Lot raised his eyes and saw the whole plain of the Jordan, saw that all of it was well-watered...and Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan...and he set up his tent near Sodom.
And the woman saw that the tree was good for eating and that it was lust to the eyes and the tree was lovely to look at.
Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: "You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving."
Seeing with natural eyes is never understanding the things of God, which is the curse and plight of the humans because those things cannot be seen with natural eyes, heard with natural ears, or understood with natural minds. That is one of the bigger, all-encompassing truths for those who have been chosen to understand them and find their way to the Father who is not in the natural explanation of things. In that explanation is the human reality that what is seen is all there is, which is how the humans live and move about their lives, according to that reality. Any conception of God they must fit into this purely natural reality, no matter what they say about God.
But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
The reality of the sons was once exclusively this too before their individual calling. What they hear, though, is a different message about the reality they must conform to, which isn't the same as it was before when they conformed to their human brothers and leaders who created their reality for them. They hear a word that comes from another place than that which they have heard all their lives, which was telling them how to be as good an animal as they can be. The word comes from some place that is secret, and they realize that it remains in that state as they notice that the humans around them aren't hearing what they're hearing, and are therefore not able to validate it in or for them. Yet at the same time they comprehend that they are not out of their minds either. They don't hear voices that they merely want to be there, but are not and they know this because it isn't voices they hear, but a knowing, with confirmatory happenings all around about what that knowing is enlightening them.
They notice that the word is pointing them in a particular direction, not the same as any around them in the others, by which it might become confirmed. The reason for that is because it is the Father's intention that His calling be a silent one, that begins secretly and remains hidden to the world, while being pointed and very much alive in the one that seed has been planted in. When they read the stories of their brothers, they notice a pattern that is similar to that which is happening inside themselves. That is, the word of the revelation mostly came to certain individuals and not to the whole crowd of humans. That word was revealing the life and reality of the Father to them, while it wasn't to the humans at large.
Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.
The dilemma of the particular human to whom the revelation was being given was whether they would see with the eyes that the living God was giving them, or whether they would see with their natural eyes—what the humans at large were viewing with because it's all they have—in which case they would be bowled over with the impossibility of the reality that they were chosen to have the Father revealed in them, while the humans at large didn't hear. In that case it may just be easier to be given over to the notion that they must just be out of their minds, hearing things they want to hear but that aren't there, which is a reality that the humans will be glad to confirm and validate for them.
What is impossible with men is possible with God.
In light of their being specifically chosen to have the reality of the Father revealed in them particularly, they had a choice to make about whether they were going to believe that it was happening, or whether they were going to side with the majority around them who said, since the revealing wasn't happening in them, that it wasn't and couldn't be true—because for them it wasn't nor could it be true. To make it even more complicated, that word which at times they heard so very clearly would go away so as to test them. Their dilemma of believing that they are hearing the voice that is calling them, which is not being validated by those around them, is the belief that is spoken about in the words of the testimony, when that calling was happening in the world to certain of the humans who were being chosen to hear that word and respond with belief in the face of certain suffering for that belief.
In the whole land," declares the LORD, "two-thirds will be struck down and perish; yet one-third will be left in it.
This third I will bring into the fire;
I will refine them like silver
and test them like gold.
A day of the LORD is coming when your plunder will be divided among you.
Those humans to whom these kinds of revealing were happening so that they wrote things like this and many others about the special handling of the particular group called Israel were not speaking about the group that is known by the humans as Israel which is a large group of humans calling itself a nation, religion or any kind of group associated with the things being written in these words that have been preserved. The message about the hope of Israel isn't a human message, as the humans often presume. If it were it would have been fulfilled, and if it were it also would not be so obscure and mysterious sounding. The reason it is mysterious sounding is because it is about a secret group of hidden sons who are called by the Father in a mysterious way that can't be explained or humanized (to make digestible and controllable to the humans). The hope of Israel is what Israel represents, which is the secret family of called sons whose purpose it is to believe that secret revelation of the Father in them, when no one else is validating it for them in the way they are used to knowing whether things are valid or not.
