Cor.2:14). But it has everything to do with those who have been hewn from that Rock, those precious living stones who have the pleasure of the law of God in which they groan, yearn, speak and imagine all the days of their existence in time.
”And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that bringeth forth fruit in his season.
His leaf shall not wither and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
This is the same tree that stood in the garden of God known as the tree of life. His people who are in Him are the same ones whom He has planted in that wilderness which He has made like unto Eden the garden of God (Is. 51:3) when Jehovah comforts Zion. This garden has the tree of life, His people planted by that river of living water which proceeds from the throne of God and the Lamb (Rev. 22:1). It is for His people of ever tongue, every nation, every kindred and every tribe who have become partakers of flesh and blood and are in need of healing. They do not have the incurable wound that nation of Israel, that the beast had in his forehead for unto them there is a balm in Gilead, that medicine of the Rock, and it is the pure Holiness and righteousness of God which He has blessed His seed with as they endure the contradiction of sin against themselves. This sin cannot touch the Holy seed but it has corrupted the vessel and the body is dead because of sin. But in the fullness of time, when the time of the habitation of this dwelling be completed, the adoption, to wit, the redemption of the body shall be made like unto the Son of God.
“The ungodly are not so but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away”
Before we grab the lapels and thank God we are not like unto these wicked ones remember what Jesus said to Peter; “Satan hath desired to sift you as wheat”. Every child of grace is chosen in the furnace of affliction (humbling) and abides in the refiners fire wherein the dross is consumed and the glory revealed. Each one has wood (idolatry), hay (the righteousness of Adam) and stubble (the residue of Edom) until such time as the body of this dwelling is dissolved. Jehovah God in His love for His people has dispatched Satan to sift them as wheat and separate the fruit from the chaff. He did it to Job, Peter, Paul and He does not change. His Holiness demands and His love commands it and His Spirit (the wind) performs it so that...
“Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment nor the sinner in the congregation of the righteous”
No flesh shall glory in His sight. The wood, hay and stubble are consumed to reveal the glory that is within, that inner man, wherein dwells the fullness of the Godhead. Herein is Immanuel for here is the tabernacle of God with man. The sinner, who is still trying to attain unto the mark of God’s standard, cannot stand with those who have been cleansed from all unrighteousness of the flesh by the blood of the Lamb and in whom the warfare is over. Those who are no longer brought into the bondage of sin because the mortal body has been change to immortal, the corruptible made incorruptible, the natural has been exchanged for (Gk. – ‘allasso’ – exchange one for another) and clothed upon with the Spiritual and now stand in full manifestation like unto the Son of God. The sinner shall not be in the presence of that assembly.
These words demonstrate to the child of grace that in him, that is in his flesh dwelleth NO GOOD THING and Adam cannot attain unto this level of perfection. Yet there is hope in the finished work of Christ and His faithfulness for He completed all the work that was set before Him and all the children that the Father gave unto Him He lost none.
Herein in hope. Herein is comfort and peace.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes,
October 2, 2011