“How fair and how pleasant you are, O love for delight.”
There has always been and ever shall be a marked and profound difference between the perceived reality of what is seen and felt and the reality of the truth. Man is a creature that evaluates everything by means of his abilities, levels of education and the environment in which he lives which lead to varying conclusions and speculations. This natural trait is accentuated by the esteem of others whereby opinion, conjecture and conclusions are sought after with great regard to the credentials of the speaker.
Thus when the Lord of glory walked the earth and taught the perfect righteousness and long-suffering of God, the educated and revered were “astonished saying, from whence has this man these things? And what wisdom is this which is given unto Him, that even such mighty works are wrought by His hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, Joses, Juda and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us? And they were offended at Him” (Mk 6:2f). And again when He taught in their gathering places they marveled saying, “How does He know letters having never learned?” (Jn. 7:15).
Jesus answered these people who through the natural process of the man had evaluated Him and concluded that He was not fit to be a part of their world, that His doctrine was not His, as if a new teacher had arrived and was building his base of disciples to follow him, for He was the Elect Servant of God (Is. 42:1). He also said that His word was not for everybody and many there were who could not hear it (Jn. 8:43). He did not, however, leave the matter up for personal interpretation for He assured His disciples that the Spirit of God would give them comfort and teach them all things (Jn. 14:26) so that they would no more need every man his brother to say unto him, know the Lord, for His people are taught of Him (Heb. 8:11).
This has been the condition of Adam and the truth from the beginning. Truth to man is relative and limited to that which has been given to him but ‘the Truth’, which is the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah, is absolute. His Way is perfect and all His works are righteous and true and although the diminutive mind of man strives to reshape the way to straighten the crooked path and redefine the Word to make it palatable to the flesh and pleasing to his itching ears, yet the Word cannot be altered or tainted by these actions.
Solomon was given wisdom and understanding which far exceeded the natural limitations of Adam. This gift of God brought him great acclaim and notoriety whereby people traveled great distances to hear his wisdom. This gift also brought him great sorrow as it revealed the vanity of this world and futility of the labours of man. As Solomon walked the path set before him, he gave his heart to “seek and to search out by wisdom concerning all that is done under heaven...and I gave my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly and I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit, for in much wisdom is much grief and he that increases in knowledge increases sorrow” (Ecc. 1:12-18).
The fullness of this endeavour brought Solomon into favour and admiration of many women whom he loved and, as his heart was drawn away after the delicacies of the flesh and this world, he, the man, was not right before God; neither was his kingdom as beautiful and splendid as it appeared to the eyes of man. The conclusion of all that God taught him was not of the goodness of man, the fullness of the earth or the brilliance of man’s works; it was of emptiness, sorrow and death.
“Return, return O Shulamite; return, return that we may look upon you. What shall you see in the Shulamite? As it were the company of two armies” (Song 6:13)
Not one woman ever born unto man could compare with this magnificent woman. Her beauty could not be compared to any other for she was more splendid and brilliant than any other and all other woman. She is a complete woman having her children with her and everything she thinks, does or says is for her beloved for she is the ‘perfect peace’ (Shulamite). She is in competition with none other for the desire of her Beloved is upon her and all that He has done is for her. Nothing needs to be or can be added to this perfection either in quantity or quality and everything about her is in beautiful agreement (harmonious accord) for she is the exquisite delight of Yehovah God.
The same Word which spoke existence into being has proclaimed His Beloved to be more brilliant than all the beauty of this world not by works of kindness, righteousness or benevolence which she has done nor has He instructed her to make herself ready or clean herself up for she is beautiful having no defect, blemish, spot or shame (4:7). He does not love her because of what she has done or what mighty prospect she may have; His love is ever upon her for she is bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh. She is in Him in the beginning, which is Anointed, her obedience is His obedience and her glory and brilliance is His. It has been granted unto her to be clothed upon in the perfect righteousness of the saints because of all that her Beloved has done and she is at peace with God for all these works were finished from the foundation of the world.
It is difficult to imagine and impossible to comprehend that the whole of God’s creation is for His Beloved. He spoke light, energy, power, time and existence into being for His people and for His good pleasure all this was done. He created the earth empty and without form and fashioned it with all things necessary to first form and the to accommodate the earthen vessels that should inhabit. He made all men of one blood and established the times for each habitation and assigned labours to every man in his order with boundaries and limitations that could not be violated. Personally specific attention was given by Yehovah God to the time, circumstances and location of both the vessels which He had appointed unto the glory of receiving the incorruptible seed, born from above and those outfitted for destruction. Not one vessel failed to come into this world or came in a manner contrary to the perfect designs; neither did one depart before fulfilling their purpose and all assigned labours nor shall man be able to extend one past that appointed time of departure. God has done all this because of His eternal love for the ‘perfect peace’ wherein His heart delights.
“While we do not look at the things which are seen but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal but the things which are not seen, eternal” (II Cor. 4:18)
The eyes of the flesh can never see the beauty which is in the Beloved. His building was not made with hands being eternal in the heavens and nothing of the creation can prevail against it for it is the fortress of the Great King of the Eternity. The children of the King desire to see this beauty again when delivered from the body of this death but for now they see the natural; the beauty which is no beauty and the glory which fades away.