And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be great, like the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. The land will mourn, each clan by itself, with their wives by themselves: the clan of the house of David and their wives, the clan of the house of Nathan and their wives, the clan of the house of Levi and their wives, the clan of Shimei and their wives, and all the rest of the clans and their wives.
On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.
The house of David is certainly not the literal line of human kings within the deteriorating nation of Israel that was once viable and strong under David the king, as much as the Son of David spoken of by Nathan in 2Samuel 7 was actually Solomon, who became the anti-David through his love of what can be seen, of what he became entitled to as the king of Israel—all the things the animals love and run after all their lives to get and have for themselves.
King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh's daughter--Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. They were from nations about which the LORD had told the Israelites, "You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods." Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been. He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech the detestable god of the Ammonites. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the LORD; he did not follow the LORD completely, as David his father had done.
The weight of the gold that Solomon received yearly was 666 talents, not including the revenues from merchants and traders and from all the Arabian kings and the governors of the land.
These are the things that Solomon, being king of Israel, had a perfect right to possess, but they are also that which turned him away from the God of his father toward the idols and the indulgences of the natural human reality, which he claimed as his birthright to have and indulge in all of the things that are fit for kings. His eyes saw and beheld the natural reality, and he consumed it even though it was not the reality of David, whose reality was the God who put him where he was.
Now then, tell my servant David, "This is what the LORD Almighty says: I took you from the pasture and from following the flock to be ruler over my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men of the earth. And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies.
"The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you: When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men. But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever."
Could anyone have guessed that Nathan was speaking about a human whom the other humans wouldn't be able to recognize because he looked so unlike anything great on the outside, where the humans could observe? This promised Son wasn't even raised up from amongst David's people for a thousand years after it had been predicted. Then he came and went in the blink of an eye, hidden by God who kept him unrecognizable to the humans all the time he was alive on the earth. This says perhaps the most about how the living God lives and works amongst the humans, not openly as they expect and claim; but secretly, in the dark moving about laying hold of His own sons while the humans go about their way and lives none the wiser, oblivious to what the hidden God is doing in secret.
"Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me!" declares the LORD Almighty.
The hidden God can only be guessed about and created in the image of what the humans who recreate Him want, need and demand that He be, so they can control that image and use it for their own means like they use any and every thing at their disposal, to make their lives better. And what better life than that which can be lived all to one's self, then at the end to know that they are bound to survive forever in the land they created according to their own desire for the way it must be to conform to the reality they conform everything to. The purely natural creatures that are a part of the observable creation cannot just decide they want to go to the Father and then go there. He comes to those He has chosen to become sons, otherwise they remain just another part of the natural creation like anything else that exists for a little while then is gone and replaced with something else that has the same kind of terminating life-cycle.
Now the people of Sodom were very evil offenders against the LORD.
And the serpent said to the woman, "You shall not be doomed to die. For God knows that on the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will become as gods knowing good and evil."
Lot made the choice based on what he saw with his eyes, then concluded in his mind that since it looked better, then it was better. We know now that it wasn't a better decision, as we also know that eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that looked good—lust to the eyes—was not the good thing to do as the woman was led to believe because of the same sort of deception. This is a major and fundamental concept that the sons of God must take into their selves as they listen to the teacher and hear what he's saying to them in their quest to understand the secret message of the Father that is being delivered to them via that whole revealing of the existence and superceding of His reality over what only seems to be the supreme reality.
The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.
Considering that an inherent fear and hiding is one of the first things revealed regarding the interaction between God and the human, we should take note that it is and remains a key in understanding the life of God versus existing within the natural creation that was modified after the incident, what now exists for the humans as the sole and prevalent reality. The animal can't get enough of the things that the humans consider valuable. As we look with our eyes and consider things with our mind, it's usually not very difficult to estimate or judge what is valuable and not valuable as per the humans' systems of valuation. To them, there are certain obvious things that make someone more valuable than another; and those become the things they love and long for, and run after to get for themselves. Appetite indulgence, egotistical preservations, and the accumulation of wealth and stuff serve to represent the meta-categories of the animal nature which have already been introduced and discussed many times within these pages. The animal needs, cravings and lusts that well up within the humans; the promotion and preservation of the self and the need for honor and a respectable identity among the humans, and the many forms and manifestations of wealth are the things that Solomon loved, which are the things that eventually turned him into the antichrist, because he was the opposite of the Son, who he ironically assumed himself to be, as per the word given to Nathan.
