“Be exalted above the heavens, God; above all the earth be your glory.”
The curriculum employed by the School-master during the internship of the child King of Israel was unto one objective. Everything that was done was unto the praise of the glory of that name which is above every name, the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah. This is the same lesson plan that is used for all the children for “I say, the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ from a servant, though he be lord of all, but is under the tutors and government until the time appointed of the father, even so we, when we were children were in bondage under the elements of this world; but when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons, and because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Father, Father, wherefore you are no more a servant but a son of God; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ” (Gal. 4:1-7). The lab work and field research for this session is the natural man, the pit from whence he is digged and the field in which he lives. The litmus test is the perfection of the Holiness of God. Thus the impotence of Adam with all his stubborn and stiff-neck rebellion is made manifest through the labours which God has assigned to each son of the dust. He has assigned these labours for the discipline of man and He has properly equipped each earthen vessel with all things necessary to perform and complete the assignment.
The child of grace begins his journey in the same manner as every child born unto woman as he instinctively learns to walk “according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience: among whom also we had our conversation in times past in the lusts of the flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.” (Eph. 2:2ff). This growth and maturation of the natural man is unto the appointed time when it pleases the Father to reveal Himself dwelling in His children. Then, with the revelation of being a son of God born from above, the school-master brings these heirs of the Kingdom of God unto the Anointing. He reveals the true righteousness of God and the exceeding inability of man in all his labours to ‘hit the mark’ of perfect holiness. The law of God is understood as exact and immutable and the work of man as filthy rags.
This process of revelation is the growing in the grace and knowledge of the will of God that every heir of promise experiences as they are partakers of flesh and blood. This is what David was learning as he prayed to the ‘preeminent overseer’ not to destroy the Beloved because of his defilement as he fled from the ruling desire of the people into the cave. This process is based on the measure of faith that God has dealt to each of His children as they walk and live by the faith of the Son of God who loves them and died for them. David is not giving God permission to exalt Himself nor is he praying that it would be a good time for God to show forth His exaltation, he is acknowledging that God is exalted above all things for he was learning that Yehovah God is Omnipotent and that he reigns over all.
“For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven and that are in the earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or power, all things were created by Him and for Him” (Col 1:16).
God is the fullness of all things. Everything that was, is or shall ever be is all contained in Him and flows forth from Him to the praise and glory of His name. He is sovereign over all and does not need, as the mythological gods and goddesses of this world, the praise and adoration of man to elevate Him to God or to maintain His standing as God. He is God and there is none other. Though in this world man has been given an imagination to contrive and construct many gods of the wood and stones of this globe, yet they have no power. The same sons of Adam that fashioned these counterfeit representations or imagined the doctrines surrounding them is the same vile, week and wretched man who must carry them about and proclaim the cunningly devised fables for men to hear. Has this happened without the divine intention of the Ancient of Days or have these things come to pass without the knowledge and purpose of El Shaddai, God Almighty? No, but rather, God has ordained that the field of man’s imagination be littered with the tares of this world so that man cannot find out the work which God has done from the beginning.
The doctrine of Adam is of the same carnal contrivance and is soothing to the itching ears of his children. Like the children of the northern ten tribes, Adam has presented a facsimile that appears and sounds close to the truth but is heavily laden with the dead flies. The preaching of words that sound similar to the testimony of the scriptures are easily accepted by the uncircumcised ears. To insinuate that the good news is that Jesus has made salvation possible is enticing to men and to follow this with the sales pitch to ‘come and buy’ caters to the need in man to prove his righteousness. This potion of hemlock does not quench the thirst of the child of grace for righteousness but it is sweet wine to the pallet on the flesh. The idea of gospel regeneration enables the task-masters to crack the whips of free will duty faith which drives the labours of man on unto the feel good station of accomplishments. And thus, as father Adam in the garden, the natural man stands before the throne of grace and declares, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? And in your name cast out devils? And in your name done many wonderful works? And them I shall profess unto them, I NEVER KNEW YOU, depart from Me you that work iniquity” (Matt. 7:22f).
This odious doctrine has been refined with abundant wood, hay and stubble for those who believe themselves scholarly. They contend that the preaching of the gospel does not regenerate or save anyone but rather is an invitation. The root of this doctrine, like the teachings of the reformers wherein man must bring himself to Christ, ladens the ointment of the apothecary with an abundance of dead flies. This fragrance of death is a sweet smelling savor to the olfactories of man who is dead in trespasses and sin. The scriptures proclaim that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation, not simply mans attempt to preach of it according to his understanding and abilities. The true preaching of the salvation of Yehovah is to earnestly contend for the faith of the Son of God and His power to save His people from their sins. This is communicated from faith to faith by the testimony of the Spirit within and confirmed when the certain trumpet sets forth a sure sound. Therein are the inhabitants of Zion called forth for they know the voice of that trumpet, which is the voice of God. They know the meaning thereof, for they have been taught of the Spirit and they respond, for it is God which works in them both to will and do His good pleasure. The voice of Adam cannot covey salvation to any but the preaching of the power of God unto deliverance is a joyful sound to them that have ears to hear.
