“Who will bring me the strong city? Who will lead me into Edom?
The Lord of Hosts has spoken in the perfection of His Holiness and proclaimed that the enemies of His people are under His command. Moab and Edom were foreordained to be the adversaries of the house of Israel long before there was a manifestation of the house of Israel. Lot was Abrams nephew and he traveled with his uncle as they left the land of their father’s. They both prospered and became mighty but the hand of the Lord brought a controversy between them in order to separate them. Abram gave his nephew the choice of the plains or the high land and he chose the plains of Sodom. His life was so ordered that he soon became a resident of the wicked city and although he was “vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked” (II Pt. 2:7) yet he was not removed from them until the mighty hand of God was revealed. The result of the deliverance of himself and his two daughters was the birth of Moab (of the father) by the evil contrivance of his daughter through a drunken incestuous encounter (Gen. 19:37). Moab was accursed from the beginning but God made him into a mighty nation and caused them to settle in the region between Egypt and the land of Israel.
This people were prosperous and were given a mind to ascribe all honour for their wealth and might to their god, Chemosh, ‘the subduer’. This deity was nothing new for when Yehovah God created man and placed him in the garden expressly prepared for him, God “blessed them (male and female as one) and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea and the fowl of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the face of the earth” (Gen. 1:28). The children of Moab believed in this ‘subduer’ of all things as they ‘worshiped the creature rather than the Creator’ in this early manifestation of the humanistic doctrine of the world today.
This is further evidenced in the neighbours of Moab for here in the land from Arnon (rejoicing) even unto Jabbok (emptying) dwelt the Amorites. These ‘Sayers’ were renown for their prominence and valued opinion (Amorite) and were sought out for their ‘strong-hold of reasoning and understanding’ (Heshbon). These people conquered Moab as the ‘sweeping warrior’ (Sihon) who ruled over the ‘Sayers’ (Amorites) took “all his land out of his hand even unto ‘rejoicing’” (Arnon). “Wherefore they that speak in proverb say, Come into Heshbon let the city of Sihon be built and prepared” (Num. 21:27).
When Israel traveled through this land en route to their inheritance, they approached Sihon and asked permission to, “pass through your land”. They said that they would not harm or destroy his land in any manner but Sihon “would not suffer Israel to pass through his border but Sihon gathered all his people together and went out against Israel in the wilderness and he came to Jahaz and fought against Israel” (21:21ff). But Joshua, as a type of Messiah, smote the ‘sweeping warrior’ and took his land which began at the ‘river of rejoicing’ (Arnon) and ended in the ‘emptying’ (Jabbok). And so it was that from the beginning Moab was enmity against Israel in Abram, in belief and in manner for they followed after the works of their father, Lot.
Here in the plains of Moab the ‘devastator son of the sparrow’ (Balak the son of Zippor) called upon the prophet Balaam (not of the people0 to curse Israel “for they are to mighty for me; peradventure I shall prevail , may smite them and I may drive them out of the land.” (Num. 22:6). Yet the word of Yehovah came to the mouth of this prophet and caused him to speak the truth concerning Israel saying, “How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? Or how shall I defy whom Yehovah has not defied? for from the top of the rocks I see him and from the hills I behold him; lo, the people shall dwell alone and not be reckoned among the nations” (23:8). This same Word, which cannot change, came unto him again and said, “God is not a man that He should lie neither the son of man that He should repent. Has He not said and shall He not do? Has He not spoken and shall He not make it good? Behold I have received to bless and He has blessed and I cannot reverse. He has not beheld iniquity in Jacob” (23:19). The testimony of this prophet was the Word of God unto the devastator who could not harm or even bring railing accusation against those whom Yehovah loves saying “How goodly, pleasing, beneficial, favourable and delightful are your tents O Jacob and your tabernacles O Israel” (24:5). The people of the land were against and contrary to the Beloved of the Lord yet God had ordained this land and this wicked people for a blessing and a testimony unto His people as they wandered through the wilderness.