The beauty of this understanding for the sons is that their belief isn't about reluctantly accepting some far away, abstract religious philosophy that has nothing to do with what they can observe actually does instinctively live in them as what can keep them away from God like it turned Solomon away from Him. The humans won't admit anything bad naturally lives in them, even if they openly declare with their mouths that they are "sinners," because they can't fathom that sin and that which is evil is their very life. They must cling to the myth created in the first centuries that the devil is some fallen angel outside of themselves, which is the comic book style version of good versus evil gods that prevailed in the time when it was being created. It's just another way that they are kept from seeing, hearing, and knowing, and then turning and being healed of their disease. The sons will be able to recognize the disease in them when they're allowed to become honest and stop hiding, which is the first observable trait of the newly infected humans in Genesis. The first thing they did when the fear crept in to their minds/hearts was hide from God, and that is the overriding trait of all humans—to hide and pretend they're something else than what they are. They all do it continuously, without being able to help themselves.
It is recorded that before the offense they were not ashamed because of their nakedness, yet after they were ashamed because they were naked, which first of all addresses the idea of personal beauty, the awareness of what their bodies looked like, and shame because of it. This also first introduces fear into the human consciousness, one of the main traits of animals. We can assume that before the offense, fear was not a component of their nature. Now, however, it is the main driving force of the humans and their instincts to survive longer and better.
Consider the garden incident and the motive behind the woman's decision—a desire for power, for something more than she had been given by God—and the results, which touch upon all of these; the lie of the animal that she believed over God, and the choice they made. "...on the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will become as gods knowing good and evil." They believed the lie, and desired to have more than what God gave them, a better place and position; a status enhancement if you will, the desire for power which addresses the ego component of the present consciousness of the humans.
Now consider the outcome and curse because of the offense, that the human would not have everything provided for him, what God intended to do. He would now have to work the cursed soil for what he needed to survive, which introduces the element of the cycle of death for the newly modified creation, which included the human. Now, because he had to work and provide for himself, the fear of death arose in the human. The constant need to merely survive produced a need then eventually a love for things which could placate that fear, the building up of things around it so that it feels safe. The striving and love of personal wealth, the third meta-component of the animal nature, is explained.
To be born of God, from above, of the spirit was for the sons of God in the first century to have all of this reversed in them, by the power that was found in the life that was born into them. All we will someday want to be, have or aspire to—as can be observed in the teachings and life of the Lord—is to be a son of God, a little child who is ignorant of all the animal's lies and rubbish about what's important, what all the humans eventually, unfortunately grow up into. To effect the transformation back to a son of God, the Lord has to take a fully grown animal and actually turn him into a little child of His with a different consciousness than he had before.
That is entirely a non-natural process, the understanding of which was taken out of the world along with the power that accomplished that in some of the humans in the first century (doesn't extend into today, as the liars claim). If that power comes back into the world, or already has, it isn't by anything they teach or claim to know. It is a secret knowing that comes to a human according to the purpose of the living God, not by the will of any of the humans.
This is a process, if it is genuine, which takes a long time—there is nothing instantaneous about it. It must happen gradually, as that life grows in us to enable us to walk on the path that the Lord walked on which leads to the Father, slowly throwing off the things of the world as he gives us the ability to—as the life grows up in us and it becomes our reality instead of the old reality, of the natural. This is such an incredible, unacceptable thing for us who are of natural origin that we couldn't embrace it without the constant, steady stream of unseen miracles—gifts of the spirit that the Lord provides to us—so that we can in turn have the faith we need in order to be able to cooperate with him in this transformation and stay with the process.
As the Lord heard Genesis read he would have been given, via the knowing, the ability to see how significant many scriptures were, to shed light on the new way of God versus the animal. We also, by the same spirit that lives in us, see the significance of the humans' choice, Lot's choice, and all those who looked on Jesus and chose to either believe in him or not, based on the miracles which obviously proved his authority—even though he looked very bad.
