Genesis 30 / Psalm 34 / Matthew 19
Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.
It's interesting that the Son tells them that Moses actually dealt with these same men who were standing there talking to Jesus. In the Son's mind these men who wouldn't see that Jesus was the one he claimed to be were of the same lineage as the men who wouldn't see who Moses was. They didn't want to see and recognize a leader that the Father had chosen because that clashed with their own desire to be led by what their natural eyes and ears told them they should be utterly afraid of and therefore rebel against, because they assumed it would be detrimental to their own good. At the same time Jesus laid claim to the lineage of Moses who had been chosen by God to hear a different word than what the animal told him as it tried to make him shudder away from trusting God in fear of losing whatever is was he thought he had to be able to hold on to and not let go.
You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins.
God is always the same way when His reality is revealed to a man—not obvious or able to be kept and held but elusive so that it costs a great deal to believe what He has said. Belief in the living God is not able to be handled the same way all the other things are handled in the life. There is a designated difference between the sons whom God chooses and the humans who must only be able to trust what their natural eyes and ears tell their natural minds what must be so. The voice that tells the sons they have been chosen is one that works in the background, unnoticeable and incomprehensible. It is what delineates to the sons who can barely hear it what their true heritage is, and it does not line up with what the humans can tell them or offer them, because the two species exist with Jesus, Moses, David, Abraham, Daniel, Noah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Samuel, Stephen, Abel, Gideon, Samson, Sarah, Rachel, Mary, Peter, John, Josiah and every other one of the sons who heard the silent voice of the hidden Father and responded at overwhelming odds against them which said they couldn't have heard what they did hear.
When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am the one I claim to be and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.
Then they asked him, "Where is your father?"
"You do not know me or my Father," Jesus replied. "If you knew me, you would know my Father also."
They wanted to follow their own voice telling them they should be afraid instead of trusting that God didn't lie and that He would take care of them. The animal has only one voice that it can follow, which is the voice of natural instinct telling it from inside what it should do on a level below the thinking and acting. It's the same voice that told the first humans that God was keeping them from something good, and that they would be losing out if they didn't eat from the tree that God had told them to stay away from. It's the same voice that told Jesus to not sit around and wait for the Father to give him what he could get by the power of his own hand to just reach out and grab what seemed enticing; that he would be missing out if he didn't act on his own behalf on what was his right as the Son of God to be able to have. The voice of the serpent, the devil, or satan is the same throughout; an impersonal force of power telling the sons that maybe God didn't say what they clearly heard Him say to them—that He had chosen them and they were not like the others—and that they should not wait for what the Father has promised them, but should go and get what they think they need to do and get by whatever power they have to satisfy whatever craving or instinctual need might well up within them that needs to be served and followed, which is how the animal nature works.
Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, "Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?"
"Why do you ask me about what is good?" Jesus replied. "There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments."
"Which ones?" the man inquired. Jesus replied, " 'Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother,' and 'love your neighbor as yourself.' "
"All these I have kept," the young man said. "What do I still lack?"
In order to enter the kingdom of God's sons, one must be born to God a son, and in order to be a son of God one must have an actual relationship with Him. In order for that to happen one must know who He is. That is a secret knowledge, not just something anyone can reach out their hand and grab for one's self like anything else one gets and has, to keep and hold onto as its own property. The animals who try to merge the life of God with their natural life can only experience a relationship with God in conceptual terms. Hence they are destined to only copy each other's attempts at living a life for God, based on the original model coming out of Rome, shortly after Paul's earthly existence was finished.
When I first started writing about this I hadn't yet heard yet that this whole thing that happened in this time period was Daniel's abomination. In the beginning I only persistently knew about the whore (Rome) and the baby whores (the different forms of christianity, especially from about Luther onward). After around 400 a.d. or so there seems to be nothing recorded which was like what was happening in the first century. The world has been in a darkness since then, similar to the darkness between Malachi and when Jesus was born. Although still incomplete, God does have a guarantee of His ultimate purpose with this creation (it's not over yet), so His retreat from the world seems reasonable and explainable in the sense that He has had His Son with Him where He is, and the humans are a pain to have to deal with in any real sense; hence the prolonged darkness through the ages.