Moab is the boiling cauldron of the Lord as He washes that which needs to be washed. This washing continued for many generations until the time when Yehovah God brought such a famine upon the land that it forced a man of Beth-lehem-Judah into the country of Moab with his wife and two sons. There the time of the habitation of these three men was completed and when the grief strickened wife, Naomi, heard there was bread in Israel, she began the trip home. God had sent her there into this wash pot to remove her husband and two sons but to bring back to Israel the grandmother of David the Beloved King of Israel. Ruth may indeed have been born unto the Moabite family but she was ‘of the pasture’ therefore God sent Naomi (my delight) by the means of privation, starvation and calamity to fetch His ‘friend’ (Ruth) and bring her to Boaz, the great grandfather of David. The same God who destroyed divided Abram and Lot brought Lot into Sodom. The same God who destroyed Sodom delivered Lot and his daughters out of that city. The same God raised up Moab and put enmity between he and the sons of promise also preserved and protected that seed which brought forth Ruth whom He never abandoned or forsook.
“Over Edom will I cast out my shoe”
Edom is Esau who from the beginning was contrary to the children of promise. He and Jacob struggled together in the womb because they were two nations and two manner of people. They have been and always shall be separated one from the other and no amount of diplomacy, financial aid or missionary endeavours shall ever join that which God has created opposed. The antics of the ‘supplanter’ and his conniving ways demonstrate that the children of grace after the nature of Adam are not desirable according to the perfect standard of the Holiness of God. They are not good ‘role models’ and their actions, although emulated in nature, are not to be set up as acceptable modes of conduct. Jacob clearly demonstrates the corrupt nature of Adam throughout his entire life and his children follow after and do the works of their father.
God had ordained that the first born was to be of the earth. He had assigned unto Esau a body prepared commensurate for the station in life he was given. This coupled together with his carnal nature in Adam were sufficient to perform all the labours of the time of his habitation which included his despising of his birth-right and his wrath against Jacob. Esau/Edom (because of the red pottage) wanted Jacob dead so that he would receive the inheritance of Isaac but the protection of Yehovah God forbade this ever from coming to pass. God had proclaimed from the beginning that the elder (Esau) would serve the younger (Jacob).
This Word of God could not be altered in any manner and so the wrath of Esau which drove him to desire to kill Jacob was restricted and controlled by the purpose of God to the glory of His name. He made an oath and He could not deny that promise and so as the kinsman redeemer of Jacob/Israel He took off His shoe, which is the ‘preparation of the testimony of the power of God unto deliverance’ and presented it as the surety of His Word. The testimony was unto the brother, Edom, that Israel belonged unto God and that he would raise up the seed of the family. This was the custom in former times in Israel concerning the redeeming and concerning changing for to confirm a thing; a man plucked off his shoe and gave it to his neighbour and this was a testimony in Israel (Ruth 4:7). The beauty of this testimony is that the same Yehovah God who hated Esau with an eternal hatred and gave him this inveterate animosity for his brother Jacob was the same God who had swore and oath to protect and preserve Jacob/Israel unto the coming of the Anointed One. Thus the testimony is proclaimed; “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of Him that brings forth good tidings, that publishes peace; that brings forth good tidings of good, that publishes salvation; that says unto Zion, THY GOD REIGNS!!!
The residue of Edom is being consumed in the furnace of affliction which God has given unto His children as they travel here below. There shall not remain any of the wood, hay and stubble that is of this habitation when the Refiner’s work is concluded. Though for a time, this light affliction, which is but for a moment, bests the heart and mind of the children of the Kingdom of God yet the comfort is that the same God who fashioned this earthen vessel is in complete sovereign control over all that we think, do or say. He has cast out His shoe over Edom to proclaim the glory of the Father who ‘has given Him power over all flesh that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You the only true God and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:1f).
