“Bless ye God in the congregations, Yehovah the fountain of Israel.”
Normally the act of blessing is an action whereby someone of authority declares something or someone else to be holy; this cannot be the case when it involves Adam. He has no authority but that which has been given him by the creator and to insinuate that the creature can make the creator holy is preposterous. Yet if the understanding of the act or mindset of ‘blessing’ is the acknowledgment of the Holiness and sacred nature of the creator then the creature is humbled before his God as he honours and praises His name.
The scriptures are resplendent with references to the praise of God by His decree through all that He has created; “The heavens declare His righteousness and all the people see His glory” (Ps. 97:6). Even those things which are not considered pleasant have been formed from the beginning and come to pass to the honour of God, the praise of His might and the demonstration of His Holiness; “Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee and the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain” (Ps.76:10). But the blessing that is spoken of here by the Spirit of the Most High God is expressly limited to a specific group and location because of a certain action.
The congregation spoken of here is the assembly of those who worship God aright. No other can enter into the courts of the temple of God but those who walk by faith and keep the commandments of God by the Spirit within. These are they who have been born from above for these are the sons of God. These are the brethren of the generation of Jesus Christ and to these and these alone has the Elder Brother, the Anointed of God, declared the name of the Father: “I will declare that name unto My brethren in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee” (Ps. 22:22).
This name is only for those who have been quickened together with Joshua as they walk by His faith in the land of the living; “I will walk before Yehovah in the land of the living” (Ps. 116:9). There is neither death nor decay in this congregation where Adam is not to be found for nothing shall enter into Her that defiles, works abomination or loves or makes a lie (Rev. 21:27). Since all men are liars and God is not a man that He should lie, then the sons of man cannot be found in this Holy place. They which are born from above are born of God and these are the sons of God. These children are not guilty of committing any offenses before their God; they cannot sin because the incorruptible seed dwells within and remains (I John 3:9). These children are all of the household of the first born and therefore they are brethren. It is unto these brethren that the name of Yehovah is proclaimed in that pure language of Zion (Zeph. 3:9).
The praise and adoration of the sovereign, eternal God is not left up to the antics or imaginations of man; these have their place in modern religion. Yehovah God is the source (fountain) of everything that exists. He has created all things according to the good pleasure of His will and He has called it all exceedingly good. Without Him nothing exists that was made and nothing functions apart from His express and irrefutable will.
Israel is of our God is not the nation of people that descended from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; these be Israel of the flesh. The Israel of our God is the power of God and the only one who has the power of God is God Himself. He has not created another who shares His throne of authority, He will not give His glory unto another and His power belongs unto Him. It is non-transferable for nothing other than the source of that power can contain that power. All things else are the recipients of the effect and purpose of that power to the end that in all things He has the preeminence. In the congregation, they bless their God Yehovah the source of Israel.
“There is little Benjamin, their ruler”
When Jacob told his sons those things which should befall them in the last days, he spoke of the time when all things written should be fulfilled (Gen. 49:1). He was not speaking of the end of the physical world but prophetically spoke of the coming of Messiah who would fulfill the law in righteousness and manifest the anti-types thus removing the types and foreshadows. He never spoke of his youngest son, Benjamin, as being a ruler over his brethren but rather he said that he would be a “raven and a wolf” (27). Benjamin is the only son of Israel. All other sons were born unto Jacob and have their representations as the children of grace because Jacob was a child of promise, but Benjamin is the son of Israel. When Rachel began her hard labour, she called her sons name, ‘Ben-o-ni’, meaning the son of my sorrow, but when the child was born and she had died, Israel called his name, ‘Benjamin’, the son of my right hand.
