Genesis 41 / Psalm 45 / Matthew 27
You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever.
Becoming right with God is a process of saturation once the intention of God is there, that one would be chosen to become a son to Him. Then the calling happens, and the Father's life and reality that can only be observed by specially given senses is revealed to that one, so he can perceive Him who is hidden and not revealed on a public scale.
You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.
The phenomenon of actually loving righteousness must be achieved by extraordinary means, because the animal is not easily given over to even having a desire for anything that it doesn't consider valuable to its own well being. Anything it doesn't consider its own it has a sullied perception of—though it might be grand, the thing is slight in the eyes of the animal beholding it if that thing is not in its own sphere of control or integral to its own self somehow.
Your sons will take the place of your fathers; you will make them princes throughout the land.
The life of the Father who lived in the Firstborn Son was changed when the Son went to the Father so that the life could live in unclean animals, even while they were being transformed from their state of uncleanness, which is phenomenal. It must be growing in the sons to push out the old way that we love as animals who never had any other choice but to love that because it was integral to what we became and were under its curse. As animals, the sons were destined to live and die like all the other creatures that are a living part of the present creation—that which doesn't last. The voice of their master, the craftiest of all the animals, is the complex and varied, super-efficient set of driving instincts that they inherit as their natural birthright. It is suited for their involvement with the present creation because it is geared toward allowing them to survive on many levels, as per their circumstances of needing to survive in a hostile world of competitors all vying for the same thing—the ability to survive better and longer.
The animal nature is good for animals, and makes sense for them to have it bred into them so they can survive. The sons of God are taken out of the hostile world with the revelation of the Father's reality, which sets them apart from all the others—not that the humans would notice because just as their Father is hidden, this revealing of Himself to them is a process that is hidden as well i.e., it isn't as the religious humans say, who claim to be able to know the way to God by "figuring it out," and legislating the way to get there, which not accidentally must go through them and their institutions that need to get paid for somehow, and their leaders, who need to be indulged by the egotistical currency that their adoring crowds can give to them by deferring to their "expertise."
You are not to be called 'teacher,' for you have one Teacher, the Christ. The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
After the intention has been made known for those particular sons, who will know what that means because it happens within them by an unexplainable process, then they start to listen to another master who becomes their teacher as the process of transformation away from their former identity as mere animals amongst a hostile world of animals begins. That is the slow growth of the kingdom within them, the life becoming stronger as they move away from their former life and toward their new Father. Slowly being saturated by the right so that it becomes part of them, which makes them clean.
However, there is no ability to master the process or get it under one's belt. One cannot take the process under one's wing and guide, enhance or be a catalyst to its progression within one's self. All that the animal can do with the process, if given charge of it, is try to own and control it because that's what fearful animals always do with the things that are not under their control because they cannot trust anything they can't control themselves, which is another reason they are inherently evil and not good as they always like to assume about themselves.
You shall be over my house, and by your lips all my folk shall be guided. By the throne alone shall I be greater than you.
A fitting thing to say about Joseph, the hidden son whom Jacob loved more than the others, who was the copy of Jesus. He is the Son God would love more than all the others, even David, and whom He would make king and supreme ruler over all His kingdom and give him power to rule by the word of his mouth. Pharaoh recognized the wisdom and power of God coming from Joseph's lips even before the 14 years had begun. By that he was elevated to the highest position in the land, just as the Son has already been, but to an hidden land. The situation of Joseph is also a copy for our life, being pulled out of the life which seemed good enough while we were in it—indeed the only one we knew, though it was flawed with the separation from what we yearned for but couldn't ever seem to find, until the revealing was given to us and we knew we had what we were looking for but couldn't ever find. The natural family of Israel which Joseph had been born into was the family God had promised to bless, yet it was not God's desire for him to stay there with the rest of them. God intended him to go ahead of them and prepare the way, just as John did for the Son and he did for the disciples.
This is the one about whom it is written: "I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you."
In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
At first it naturally would have seemed to Joseph to be a bad thing, all the events surrounding his abduction, but we have to assume that God comforted him as he was learning like Daniel to understand hard things, what was being revealed to him in a process that seems to have been unobservable to the humans around him. However, the events of his life were not all laid out before him to observe as we can observe them; he was faced with the predicament of having to believe that God was taking care of him and would continue to although it would have appeared that may not have been the case on the outside and in many instances.
That's what real faith and belief is about, not some generic "I believe in the made up jesus god more than the other made up gods," which we've been taught by the liars is all one needs to do to be pleasing to God, but that a certain thing which has been secretly revealed within one's self is true, even though it appears to go against everything that could be possible, according to the humans. For the humans at large, it has to be a generic call to arms of the particular group doing the calling, because all they can get is the reinforcement from each other that their group is the one that is right, so the more the better. For the secret sons of God there is no more than what the Father gives, and that's what they become conformed to—another way that is higher and which goes against what's in them to naturally be able to accept.
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
Just like our brothers who are alive with the Father's intention to bring us all together around Him, our predicament is also having to trust that what God has done to us in secret by revealing His life to us; and that what He continues to do in us is real enough to act on His command that we move away from what we love but that which contaminates us, so that we can move toward Him even though everything on the outside may point to the opposite. Real faith must involve real situations, not just those we actually continue to control while we pretend they are out of our control, which is dishonesty in our heart.
