“Maschil of Asaph; Give ear, My people, to My law; incline your ears to the words of My mouth.”
In the Adamic, ecumenical and evangelical world, it is common practice to hear the carnival admonishers and exhorters, crying to the masses in the gathering places, to listen to what God has said. Most, like the serpent in the garden, have a deceptive derivation of the word which Yehovah has spoken and they present it with carnal intentions. The purpose of this message, for people to listen to what God has said, is to solicit a response in the intellect that will produce an action in the flesh. The hawkers will begin in attempt to develop a sense of the holiness of God’s Law which will hopefully cause a man to see his inability and guilt before his Creator. This is followed by a duty to be performed which will finish the work that has been started on the part of the anointed of God and secure eternal life and happiness in heaven. There are many subsequent chapters in this song of the marketplace (and even more added daily) yet the intentions of these melodies of Canaan, while shrouded in the cloak of sincerity, are for the saving of Adam from hell and the accreditation of good works of obedience to the labourers. This teaching in sight and sound has absolutely nothing to do with the scriptural testimony of the Word of God.
The ‘wise understandings of the gatherer’ or ‘the song of contemplation of the assembler’ (Maschil of Asaph) is exclusively for the general assembly of the church of the first-born, which are written in heaven (Heb. 12:23). The natural man, that earthen vessel which is drawn away after the lusts and desires of the flesh, cannot hear these words for they are Spirit and truth. Adam cannot receive such things for he is incapable to know them. He is neither admonished nor exhorted to ‘give ear’ to God in order that he might hear, obey and live. He cannot hear, the word is too wonderful for his faculties and he has no power to change himself, his environment or his nature.
The Word of God, being in accord with the eternal will and purpose of God, proceeds from the mouth of Yehovah through the Spirit of God in the testimony of Jesus Christ to the truth of God within. This bears witness with our Spirit that we are the sons of God in verification of the hope of glory. Adam is of the earth, earthly and knows nothing of this. The wise gatherer came forth in the end of the world, being fashioned in the likeness of sinful man, to seek and save that which was lost. He scattered His people throughout the earth into every kindred, nation, tribe and tongue as a sower spreads his seed and in the time of the harvest, He went forth and thrust in His sickle to gather His wheat into his barns. Those who are of the eternal, incorruptible seed are born from above; these are His children and His chosen generation.
These are all the sheep of His pasture that have ears to hear Him. They have heard the voice of the Son of God and they live in Him and in the fullness of time, they have or shall hear His instructions to them to come out and be separate from the wickedness and corruption of the world. John heard this voice and leaped in his mother’s womb. Saul of tarsus heard it on the Damascin road and the thief on the cross heard it hours before the time of his habitation was over, but the chosen generation shall hear His voice and follow Him. Another’s voice they will not hear and a stranger they shall not follow just as Adam cannot hear the voice of the Master and therefore will not follow Him. To the wicked seed of the serpent, Jesus said that His words were not for them and therefore they could not hear them (John 8:43).
“Hear ye indeed but understand not and see ye indeed but perceive not “(Is. 6:10).
The prophet of old spoke of this and stated that it was God Himself who should make the heart of the people fat, their ears heavy and shut their eyes. His purpose was that they should hear and see but perceive and understand not lest they be converted and He be obliged to heal them (John 12:40). The Word of God is alive and powerful and should any of Adam’s seed hear the voice of Yehovah they would immediately respond, just as Lazarus did in the tomb. His commandments are obeyed without question or hesitation and the power of His will is irresistible, therefore He alone controls who should hear His Word and when they should react upon it. He spoke at the mount and Moses wrote all that He said. His Word is His law and the obedience to that law came from Yehovah to His anointed people as they were made willing in the day of His power (Ps. 110:3).
But the law in the wilderness was given in type and the shadow of heavenly things. This type did not rely upon the nature cognitive abilities of man to decipher, translate or interpret what God meant when He said, ‘Thou shalt or shalt not”. The Word of God was given with undeniable clarity and exacting accuracy and Moses understood what was said. The Spirit of God was given “in wisdom and in understanding and in knowledge and in all manner of workmanship, to devise cunning works, to work in gold and silver and brass; in the cutting and setting of stones, in the carving of timber and to work all manner of workmanship.” (Ex. 31:3). This wonder was to a specific group for a specific purpose for the express design of the praise (Judah) of God and the depiction of Him as the true and righteous judge (Dan). All others, in the tribe of Jacob and the house of Israel, were excluded from this particular blessing yet in the time appointed, it was put into the hearts of these enlightened ones to teach the members of “My Father’s tabernacle” (Aholiab) who were supported and upheld by their brethren (Ahisamach).
Then “every wise-hearted man in whom Yehovah put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, according to all that Yehovah had commanded” and “every one whose heart stirred him up to come unto the work and do it” heard and obeyed. Then they were made to hear, made willing by His power and caused by His Spirit to walk according to His commandments and keep His law. Now since Yehovah God does not and cannot change, can it be any different today with His people?
“I will open My mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old”
A great multitude of people were gathered (by the Gatherer) by the sea side and Jesus spake unto them and taught them in parables. The disciples were perplexed at this and asked Him “Why do you speak unto them in parables?” (Matt. 13:10). They felt that this was a great media teaching moment that should not be wasted in dark sayings with hidden messages. The natural mind thought and concluded that Jesus could have added to His following if He had just spoken clearly. Jesus rebukes the disciples for this mentality because it is the carnal nature of Adam which does not have the mind of God nor is acquainted with His ways. He told His disciples that they were given to hear and know the mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven but the masses of people were not. His Word is only for His people because unto them it is given, not only to believe but to suffer for the sake of that Word. To the Canaanites of the time, Jesus spoke in many parables and dark sayings, but unto His elect He speaks one similitude and reveals the mystery that has been hid from the beginning of the world. Though He spoke many parables on many different occasions to many different people yet they are one parable or similitude.