All that is seen and felt through the experiences of the flesh has been ordained of God, necessary and essential for His people. The trying of their faith by the absence of faith in man is not to produce faith but rather to prove that faith is the evidence of that which cannot be seen and therefore not of this existence. The proofs and assurances which the natural man desires are all secured in the realm of this existence which is incapable to the sons of God therefore they walk by the proof of that which they cannot see in this world and the evidence of that earnest expectation of the imminent return to the reality of His presence.
God has set His hand upon the earthen vessels of His children to reduce them back to the dust of the earth. The pressing down upon that which cannot sustain or resist is the manifestation of the love God for His people and has been ordained for good. This of course does not feel good to the recipient nor is this experience pleasant for the outer man knows that his time is short yet the promise of the Father is that when the body is weak then His grace is strong in the inner man so that no flesh shall glory in the presence of God. The conflict of the outer man against the inner man is constant in those whom the Lord has revealed Himself and as the days pass the pressing down causes the outer man to fight harder, struggling for his existence.
The conflicts and strifes of the natural man are magnified as the battle intensifies. Like Adam his connection to the earth causes him to seek the things of the earth as his support and confidence for all he does even though the conclusion is that nothing of this earth can sustain; “all rivers run to the sea yet the sea is not full unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again” (Ecc. 1:7). Though this is openly evident and repeated throughout creation yet man will never come to the knowledge of the truth for the truth is of the Spirit. He therefore is confined to labour and content for that which he perceives as glorious while seeking the comfort of that which is temporal.
This is why the religious leaders of the world raise the question, ‘what is wrong with the church?’ Together with a duty based doctrine of the traditions of men they seek to establish results that can be seen for the correction and improvement of that which cannot be tainted, is not broken and will never be diminished below the level of the perfect righteousness of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah. Man cannot fix her with his polluted hands neither can he alter anything that her loving Husband has ordained to come to pass for good.
The tapestry of the Tabernacle was interwoven with individual threads to the length and height specified of God in the pattern given in the mount. Each thread was meticulously made and placed in its precise order so as to form the curtains and the door with the veil and coverings and all the holy garments. In these weavings the Lord commanded that the bleached white finely twisted threads should be with scarlet, blue and purple to show the completed work of righteousness (white) interwoven with the royalty (blue) of the perfect sacrifice (scarlet) for the children of the King (purple). The presence of the unknown servant of God, (cherubim), was the mastery of the work to indicate that this was not of this world and though the nation of Israel looked upon it daily, yet the natural eye could not see the beauty.
The beauty of this earthly manifestation was seen in the face of Moses who stood before Yehovah and conversed with him but that glory could not be retained by the natural man. Moses used the brilliance of that glory as the evidence and authority that he had been with God but he put a veil upon his face that the people could not steadfastly look upon him as the glory faded. The glory of Yehovah descended upon the mount in the enfolding fire and when the Tabernacle was completed He came and set upon it in approval of what was done. His glory never changed but the objects are no long present.
When the Temple of Solomon was completed and the staves were removed the cloud of Yehovah filled the house as the glory of the Lord filled the building. All the people saw this glory, nevertheless there was no change made in the natural man. And this glory would soon fade in the business of government for when the ‘contention of the people’ (Jeroboam) led Israel to revolt, the kingdom was divided and many nations severed their duties and relationships with Judah. The gold was removed to bribe approaching armies and cheap brass facsimiles were constructed until the building was leveled. Many years later when the Lord raised up his servant to rebuild the Temple, the people who remembered the glory of the first cried at the so called glory of the second; yet the promise of Yehovah was that the later house would far exceed the glory of the first.
“...fairest among women...”
The cumulative beauty of all of God’s creation could never approach the beauty of His Bride. She is not hidden in a crowd for one to find and she needs no introduction for she is more brilliantly beautiful than all other and to those who have eyes to see, she shines forth as the Son. He has glorified the Father in all that He has done and finishing the work before time began, He is seated in the place of authority (right hand) of the Father for He alone is worthy. She is the glory of the fullness of the Godhead for she is one in Him. As he is Holy so is His body and as he is glorified in the Father so is the church glorified in Him; “And the glory which You have given Me I have given them that they may be one even as we are one” (John 17:22).
She is the perfect peace of God which passes all understanding for everything about her is in beautiful agreement and harmony. There can be no one who is made to agree with her for they would have to have been disagreeable to her first, thereby needing to be changed. She is as consistent as her Head who never changes and she is “set apart by God the Father and preserved in the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah and called” (Jude 1). He has ordered His creation for His Beloved and no man can change that.
It is such a disquieted discomfort of confusion as the Spirit reveals what wretched men we are in Adam, striving for that which we think we need, laboring for that which cannot profit and being encumbered with that which shall fade away. Truly it is His mercy and His great love that He does not regard the guilt, rebellion and arrogance of our being but rather He is the Designer, Maker and Commander of this vile creature for good to them that love Him, to the called according to His purpose.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
May 6, 2018