News of the miserable Town of Mansoul falling under siege to the melanistic monster, Diabolos, soon came to the open court of heaven. Although the King, his Son too, had foreseen all this long before, the reason being because he knows and has foreordained from the beginning of the world whatsoever comes to pass (Acts 15:18; 4:27f), he had not yet told everybody about it. For first in private, then in public, he lamented Mansoul’s fall. The King had said plainly that, ‘‘it repented him that he had made man, and it grieved him at his heart. Gen. 6:5-6.”
This language of the King needs to be clarified in the light of the rest of his Word. It does not mean that he was disillusioned with Mansoul, nor that there was any uneasiness in him because of the gravity of the situation. Nor was there any disturbance made to his mind. But he expresses the reaction of the King’s holiness against the sin and the sinners of Mansoul, against sin as odious to his holiness, and against sinners as offensive to his justice. The King elsewhere uses similar language. He is wearied (Isa 43:24) and broken over their sins (Ezek. 6:9). His word repent (Nacham) means “to draw the breath forcibly.” and “to sigh, to groan, to lament, to grieve.” It is synonymous with grieved in the same Genesis text. This reveals how intensely God hales sin. It grieves him to the heart. But when God repents, he does it as God, and not as man. Yet he sets us an example that we, as men, may repent of our sin, hate it and be grieved in heart for it. Man’s repentance, indeed, is a change of mind, and that with respect to himself, regarding himself as helpless, hopeless and undone; a change of mind with respect to God, from hatred to love of him: and a change of mind concerning all things, loving what he once hated, and hating what he once loved. But God’s repentance is no change of mind, “for he is in one mind and who can turn him?” (Job 23:13). God never changes in his attributes, but He does will a change in his attitudes. He does not change his mind, but does change his methods. He does not change his will, but does will change. So God does repent as God: “It repenteth (Grieves) Me that I have set up Saul to be king.” (I Sam. 15:11). But in the sense in which man repents, that of regret for a former procedure, or a change of mind, God does not so repent, for “the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent, for he is not a man that he should repent.” (15:29). There is no change in God: the change is in man. God’s repenting is in harmony with his sovereign, eternal purpose. He sovereignly determined the Fall, yet the Fall grieved him. He determined from eternity that the carnal seed should persecute his people, and that grieves him. He predetermined the development of sin, and he grieves over that increasing fulness of sin. This is true because he sovereignly wills to be grieved. In speaking this way, we speak of God anthropomorphistically. i.e. in a human way, the only way we know to speak of him. God’s repentance is God moving in the execution of his counsel. And his counsel, in the mystery of his will, did dictate the Fall of Mansoul. But also in the counsel of eternity the recovery of Mansoul was planned in such a way that the King, his Son and the Spirit would get themselves eternal fame and glory by it.
Therefore, at a certain time prefixed by these Three, the King’s Son would take a journey into the vast territory called Universe, which he himself created. He would in the way of justice make amends for the sin and wickedness of depraved Mansoul, and lay the foundation of its complete deliverance from Tartarean tyranny. Prince Immanuel, then, would wage war on the giant, drive him out of his hold, capture it for himself and make it his habitation. There would be a beautiful record of his divine, eternal determination drawn up and published in all parts of Immanuel’s kingdom. These eminent deliberations in the court of heaven could not be contained there long. The highest heavenly officers themselves would come down to Universe and declare it all on Earth. But before this could occur, in fact, as soon as Diabolos heard of it, he took steps to keep the good tidings from Mansoul’s ears. He scattered spies throughout the whole town. They would clot the gates, Eye-gate and Ear-gate. They would suppress and stamp out all plotting against the diabolonian dominion. These spies worked under one, Scribble Filth, who had charge of spreading everywhere books on black art and witchcraft, atheistical pamphlets, lascivious literature, ribald romances, dirty ditties and obscene pictures. This flood-tide of corruption swept into schools among boys and girls, where it was all swallowed up with avidity, so that everyone, adults too, were saturated in sensuality. The planned result was that less and less regard was paid to Shaddai and his religion. Then the further intended result was that a black-cloud of secret despair filled the hearts of men, so that, unconsciously, they gave up, and said, “We may as well enjoy the full pleasures of sin,” which they went ahead and did.
Well, you may be sure that King El Shaddai was not going to stand for the total enslavement of Mansoul under the vile rule of that one of serpentine ancestry. So he sent an army of forty thousand men to recover the town of Mansoul. His Son, the Prince, was not personally at the head of this army, as he was held in reserve to lead later forces. This contingent was led by four mighty, rough-hewn men: Captains Boanerges, Conviction, Judgment and Execution. Each had under them ten thousand men like themselves, men of iron! These captains were standard-bearers (Isa. 49:22), unflinching and unfainting (ct. Isa. 10:18) Their banners emblazoned the truth (Psa. 60:4). Boanerges, the chief captain, had on his ensign the Thunder of All Heaven, and on his escutcheon were Three glittering, burning thunderbolts (Mark 3:17). Standard-bearer Captain Conviction had an ensign and escutcheon which bore the Wide Open Book of the Law from which issued a flame of fire! (Deut. 33:2). The standard of Captain Judgment flew the escutcheon of a Burning Fiery Furnace (Matt. 13:41f). Captain Execution bore an ensign emblazoned with Justice, with his escutcheon in deep red colors bearing the figure of a Fruitless Tree with an Ax set at its Roots (Matt. 3:10). These valiant warriors of the King were sent to make war on the town of Mansoul to wrest it from the power of Beelzebub.
Now these courageous standard-bearers, having made march on Mansoul, emplaced themselves at Ear-gate, where they planned their assault. At the intelligence of this threatening encampment entrenched against Mansoul, its implacable usurper-king, though a cunning fox, was nevertheless deathly afraid (he said only “half afraid”) of these heavenly ministers. However, he did succeed in alienating the minds of his slaves from these servants of the Prince, and armed them cap-a-ple with an all but imperviously hardened heart. These poor slaves themselves were stricken with panic. They ran out into the streets, as though out of their wits, crying, they knew not to whom, for help! for rescue from these men who turn the world upside down! men who destroy our peace!
When the trumpeters of Boanerges sounded summoning blasts on their trumpets (Isa. 58:1), the people of the town stopped up Ear-gate (Zech. 7:11). Old Angry Prejudice with sixty deaf men surrounded that gate with a containment of dead silence. On either side of the gate were two towers with two gun emplacements, called, respectively, Heady and Highmind. They were cast in the Luciferian Foundry by Simper Puff-up. The King’s Captains saw they must break open Ear-gate, or they could never take the town. So with a formidable host at defended and deafened Ear-gate, they prepared to give out the Word.
“If you stand in a street where the traffic is abundant—where the constant thunder of rumbling wheels creates a din—it would be difficult to preach so as to command an audience, for the abundant sound would prevent all hearing; and, to a great extent, the mass of mankind are just in that position as to the joyful sound of the gospel; the rumbling of the wheels of commerce, the noise of trade and the cries of competition, the whirl of cares and the riot of pleasures— all these drown the persuasive voice of heavenly love, so that men hear no more of it than they would hear a pin fall in the midst of a hurricane at sea. Only when God unstops the ear is the still small voice of truth heard in the chambers of the heart.” C.H. Spurgeon.
Thank God you are privileged to be hearers of the gospel! “Incline your ear and come unto Me; hear, and your soul shall live!”