A People Who Stand Before God

And Jeremiah said to the house of the Rechabites, “Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘Because you have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts and done according to all that he commanded you, therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: “Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not lack a man to stand before Me forever”
— Jeremiah 35:18-19 NKJV

There are only two men in the world: the first man Adam and the last man Adam. Every single one of the billions of people on the earth live by the standards of either one or the other. Most people live by the standard of the first man, Adam; a significant minority of people live by and abide in the last man Adam, who is Christ. The core aspect of Adam’s being, fashioned by the Father’s hands, was that he would produce after his own kind. Out of him would come sons of the Father who would be postured in their hearts to obey the Father and steward the earth according to His principles. When sin entered Adam’s heart, he violated his relationship with the Father and produced the exact opposite of the Father’s initial purpose. The sin that entered Adam became the core and framework of everything that came out of him. A disobedient man produces a disobedient people.

In contrast, the last man Adam, the Son of God who became the Son of Man, was of a different Spirit. Lowering Himself from His position He had held from eternity past, He made Himself of no reputation, took on the form of flesh, and once again established a righteous path and way. He did this so that all mankind would know who they are in the Father, understand their identity in Him, and be restored as the sons of God. This man Christ became the very seed that went into the ground to die, only to produce a multitude of seeds within Himself that would become known as the sons of the Father.

All we have to do to see how bad things have become is to look around us. Sin, in all its manifestations such as wickedness, perversion, disobedience, violence, and the like, is rampant in our world and seeks relentlessly to create a society where people who ignore the Father, who dis-acknowledge that He is truly alive and that He cares. Our world is a minefield littered with traps of deception that people fall into easily, becoming victims who only produce the works of the flesh. The times may have continued to evolve, but one thing is certain: Christ, the last man Adam, walked this earth 2000 years ago and faced the very same things we do, but on a more intense level—and overcame every aspect of temptation. He refused to stoop to the voice of the enemy, but lived faithfully by the righteous standard of the Father. He was scorned, mocked, abused, and spat at, but He stood His ground as a faithful, loyal, honorable, and righteous Son of God. His death, burial, and resurrection imputed to us more than just salvation; as the firstborn Son of the Father, He became both the standard and the door by which there now will never be a lack of a man in becoming the sons of God.

The name “Rechabites” means to be soft. This does not mean they were gullible, but that their hearts were soft toward the Father. They stood their ground on the very things that pleased Him and were not influenced by the things that pleased the world. Where sin abounds, the grace of our Father abounds much more. As the sons of the Father start to represent and reveal Him, the greater the manifestation of everything that is in darkness. Just as Christ has empowered us as a righteous seed by restoring us to our original position in the Father, as we lead our lives in Him, there will be no lack of sons who will stand before the Father, giving Him complete praise, worship and adoration.