The exaltation of the King is absolute because He is King over all. If there were warring factions within a kingdom, the ultimate victor would be king supreme for all his enemies would have been vanquished. God has exalted Himself for He is God and there is none other. There is none else who can oppose His will or unto whom He seeks counsel, nor is there any who can help, as though He had need of any assistance. Therefore He brought salvation unto Himself by His power according to His will and all before man was even created. He finished His work before the foundation of the world and thus He stands exalted above all, from the beginning.
God is the creator of times and seasons and He is not influenced or affected by either. He has set the creation of His hands into motion upon the stage called time and all things come to pass in their proper order in the fullness of time. There could never be then, a time (for it is part of creation) when the Inhabiter of Eternity was not exalted, lest He be in need of a change. Since the nature and character of God is His immutability and the assurance to the children of promise is that because He does not change, therefore they are not consumed, then I AM is exalted and shall ever be. He is exalted in Himself and because He was lifted up before the foundation of the world, prophesied about in all the testimony of the law and prophets and manifested in the end of the world, therefore He and He alone has drawn all men unto Himself, thus glorifying His great name (John 3:14).
The Salvation of Yehovah (Jesus) is that name above every name unto which every knee shall bow in all of creation and every tongue confess that He is MASTER. He has not founded that name in Adam or is it of this world. He commanded what His name was to be called for He has set His excellent name in all the earth and His glory above the heavens (Ps. 8:1). He created the heavens to declare the glory of His name and for the firmament to shew forth His handiwork (19:1) and it is manifested in the salvation of His people (21:5) which was set forth before eye witnesses of His majesty in the fullness of time.
David is not asking God to make Himself great. He is not giving God permission to raise Himself up above all imposter's so that the ‘real’ God can be seen and believed upon. The Lamb was lifted up from the beginning. Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness as a demonstration of the manifestation of the Christ. Jesus told the disciples that when He was lifted up, He would draw all men, not simply those who were born of Abraham but the seed He had scattered into every nation, unto Himself. He also told them, at the time of His crucifixion, that the fields were ‘white unto the harvest’ (John 4:35) and so it was in testimony to that finished work that John heard the commandment of the Messenger of God say unto Him that sat upon the white cloud; “thrust in your sickle and reap for the time has come and the harvest of the earth is ripe” (Rev. 14:15). Thus God is exalted and His glory is above the earth.
“Saying with a loud voice; Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and blessing” (Rev. 5:12).
The ways and means of the wickedness of man devises many plans and schemes upon his bed but he has no power to perform that which he dreams of save it is ordained of God. The wrath, pride and anger of man praises His name because He has purposed them in Himself, put it in the hearts and minds of Adam to perform them and He causes them to come to pass at the appointed hour. They are also praise unto our God because of the extent to which they reach (Job 38:11), the work they accomplish and the limitations that only a Sovereign God could command and enforce upon them (Ps. 76:10). Man is corrupt and polluted and every work of righteousness he could ever do is unacceptable before God.
The Lamb however, is the sacrifice which God provided as the ram caught in the thicket as a testimony to Abram of the eternal covenant (Gen. 22:13). He is the fullness of the Godhead (Col. 2:9) and “being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person and upholding all things by the word of His power” (Heb. 1:3) , He fulfilled the Law in all righteousness as the Branch, the Elect Servant and the Son, in the likeness of sinful man. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords made Himself of no reputation and a little lower than the angels, that He might be touched with the feelings of the infirmities of His people in Adam. He provided Himself, who knew no sin, the sacrifice for the inability of man that He might be the propitiation for that inability and taste death for all His people. Therefore the whole of creation sings that new song which Adam does not know and cannot learn saying, “You are worthy to take the book and to open the seals thereof for you were slain and have redeemed us to god by your blood out of every kindred, and tongue and people and nation” (5:9).
The Lamb was lifted up by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God which also ordained the wicked hands that would slay Him in the end of the world. The Lamb draws His people unto the Father for He is the Way, the truth, and the life; NO MAN comes unto the Father but by Me (John 14:6). He is the gate and the porter which opens the gate unto His sheep. He is the great shepherd that leads His flock into the green pastures and beside the still waters, for His name’s sake. His children praise His name for the work which He has done saying “salvation to our God which sits upon the throne and unto the Lamb” (7:12) and the glory of God proclaims, “Amen. Blessing and glory and wisdom and honour and power and might unto our God for ever and ever. Amen” (12).
Adam has no place therein for though man be scorched with great heat and burnt with the refiner’s fire yet will he not repent (16:9). The heart of man is an adamant stone and his wound is incurable but the children of grace, understanding by the teaching of the Spirit within, sing and make melodies in their hearts before the Lord with psalms and hymns and spiritual song saying, “Alleluia, salvation and glory and honour and power unto the Lord our God; for true and righteous are His judgments; for He has judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication and as avenged the blood of His servants at her hand” (19:1).
