“He shall send from heaven and deliver me from the reproach of Adam that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth His mercy and His truth.”
When the Messenger of Yehovah came to the virgin Mary to tell what things must shortly come to pass, He instructed her that the name of the child must be Jesus “for He shall save His people from their sin” (Matt. 1:21). This was not an arbitrary request that depended upon the choice or cooperation of Mary; it was the Word of God. Mary’s response, being made willing in the day of His power by the Spirit of God within (whereby all the children keep His commandments), was that of complete subjection and absolute compliance as she magnified the Lord and said, “Behold the handmaiden of the Lord; be it unto me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). And so in the fullness of time, that which God had purposed in Himself to manifest came to pass in the exact manner that He ordained it to be. He made Himself of no reputation and, taking on the form of sinful man, He became servant to His will and revealed salvation from heaven.
This deliverance is not of this earth for salvation is of the Lord (John 2:9). Natural man does not know of this deliverance because he neither sees nor understands any need to be delivered from his natural habitat. His ways seem good in his sight as he earnestly labours for the things of this world as pertains to his flesh. He is quite comfortable in the land of entrenchments, wherein he dwells, for therein does he find comfort and protection. According to his ability, the natural man is not seeking to rid himself of the land that provides him with corn or the king who has given him a place to live. This is the example given of Israel in Egypt where for many years there was prosperity and peace with the people of the land. But when the heart and mind of the king was changed, the people were enslaved for four hundred years until they cried out to the Lord. God told Abram that his children would be in bondage in a strange land for many years and when the luxury was replaced with slavery, God blessed Israel with abundance as He increased the affliction upon them (Exod. 1:12). Yet it was not until after this Pharaoh died that their sigh was made unto God (2:23) and He raised up a Deliverer, Moses.
This land of Egypt (double entrenchment) was for many years the source of life for the nation of Israel. It was the great house (Pharaoh) where they lived and thrived but in the fullness of time God delivered them; He sent deliverance from heaven and “redeemed Jacob and ransomed him from the hand stronger than he” (Jer. 33:11). God then revealed unto His chosen people (although in type) that there was a land prepared for them in which they would dwell in houses that they did not build and eat that which they did not plant. This stood in contrast to that which they had been planting for themselves and building for the ‘great house’ for many years and represented the deliverance of Israel.
Yet they murmured against Moses, Aaron and Yehovah for they desired the bondage of Egypt rather than the liberty of the wilderness. They craved the leaks and onions and loathed the Manna from above and water from the Rock. They delighted in the labours of their hands in the building of the cities for Ramasees rather than the weaving of the tents for the Tabernacle of Yehovah. They lusted after that which could be seen, and is therefore temporal, and despised that which is by faith, Jerusalem which is from above. The natural man finds solace and comfort in the labours which God has ordained for him, therefore he is willing and able to strive all his life in the fields and woods without any contrition of heart before his Creator for his inabilities. He does not know what sin is, he cannot recognize his rebellion against God, for it is his natural course and he has no sense of his guilt before the perfect Law of God.
The child born from above, however, knows all these things. The Spirit teaches him all about the power of darkness that he has been translated out of as he reveals the beauty and glory of the kingdom of light (Col. 1:13). The power of darkness is the power of this world and the identifier of man. The world is darkness and cannot comprehend the light (John 1:5). All who are born of blood and the will of the flesh and man are of the world. Their deeds are evil and they have been given an heart and nature which loves and rejoices in such a condition. The natural man does not seek the liberty of the Peace from above and he cannot sing the songs of deliverance for he has no need of these things.