“Philistia, you triumph because of Me”
The land of the sojourners is forever among the children of Israel. They are a constant and quite troublesome adversary to all that Israel stood for yet they could never be driven out of the land. Yehovah God caused this people to endure through many generations as He brought them forth as judgment against the wickedness of the nation of Israel. They brought forth the giant Goliath to blaspheme the name of God as the interwoven means to the praise and glory of David. He empowered them to war against the nation of Israel and gave victories into the hand of His Beloved yet they never were utterly destroyed. They were ruled by Achish who was ‘only a man’ yet their armies were strong. They refused safe quarters to David at first but they protected David when he fled from Saul and gave safe haven to his family and army. They were the instrument of death to Saul and Jonathan and warred against David until Yehovah put all his enemies under his feet and so the question is asked in earnest, How came these things to pass? Were the military leaders so ingenious that they knew how to win the battles or the armies so well trained? How is it that these same people when they had captured the Ark of the Covenant did not know how to handle the coffin? Notice well that they were not struck dead when they touched the box but rather they were inflicted with hemorrhoids and mice (I Sam. 6).
The testimony remains the same; that the same Yehovah God of the Universe who gave the people of Philistia their being and the nature of their ways placed them in the geographic location that was suitable to His purpose. There He made them a formidable opponent of His chosen people and left them there as a thorn in their side. These ‘messengers of Satan’ remained that Israel think not more highly of themselves than they ought and when the pride of Edom was empowered so the Philistines were made to rule over Israel. The were they brought to repentance when they cried out unto God and He heard their groanings and utterances which no man can hear.
The nature of man does the works of the father, Moab, as the heart of Edom is deceived by his pride; then is iniquity uncovered and revealed. When the natural man is drawn away after the desires of the flesh God brings for the immigrant sojourners of this land to lord over and subdue as He manifests His chastening hand upon those whom He loves. The boiling cauldron of emotions, anxieties and actions of this present evil generation are a manifest token of the wickedness of this world and to the children of Jerusalem, they remind them of their home; thus they cry out, Father, Father.
“Who will bring me the fortified city?”
God has not left His Beloved to find her way through this world. He has afore prepared the body in which she dwells and has assigned the station of life she occupies. He has set her upon the path she must walk and lovingly hedged in her way with the hewn stones of this world. He has planted the briers and thorns along the way which cover the altars of the sacrifices unto the gods of this world and which choke out the truth of the gospel. He has placed along this path, many obstacles which overwhelm the natural mind as being insurmountable and many fearful and dark encounters which testify to the limitations of the flesh. He has placed many great and mighty people before His children which appear as giant opponents. These cause the flesh to fear and to question why God has brought these adversities into their lives. These blaspheme the name of Yehovah and if enabled would crush the helpless children of the flesh but Yehovah God fights for His people. He is the captain of the salvation of His Beloved, He is come forth conquering and to conquer and He has overcome the world.
He brings His little children to the strong city of many entrenchments and the eyes of man behold the greatness of the structure, therefore there is doubt. He shows them the bulwarks and the foundations and although His testimony is that He has complete and total command over this city her people, yet is the natural man filled with trepidations. As the child of grace is taught by the Lord, His Spirit shows them their inabilities in all areas of their lives. He manifestly declares to them that without Him they could do nothing yet to the eyes of man this fortified city is as the people of the land of the inheritance.
When Moses sent out the spies into the Land of Promise they saw, tasted and experienced the magnificent wonders of the land. There were clusters of grapes that could not be carried which they bare upon a staff and pomegranates and of the figs and they returned to the camp after forty days of spying and gave an evil report. They testified to the truth of the word of God that the land was indeed fruitful and plenteous but they also said, “The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eats up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature, and there we saw the giants the sons of Anak which come of the giants and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers and so were in their sight” (Num. 13:32). These men knew they could not overtake this fortified land and being beset with doubt and fear, they could not hear the good report of the power of Yehovah God.
Man has no power over anything but what God has given him to till the ground, keep the garden and subdue the earth. No man can overcome anything but first the work is finished from the foundation of the world and no man can take a fortified city but that it has been afore ordained by the Will of the Lord God Omnipotent who reigns over all. The doctrine of Adam is to take control of your life, have dominion over your sins and find victory in Jesus. This is the humanism logic of man which bows down to the god of reason and understanding which caters to the ways of the world. The city that is fortified stands or falls according to the divine decree of God. As it stands it stands unto Him for He causes it to stand and as it falls it falls unto Him who established it in time and brought it back to the dust according to the good pleasure of His Will.
