January 1st.

Genesis 1-2 / Psalms 1-2 / Matthew 1-2

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Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."

The beginning of the explanation of the reason for the created world and the purpose for its creation. A brief and simple explanation it is, which suffices because the point is not in proving anything about the veracity of a God's design versus an accident. The reason the words exist is that within them is the secret purpose and plan of the hidden God who hides Himself on purpose from the humans. He intended the words to be preserved, not for the sake of the world full of humans to be able to argue for or against, but for the secret family He has been gathering up since the beginning, a plan which circumvents the humans and their ability to argue, maneuver, manipulate, control, explain or refute.

The dilemma of the sons regarding their animal consciousness and how it came to be is contained within the first 3 chapters of this book about the beginnings of time as it applies to their animal heritage. Its existence and the nature they are born into because of it is an important fact to establish with regards to their being able to hear what the teacher has to say to them. Their destiny—that they become right with the Father and set apart from what contaminates—is the reason for being chosen to be able to hear. That they might become useful and enjoyable to Him versus being an ordinary animal which cannot be brought near to Him—therefore cannot be enjoyed by Him as something dearly loved like His own son—is their destiny and reason for existing. Everything else brings nothingness and is a waste of time.

The journey to the Father is long and hard, full of confusing subtleties and misinformation that constantly muddies the understanding of the way to Him. The prejudice and bias we learned to take into our selves before the calling makes the comprehension of what the Father wants, expects and commands from His own children extremely difficult. They are what the sons of God become engaged in fighting as they walk along the path that goes to the Father, but they are also the sons' very identities, their own selves that they learned to protect and keep intact with the ferocity of any wild animal wanting and needing to survive. That is why it's so difficult a time trying to abandon the old way of looking upon our selves so fondly and protecting what we have and are so vigorously, just to adopt a way that is unpalatable to everything we learned to become and in fact are, in all our own personal glory.

And God said, "Let the earth grow grass, plants yielding seed of each kind, and trees bearing fruit of each kind, that has its seed within it upon the earth." And so it was. And the earth put forth grass, plants yielding seed of each kind, and trees bearing fruit that has its seed within it of each kind, and God saw that it was good.

And God made wild beasts of each kind and cattle of every kind and all crawling things on the ground of each kind, and God saw that it was good.

And God said, "Let us make a human in our image by our likeness, to hold sway over the fish...and the fowl...and the cattle and the wild beasts and all the crawling things that crawl upon the earth.

And God created the human in His image,
in the image of God He created him,
male and female He created them.

And God said, "Look, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the face of all the earth and every tree that has fruit bearing seed, yours the will be for food. And to all the beasts...and fowl...and all the crawls...which has the breath of life in it, the green plants for food. And so it was.

The plants and trees were made one day, the fish and birds another, and the animals and humans on another. The divisions are important. "Plants yielding seed of each kind, and trees bearing fruit of each kind, that has its seed within it." 'Of each kind' is signification that the seed yielded by the plant and within the particular fruit would say what kind of fruit it was. That each one would contain its own particular seed within it is an important notation. If you planted a seed from an apricot tree, it would grow up as an apricot tree, etc. The seed is the beginning, which will determine what kind of tree would grow from it. The tree which grew up from it, determined by what kind of seed it was, would also produce fruit which again would contain seed which could be planted as the cycle started over again.

When God made the animals it is important to note that it says He also made them "of each kind," (the same way He made the plants and trees). However, there's no seed mentioned regarding the animals. There is a distinction between the plants and animals, as the animals "have the breath of life in them," whereas the plants do not. Yet the animals are still governed by something like the seed which designates what they are, it causes them to be a certain thing, to be "of each kind." That thing inside the animals, which determined that it would be an animal first of all, and then what type of animal, was something inherent within each of them, which they would pass on as "seed" to the next generation.

There was a difference between the animals and the humans, even though both would "have the breath of life in them." The human was given a different kind of seed, which would differentiate that what came from that seed would keep its designation intact. There was also something very different about the animals which were produced from the land—livestock, wild animals, and crawling things—and the fish and birds, which were made on the fifth day not the sixth.

