Genesis 27 / Psalm 32 / Matthew 17
Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
The formula for the sons becoming right with the Father is here, from the heart of David, words preserved for their sake to teach them the way to Him. Seeing and acknowledging our condition is a long process, because it's so hard to see, and practically impossible to acknowledge because we've been so thoroughly trained by the serpent to hide and pretend that we are not what we are—fear-driven little creatures with no hope of ever being able to love according to God, as the Son loved his true brothers who had been chosen by the Father to have His life in them.
The human animals hide behind whatever they can find, whatever can insulate them from their condition and make it seem like they aren't just like all the rest. Each one is driven by a nature that makes its particular host's life and everything in it more special than the others, when in fact it is just the same. The only difference is the particular body having the particular perception about its own individual superiority, which is a ubiquitous phenomenon among the humans. Not matter who they are, they always feel superior in just that way which enables them to survive, which prohibits them from being able to love according to God. His own children must be absent of that wild animal nature that is bent on the instinctive self-preservation that the humans have no control over—it's just there and it isn't going away. No matter how tough, invincible or untouchable the humans may appear to be by whatever they've found to hide behind and wrap themselves with, they are all destined for the same, field-leveling end. Slowly inching toward frailty and impotence, their power seeping out from them as they get weaker, they finally they become so unlike they once were in their "I'm gonna live forever" days that they just stop moving and breathing.
Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found;
The sons see, acknowledge and confess their condition to the Father because it is His intention that they're allowed to see what they and the others actually are, past all of the bullshit they've gotten for themselves to advance their hiding place. The sons of God are being given eyes which can see the reality that the humans cannot see. They are responsible to respond when they hear the voice of the teacher inside them so that the process may begin, and to continue to keep responding so that they will grow into the new way. The new way will overtake them and the condition that plagues them like a disease, that which covers all the humans without exception. There is no ability to be pleasing to God with these wild animal natures. Ironically, that's the nature that makes certain people feel that they're already pleasing to God because they're inherently so good, which is what makes them so bad. When they couple that with each other's consensus that they've made the tiny adjustment their gods require (adhering to that particular institution's rules as per how to be pleasing to the gods), you got yourself a religion.
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble
The guilt of our animalness may not be because we chose to become born into it, but nevertheless we are and it doesn't matter if it's fair, or whose fault it is. What matters is that it is the reality, and it can only matter to the sons because they're the only ones who are going to be able to accept this position. So the dilemma of being animals is what the sons must face, but they can only know that sometime after they have been convinced that they've been chosen to become sons of God. The predicament isn't like the some say, that we can just get zapped with the "holy spirit" and then we'll be all different. Their leaders may put on a good act because they have to or their followers would be dismayed and lose interest. Then they would never be able to count on them for financial and egotistical support. They learn from each other how to put on the act, because that's how they convey to each other that what they're saying must be true, and they get their kudos from each other by doing it.
...do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men.
However, an act it is nonetheless, and no matter how polished it cannot be true because their entire body of belief was made up by men according to Roman and Greek mythological stories prevalent in the human culture of the early centuries. If their claims were actually true then they wouldn't be standing up in front of groups of humans presuming to be teachers, acting like little gods who deserve to be honored and worshipped by those who are duped by their acting job. If what they claimed was true then they would be mourning for their condition, because it means they cannot come close to the Father, no matter how good an actor they are, because that is done in secret where no one sees, not standing out in the open in front of other humans—eager for glory and validation among them, a pedestrian craving of every animal to be special, better and more acceptable; one who has power and control over information they claim to possess.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.
This is the voice of the one who teaches the sons a way that is totally hidden from the humans. He comes and goes without hindrance because he is not made of material that must obey the laws of the natural creation. He comes to and inhabits the hearts of those whom the Father intends to remember so they can be lifted out of the ground in the tradition of the firstborn Son. He is the one who the Father remembered first because he is the greatest of all the sons who surround Him, although he was least among men according to the combination of who he actually was with what he appeared to be to, and how he was treated by, the humans who observed him.
I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
The sons of God are least in the natural creation according to the same formula of who they are combined with how they appear, which is a delight to the Father that the opposite appears to be true, because one day they will be revealed. The sons fulfill the purpose of the natural creation, that out of it God would call His family of sons who will live with Him forever. The history of the humans is all about that purpose, that out of their existence He would pick those who are those whom He intends to have closest to Him and surrounding Him. The rest of the inhabitants of the kingdom of God will be judged and chosen worthy or not by those same sons of God who surround Him and the firstborn Son of God, who is already One with Him.
This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!
This was a blatant vindication from the Father to Peter that the Son knew the way of the Father and chose it over the way of the animal. Peter, a human who was ruled the animal instinct of survival, tried to persuade the Son to go the way of the animal, the way he was inclined to go. The Son was right because he heard the voice of the Father, who was the teacher inside him, although he was the only one who heard. Those he was trying to teach the new way to were being ruled by the animal which only and always wants to survive.
If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? For 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.
After a week of a power struggle between Jesus and his disciples—testing and a change of direction as per what they assumed was going to happen with him the Messiah and the kingdom they assumed was going to be a natural one—the transfiguration was given by the Father to show them that the Son was correct, that he heard the voice giving him the command that they didn't hear. It was a validation of Jesus and what he was saying to them, for their sakes because they only knew the way of the animal at that point in their existences. Then he kept telling them what they didn't want to hear most of all, the reiteration of the horrific scenario about what was going to happen that he had just introduced to them.
