Genesis 25-26 / Psalm 31 / Matthew 16
The Son of Man is going to come in his Father's glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.
When speaking to his disciples about the Father, Jesus made it clear that he was talking about the secret, hidden Father who couldn't be seen by men and therefore not acknowledged either because that took special eyes and ears to be able to see and hear what the natural-born humans could not see, hear and therefore be able to acknowledge. In the same way he talked about a kingdom not as the Jews envisioned it, but one that was secret and hidden from the humans.
From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."
Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, `I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'
In specifically calling the kingdom by the particular phrase "kingdom of heaven," he was refuting that the kingdom was an earthly one, or that it would have anything to do with the humans at large, that it would conform to their thinking about what they expected. The Jews were expecting the kingdom of David to resurge, and they would of course be the rulers of the world filled with others like themselves. They weren't aware about the plan of the unseen God, that what their ancestors were chosen for was to be a copy of that which would not be seen by the humans because it wasn't an earthly kingdom God was going to form, but a heavenly one, not populated by human animals but by beings who were chosen to be transformed away from that heritage of being earthly matter into that which resembled their Father who had chosen them, who was heavenly, or made of something that the humans can't conceive of, so it was just called spirit by the humans who did understand it.
I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the spirit gives birth to spirit.
The spirit is how God interacted with the humans who were natural flesh when He did, to call them and tell them of another way that the humans didn't know about, to give them special and secret information that He wasn't giving to the humans at large who don't and can't comprehend what spirit things are if they have not been given special eyes and ears to be able to comprehend who and what God, who is the spirit, actually is.
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
He called them evil because they were still mere animals without the knowledge yet of the Father's reality, purpose and will; although he also called them clean because of the intention of the Father, which Jesus knew was that these particular men were to become secret sons to the hidden Father. He kept referring to God not just as their Father, but as their Father in heaven, which means the One who is not seen, nor heard by animals because He is not made of any kind of essence that could be seen, heard or understood by creatures who were natural and bound to this creation. Heavenly is the same word as spiritual, and heaven is the world that cannot be seen, what is not available to the humans to observe, and especially not able to be controlled by them since they don't even know about it. The point he wanted to make with these particular men was that the natural creatures have fathers on earth who are merely the same kind of creature they are.
Do not call anyone on earth `father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.
However, these particular men had been chosen by the unseen (heavenly, of the form of spirit, not earthly matter) Father to be His very own sons. He drove the point home to them about how serious and real their adoption was by forbidding them to even refer to those men whose sperm gave them their natural life as their actual fathers. They had a Father whose life, when it would be planted in them (what the natural sperm, or seed planted in a woman was a copy of ), would give them a life unlike that which the men they knew as their earthly fathers couldn't ever give to them.
I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the very work that the Father has given me to finish, and which I am doing, testifies that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
The Jews took the words of Moses and twisted them into natural words by which they exploited and ruled those they were supposed to be caring for as shepherds since they sat in Moses' seat. All they had were words which are natural, so all they could do was reduce everything down to the natural, even and especially the God they claimed to be serving. He became to them like any ordinary idol they could have created by that twisting of the words to serve them, as an idol does for humans by twisting, shaping and molding something to form a particular image that would serve them.
After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.
The transfiguration served more than one purpose. First, it was a validation from the Father to Peter to tell him that he didn't know what he was talking about but Jesus did, since Peter was so strongly opposed to Jesus' declaration that he was not going to become the fulfillment of the ages for the humans who claimed to be Jews (including Peter who would have stood to gain a lot from Jesus being reigned in as the Messiah), but were just the descendants of a group of humans who were chosen to be a copy of the real fulfillment, which to the humans was actually secret and hidden—not of the same fabric of reality as that in which they lived, moved and had their being.
Jesus indeed was the Messiah, also the prophet Moses spoke about who would bring about the utopian kinds of victorious changes for the Israel of God. However, none of what he actually did was seen by the humans because his whole life and purpose was kept hidden from the by the Father, who Himself has always been hidden from the humans, and His plan has always been a secret. Of course many of the humans thought they knew what His plan was, just like many today think they can just figure out what's happening and what will happen. They makes lots of money and garner plenty of ego kudos—both highly valuable assets to the animal—off of the vulnerable and naive who fall for their act of pretending to know what they absolutely cannot know, just because as always, God cannot be figured out and therefore controlled by the humans for their own survivalistic goals.
You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.
Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
The Father doesn't just want sons who are strong enough to deny themselves the pleasures of what the animal run after. He wants the sons to choose Him and His way instead of the way of instinct, the way of the devil that rules them, what the humans follow, which is being ruled by another master that old animal nature which God bound the humans to in the beginning as per Genesis 3, and which rules the natural creation and the humans who rule in that creation without hindrance. Just denying what we love is not enough, yet for a while it's all we can do until we find a place where we are at peace with the Father so we can learn His way, when the animal instinct of fear, hiding and indulgence is not ruling our every move. Learning the new way is in ways fueled by, or else goes hand in hand with a denial of the things we naturally love and run after, because another consciousness that knows what those things bring—the betrayal of the Father and what nature He wants to see in His own sons—must be growing in us if it has been planted.
Love the LORD, all his sons! The LORD preserves the faithful, but the proud he pays back in full. Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.
"You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. An evil and adulterous generation looks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah." Jesus then left them and went away.
The word for "evil" used here is the same one used in Luke 11 which the Lord ascribes to the men who were listening to him speak—that they were merely men, sons of Adam, of the earthly, temporary creation. The tone of the Luke passage seems to indicate that he was speaking to, or teaching the very men he is calling evil. This sets the condition of the Lord's definition of evil apart from the popular notion of good versus evil. Jesus' definition of evil was simply that of not being as he was, born from above, with the spirit of life in him. His definition of evil was merely a member of the vast, dying race of animals who had the animal nature and not the nature of God, signified by His life in the man. Even though he does call them evil, Jesus sets his disciples apart from all the rest of the evil generation because even though they weren't as he was, they were clean because of of the word he was speaking to them about the intention of the Father to make them sons, or "clean," because of that unseen life that was going to be planted in them, after the copy of the humans inseminating each other with the same kind of invisible "seed," which also brings forth life seemingly from nothing except for that discharge coming out of the body, which looks in that form to be anything but a human life. He knew they had been chosen by the Father as those destined to have life, those who would also have the spirit of life in them, and by it would no longer be merely evil men, or animals destined to die.
"Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the holy spirit to those who ask him!"
What Jesus is saying is that they belong to this earthly, temporary, dying creation—a fact observable by their ability to discern the appearance of the sky (the visible creation), yet their blindness to the real creation, the spiritual world where God lives and the things that all the sons of the OT knew. Those were the secret, hidden things available only to those whom God chose to reveal them—that which Jesus clearly saw, not with his human eyes but eyes given to him by the Father so he could see what was hidden.
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.
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.
Even though the Jews who sat in Moses' seat considered themselves so far above their brothers who were poor, sick, orphaned etc., those who needed to be led—they were in fact equal with them, as they were destined for the same end—to rot in the ground the same way as anyone would who did not have the life of God in them. Because he was speaking to the self-proclaimed leaders of Israel—the false shepherds who assumed the position for their own good, who despised the weak and poor, the orphans and widows while they advanced their own cause in the name of God—he also adds the accusation of adulterous to their condition before God. As Ezekiel 16 says that God considered the nation of Israel to be His wife, Jesus reminds them of that fact in his accusation, that even though they pretended to be the shepherds of His wife, they were actually blind guides, chiefs of adultery leading His wife into adultery and service to every god around them but Him.
For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
The sign of Jonah would be given to those who had been given eyes to see. The sign of Jonah was for his followers and those who became followers after he appeared to many of them after he had been raised. That was the only sign he would produce for the animals; it wouldn't be for everyone, just those who had been chosen to observe it.
This illustrates how the truth is not for everyone, that anyone can come up on an altar call and "be saved," which is one of the bigger jokes of christianity. When he was earthly, he told his followers not to tell anyone that he was the Christ, and after he was raised he only appeared to a few, who actually witnessed this sign of Jonah. If he wanted lots of followers would he not have shown himself in the temple, to the leaders?
Isaac loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
Isaac looked with human eyes while Rebekah heard the word of God inside her which told her who He favored—not the tough hunter dood that man would pick, but the one He secretly revealed to the mother and not to Isaac the man.
Jacob was a simple man, a dweller in tents.
The choice of Isaac was not the choice of God. He favored Esau because he brought him game and could hunt, a manly man and obvious choice and valuation of the one dominated by his earthly vision of how he thinks things should be. But the life and purpose of God has always been secret and hidden in the world, not available to those who haven't been given sight to see what is hidden. To Isaac, Jacob looked bad and Esau looked good, another example of the flippy-floppy type of deal—what God sees is the opposite of what man sees. In the same way the leaders looked at Jesus, who had the seed of life in him, but they considered him bad because of what their eyes saw and their minds thought.