Insignificant Benjamin did produce the first king of the nation of Israel but that was when they had rejected God and asked for a king to be over them. They desired to be like all other nations and God gave them the desire of their souls with Saul (desire) the son of Kish of the tribe of Benjamin. He was the king that Yehovah God anointed to be the judgment over the nation but David, the son of Judah, was to be the king of glory, power and strength. Yet in the general assembly of the church of the firstborn in the wilderness of their world the ruler over them is the man of sorrow, who was acquainted with sin and the Son of the right hand of Yehovah. He is the One who was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquity in Adam yet now is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. He is the one who has been touched with the feelings of our infirmities and has been tempted in all points yet without sin; but when He looked He saw NO MAN who sought after righteousness, He brought salvation unto Himself by His right hand and His Holy arm. He alone is worthy for He has suffered, bled and died and is risen again. He is seated in the heavens and rules over the kingdoms of this world.
“...the princes of Judah, their council...”
Judah was the enterprising entrepreneur of the family of Jacob. It was he who halted the attempts of the other brothers to kill Joseph because there was no prophet in the matter. His brothers looked up to him as a good businessman and provider as they ‘praised’ him and bowed before him (Gen. 49:8f). Yet in this consecrated assembly there is no mammon of unrighteousness, no merchandise and no prophet or gain because it is the kingdom of the King of the universe.
However, in the last days, God sent forth His Son to be born of a woman and made under the law. The scepter was, up to that point, the commerce of this world where power and wealth coexist. Now, in the end of the world, the scepter would depart from this craftiness and cunning and the rule would be of He who has power over all flesh. This is the One who came to do the Father’s will. He made Himself of no reputation and took on the form of sinful man that He, who knew no sin, might be the sin of His people. His ‘praise’ (Judah) was in completing the work before Him, every jot and tittle, and standing before the throne to proclaim His generation, saying, “Behold I and the children, whom Yehovah has given Me, for signs and wonders in Israel from Yehovah of hosts, which dwells in Mount Zion” (Is. 8:18).
Here is where the lawgiver is removed from between the feet of Judah the type and manifested upon the throne of God. They who are born of God keep His law because His Spirit dwells within them and they have the testimony of the Christ who is seated at the right hand of the Father. Judah is the praise of God in the finished work and in the presentation of that work. The hands of Judah are open and empty. There is no work left to be accomplished and the names of the elect appear graven in the palms of the Messiah of Yehovah. These names are indelibly sealed by the power of God who engraved them there and the marks of nails in the hands of He who was slain; “Then said He to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger and behold My hands” (John 20:26).
Adam has no place in the praise of God. His hands are full of blood, he never ceases to work and his relentless pursuit of his own righteousness accompanies him throughout the time of his habitations. He cannot receive the things of the Spirit neither can he know them and therefore he cannot worship God in Spirit and truth.
“...the princes of Zebulun...”
Zebulun shall dwell in the last days, at the haven of the sea and he shall be a haven for ships and his border shall be with Zidon (Gen. 49:13). This is the mystery of the gospel which has been hid from the beginning but was made manifest in Christ Jesus. The dwelling of the congregation of the Lord is a have to every kindred, nation, tribe and tongue. He has made His disciples “fishers of men” (Zidon – fishing) and their catch is by His command. Their ‘exalted habitation’ (Zebulun) is a place of protection and peace to all those “that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; these see the works of Yehovah and His wonders in the deep” (Ps. 107:23).
The dwelling place of Adam in the dust of the earth; this is his form, his vessel and it is his appetite. The child of grace dwells in the great rock Yehovah who has been their dwelling place throughout all generations, because, from everlasting, He is God. This is not based upon the heritage of the dust or the clay of this world (for when the dust of this earth is born of water, it shows forth the clay of the potter’s hands), it is not by the will of man or by the strength of his hands. This dwelling place is Emmanuel, God with us, who tabernacles with his people (Rev. 21:3) and whom He has loved with an everlasting love. Therefore they love Him because He first loved them and they love one another because the love of God is shed abroad in their hearts. They return unto Him that which He has given unto them and He has given unto His children all things that pertain unto Godliness. He is their inheritance, they are His people and He is their Holy, Just, Righteous and Sovereign God.
“...the princes of Naphtali.”