The Peace from above is Jerusalem which John saw descending like a bride adorned for her husband from heaven. This Jerusalem is not made with hands and is eternal in the heavens. This is the city which Abram left his father’s house and was seeking after, not knowing where he went, and wandered all his life as a stranger and sojourner in a foreign land. This city is the Peace of God and Peace for His people because of His Faithfulness and obedience. There was no one else, in all of His creation, who knew the ways of God or had sufficient power or might to do the will of God and so He sent from heaven and brought salvation to Himself (Is. 59:16 & 63:5). This city whose foundations are the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah is built upon Himself the Rock of our salvation. He has fashioned and completed this building from before the foundation of the world, fitly framed together as the habitation of our God. There is no sun or moon for He is the light thereof and all who dwell there are born of the Truth and from above. There is no blood for He is the Life of the body (the city and the Bride) and all that is performed by the power of His will in this city, is by Him, through Him and for His Beloved. This is not a place built with the polluted hands of man, framed by the intuition and genius of the natural mind or planned and anticipated by the limited carnal reasoning of Adam.
“Thus Yehovah saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore” (Ex. 14:30)
God has delivered His people from the bondage and corruption of the land of double entrenchments and He makes this reality known to each man in his order, but the natural man is not changed. The children of Israel are for the learning of those whom God has revealed Himself in to demonstrate that the lusts and desires of the flesh do not simply vanish as time progresses but rather they intensify. God has made His deliverance known to His people, and that by the communion of His Spirit with their Spirit manifesting that they are the sons of God, in a time afore appointed or “when it pleased God, who had separated me from my mother’s womb and called me by His grace, to reveal His Son in me...” (Gal. 1:15). This revelation causes the child to know the glory of God in contrast to the full extent of the corruption of the natural man by the hands of the school master which has brought him unto this revelation (wheel inside the wheel again). When the eyes and feelings of the chosen vessels, in the fullness of time, are opened and they see the dichotomy between the perfect holiness of God and perfect corruption of man, then they know the exceeding sinfulness of sin. Thus they cry out for forgiveness and mercy before the throne of the Righteous Judge. When He has revealed that he has delivered them from all their uncleanness and that the eternal love of God has provided and protected them throughout all, then they are given to remember their own evil ways and doings that were not good (Ezek. 36:31). This is when they begin to hate themselves and to cry out ‘Lord save me lest I perish.’ They are eternally secure in the nail pierced hand of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah yet they have been given the testimony of the vileness of the body of this death.
>“...from the reproach of him that would swallow me up, Selah”
David was pursued by the King of the desire of the people for many years. Although the exact age of the boy in the sheep pen is not given, he is indeed a boy and the youngest of eight brothers. When he comes to the King’s court to play his harp to soothe the King, he is a “mighty valiant man, a man of war, prudent in matters, a comely person and Yehovah was with him” (I Sam. 16:18) yet he is a son of Adam. Many times God grants His testimony to David, just as the dead bodies of the Egyptians on the shores of the Red Sea were to the nation of Israel, but David could not make himself believe God. The reproach that followed Adam was not because King Saul hated him and wanted him dead, it was because David’s actions in Adam were blasphemous before Yehovah God. David was full of fear and doubt and he ran and hid like a scared child. He lied and connived putting many people in harms way and costing the death of eighty five priest by the hand of the ‘fear of Adam’ (Doeg the Edomite). Although there was a division in the kingdom and some would follow David and other King Saul, yet the most incriminating evidence given was against David the man (and of course all was part and parcel to the purpose of God).
Years after David was anointed King over Israel by Samuel, he was scorned by his brothers in the day of battle (I Sam. 17:28). He was taunted by the desire to be the son-in law of the king, which is an interesting contemplation when it is considered that he was the anointed king, so that he went on a challenge and defiled himself with two hundred foreskins of the Philistines as a dowry (18:27). He caused his wife to lie to her father to protect himself, feigning sickness, and then fled out the window to escape seeing and facing Saul (19:1 & 21:1). This of course drew the wrath of king against one of his subject and father against daughter. David facilitated the death of Ahimelech as he lied to the priest about his being about the king’s business, lied about his men being clan and holy and then, instead of inquiring of Yehovah, he took the sword of Goliath (‘the sword of slendour’) as his defense. He did not put on the armour of God and begin to sing ‘Onward Christian soldiers’.
