Genesis 36 / Psalm 38 / Matthew 23
You are not to be called 'Rabbi,' for you have only one Master and you are all brothers.
The sons of God are all brothers, all the same without the need for leaders amongst themselves. If one of them wants to be a leader, he should look at why and he will conclude that it's just a move for the egotistical survival craving to be fondled and adored. He should go to church and see the idiot preachers scavenging for those kinds of ego-caressing crumbs from the crowds sitting there listening to their inane blathering about mythological gods and demons, neither group knowing any better. The sons of God aren't to look to each other for leadership, or to take upon themselves the individual aspirations toward being leaders among each other. That idea comes straight from the animal's individualistic, instinctual cravings to distinguish itself from the others so as to establish its dominance, much the same way it happens in a pack of wild dogs, apes or pigs. The leadership for those who are being called comes from the Teacher, who is the Son of God and is actively teaching them to become good sons who don't want to be guided by the animal nature, nor rely on each other to give them the agreement they seek or to teach them what's true.
Nor are you to be called 'teacher,' for you have one Teacher, the Christ.
The sons of God are supernatural creatures who must listen to the Teacher because contrary to what the world thinks—that the Teacher isn't actually there and they must be imagining what's been happening inside of themselves—it's the only reason they actually are genuine sons of God. The temptation to try to reconcile the one with the other will be strong because the natural is so easy to participate in. The precedent of the Son of God for his brothers is that in the natural he wasn't anything. The humans paid some attention to him when they thought he might be able to serve them in their individual and collective quest to become great. As soon as they realized he was not going to serve them, they abandoned and rejected him because he didn't give them that animal agreement they needed to have reconciled within them all the time.
Do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.
The Father is a jealous God who does not allow His truth of reality to be conformed to what is inferior and temporary, what only seems to be more real to the senses of a natural animal who hasn't been trained by the spiritual nature of the Teacher who instructs about the new way that is totally foreign to anything the son already knows, which will be all about the temporary reality. That is why the Father's reality is secretly hidden from the humans, because as we can read about so many fruitless covenants He tried to make with the humans, what's in them is too strong to be conformed to anything except more of what's already in them. That's also why it's so incredibly efficient at keeping the human animals unclean and at bay, separated from Him by their evil motives and intentions to make everything conform to their own individualistic will. There is no reconciling with the animal; it will turn on you and tear you to pieces if you give it one little inch of room.
Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.
The sons are required to spend much time in the filth of their own unclean animalness, seeing how they are totally ruled by that nature, which is expected and okay because that's what they came from. The purpose of having to sit in our own filth is to finally, after years of banging our head against the table, see how we are ruled by it, and at the same time see how we thought we weren't ruled by it, which is the power of that animal agreement that we seek to find within our selves that makes us keep going when we're able to find it. But that is a trap, because we can only find that animal agreement (that everything is okay on a sub level) within the natural world where the animal rules everyone, and the sons too if they continue to participate on that level, trying to reconcile their new life with that which is dead.
Everything they do is done for men to see.
The individual will of the animal is not stoppable. The drive to get and preserve is not able to be turned away from. There is nothing good in the humans that will allow them to go to the Father because the root is bad, which causes everything that comes out from it to be bad. The animal will never see this about himself, because by the same powerful nature it's driven to only think that it is inherently good. That means its own positions are good, its prejudices, likes and dislikes, the inclinations it's given over to and anything else that upholds the agreement it's able to find from whatever it is—all good, and better than any and all of the others.
The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
There is no dealing with or trying to reason with the animal in another, especially not by the animal in our own selves which will just want to put the other down because they disagree with the agreement we need to keep intact within our selves. That is where Jesus, who knew about how the animal works (the sinful nature), saw that only the opposite will work for the sons in dealing with each other.
Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, `Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
He knew that that is always how the animal nature works in the humans, and the brothers taking the same position will be defining themselves not as sons but mere animals, trying to get each other to conform to and give them their own animal agreement they seek to keep under their own control in themselves. Not trying to conform each other to their own way, but instead pointing them toward the way of the Father and the Son is the model that he set for those who would follow him to the Father.
