Psalm 71 (the work of the resurrection)
[[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.]] I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, [and] established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, [even] praise unto our God: many shall see [it], and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Blessed [is] that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Many, O LORD my God, [are] thy wonderful works [which] thou hast done, and thy thoughts [which are] to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: [if] I would declare and speak [of them], they are more than can be numbered. Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book [it is] written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart. I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest. I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy loving kindness and thy truth from the great congregation. Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy loving kindness and thy truth continually preserve me. For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me. Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me. Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil. Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha. Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified. But I [am] poor and needy; [yet] the Lord thinketh upon me: thou [art] my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.
…For [it is] not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and [sacrifices] for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and [offering] for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure [therein]; which are offered by the law; then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once [for all].
The entirety of the scriptures contain the declaration of Christ, the redeemer and beginning of the creation of God. The Lord once spoke by the prophet and likened humanity to clay, and Himself to the potter.
The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make [it]. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay [is] in the potter’s hand, so [are] ye in mine hand, O house of Israel. [At what] instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy [it]; If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. And [at what] instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant [it]; If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.
The scriptures in their entirety, declare that in one who would come, the Lord will re-create, re-generate, make anew, all things. The entirety of the scriptures reveal that that one would suffer, die, and be raised again, and in Him would redemption be found. It is in resurrection that this is effected. It is in resurrection that, as the scriptures declare that no flesh may glory in his presence, but that of God are we in Jesus Christ, who of God “is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: “That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord“.
The volume begins with a creation and a fall. It declares that one would be born of a woman and that the work of redemption would be laid upon him. The book begins with a tree and a river (sustenance for the body and soul). The river goes out in Genesis 1, works it’s work, and is revealed in it’s final and eternal estate in the last chapter of the scriptures, flowing from a tree, a tree whose leaves are for the healing of the nation, a tree like no natural tree, but one that converts inner light into sustenance and healing for others. A tree that does not merely drink water, it supplies it. The tree is not a tree, it is a people born to God in Christ, it is a representation of the finished work of the savior, the one told of from the beginning.
From the very beginning, the work of redemption is revealed in resurrection. The promised seed is murdered. Cain, it is written, was of the evil one. The seed had to be in the loins of Abel. The evil one, in Cain, bruised the heel of the savior, as it was told of him, but in resurrection, the seed of promise crushed the head of the evil one, and destroyed his purposes and thinking. The promise of God can not be nullified. Not even by the death of the one in whom the promise abides. God appointed to the woman, “another seed to take the place of Abel, whom Cain slew”. He was called Seth. And if you read carefully, the transition from chapters 4 to 5, you will read that the generations of Adam are named going forward, in Seth. Cane and his line self destruct. This is prophetic and extends to all the history of humanity to come. You are seeing it all around you. Any to be saved of all humanity must find themself in the line of Seth, the figurative man of resurrection. In all the volume of the scriptures going forward, the great river proceeds from the midst of the garden with the purpose of regeneration, to bring forth in the earth, a new people who would be the eternal house and abiding place of the Lord. In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood upon the steps of what was called the temple, and He cried:
If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet [given]; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
From the time the great river emerges from the Garden of God, it becomes four flows. One river at it’s source, with four distinct described attributes. Pison, Gihon, Hiddekel, and Euphrates. The names of these have meanings, and the meanings read in succession, give knowledge of purpose:
“INCREASE BURSTING FORTH RAPID FRUITFULNESS”
From the beginning of the book, the Spirit of God brooded upon the face of the deep as a dove broods over her nest. Out of death and chaos would be brought forth life and the orderly arrangement of a new thing. In Noah, the dove found no rest for the souls of her feet. But when Jesus would come up out of the water, unlike the ark and Noah, John saw the Spirit descend and abide bodily in the form of a Dove, upon the one God had spoken to John of. And in Jesus would it be fulfilled that was written in the book, and not only in Jesus alone, but in a people who would be born to God in Him:
[[A Song of degrees.]] LORD, remember David, [and] all his afflictions:
How he sware unto the LORD, [and] vowed unto the mighty [God] of Jacob;
Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed;
I will not give sleep to mine eyes, [or] slumber to mine eyelids,
Until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty [God] of Jacob.
Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood.
We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool.
Arise, O LORD, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength.
Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.
For thy servant David’s sake turn not away the face of thine anointed.
The LORD hath sworn [in] truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.
If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore.
For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired [it] for his habitation.
This [is] my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.
I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.
I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed.
His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish.
Jesus is the promise made to David, Jesus is the Israel of God. To comprehend the things written in the volume of the book, one must get beyond the old order of things, which Jesus declared from the cross to be finished, and Paul declared in the opening of the book to the Hebrews, to be the end of that age. One must get past the combined embraced errant expectations of Judeo-Christianity, and understand that all the promises of God are fulfilled in Christ alone, in resurrection. He IS the resurrection. Flesh and blood can not inherit the kingdom of God. Period. Only a new being, a new man (male or female distinction of your tent does matter or figure in this). I do not diminish the natural Jews. I magnify them as the ones in whom God foreshadowed all this, and brought forth His own Son, unto all peoples. And they have the same possibility of inheritance in Christ through faith in Him, that all do.
Now, the works of God have an end. It is folly to think that all things will continue as they are. The written word expounds that many times over. Christ was raised a spiritual house. And in the old order, the names of the sons of Jacob have meanings. They were organized into camps and tribes. The names of all these conspire to create a picture of the finished work of God, a people in whom Christ dwells in His fullness. The concluding book of the scriptures give a descriptive picture of the finished Christ of God, and it is written that it includes ALL the tribes of Israel. (Remember who the Israel of God is). NOT included in the final finished work, is the name Ephraim, which means fruitfulness (as in “be fruitful and multiply). It is reflected in the same last book of the scripture in declaring that the Euphrates is dried up. The INCREASE THAT RAPIDLY BURST FORTH is completed. It is not an open ended arrangement. When it is finished, it will be finished. When it is finished, all will be revealed. The final Christ of God will not bring forth another generation. This thing which the angels desire to look into, but are obliged to see as it is unfolded, is available and obtainable to you now. As the apostle wrote, “Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us, that we should be called the Sons of God”. And this is what the creation itself groans and awaits. Not the finalizing of dead religious works, not the prevailing of one nation and system over another, not a man floating down from outer space to sit on a chair and make flesh behave. All creation groans and travails together unto even this moment, awaiting the manifestation of the Sons of God, of whom Jesus is the first born, and forever the blessed preeminent one, in all things. The creation does not await man’s finished work, but God’s. And again, I emphasize, “sons” is not gender sensitive. It is neither male nor female. The gender of your earthly tent is irrelevant in this.
As the fifth chapter of Genesis declares the generation of Adam, so the gospel of Matthew declares the generation of Jesus Christ. It does not find it’s origin in Adam, but in what was in Abraham by faith. Concerning the one seed of promise, Abraham believed, and so was counted righteous. Our righteousness by faith in Jesus is the same that was found in Abraham. The same revealed hope is in you from the Father, that was in Abraham. If you count the names and their numbering from Abraham, to David, to the captivity, and to Christ, when you get to the man Jesus, before He was raised, you do not fulfill the count of 42 from Abraham. The Christ, the 42nd and final generation from Abraham (there will be no other) is fulfilled in a people, in resurrection. Jesus, and all added to Him by faith, from the time He came out of the grave, until this present moment, and until the Father sums this up and ends the age, is the 42 generation, to which all, by faith, have opportunity to be added. If the faith that was in Abraham is also in us, and comes to fruition, we are added to that generation. This is what is written concerning Christ, in the volume of the book.
Let no man steal your crown. The wrath and works of man will never accomplish this.