Then he and his men were joined by his brethren and all his father’s house and “everyone in distress and everyone that was in debt and everyone discontented, gathered themselves unto him and he became captain over them and there was with him, about four hundred men” (22:2). Here they gathered in the cave of the ‘justice for the people’ as God again gave David evidence of His decree and the intent of His heart. He confirmed this testimony form the mouth of Jonathan (‘given of Yah’) as the souls of these two were joined (knit) together as one. There was a covenant between the Beloved and given of Yah based on love and the common experience and there was the eventual testimony of Saul; “and now, behold, I know well that you shall surely be king and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand” (24:20) yet these things could not alter the one who would swallow up, taunt and ‘pant after’ the Beloved.
This one is the natural man who lusts against the Spirit within. He is of the earth and his heart and mind are drawn away after the things of this world. He is deceived by the pride in his heart and insensitive to the leading of the hand of God. He was created devoid of faith so that he cannot believe the Word of God. His eyes are drawn after the grandeur and excitement of the activities of the world as he strives to build a name for himself and secure his legacy. He is incapable of receiving the testimonies of the Spirit, he is convinced that the works of his hands can procure mercy form God and he has no concept of the vileness of his ways. He knows not the ways of God because he does not have the mind of God. He labours all the days of his life as he has been appointed and he brings the products of the field before God ignorantly and blindly. Thus the children of the kingdom of light do not wrestle with flesh and blood but rather with the spiritual wickedness in high places. The weapons of the warfare then are not carnal but mighty through God in the bringing down all that would exalt itself against God.
David was surrounded by natural events which appeared to be calamitous. He warred against the law which he found in his members which was contrary to the law in his inner man and wrestled with the exacting judgment of the righteous law of God. The fool (Nabal) made this very evident when he said; “who is David, the son of Jesse? There are many servants which break away, every man, from his master. Shall I take my bread and my water and my flesh that I have killed for my shearers and give unto me whom I do not know?” (25:10). The things of the cross and the kingdom to come are foolishness to the natural man who lives in the ‘here and now’. He has no intention of surrendering his provision or his station in life to they who are born from above and cannot prove anything to the natural limited carnal and corrupt mind of Adam.
Thus Adam, panting after, (swallow up) the things of eternity after his own understanding, continues convinced of his righteousness according to his natural course which is abominable in the sight of God; “You are they which justify yourselves before me; but God knows your hearts, for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15). David was surrounded by an innumerable host of witnesses of the promise and purpose of God yet in the weakness of his natural man desires to know; “what have I done? What is my iniquity and my sin before your father (Saul) that he should seek y life?” (20:1). Although God had delivered David from Saul many times, even in the cave where he and his men were hiding in the same cave as Saul and his men and again to the point where the testimony of the righteousness of David was proclaimed by Saul (24:17) yet “David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul; there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines and Saul shall despair of me to seek me any more, so shall I escape out of his hands” (27:1). This of course did not work for as long as Saul lived, he chased after David (makes one wonder who was at home in Jerusalem ruling over the land? Any number of foreign invaders could have attacked and recovered the land taken by Israel or any coup could have overthrown the government, or so the limited mind of Adam would conclude).
“God is sending forth His mercy and His truth”
The mercy of God is not a ‘come and go’ type of remedy as the carnal mind might conclude for the bad times when there is trouble or things are not as the natural man may think they should be. The Mercy of Yehovah God is constant and continuous for He is a very present help in time of need. Is there time when Adam is not in need? Of course not but those times are when he is ease in his field or a busied in the labours of his hands he has no knowledge of his condition and no sensitivity to a need for help. Only when the hand of God lies heavy upon the conscience and ways of the natural mind does he feel himself in need and that only until the calamity passes. The children of the kingdom know that without Him they can do nothing for in Him they do live and move and have their being; therefore they are in constant need of help and mercy as they go through the calamities and vanities of this present evil generation.
