The LORD looks down from heaven
on the sons of men
to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.
The flood, tower of Babel, and Abraham and the 12 tribes which came from his body are a parallel to the work of Jesus, the Acts accounts of tongues and the 12 apostles whose real lives came from Jesus' body. The flood was an act and choice of God, creating virtually a new world around the life of one man; while the work and choice of Jesus created another world, the secret, unseen family of God. The tower resulted in God confusing men by the introduction of separate languages while the tongues brought the sons together and authenticated the life that had been created apart from the visible one. The 12 patriarchs fathered the earthly family of God's children while the 12 apostles were the beginnings of the spiritual family, of those living at the time. We could patch together lots of similarities and parallels, because these stories are for the teaching about the new life into which we have been born. They all have something to do with the life that is truly life (as opposed to merely existing as an animal amongst a world full of the same); that which the apostles experienced in the first century.
These chapters transition from Noah and the time directly after the flood straight into Abram, which is good for us because in their experiences, along with those of all God's holy men, the sons will find their identities. Their ordinary human existences were broken into by the living God, which made their real lives, the unseen reality, very unordinary. Each time this happened, the purpose of God is incrementally established and uncovered, as the family of God will eventually be completed and defined by these many, yet few, recorded interactions between the unseen Father and His secret sons. They heard His voice and responded to what He called them to do and be, and their lives became a type of teaching memorial to the family of God. We can see how that worked out in the life and consciousness of the Son who learned by the life of the Father (the holy spirit) living in him to teach him about what the scripture said regarding God's dealings with all of those men who interacted with and loved Him. Ultimately he would learn about the path he would take and the life he would author by being and remaining the first animal who was perfectly clean. That choice to listen to the Father and therefore remain clean would save all of the sons of God by allowing them to become clean as he had been clean, by the choice of the Father to transform them into clean sons.
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
In the same way our lives, which looked mundanely similar to every other of the humans, was so radically changed by the Lord's visitation and subsequent habitation in our bodies. That is the unseen kingdom of the spirit-born sons and its continued growth in the places of our heart where the humans cannot see. Out of very normal looking circumstances we were called to be secretly different, to know and have a life that is known only to us. It is a life of which we could not, no matter how hard we tried, explain or prove the validity. That is because it is a life where everything happens in a world that cannot be seen or accessed by natural beings. Its existence and validity can only be witnessed by those who have been chosen to have that same life in them as the apostles had.
If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
So how are the sons any different than all the crackpots you hear screaming on the radio about the holy spirit, or any number of other "christians" who say that the holy spirit god talks to them and they have a relationship with the gods? I have to say that it does actually bother me when I turn on the radio and hear the preachers using the same phrases we use. But then they start talking about satan as a fallen angel evil demigod and the counterpart jesus god taking all the "good people" to heaven and I'm relieved a bit because I know they're talking about the jesus, devil, spirit, father, heaven and hell made up by humans in the second and third centuries, which has nothing to do with what is being revealed to us apart from our doing.
Because they believe certain things about Jesus and the devil, made up by men in the second century, the "christians" are speaking about another god, church, christ, and spirit altogether. Their jesus god cannot be the firstborn among many brothers now because his work didn't effect anything substantial if he existed beforehand as a god who came down to man. If the purpose of our life is to become as he was, then attaining to godhood should be in order for all of the christians. That is what the created hierarchy is all about in the modern day churches. As the humans work their way up the church's corporate ladder, they become more and more singled out as like little gods among the plebeian onlookers. The highest point in their ego food chain is the pastor god who stands up in front of all the people to be admired and adored for the great position he has attained to among the common people.
Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" Immediately he was cured of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, "See that you don't tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them."
That would have been the testimony that the prophet Moses spoke about had come to Israel, but the priests and the leaders wouldn't recognize him because they were looking for one thing while God was bringing another.
The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers.
God raised him up but kept his identity secret from those who presumed to know, while He revealed the identity of the Son of David to just a handful of unlikely common Israelites, those who were looked down on by the ones who sat in Moses' seat, yet didn't lift a finger to shepherd God's flock.
Woe to the worthless shepherd,
who deserts the flock!
May the sword strike his arm and his right eye!
The secret sons of the hidden Father are attaining to the life of the good Son who was himself kept a secret by God, ruled by the Father instead of the animal, so that they can find the treasure, which is His love—hidden and sealed off from the world just like their brother who is the cornerstone of God's secret house. So where do the sons find their identity, as they come to understand that it cannot be within the models of human communities created in the name of their made up gods. It is actually an invisible community, not amongst the humans at all because they remain unseeing—unable to understand because the revealing of the hidden Father doesn't just happen to whomever wants to have it, as the christians encourage each other to think.
The LORD had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you.
"I will make you into a great nation
and I will bless you;
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
The community of the sons of God—what Jesus called the kingdom of God's domain (kingdom of heaven, of the unseen world) where he is the king of the Israel of God—is realized within the experiences of the people chosen and called by God to become separated from that which isn't chosen and called by God. The word they hear is that same word Abram heard, written about in the scriptures as the unhearable word that is used by the spirit, called the word that is alive (living word), to teach the sons of God the same way it taught all of God's true sons, including and especially Jesus (the real Jesus, not the made up jesus god which is the only identity know to the humans anymore. The accounts of Noah, Abraham, Judah (natural lineage of Jesus) and the nation of Israel—the natural account—is different (although not unimportant) for the sons than are the experiences of Noah, Abraham, Joseph and the secret life of God which was revealed to just a few men, hidden from the natural yet available for the sons to read about, which tells the story of their true brothers who heard the secret voice of the Father and responded.
"Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.
If we look around we can see all kinds of what appears to be life around us. That is the world into which we were originally born, filled with animals, plants and humans—collectively and deceptively called life, since everything is just dying, not living. Also, each one of these which exists or has existed is given a consciousness, or existence, for a set number of years. We also lived in this world, considering it life, because we considered ourselves alive, like everyone else does. Now we know that what we once considered life is not life at all, because everything in this natural creation is actually just death waiting to happen. Nothing is able to go on living after its time has expired, so how can we consider that life? Life that is truly life on the other hand can only come from God, because God is the only source of life without end.
Jesus called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."
Without a small part of that life living in a natural being such as we were, we are relegated to the same demise as everything else we can see which starts to die shortly after it becomes mature. That is another reason why Jesus said that the disciples would have to become like children, because the child is growing while the mature man once he reaches maturity is on a sure, steady march toward death. We can also note Jesus referring to this life, or what seems to be life, what people consider life; to not be life at all. Paul also refers to another life, which he terms "truly life," negating the actual reality of this life—what we can see with our eyes—being life. Now, though, we consider ourselves born into this other life, which Jesus and Paul refer to.
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me. Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man's reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.