A relationship with God for someone who is not born of God must be purely conceptual, which is why we see so much of what Paul started to see toward the end of his life, "Having a form of godliness, but denying its power." That genuine power which Paul did experience was the invisible power of God, which must be present in order to transform an animal out of the kingdom of darkness, where the truth is invisible, and into the kingdom of light. It is the same power, as he told the Ephesians, that raised Jesus from the dead, and which also gives life to our dying bodies. Because for so many it is there only in conceptual terms, the present phenomenon abounds, where so many are followers of the Christ conceptually; yet these same ones live lives actually not like the Christ at all, but more like the rich young ruler's—chasing after the things of the world as though they were important, unaware that the secret revelation must be given in order to understand the authenticity.
Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
So why did Jesus point this man to the law of Moses first of all—why didn't he just come out and tell him what to do from the beginning? Even though his teaching seemed different and hard, everything he said was based on his relationship with the Father, who was unknown to this good Jew. The law was given out of God's love for His people, and was used by the spirit of truth to teach Jesus the truth about Him through it.
Knowing the hidden truth about the law and prophets, Jesus said to the man, "Why do you ask me about what's good—you know what's good; you have the law, and the law is good because in it you can find the treasure of God, the secrets of the kingdom of the spirit. So why are you then asking me what's good?" However, the man's question, "What thing must I do," reveals his regard for the law as merely a set of things he thought he could practice in order to 'get into the kingdom.'
The same was true of Nicodemus, who believed something about Jesus because of the miracles, but was too afraid of the other leaders to be associated with him. Although he wanted to believe, he was afraid to meet with Jesus during the day, when the light shined and everyone could see him cavorting with this one who was despised by the majority of the leaders because he didn't add up according to their natural senses. He looked like a poor person who appeared to come from the wrong place, just a couple of the many ways that God kept him hidden from man. Before Nicodemus could even get past his salutation, though, Jesus befuddled him with a fact he could have figured out from the Torah, which he diligently studied and claimed to be an expert in. But who was the real expert? The One who was taught by God, not man.
"You are Israel's teacher," said Jesus, "and do you not understand these things? I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people (those who theoretically should have recognized Jesus) do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of spiritual things?"
Through the law and prophets one could have known the secret life, purpose and heart of God, that He actually loved a broken and contrite spirit of humility—a man with a heart that was purely devoted to finding the desire and purpose of God apart from the rituality of its practice. Instead, like so many who assume to assume to be able to know God today just because it is their will to, the leaders and other rich people assumed that the living God of Israel was like the deaf and dumb gods of the pagans, which found blind allegiance to fulfilling its requirements somehow desirable. In this capacity, man's interaction with God at the time Jesus lived evolved into a series of one-sided ritual actions (sacrifices) performed by a man, by which he ascribed righteousness to himself as one who had fulfilled his end of the contract (covenant).
There were exceptions, and those exceptions were those who heard the unhearable voice of the hidden Father and responded with a honesty in their heart, not merely on the outside. This is the heritage of the secret tribe of Joseph that got buried beneath all of the humanity by which the nation of Israel was consistently overrun. For instance the poor widow who came and put two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny, into the temple treasury. Contrasting this with those who all gave a little out of their wealth, the Son taught those who could hear the secret voice in real terms (not conceptual) what it is to know the heart of God and believe in His goodness; as he pointed out how she, out of her poverty, put in everything--all she had to live on. According to the earthly valuations of the leaders who loved the praise and honor of men instead of God, this old woman would have been considered cursed by God, not one worth recognizing. What they did not know is that she was actually blessed by God in the reality of the spiritual world, with the faith that He would give her what she needed, something that was hidden to all those who assumed to be so blessed.
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny.
Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything--all she had to live on."
The many men who ascended to the role of the leader of God's people in whatever capacity—judge, king, priest, etc., those who should have led her into the knowledge of the truth of the heart of God, were actually blind, corrupt shepherds, concerned for themselves and leading His sheep into dangerous places. The stories tell us that they didn't understand the true heart of God, but merely acted as any animal naturally acts—to get the most it possibly can out of its opportunities in order to build up as many things as it can for itself, by which it can naturally feel more insulated from the fear of dying. The prophets, who acted as true shepherds of God's people had an actual relationship with Him—He spoke directly to them—and gave their lives for the sake of that position.
We know even from OT scripture that God desires mercy—the state of the man's heart, soft towards God first, then extending out to his brother second—more than offering sacrifices, which became the way man thought he could please God. He desires that broken and contrite heart before Him, which no other man can see, which shows God in actual terms that the man loves God more than his life. It also shows that the man actually believes in something beyond what he can see with his natural senses, the only way to have a relationship with Him.
Peter answered him, "We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?"
Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.