If we look at our new life with the eyes of the human we will be bowled over by the doubting of the natural man, to whom everything he cannot see with his natural eyes seems impossible. Our former master, the animal nature or the devil, the old man, the flesh (all the same thing) will always try to convince us that is the case. Much of our struggle now will be in overcoming that unseeing, doubting nature. However, it cannot be fought by anything we possess within us; we are powerless against it.
The only condition which actually makes us a son of God is the presence of the life of His Christ in our heart, which is not just some passive idea or concept, but the hidden reality of God. Because it is hidden and invisible to the humans doesn't mean it's not there. The spirit of truth, which is that life, is called the living word because it is living, and actively teaches the truth to the sons who are learning it secretly, without anyone else knowing. We can compare this to what we think is true as we learned it from the old man—that is, whatever is tangible to our natural senses. We don't fight with human instruments, nor do we fight by our own power or strength. That is the animal's way, learning that it has to fight and provide for itself all its life. It might say it believes in God but the way it lives shows another reality, that it cannot believe God will intervene in its life and actually provide it with what it needs. It is such a strange and difficult idea for the animal to believe the truth about God, because everything that is real is invisible to it.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
We will think that one request will last us and cover us for a while. Sort of like, since he answered us, then we're good for a while. Having to keep coming to him is his design, one that he submitted to before us. It keeps us close to and dependent on him for everything; but the part of us that is overwhelmingly driven by the animal hates and resists it. Not merely physical needs, which are petty compared to the reality of his presence that we have begun to appreciate and need for living the real, unseen life.
Do not worry, saying, `What shall we eat?' or `What shall we drink?' or `What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
He is our food for that life, the hidden manna which comes down from heaven for us to eat; it makes us alive and strong in the place that is not physical or earthly. Only by his arm can we daily be nourished and strengthened to continue. Every day is new, hence the term, "Give us our daily bread." Just like the gathering of the manna in the desert, every day we have to eat, to come close to him, to ask the Lord for the living manna and eat it or we will be weak in the life that matters more to us now. The evidence of this can be seen in his need to withdraw to the quiet, lonely places to pray and be with the Father.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.
None of this is natural, which is foreign for the animal—nor is it theoretical, which following the Christ must be for the religious animals who think the mechanism of the new covenant never died, that they are under it. As much as we are compelled to look with our eyes and consider what we can see actual life, for us it isn't real, but temporary. We know that everything dies, even these bodies that we spend so much time and energy protecting and preserving. For the animals it is everything—whatever they can see, touch, taste, smell, observe and evaluate is life—and their own life is even that much more tangible and valuable. But the power that we have already begun to taste is a power to see with new eyes, that which cannot be seen with the old.
In light of that it must be stated that one of the most important messages we can know right now, what everything seems to point to; is that the earthly body, life, circumstances—everything having to do with this temporary existence—doesn't matter. That's why we have accounts of Paul singing in prison, seemingly happy, because it doesn't matter what our earthly situation is. We also have the Lord showing the men how God takes care of the birds and the flowers, and how much more valuable they are, which is to say that the natural is nothing compared to the real life, the things we need to know to be sons.
However, that is a more understandable thing for the more mature son, which Paul was when he sung in prison, and which Jesus was when he said those things about the birds and flowers. Being so young it's all foreign to our conception of reality, based on what we learned from Adam and which we still carry with us. That is to say, our natural circumstances determine everything, because they are everything we know. However, we can assume that the Lord will continue his good work in us, that which he has already obviously begun.
The worries of this 'life,' of the temporary existence, are very real for the animal. Without the presence of the voice of the Teacher, the spirit of truth, it's impossible to remove ourselves from their influence over us. But the son sees what the animal doesn't, and knows what the animal doesn't; he is therefore able to live for what the animal can't, who must continue to run after what the humans consider valuable and therefore love. All these should be tempered by the reality of the process of the real life, which starts as a seed and slowly grows into what finally takes over all the other plants in the garden.
The eyes of the son, as they start to form and by them we start becoming mature in the new way, see the reality of the world where God lives more clearly as we go along. The process of being still in a place of peace, without the chaos of the flesh constantly biting at our heels, can aid us in this growth. The worries of this life, the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of wealth—these are all very real threats for the son because they create chaos inside us, so the voice of the living word cannot be clearly heard. Instead, the clamoring of the animal, always needing to satisfy itself, will drown it out. They create a constant need to preserve and serve ourselves as all animals must, because of the ubiquitous fear of death, persistently banging on our door. Surrounding ourselves with that which only reinforces what contaminates us doesn't help us any, which is why John was thrust away from civilization from birth so that influence wouldn't be there.
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.
If we have eyes to see that this life means little, then we will be that much less vulnerable to its domination of our hearts and minds, to keep taking it in to our selves and allowing it to define us as which master we are following. If we are concerned with the cares and concerns of the life that is truly life, we will be that much less preoccupied with that which always just dies.