We understand not merely because of knowledge in our head about these things, but actually by the new choices we are being urged by the Lord to make, the things we are learning about our old selves versus the son we have been chosen to be—all taking place in our hearts where only the Father &Son can live. Our very experiences align with what the spirit of truth teaches us, so that the truth is not some static set of learnable doctrines, tenets, or facts; but an interactive, authentic relationship with the Lord. It follows the same course he followed, who is the firstborn Son of many brothers who are the true sons of God.
When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to a man.
The reason Jesus had authority and was able to do the miracles he did was because of the presence of the supernatural life of the Father who inhabited him while he was in his human body. Because the Father lived in him, they became in a partial way united as One, so it was Jesus who did what he did, but only because the life of the Father was in him to do it. The same is true for the apostles who later were able to do miracles in the name of Jesus, because he had gone to the Father and had become fully One with Him. The life that was created by the addition of Jesus' life into God's was able to inhabit the bodies of humans who, unlike Jesus, weren't completely clean from the animal contamination.
The Father by Himself could not live in the bodies of the NT sons, just as He couldn't live in the bodies of the sons from John the Baptist and before. He couldn't come that near to them or He would have destroyed them, so there was always that separation from them, until the perfect Son came and made the way for the sons who were contaminated by the animal nature to be transformed from that condition into that of a son of God, who could be brought near to the Father because the animal was being purged out of him and replaced by His nature, so they look more and more like Him.
Jesus did it by denying that animal the right to rule him, by denying the nature that crept in and tempted him with the things that the humans love and run after. He did it by not being a human, which is the model of transformation for the sons after him, to be separated from the pull of the nature of humanity, to not be led/ruled by that nature by satisfying the many needs, cravings and lusts that it constantly puts forth to the sons as it tries to lead them astray; off the path the leads to the Father and being clean so that they can come near to Him.
Go and learn what this means: `I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.
The righteous according to the humans didn't want what the Father offered, because they were content with their positions of honor and prestige amongst the humans. They assumed to be able to decide who was right before God—those who agreed with them and worshipped them and their human positions—and who were sinners, their fellow Israelite whom they looked down on in their self-preserving condition instead of helping them up, as Moses warned them to.
When he saw the crowds he had compassion on them because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
According to the dictates of the animal nature, they had changed everything so that the rules about their god and their law served them, and they didn't have to serve God, as Moses commanded. They were corrupt and self-serving, which is the curse of the animal—that's what its tendency always is, and why the humans are evil, because they're all 100% infected with it. Everything leads back to themselves, taking care of themselves and loving themselves in a condition that prohibits them from being clean and acceptable to the Father—a being who can love Him and the members of His true family.
Then John's disciples came and asked him, "How is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?"
Jesus answered, "How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.
John is the last of the OT prophets. The incredible thing that happened between the guardians of John and Jesus, as recorded in the beginning of Luke, is the bridge between the old and the new, and the separation of the two, declaring the Father's intention to fulfill and then abandon the old covenant and replace it with the new covenant and condition that must be present in God's people.
No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved."
Jesus wasn't there to conform to the expectation of corrupt humans, who assumed the Messiah was there to loose their chains of oppression and make them great in the natural sense. What he was bringing wouldn't fit into the mold that was already there with regards to serving God as it had degenerated amongst the humans in Israel. What he was bringing would rip it to pieces, symbolized by the annihilation of the earthly temple by the oppressors in 70a.d.
Jesus had already said what the real temple was—his body made by the Father, not any man. He was therefore declaring that the various "Houses of God," the tabernacle & temples made by humans were not the place where God ever truly wanted to live; they were only a copy of the real thing, where He did truly live in the body of His true Son. The destruction of the temple in Jerusalem was to show that the real life of a son of God wasn't earthly at all, wasn't in what can be seen with natural eyes—what the humans keep trying to presume it to be all throughout their history. It isn't in what we can see, hold on to and capture for ourselves, to make it yet another thing that can serve us and our evil, self-serving nature. That tendency has always been in the humans; it is the sinful nature, their curse and what keeps them from the Father like an impenetrable barrier.