When they came together in Galilee, he said to them, "The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life." And the disciples were filled with grief.
They had an idea in their mind about Israel's greatness, and they had the Messiah in their midst whom they assumed was going to make that natural reality come about, the resurgence of David's earthly kingdom with the promised Son of David standing right there, and they had seen what he could do to heal the sick, which they figured could also be used to wipe out the enemies of God's people. They were not about to accept what he was telling them regarding having to go and die, even though it was largely for them that he was choosing to obey the Father's particular command to him, heeding the voice of the Teacher inside him to do what the animal(s) didn't want him to do. The way of God is opposite to what the humans would ever choose to do. They don't recognize it as the way they should go because they don't want to, it isn't in them to be able to—they are driven and ruled by another force, what rules all the humans.
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.
"To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things. But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands."
Why did they not recognize Elijah or Messiah? The systems of human valuation, motives and emotional responses cannot be trusted because the humans are ruled by the nature that is evil, from the devil, that which is based on death because it's rooted in the natural creation, which compared to God's world is inferior and passing away. The humans have to constantly develop all kinds of ways to evaluate things in order to classify them as either good or bad. Once they are mature they have pretty much already established these methods of coping with their own particular little universes, because they have perfected their need to survive with what has been made available to them to do so. The nature of these systems is temporality and change, dynamic fluctuations of value according to their changing circumstances so that one day a thing could be good, then the next, bad.
Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.
The condition of "knowing good and evil," something the animal deceptively called a desirable state, is the product of a schizophrenic reality where sometimes things are arbitrarily one way (good) and other times they are the other (evil). According to God, all humans are inherently evil because they're ruled by the wild animal instinct of fear and hiding after they invoked the curse upon themselves.
And the two of them were naked, the human and his woman, and they were not ashamed.
The condition of the humans before that decision to trust the animal instead of God was the condition of knowing only good. Everything was evaluated by that, as is observed by the ending sentence of Chapter 1, an obviously important thing to note about they way things were before the big change, according to the way God evaluated them as good—a setup to the events that immediately followed. In this state everything was good, and in everything there was an awareness of God and His goodness. Nothing had to be evaluated by the human, because everything was complete and good.
God saw all that He had done, and, look, it was very good.
The evaluation between good and evil didn't need to be made because everything that came from God came from His life, and there was no death, no fear, no need for the human to decide what would harm it or not, what would make him strong or weak, fat or thin, able to stand up against pressure, able to choose which weapon to use, what food to eat, what stranger to take in, etc. Everything came from the good Father, and all they had to do was trust Him and believe what He said about what was good.
He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
The Genesis account isn't a study in what could have been, but the reality for the son of God, to observe what his Father desired—that which still holds true for those intended to be sons. It is also good for showing us what happened after the incident, so that we can understand the world we're born into and an integral part of, and the nature we have that still tries to hold us in its grip. The words were preserved by God for His sons whom He gives the ears to hear and the eyes to see from His perspective. Without that key to understanding the meaning hidden within the stories, the humans are left to evaluating the words according to their own systems of fluctuating methods of valuation, which change according to what they feel they need to survive at any one point in time. So everything becomes relative according to how they need things to be which involve them—like securing their place in heaven in the tradition of all animals who evaluate, secure, then hold on to and control for their own gain. The systems they continue to create by which they think they can attain to pleasing God are merely more things for them to be able to hide behind by securing and controlling it for their advantage.
Consider how many different groups attach different significance and interpretations to the same words and stories. They all claim to have exclusive ownership and control over the way to God (what the words mean), yet they all say something different about that way. That is yet another quagmire of humanity, why it is so subjectively drawing conclusions about what it assumes it knows, but never can. There cannot be anything which is absolutely true, because the circumstances that determine its truth are always changing according to the reality they are bound to, the natural creation which is ruled by the serpent.
The humans celebrate the diversity of change, being free to choose between many different things—the glory of their independence and free will. But if one minute their choice for one thing as good is usurped by another the next minute, and all of a sudden the first becomes bad; that actually seems to betray not something so attractive, but an instability to their entire life. It seems more like just a series of choices between what is good and bad for their random events that constitute their transcending existence, requiring haphazard reactions to whatever comes at them, what they have to consider either good or bad according to other prevailing circumstances, also subject to change.
There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips.
Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know. There is no fear of God before their eyes.
The steepest slope for the humans is their inability to love God and His true family of sons because of their condition that they cannot even recognize, let alone confess and be healed of it—because of the condition of considering themselves inherently good, which is not how God sees them. Human love is based on God's love, but being only a copy it is inferior and subject to their ever-changing experiences and situations. For humans, love is totally subjective and conditional e.g., as long as certain conditions are met, one might say he loves another. If those conditions are violated, however, even in the schizophrenic reality of their own minds, then the idea of what love means or looks like being fulfilled, might be changed 180 degrees. Yet it still remains the subjective reality of either the particular or collective mind which developed the criteria by which love either existed or didn't exist. Either way it's the farthest thing from actual love according to God, because it's merely a set of conditional realities which have quite subjectively either been upheld or violated according to their imperfect, temporary reality.
As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. "Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
"Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone.
This man saw something about Jesus and decided it was good, but what the man declared as good was based on his prejudiced judgments about what he thought was good. His motives were the motives of men, to manipulate by flattery for the purpose of getting something for himself, a tactic that obviously worked with the in genuine leaders of Israel who loved the praise and honor of men.
...do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men.
...so that I may solemnly bless you before I die.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.