The Word of God is as singular as He is and His Word is truth. His Word became flesh and dwelt among His people. He came forth from the Father and spoke the word which the Father gave Him. The parable is an earthly representation of an heavenly truth, therefore the Word is truth. He was sent by the Father to perform His will and redeem His people and He did not return unto the Father void but accomplished all that He was sent to do. (Is. 55:11). Jesus spoke of the powerful sovereign rule of Yehovah God over all things. He spoke of His eternal love for His people and was anointed to proclaim the acceptable year of Yehovah and the day of vengeance of our God (Is. 61:2). These are not of many parables and similitude for God and His Word are one, therefore He speaks one parable of the all wise King of Kings who sits in the heavens and rules over all His creation.
The dark or hidden message is the same. It begins with “I am the Lord your God” and continues with His manifestation of that love to his people who are of every nation, kindred, tribe and tongue of the world. This was hidden from the arrogant presumptuous minds of man who concludes that because He gave His types and shadows unto one particular nation, then they are the chosen of God. But from the beginning God has revealed that He knows them that are His. He knew Abel, Enoch and Noah before the deluge and these were not of Israel of the flesh. He knew His elect servants Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who are the fathers in the generation but they had not the handwriting of ordinances or the ceremonies of the covenant. He knew Ruth the Moabite and raised her up to be the grandmother of David the king, a type of Messiah. The mystery of the gospel is hid in plain view and the natural man cannot see the beauty of His Holiness.
“We will not hide from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of Yehovah and His strength and the wonderful works that He has done”
The manifestation of the salvation of Yehovah is seen from the beginning when God made a covering for Adam and Eve. He alone can cover the sin of His people and it can only be covered (atoned for) by the blood of the Lamb who stood as He had been slain from the foundation of the world. This is not hidden from His children when in the time appointed of the Father He reveals Himself in them. To this generation, which is the generation of Jesus Christ is the power and the glory revealed as the Spirit teaches every man, know ye the Lord. Though this testimony and His faithfulness is from generation to generation it is not to many generations. It is only to the house of the first-born, that seed born of God and manifested as the Sons of God. To them is evidently declared that salvation is of Yehovah. They know that it is “not by might nor by power but by My Spirit saith Yehovah of Hosts” (Zech. 4:6) and they are taught daily that it is “not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to His mercy He saved us by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost, which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour” (Titus 3:5).
This is the work that He has done and it has been finished from before the creation came to pass. He finished His work for His generation and is seated at the right hand of the Father for He has entered into His rest (Heb. 4:3). One thousand years before the advent of the Redeemer, the Spirit testified that the work was God’s doing and it was finished. Therefore the children of the generation have that testimony and they keep the law of God.
There is another generation. It is a stubborn and rebellious generation whose hearts were not aright and whose spirit was not steadfast with God (78:8). These are of their father the Devil and the lusts of their father they perform. The Word is not for them. He did not come to offer them anything; He came to proclaim the vengeance of Yehovah against this generation. Again it is not many generations for these are of the seed of the serpent. They are the children of disobedience who cannot hear His Word and although the forbearance and long-suffering of Yehovah God was unto them for many years, they are not the sheep of His pasture; therefore they are none of His.
“That they might set their hope in God and not forget the works of God but keep His commandments”
God has removed the heart of stone form His elect family and has given them an heart of flesh. Upon this heart He has written His law and His Spirit causes His peculiar people, that royal priesthood and chosen generation, to walk according to His statutes. They are not born of the will of the flesh and they do not walk by the power of their might in Adam. They walk in the light of Yehovah. They are “filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and Spiritual understanding, that they might worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God, strengthened with all might according to His glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness; giving thanks unto the Father, which has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light” (Col. 1:9). Only these who have this hope of glory within can stand before the throne of God and sing the praises unto His name whereby they have been delivered from the sin of Adam, the bondage of corruption and the vengeance of God. These alone have been given that pure language whereby they may call upon the name of Yehovah to serve Him with one consent (Zeph. 3:9). And only these have that hope of glory within whereby they walk by the faith of the Son of God who loved them and gave Himself for them. Their expectation, which cannot be seen with the natural eye or proven to man, is the adoption when they shall be manifested as the Sons of God and their memory is the promised land of peace, Jerusalem from above.
The world seeks after signs and wonders in the heavens whereby they may predict the future but the natural man does not know the ways or the mind of God. When the disciples thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear, Jesus spoke a parable (Luke 19:11). He told His little flock, “that unto every one which hath shall be given and from him that hath not even that which he has shall be taken from him; but those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither and slay them before me”. The signs that are given for the elect lady and her children are the children of the generation of light. These are “for signs and wonders in Israel from Yehovah of hosts, which dwells in mount Zion” (Is. 8:18). His testimony to them is His finished work by the power of His right hand and His Holy arm, whereby He has gotten Himself the victory. He has overcome the evil one and has cast out the accuser of the brethren. He has overcome the world, He has satisfied the Law in all righteousness and He rules over all things. His sheep hear His voice and follow Him. His children are obedient to the perfect law of God wherein they “love Yehovah thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy might” (Deut. 6:5) and they love one another, which is the second commandment (Mar. 12:31).
“The wise understandings of the Gatherer, Listen obediently My people to My law and incline your ears to My Word from My mouth” “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” (Rms. 15:4).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
May 4, 2014