“Naphtali is the hind let loose and he gives goodly words” (Gen. 49:21) This is the Beloved as He has finished the work set before Him and has claimed His Bride. She sees Him as the mighty ruler upon the mountain of the division (Bethar) in all His beauty, splendour and glory (Roe) (Song 2:9). At first He was concealed and hidden behind the wall, looking through the window and shewing Himself through the lattice (2:17), but now, in the end of the world, He is loosed upon the mountains of the sweet smelling savor before God (8:14). He has made the sacrifice for sin and the Father is well satisfied with the travail of His soul. Now He has led the captivity of His people captive (the handwriting of ordinances) and has removed her sin in Adam as far as the east is from the west never to be called into account ever again. He is the mighty stag deer upon the mountain of God wherein the city of God is built and the redeemed of the Lord dwell.
“Thy God has commanded thy strength, strengthen God that which thou hast wrought for us”
The work which he has assigned to each of the members of His creation come to pass by the power of His will and when in the course of human events, He has decreed that an event must needs come to pass, He commands the strength of the actors to make them willing and able to perform as He has designed. He makes all His people willing in the day of His power as they stand in an even place; in the congregation they bless Yehovah (Ps. 26:12). They wait on Yehovah and are of good courage because He strengthens their hearts (Ps. 27:14). They are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works and it is He that works in them both to will and to do His good pleasure. He is their strength and shield, their hearts trust in Him, because of the anticipation of glory (which is the indwelling of the Godhead) Their hearts do greatly rejoice and they sing the praise unto Him for He is their strength and He is the saving strength of His anointed (Ps. 28:7f).
Adam has no right, no portion and no memorial in this congregation. His hands are devoid of strength and his mind absent of thought to perform the good works which His people are ordained unto. He has worked all these works in Himself for His Beloved and now she has peace with God. He finished the work in righteousness and now she is seated together with Him in the heavenlies to sing the praise of the beauty of His Holiness. These all were finished from the foundation of the world and they were not by might, nor by power but by the Spirit of the Most High God (Zech. 4:6)
“Because of thy temple at Jerusalem shall kings bring presents unto thee”
The building of an edifice in the sands of Palestine has nothing to do with the building of the Temple of the Lord. He said; “Destroy this temple down and in three days I will raise it up” (john 2:19), but He was not speaking of stones and mortar. He spoke of His body, His Bride, His church that New Jerusalem, the city of God wherein dwell those who have peace with God. This is the city that cannot be polluted with the hands of Adam for the mind of man cannot even imagine such beauty, glory or perfection. She is built upon the seven pillars hewed out by Wisdom (Pro. 9:1), that city whose builder and maker is God (Heb. 11:10) wherein only those who have the right to the tree of life may enter in through the gates into the city, and He is that gate.
Because of this city and the peace of Her citizens with God the rulers of this world and their kingdoms do homage and praise unto Her as they provide all that is needful. God has ordained that the wicked (Esau) of this world should serve the righteous children of promise (Jacob) not for their comfort or prestige but for their need that sustain them. These are the means that He has interwoven into the fabric of His creation whereby the children of this world, who are wise in the merchandise and commerce of the Canaanites, should enact an integral part of the lives of His people.
But this is also another presentation of the mystery of the gospel of salvation. The nations for whom He bled and died, who are delivered from the wrath to come and shall be delivered from the body of this death, walk in the light of the Lord (Rev. 21:24). These are the children of light who have been translated out of the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of light. They have the light of His glory shinning upon them and they delight in the Law of God. They are not subject to the weak and beggarly elements of this world for they have been set at liberty with the Roe upon the mountain. These have peace with God, NO MAN can snatch them out of His hands and the accuser of the brethren has been cast out. Therefore do the kings of the earth bring their glory and honour unto the New Jerusalem.
>“Sing unto God ye kingdoms of the earth, O sing praises unto Yehovah; Selah: To Him that rides upon the heavens of heavens of old; He that sends out his voice, a mighty voice. Ascribe strength unto God, His excellency over Israel and His strength in the clouds” (Ps. 68:32ff)
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
April 27, 2014