“Who will lead me into Edom?”
The land of Edom is the people of Esau which serves the house of Jacob. This is not meant to infer that the flesh of the earthen vessel wherein the child of promise dwells is to lord over all other weaker vessels. It does mean that the body afore prepared was fashioned for the purpose of serving the incorruptible seed within. Every son of Adam is of the seed of man which is enmity against the Spirit of Holiness. This is the warfare of the law in the members which wars against the law of my mind. This is the constant manifestation of the contradiction of sin against the perfect seed within and this is the body of this death wherein the Spirit groans awaiting deliverance. Edom is everything that pertains to the flesh and this world and he is diametrically opposed to the truth and righteousness of God.
How then could a son of Adam lead himself into combat with himself in hopes of defeating himself and gaining the mark of the prize of the high calling? If man can overcome himself then he has no need for the Lord God Almighty. If he can take control of his sin then he has somewhat to present before the throne for the works of his hands have gotten him the victory; the testimony of the lily is quite to the contrary.
The God who gave Jacob his family and brought them into Canaan is the same God who caused the great drought. The God who gave hatred into the hearts of the brothers who sold Joseph into Egypt is the same God who sent Joseph ahead to deliver them. The God who delivered them into Egypt is the same God who gave them over into captivity for 400 years and then delivered them out again and this pattern does not end.
The God who has fashioned Esau to be a cunning hunter and to live of the field gave him the pride in his heart. This same God has caused man to be deceived by that pride to think more highly of himself than he ought and to rely upon the apron of fig leaves, the works of his hands and the good intentions of his heart (which is desperately wicked). He has created this body to need and desire the things of this world and to be enmity against the Spirit within. If there is no Spirit within, and they are not of God, then there is no conflict and Esau is the one who will lead his children into Edom. Then shall the children of Edom be as Moab for they shall do the works of their father. But to the children of the kingdom of the Israel of our God, there is pain, doubt and fear as the Spirit bears witness with their Spirit. He testifies that the help of man is empty, the waters of this world are bitter and there is not meat in the land to sustain the life of the children of the King. He also testifies to the vanity of this world, the frailty of this body, the limited manner of the arm of the flesh and the intellect of the mind so that they cry out; “O Wretched man that I am who shall deliver me from the body of this death”. This testimony is in that little innocuous flower of the field which neither toils nor spins which the Master instructs His disciples to consider. The testimony is to the perfect righteousness of the Sovereign ruler of the universe and His eternal love for His Beloved. The testimony is His love and care for the needs of His children as they endure that which he has assigned unto them for good and this testimony is ignored by the world.
“Through God we shall do valiantly for He shall tread down our enemies”
The sons of God have been created in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah unto good works which He has performed for them. As the Son has finished the work and is seated at the place of authority with the Father so His people remain faithful in all good works. They are zealous of good works and are His workmanship and as all these works were finished before man was created so they are not judged by what they do or how they perform. The works of Edom are tried by fire to reveal the gold, silver and precious stones within but the finished work of Yehovah stands established and proven forever.
David was set forth as the warrior king and unto him it was granted that all his enemies were put under his footstool. This is the type of Christ Jesus who should come in the end of the world and manifest that He alone has gotten Himself the victory for He has placed all His enemies under His footstool. Now the King of peace reigns and we have peace with God because he was faithful. His children shall perfectly complete all that he has given them to do and they do all unto His glory and honour.
The whole of creation is a reaction to the eternal decrees of God which he purposed in Himself before the foundation of the world. As He has spoken so it comes to pass in the appointed hour. No man can change this, every aspect of existence is in strict compliance with this edict and the children of hope find comfort and peace because, “YOUR GOD REIGNS”
Brethren consider the lilies of the field.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
August 23, 2015