It's a fine line, because it is also not the case that we should accommodate the animal aspirations in our brothers who want to confirm their animal agreement by getting us to conform to what they're demanding from us to do that. Just because they're afraid to trust the unseen reality, so they have to try to find it by getting us to conform to what they need to find and see in us, doesn't mean that loving them is conforming to their aspirations. Loving them is pointing them to the unseen reality, not just being a lap dog to their craving to conform us to what they want us to be for the sake of their need to get and retain that animal agreement for themselves. It's a fine line and genuine love is not accommodating our own need for the animal agreement that we seek for our selves, and it's not accommodating it in our brother so that he can sink into his own hole of agreement cause by the fear of not being able to believe the unseen reality. That is where our agreement must come from, not from below but from above.
Those who love peace are single minded and pure in their heart towards God their Father. They realize that the new life isn't about themselves, nor is it about their brother, but it's about the Father only and the way He feels about themselves and their brother. They hate the chaos of the animal that is always trying to get more, to be better, to hold something in his hand, to be able to control, to be the honored leader, to love what he can see with his eyes rather than to have the secret life of the Father living in his heart. If we want to go to the Father then He, the Son and their life must live in our heart, which means the animal has no place there, which means we have to deny it the ability to live there by accommodating it all the time, choosing to indulge the lusts that well up within us and taking a strong hand against them, not being softies on our own selves. That is more than a difficult thing to be able to even start to do, which is why the road is long and slow, filled with difficulties which are there to teach us how to accommodate the Father's life, which means a degradation of our own life.
Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
God gives man the desire of his heart. What a man runs after all his life displays what he loves and desires according to his heart—not what he says with his mouth. If a man truly wants God more than anything, then God will be his Father. But if the man only says he wants God, but runs after everything the world says is good and right and valuable, then that is what he will get—a life where he can enjoy the things of this world and be happy here. He shouldn't expect anything more than that.
Man is a certain way and God is another, so His son is another way too. They were once men, the citizens of the world, but they were pulled out of the world to be set apart as a member of the household of the living God. Men die but God does not die. Those who are created in the image of their father, the man who produced them, will also die. Those who are born from above, a heavenly birth, the spiritual rebirth according to the will and purpose of God, will not die because they have a new Father, who does not die.
The treasures of man are the things he thinks are valuable, that which he can hold, which can make his life better—that which all men consider valuable because a man is a man and value is universally defined amongst men. The treasure of the son can only be found by piercing through all of the lies of man, to fight and struggle his way past that which clings to him like demon suckerfish leaches, to learn the new way of God and to find himself clean enough to be called a son who can know the pure love of a pure son toward his pure Father. God still seeks to find a man who is after His own heart.
"You acted foolishly," Samuel said. "You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people, because you have not kept the LORD's command."
Before, when a man deliberately committed sin, he would immediately have to die. However, after the day of the Lord, God lets the son and the animal grow up together. He knows who the sons are and the animals are allowed to grow right along with them. There isn't the immediate justice like in the old days; However, justice or injustice are only as long as a man's life, and the days of a man's life go by like a blink. Then comes the time when each of them will be judged.
Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.
Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
The content of their heart is what the humans will be judged by, which they can hide from men now, and because of that they think they can also hide it from God. There is always an excuse for everything they do, which they even talk themselves into believing. It is the way of the animal, another method of survival—if it can convince even itself to believe its own lies, then how great a deception mechanism that is. The sons are not exempt from the animal's deception, because it's an efficient machine that always works the same way. The first part of the journey is the realization of that against the odds of our own indoctrination into its power and stranglehold. The deception is one of the main components of its strength and efficiency.
"Be careful," Jesus warned them. "Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod."
They discussed this with one another and said, "It is because we have no bread."
Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: "Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don't you remember?
That is the truth about man as Jesus knew it, and John contemporaneous to him, even before him, to open up his way, to make his way straight. He cleared the path for the Lord, and got some of those ready to hear his word, pure truth from the Father that couldn't be heard in the world of men. Those few men who followed the Lord around like sheep following the good shepherd were made ready by John, who had the life of God in him. It (the spirit, the invisible voice of God) taught him the new way, in the desert away from the humans, until he was ready to be revealed to Israel.
Then he spoke the same words he heard from the Father, to them. When they heard John speak, they knew he was from God. He was raised by God for a specific purpose, and God's word always accomplishes His purpose. And John said, "Your Messiah is coming right after me. Open your heart so that you can receive the word when he speaks it to you. Repent from the empty, unbelieving, lying ways of man."
This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: "A voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.' "
God also taught him about the way of man, the hypocrisy of the leaders of His people, those who assumed leadership roles and yet were not leaders nor benefactors at all, not shepherds or even advocates for the people. They sucked the life out of them for their own gain. They constantly read and studied the very scriptures by which they should have recognized the desire of God's heart, and what He expected from those who would assume the role of shepherd. Those from whom God required mercy despised those over whom they claimed to be shepherds and leaders.
Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.
They had the Psalms of David, the great shepherd of His people from the old days. But what did they see in David? They saw the great king who conquered foreign lands and peoples, creating wealth for himself. That was the erroneous model they saw in David, that which would reinforce their self-assumed power and greatness. They read right over the parts that were central for the development of the Lord's consciousness. Compare Psalm 37 with Matthew 5.
Only 2 men in all of Israel had the correct understanding of who God was. And why did they have that? Not because they were special within themselves, but because of some thing that God did—He actioned to break into the somewhat meaningless period of Israel's history, after 400 or so years of silence from His holy prophets. He started with relatively nothing, in terms of His truth being known in the world. Although He was preparing some to hear what was true, making their hearts a little softer, perhaps, for the purpose of what He had planned.
Perhaps we are also at or near the end of a long dark silence, when for many hundreds of years the truth of God has been absent in the world. It has been ruled by the lies that were made up by men, who say this and that about their made up gods, but which actually line up with the animal's purpose and consciousness more than the truth and purpose of who God is or what He wants. Men are so inundated by the membrane of that consciousness that they cannot see the truth of God with the eyes of a son unless they are given by God. They are helplessly at the mercy of this consciousness, which drives the decisions they make and they way they live their lives—always to survive at any cost.
The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?"
He replied, "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. This is why I speak to them in parables:
"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.
For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears,
At some point the chaos of the flesh will be exposed, but what will it be exposed as? The enemy of God, yes, but it was the creation of God, for His specific purpose—so that man could continue to recreate himself in his own image, but so he wouldn't be able to decide that he also wanted to be a son and live forever in the house of the Lord. To just reach out his hand and grab life is ironically what men think they can do, by all the rules they have made up delineating how to grab life from the tree.
They say that everyone should be a son, that God wants as many humans who can possibly cram themselves into His new city (which has specific size constraints). Man's version also states that God doesn't decide anymore who should be in His family. Rather, it's up to whoever wants to be, and those who have assumed the role of leaders of God's people to decide.
The nature of the animal consciousness was designed to keep man away from knowing the truth about God, from becoming a son who could live forever with God just because he decided he wanted to. It's the very thing by which men think they can bust down the door and come into the kingdom. They actually believe anyone who meets their criteria can reach out their hand and take from the tree of life and live forever. And the beautiful thing for them is that the requirements, specifically made by God in the scriptures, have all of a sudden been nullified and changed to suit themselves. The words, "If you are not willing to lose your life you cannot be my disciple," have been replaced with, "If you are not willing to do these things and obey these rules, then you cannot be one of us, the keepers of the truth, those who decide God's will."
Those who have truly been born of God, hence who are His true sons, are not subject to the rules made up by men. The same ones trying to uphold their rules must justify their own righteousness within themselves and apart from God's requirements. So the very ones who are acting as leaders and judges of His people, as they sit in their homes, judging His lambs for violating the law, are also in the same breath and moment guilty of ongoing crimes in their heart against Him, which they can't even see because of their blindness.
So how can they justify this contradiction? Their laws and judgments about themselves and the others are relative to what they think, but what they think is relative to their external circumstances. And these circumstances are all part of the natural order of things, which is all based on cycles of death, the origins of which correspond directly with the giving of the animal consciousness in Genesis 3. The order and stability of God come only from His voice, speaking to whom He wants to, in a secret language and set of knowledge not found in the world.
What is there to repent from? From thinking that just because you know the truth about some of the things of God, that you have salvation in the bag. That because you belong to a special group, that does not mean you are free from the actual, living requirements of God, set forth and currently upheld by His living voice. That you can decide what your destiny requires so you, being the keepers of the truth, can just willy-nilly change the meaning of the word of God to suit your animal selves and needs. God isn't fooled by double mindedness—He sees into everyone's heart, and the motivations behind even the thoughts of every man.
The humans plot against the sons
and gnash their teeth at them;
The only way to know God is to know who He is, and the correct understanding about the fundamental things of God is required if one is to know Him. But to know some truth about God is much different than actually knowing Him, and one does not necessarily lead to the other. The smugness of those who assume they know too much about God is followed by the curse of those who assumed to be shepherds of God's people, but led His sheep away from the good pastures of God into the wasteland of man, all under the guise of being the "good people," those who presumed to represent His interests, but could only represent their own.