John Baartz - Lamb of God - Dumaresq, New South Wales, Australia - 1958

In Exodus 34:2 we read,  “Be ready in the morning and come up in the morning unto Mount Sinai, and present thyself there to Me in the top of the mount.” God is calling and has something to tell us. We do not need to climb the mount in our weariness. A night’s rest and we receive a new lease of energy. The morning time is God’s appointed time. John 1:29, “Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.” The lamb is mentioned many times in the Bible. It is the first animal mentioned and it is also prominent in the last book of the Bible. In the case of Abel, the offering and the offerer were accepted. No wonder the Scripture speaks freely of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

 

In Exodus 12, it was a lamb for a family. God is here amongst His people beholding Him. Isaiah 11:6, “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid.” I would that the spirit of the Lamb could be amongst us. Yesterday we heard of the spirit of a little child. It speaks of desiring the sincere milk of the word. The little lamb gets milk on his knees, and that is where we will get the sustenance for our soul, on our knees. Walking up to the house this morning, I noticed a sheep on the dewy wet grass. He did not get a bite here and a bite there but he gradually moved into it. May we appreciate the pasture that the shepherd has prepared for us. Amos speaks of the king’s mowing. There is no way of obtaining a soft, dense, velvety lawn but by mowing. The more mowing, the more dense it becomes. The Psalmist says, “He shall come down as rain upon the mown grass.” Don’t be afraid of the scythe, there will always be a shower to follow; there shall be times of blessing. He who has our interests at heart will make no mistake. The hand that bled is the hand that holds the fan.

 “What can wash away my stain? nothing but the blood of Jesus.

What can for my sins atone? nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Nought of good that I have done, nothing but the blood of Jesus.”

 

“When Christ who is our life shall appear, then shall we also appear with Him in glory.” Christ is our life; He is all or nothing to the trusting children of God, and when He shall appear, then shall we also appear with Him. We might be in the background now, but it is in the darkness that the photographer brings out the subject of his work. In the dark experiences of our life, the hand of God works on our life and will bring out the best in our life. In Isaiah’s prophecy, “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall like down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.”

 

The work that is wrought by the spirit of the lamb makes it possible for men and women in the spirit of a little child, to have a wonderful effect in leading others. Transformation of our disposition, a stronghold of sin, wolfish ferocity, leopard-like treachery, lionlike cruelty are all overcome by the spirit of the Lamb. The spirit of a little child in the home and in the church is the evidence of the loving hand of God subduing us. Sympathy is a wonderful thing; compassion was in the heart of Jesus. Compassion means, “I suffer with them.” We can sympathize with and help one another. First there was Abel’s lamb and then a lamb for the family. God’s people meet in small numbers in consecrated homes. Individually, they are living members of a family and do not have to pay someone to look after them. “The gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” God would say, “What I put into the hearts of my children, the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will not let the gates of hell prevail against those precious truths because it is founded upon the supreme sacrifice of the Lamb.”

 

In Isaiah, the lamb was for the Jewish nation. There is something about the flesh of a lamb of the first year. It has a sweetness and flavour and you can tell the difference from older meat. I hope we will feast upon the Lamb, walk with the Lamb, and be conscious of the cleansing blood of the Lamb as we are partakers of His life. First the individual lamb, then the lamb for the household, then the lamb for the Jewish nation, and now we have the Lamb for the whole world, for the sins of all the world. God works not hurriedly but thoroughly and makes it possible to manifest a little of the spirit of the Lamb.

 

In Revelation 19, John heard a voice as the sound of many waters. In comparison to this, I find the Lord’s voice is somewhat like a dripping tap. “The marriage of the Lamb is come and His wife hath made herself ready.” The Lamb’s wife and the Lamb’s book of life were part of John’s experience in Revelation. In Revelation 13 there was an image that rose up from the sea. It was very deceptive having ten horns and seven heads, all suggestive of great authority and power, but it did not deceive John because he was looking for a Lamb. Further on another image arises out of the earth representing more deception. The first one was like a leopard, an illustration of what is in our human nature. It had no power to bring about regeneration in that ministry; it was wrong and false. The second image was like a lamb but still the old dragon voice was there.

 

In chapter 14 it says, “Lo, a Lamb stood on Mount Sion.” The other ministries came from the earth and from the sea but John looked heavenward. God asked Moses to come up to the mount in the morning. John looked heavenward. There is no mention of outward show: no horns, no crowns or heads but something very precious to us. There is a throne there. There are thrones of judgement and thrones of grace. You cannot know the benefit of the thrones of grace unless you know something of the thrones of judgement.

 

There was a song of wonderful harmony of the hundred and forty-four thousand. Only the redeemed could learn it. He is both miracle and mystery, prophecy and promise. “Without controversy, great is the mystery of Godliness.” “God was, in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them.” But He was bringing the remedy. Paul said, “We have no recommendation or authority..” but God put it in him and He changed Paul’s life.

 

In Isaiah 11, “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb. In Acts 9, it is typical of the old wolf nature, Saul breathing out threatening and slaughter but then God entered in and in verse 11 God says to Ananias, “Behold he prayeth. The germ of a saint was in the chiefest of sinners and it would not rest till it broke through every barrier.


There are three aspects in the life of Jesus: first of His coming where the shepherds found Him in a manger and then the wise men found him in a house but Simeon found Him in the temple. Simeon came in at the right moment, on the spiritual beam we all need to be on. He took the little child up in his arms and said, “Lord now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word, and the glory of Thy people Israel.” Simeon was waiting for the consolation of Israel but where did he hear about the consolation? It was in the word of God. He valued the written word and the spoken word. What does ‘consolation’ mean? It is ‘intensive comfort.’ When Barnabus surrendered, his name meant ‘son of exhortation’ but he was later called the ‘son of consolation.’ You can give intense comfort to the little church, too.

 

I was in Hong Kong last year and conditions there are not very appealing to anyone naturally, but what has appealed to those foreign people over there is the love of God’s servants for their Master. I sat at tea in a little house where a number of Workers had gathered. A sister Worker brought over a little bowl of soup and offered it to me and instinctively, I put out my two hands, and that is an old Chinese custom, a way of showing real appreciation. God wants us to show Him real appreciation for all He has done. In Proverbs 16, wisdom is offering her best with both hands, “Length of days is in her right hand, riches and honour in her left.”

 

In Proverbs 17:16 we read, “Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it.” He wants it but he is only putting out one hand. In Proverbs 31, we read of the virtuous woman. Paul wrote about the bond between husband and wife regarding Christ and the Church. The virtuous woman had the confidence and love of her husband’s heart, and it tells about what is in her hands. “The heart of her husband trusteth in her.” Her husband is known in the gate, what a lot of restive in that man’s judgement and he trusteth her. She seeketh wool and flax so is working with her hands. All is so little in comparison of what we have been given. Human love is generally known by what we give but love divine is clarified by what we have left. “She considereth a field and buyeth it" because of the work of her hands, not one hand but both.

 

Isaiah 3:41, “Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.” Let Him see we are not taking the attitude of a fool, but it springs from our heart. Proverbs 31:31, “Give her the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.” Let the fruit of her hands praise her life of fruitfulness. Fruit is actions not words. May we be moved by the Lamb of God and the supreme sacrifice to give Him our all and our best.