“And I saw another Messenger fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell upon the earth and to every nation, and kindred and tongue and people” (Rev. 14:6).
The gospel of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah is eternal. He has redeemed His people unto Himself from before they became partakers of flesh and blood. He has no respect for the actions or initiatives of the natural man for He has concluded all under sin. He has purposed and performed all these things to the praise of His name and so that no flesh shall ever glory in His sight. He is the exalted King of the universe who has loved His people with an everlasting love which cannot be altered or amended in the slightest manner. He has sent forth His Word and He has accomplished all that He intended Him to do for when that Word became flesh and dwelt on this earth, He finished all that the Father gave unto Him and being “declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of Holiness by the resurrection form the dead” (Rms 1:4) He is now seated in the authority (right hand) of the Father and rules over the kingdoms of this world. All power is given unto Him in heaven and in earth and He has put all His enemies under His footstool. His children have overcome the wicked one and the world by the power of His blood because He has overcome all; “Halleluiah, for the Lord God Omnipotent reigns” (Rev. 19:6).
It is He who has given the earthen vessels the hunger and thirst for natural things and it is by His perfect will that there remains enmity between that which is born of woman and that which is born of the Spirit. The natural man desires to bring the inner spiritual man down into the comforts of the earth. He has spread a net for catching the inhabitants of Zion and leading them into the pit from whence he was digged. The ‘contention of the people’ (Jeroboam) prepared a counterfeit temple, false priests and faux holidays to prevent the people of the northern tribes from returning to the truth in Jerusalem; “And this thing became sin unto the house of Jeroboam, even to cutting off and to destroy from off the face of the earth” (I Kings 13:34). So the war of the natural man is to present a close facsimile to the truth in a carnal representation in attempt to pipe unto the children of the King to come and dance for them (Matt. 11:17); but the redeemed of Yehovah have not so learned Christ.
The same soul of the inner man that is dwelling in the midst of the roaring and laying amongst that which is on fire is bowed down and made subject to the vanity of this existence. He is beset on all sides by the doubts and fears of man, the endless fables and genealogies which gender to foolish questions and confusion and the earnest desire of the itching ears of Adam to hear something new. He sees that the earth is full of empty labours which do not add one iota unto the glory of God or increases His majesty in any manner. He sees the corruption of this world and knows that the children of the dust are of the same seed of their father. Herein the children have hope as they understand the number of man.
The net that is spread by the sons of Adam, is to catch the intended prey and lead them into the inability of man. The incorruptible seed cannot be caught or carried away by the things of this world or by the artful endeavours of man. The children of God are preserved and protected in Him. They dwell in the secret place of the Most High and abide under the shadow of the Almighty (Ps. 91:1) and no man can pluck them out of the Father’s hand (John 10:29). The path of the strangers and sojourners in this present evil generation may lead into the valley of the shadow of death but, “whosoever is born of God does not commit sin because His seed remains in him and he cannot fall short because he is born of God” ( I John 3:9). The love of the Father cannot be affected by the creation for God has done all things for His Beloved; therefore whatsoever things there are in the lives of the children here is a result of and congruent with God’s love. This is the love by which He leads His sheep where they must go by the footsteps of the flock. The path leads to the tent of the shepherd where the flock may be fed, satisfied and find rest. The voice of the stranger they shall not hear and will not follow (John 10:5) and though the outer man can not cease from falling short or falling into the very trap he has laid for the other son, the redeemed of Yehovah cannot fail to ‘hit the mark’ of perfect Holiness before God.
“Shall the axe boast itself against him that hews therewith? Shall the saw magnify itself against him that shakes it? As if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or if the shaft should lift itself up, when there is no wood” (Is. 10:15).
God’s creation functions according to the eternal purpose of His irrefutable will. Nothing simply happens or comes to pass without intent and meaning and all is contained in the Lord Most High. He is most terrible and the great King over all the earth. He has subdues the people of this habitation under His seat and His enemies under His footstool. He has chosen, effected and completed the inheritance of the children of promise, even the excellency of Jacob whom He loved. He has gone up with a shout and with the sound of trumpets and all the world did shake before Him for who can stand in the day of His wrath? He is seated in the heavens on a throne that is unapproachable by man. Here He reigns supreme over all the nations of this world and gives command of them unto the basest of men; “for the shields of earth belong unto God, HE IS GREATLY EXALTED” (Ps. 47).
When the labours assigned of God to His creatures has been completed, then the time of their habitation is over. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was and the spirit return unto God who gave it (Ecc. 12:7) and another shall stand up on the stage of time to perform that which is assigned to them. The seed of the serpent, having done the work of their father the devil, shall lift up their eyes being in torment. This is the everlasting destruction in that place where the worm never dies and the flame is never quenched.
The children of God shall enter into His rest as they put off this tabernacle and realize the tabernacle not made with hands, which is eternal in the heavens. They shall sing praises unto Him for His love, His mercy wherewith He delivered them as they see Him in the beauty of His Holiness.
“God is exalted above the heavens His glory is above the earth”
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
June 28, 2015