The love of God, which is the basis for His mercy, is eternal and immutable. Nothing can influence it, diminish it in any way or separate His Beloved from it. His righteousness demands a perfect sacrifice to cleanse the vessels of His people and deliver them from the sin in Adam. So, when He saw the travail of the soul of the Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world, He was satisfied. Now the horns of the altar are sprinkled with the blood of that sacrifice which is exclusive for the sin that the blood was shed for; “By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged and this is all the fruit to take away his sin; when HE makes all the stones of the altar as chalk-stone that are beaten in sunder, the groves and the images shall not stand” (Is. 27:9).
He manifests this love to his children in His constant chastening of them, for whom the Lord loves, He chastens, because of the impotence, corruption and vileness of Adam. The more He shows His love by His chastening hand, the more the children cry out to the Father in confession of this inability and the vanity of this world and the greater the desire to be absent from this body and present with the Lord. The trials and affliction of this life are manifest tokens of the righteous judgment of God for His children that they should be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you suffer (II Thes. 1:5).
This mercy of God is congruent with the Truth for there can be no true mercy without perfect Holiness. All the works of God are truth and righteousness for He works all things after the counsel of His own will. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life and so all those who have eternal life in Him have the truth and walk in the light of Yehovah. The ever present testimony of God for His people manifests His true love and so there can never be a time when He should send forth His mercy without truth or His truth without mercy and since He is every present so also is His love, His mercy and His truth.
This then is the truth; that He is the sovereign eternal God who has purposed in Himself all things to the glory and honour of His great name. He predestinated the times of habitations and limitations of all that should come into existence through the seed of Adam, some of whom He outfitted for destruction and others He foreordained unto glory, and He alone has the power and will to cause each to come to pass, every man in his order. He finished all His work in the beginning and all things are manifested in proper time and order, therefore He brought forth of the seed of David, a thousand years later in the fullness of time, a young virgin who was afore prepared to be the handmaiden of Yehovah and by which the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah was manifested upon this earth. She was made willing in the day of His power as an intricate and irreplaceable part of His magnificent revelation. She had her place, her station, her labours and her limitations set for her and by the power of the irresistible will of God, she was obedient to His commands. So it was for Mary, David and all the incorruptible seed who become partakers of flesh and blood.
Yet to each of these is also assigned trials and tribulations for the perfection of the saints. David had an internship which he must serve wherein the School-master took him from his anointing in his father’s house unto his anointing in Hebron. He taught David that the love of the Father is unto His children who are eternally and vitally joined together in Him as one, just as the soul of David and Jonathan were knit together as one. He was educated in the taunting of the natural man and the hatred of all men of this earth against the anointed of Yehovah and he understood the blasphemy of his own natural man as he rebelled against his God, thus David writes to the One who ordained, effected, actuated, performed and finished all things for him;
‘He is continually sending deliverance for me from heaven for the blasphemy of the one who continually taunts and pants after me; Selah. God is continually sending His mercy and His truth’
The peace that is beyond all understanding may be taught by the professor of Adam as an attainable thing in the natural man but it is not. The testimony of God through revelation and confirmed with signs and wonders cannot be comprehended by the eyes, ears or mind of Adam. The peace that the children have is because of the Faithfulness of the One whose name is Faithful and True. This is the ‘great name’ that God has set apart in His people. Man cannot know it, read it or speak it as it is blasphemed among the nations of the world. This name is in the forehead of each child of the King of Kings and it identifies them as His sheep, His body, His Bride, His Temple and the Israel of our God.
Jerusalem which is from above is come down from heaven, her walls are salvation and her gates are praise. She is adorned in the fine linen pure and white which is the righteousness of the saints. She is the Peace of God because of His faithfulness and she is the city of our God set upon the hill. She is not of this world and her inhabitants are clean, pure and undefiled. The first Adam, being natural, has no right, nor part, nor memorial in the beauty of her holiness. He is dust and to the dust he shall return but we know that when He shall appear, each man in his order, we shall be like Him. This is the sure foundation of the kingdom of God that He knows them that are His.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
June 14, 2015