There was also something similar about the humans and the animals which were produced from the earth—livestock, wild animals, and crawling things—animals that were intended to be, live and crawl on the earth with the humans (instead of flying in the air or swimming in the sea). They were both created on the sixth day, they both had the breath of life in them, but the human was created in God's image—the animals were not. The important thing to notice is not how different they were, but how similar they were. Both created the same day, both being made from the earth, and both having the breath of life in them.

And the Lord God commanded the human, saying, "From every fruit of the garden you may surely eat. But from the tree of knowledge, good and evil, you shall not eat, for on the day you eat from it, you are doomed to die."

The fruit of this particular tree, along with the fruit from the tree of life, was different than all the rest. It contained the seed which designated a different statement, the statement of death within it, for the one who ate that fruit. Its fruit looked good to the eyes like all the other fruit trees, but its eating would produce much different results. All of the trees besides these would produce sustenance, the fruit from one of the two special trees would produce life, and the other death. That is the first thing recorded that God said to the human, and it has significance as to what He wants the sons to know because it's about their heritage and why they are what they are. It's about, once they understand that which lives in them because of that heritage, what they must come away from as they learn to comprehend how it works, particularly in each of them in their own particular animal identities which keep them separated from the Father just because of what it inherently and consistently is—opposed to God by being enslaved to itself in the little bubble of its own existence to and for its own self. In simple terms, the condition of man is one of being only able to serve itself all the time and no matter what it does it cannot escape that necessity to tend to its own welfare because it's driven to that state and condition by the instincts that live within it, making it a slave to its own preservation.

And the two of them were naked, the human and his woman, and they were not ashamed.

The significance of this verse will be further explained later, when they immediately became ashamed because of fear, produced by the introduction of the death of their condition of being innocent before God—not filled with a will of their own which was to survive because all of a sudden they weren't being cared for by God, but were all alone, left to tend to their own welfare and fend for themselves—what they chose by trusting the animal instead of the God who made them. They had the choice but didn't trust their God who wanted to be the Father—that He knew what was best for them—but instead what the animal was offering them, the chance to be like gods themselves.

Leave it to say that they were blissfully ignorant and they only knew the good that God extended to them. They were made in God's image because of His intention to extend sonship to them, so that they were more like a son than a stranger or something which didn't resemble Him. It was God's intention for them to know His love, but love can only come from trusting. The human was holding sway over the animals until it trusted the one animal singled out as that which was more cunning than all the others. Then the animal (the serpent, the devil, satan if you will) was allowed to hold sway over the humans, who became not bound to God as they were before, but now they were bound to the same snake they trusted instead of trusting God. Before they were personal to Him, and He knew them. He held them in high esteem as a being He wanted to be close to, so that they could have been the makings of a family for God who doesn't want to be alone.

The knowledge of good and evil was not something He intended for them, because knowing it meant it had to be a part of them—they had to be partakers of evil to know it. Evil means based on the cycles of death rather than life, which was good, and only God is good because only God has life. Knowing evil meant that death had to become part of their nature, who they were; and it would become a thing that was also built in to their "seed," or the designation of what they actually were at their core—their natural, instinctual character that defines them as what they are. That is what we call the consciousness, or nature of that particular being. It is what drives, leads and guides them; therefore what they serve because they listen to its voice and obey it.

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the spirit of God.

This is the beginning of another world because it defines Jesus as what he truly was. Separating him from every other human and designating him as the firstborn of many brothers, born not of the seed or will of any human, but of God, of spirit which is the essence of the life of God and how He interacts with the natural creation. That is, unseen, unheard, unfathomable essence that does not conform to the laws of the natural creation. He follows no mandatory route established by the humans. He goes wherever He wants and does whatever He wants without being contained, controlled or even noticed by the humans—unless He wants them to notice.

That is the beginning of the life of a son of God, when the Father and His plan and purpose is revealed to him. Then begins the journey of a deconstruction of what he is at his core, which is nothing like a quick and easy process but rather a long, slow movement away from the reality of being an animal with an animal's identity toward becoming a being like God, which is necessary to his position as a son of God. The sons of God cannot remain what they naturally are—animals driven by the instincts that live in the animals to make them do and be what they are—so the transformation away from that identity is the motive for the commands that govern the covenant that God will be making with the particular son, as per his own condition with all the particulars that go along with it.

 

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