Exodus 1-2 / Psalms 53-55 / Romans 7-8
So, my brothers, you also died to the law (the old covenant) through the body of Christ (bringer of the new covenant), that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit (be useful, enjoyable) to God (like a genuine son who looks like his father).
For when we were controlled by the animal nature (what we were born into), the animal passions (instinctual cravings, need for safety and security) aroused by the law were at work in our bodies, so that we bore fruit for death (couldn't come near God because we were common, dirty, unclean animals).
But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the spirit (as per Jeremiah 31, what Jesus made possible when he freed all of God's true sons from being bound to the grave/earth/natural creation), and not in the old way of the written code, which represents the natural (the Law given to Moses with the old covenant between God and His people which wasn't binding any longer since the unseen Law was released).
Why is the animal nature bad? It isn't bad for the humans because it keeps them what they are intended to be. It doesn't mess with the natural balance of the way things work, although it does cause a lot of grief with all the fear, hiding and emotional retardation the humans are bound to because of its total domination over them. The humans will not see themselves as evil in any way, because the animal nature works opposite to that—to individually adapt itself to each particular human as it grows and sets itself into them, so that they and their life, their needs and well-being become the center of everything for the purpose that they can survive better. Strip off all the things they've built up around themselves and that's all the humans are, just an animal which day in and day out merely needs to keep surviving, and must do it by its own hand, propelled by instinct; like every wild animal on the earth does without even thinking about it.
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!
Jesus isn't speaking to the leaders here, or those wanting to kill him. He is speaking to a non-hostile crowd, those who gathered around him to hear what he had to say, whose half-hearted intentions actually were to follow him. But only on their animal terms, because when he told them what was required they abandoned him. He called them evil because that is what they inherently were, the state of humanity in its natural form. They are naturally evil because they are driven by instinct, by the most crafty of all the animals—the metaphorical serpent who tricked the human and lied to him, to whom the humans became bound as the curse was employed. According to the humans, they are all good because that's how it works—to adapt itself to each one it inhabits to make it think and believe that it is good and worth preserving. Because it exists in that bubble of deception and tied to the self-worth, it can only truly love itself (those who come from them, their children, those who carry the same DNA, are themselves).
The animal nature is only bad for the sons of God, who are special that way because they are the ones who are being called to have to come away from that nature, or else they'll just remain animals who cannot come near to the Father. He designed this creation and the humans who live in it to be unclean animals so they couldn't be close to Him. God desires to live in a surrounding of peace, not the chaos of the animals, so of course He doesn't want everything that ever existed gathered around Him. He only wants His own sons around Him because they look like Him and that makes Him happy, which is the way of the humans too who are a copy of Him in that sense.
Jesus was the most special human to God in that way, because he was the only one who was ever kept from being contaminated by that unclean animal nature, even though it tried many times to contaminate him. Because he was born of God from conception, he was kept pure and untouched by that which makes the humans evil. He was able to be the spotless Lamb of God. When he was of age, he had to decide himself, to choose to not be led by that nature that tempted him to take by his own hand what would have been alluring and intoxicating, being that he was the One Moses, David and Isaiah promised, and he knew it but he was the only one who knew it, on purpose. He is the model for the sons of God, because as we're being transformed we have to see and recognize what that animal nature is like, how it is compelling us to choose to follow it instead of the voice of the teacher. And we too know who we are, yet that information is being kept hidden from the humans so that we have to choose the secret way that the Son chose.
The counterfeit sons who assume that God is generic attempt to take the preserved words and apply them to themselves, but they can't and it's not genuine because that identity hasn't been available since about 400 a.d. What happened in the first century—when the last installments of the preserved words were being written—went away, and they can't just be adopted as though it were happening again, just because they want it to be. That is the assumption upon which all of christianity is based. The thinking that they can just take what they want from God comes from a mind set that says God loves everyone the same, that He has no choice in the matter and He doesn't choose those He wants close to Him, as though He is just some generic machine without any feelings. All the references of God choosing who He wants to be His own people have to be ignored in their systems. It's all a sham, because everything they believe comes from one source—the whore of Babylon—and so the whole thing is corrupt. If the seed is bad, then the whole tree and everything that comes off of it will be bad.
The animal nature is bad for the sons because it keeps them defined as common, unclean animals when they choose to allow it to lead them; not clean and purified sons as their Father wants them to be, knowing and following His way, the way away from the unclean animal instincts that want to still guide him. Therefore, when they choose to satisfy whatever is welling up in them to take and kill, protect the self or indulge in whatever craving has surfaced, that keeps them away from their Father, who wants them to come near Him but they cannot if they're contaminated and dirty with the way of the animal sticking to them, still defining them as mere animals while the Fatehr requires that they become sons who are guided by Him, not the animal. They get that animal stench on them, around and in them because they're still doing what they used to do—living for the things that used to satisfy their human needs and cravings, what they took into themselves when they became mature animals like all the rest (fully dead to God). When they were children they looked most like the way God wants them to be—innocent and vulnerable, without the cunning and craft of the mature animal who has learned how to survive (hide so it doesn't get caught/killed/eaten), driven by that irrational yet driving fear of becoming nothing.
Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus told those who wanted to follow him that they must not be like the mature humans who have already taken that animal identity fully into themselves and covered themselves with its skin, but like children who don't know the way of the world because they've learned to not participate and love what the humans love and run after. The humans don't want to be like children because they disdain children. To them the children are ignorant and vulnerable (in a bad way) about the ways of the world, which they despise to think they would ever become. Their position as mature they must defend and fortify with feelings of honor and respect that they must get from the other humans and retain it because it's a piece of their animal armor. It's their job to survive and they know it, because nobody's going to do that for them. If they do not develop the skills to be able to do that they are scorned and looked down on as a kind of shameful failure of a human who couldn't become like one of them. The sons of God are simple, like children ignorant of the ways of the world and how to survive, rather than mature adults all savvy in the ways of survival. They're happy just to know that they've been chosen, and that they've been personally assured that they're special to their Father. They are okay with letting the things that the mature adult humans love and run after just fall away from them because the acceptance of the Father and everything else which flows from that is all they need.
The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are considered worthy of taking part in that age and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels.
They are God's children, since they are children of the resurrection.
And God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God saw the Israelites, and God knew.
Moses was an Israelite for a brief moment, then was adopted by the world, symbolized by Egypt, and raised as a man of the world for the first of the 3 equal segments that made up his life. He was taught the way of man and learned how to look at things and how to be, all through the eyes of a mature man of the world, not of God. Yet there was something in him that desired the way of God over the way of man. Some desire to be or search for the truth beyond what everyone else said was the way to God—even the experts.
In he second segment of his life God pulled him out of the life he had become mature in, and took him to a place where He re taught Moses His way instead of the way of man. He had to be re taught, reborn into what he once was for that brief period of time in the ark made of reeds—a son of God, one of His people. In the third segment of his life, deliberately divided into equal parts by God—40 + 40 + 40—he was ready to be used for God's purpose, to be the lesser copy of the coming One in the same manner as Joseph had been, a shepherd of God's people, one who did what God wanted to have happen on the earth amongst a certain, chosen group of humans God was choosing to become His while the rest of the humans remained not chosen.
Like Joseph, Moses was pulled out of one life and into another by God for His purpose and plan. The thing that marked both of them was that God was with them in an extraordinary way to rebirth them into the new way that He wanted them to go, instead of the way of man which was before them, around them and in them—the way their lives would have gone if not for His deliberate intercession.
In the same way David was pulled out of his life of humble shepherd, the least of his brothers according to the way of man, to a different place and life altogether, again because of the fact that God was with him. Because of all the poems David wrote about his life, we can get some insight into how he thought about things and how things worked. It's like getting descriptions of the way he felt about things, especially God and his interactions with Him, and what David's life would have been without that intercession.
God looks down from heaven
on the sons of men
Everyone has turned away,
they have together become corrupt;
David knows what's inside the hearts of men because the spirit—the way God interacts with the humans—told him about it, and how different it is than what He wanted to inside David and all of His own sons. He understands the separateness of the vast throngs of humanity compared to what he knew of the redeeming power that lived in him to draw him closer to God and understand Him as others couldn't. David had this spirit of God living in him which told him things about himself, the inhabitants of the earth, and God. Many of the thoughts he wrote down became things that were important enough to be recorded and preserved because of David's great position.
Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught at the voice of the enemy, at the stares of the wicked; for they bring down suffering upon me and revile me in their anger.
Many of these poems are what the Lord secretly recognized about himself, by the same hidden spirit living in him which compelled David to write, also showed Jesus that they applied to him. From the great son of David, the coming Messiah who would bring salvation from Jerusalem, to the personal, sustaining life of God in him and the intimate relationship he would have with the Father, to the far-reaching suffering and agony that would mark much of his last days on the earth, to the very nature of his mission—hidden within many of the poems of David yet brought to his enlightenment by the spirit of the Father, the same One who originally prompted David to write the words he wrote.
In the same way Paul understood that he had been pulled out of the world and life he was living to live a new life and to receive a new consciousness from the same spirit that guided all of His sons throughout the OT. The Romans portion is about being pulled out of the old life, the life of living under the old nature, the nature that is hostile to God, the nature of man, of the flesh. Flesh is a good metaphor because it represents the bodies of all the inhabitants of the earth which are bound to exist only to die without ever knowing God as Joseph, Moses, David, Jesus and Paul did.
Those who live according to the animal nature have their minds set on what that nature desires...
That is, what all men love and run after in the world, generally what they use to survive like all animals; but more refined and specifically houses, jobs, careers, families, children who look like them, natural identities, independence, fame, fortune, ways to make money, small spurts of love, acceptance, beauty, honor and respect—all of which overlap with one another as per the specific animal, and the list is definitely not exhaustive. Basically, everything except for what God wants His son to search for and run after—finding Him, being on the path which leads away from the animals and towards Him.
...but those who live in accordance with the spirit have their minds set on what the spirit desires.
Since the spirit for Paul was the mind of the Father & Son—their unseen body and consciousness—it was able to tell the sons who lived in the first century what God loved and desired from them; what His will was for them, how He wanted them to be. Because Jesus was now a component of the unseen spirit of God, it could live in the bodies of unclean humans—as long as the intention of God was there that they were destined to become His sons who needed to become clean. Before Jesus ascended to the Father, He could only fully live in Jesus' body, because he was the only human who was kept clean and pure, separated from the animal corruption.
From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
In the last hours of Jesus' life, on the cross, he had to become the serpent in order to kill it, so he had to become the animal that he spent his life being separated from. Because he was unclean, God had to turn away from him, He had to leave Jesus alone to die, which is why Jesus cried out with the question of why God had abandoned him. For the first time in his life God wasn't there.
The whole plan and purpose of God with this creation revolves around what He wanted from the beginning when He created the world—to have a family of sons who have chosen Him, to love Him by having chosen Him over what they were naturally drawn to (represented by all the stuff in the list above). Sons who didn't have to choose Him but wanted to go against what was easy in order to do that, to find something much better than what the appealing things afforded. Sons to whom He could give love, and by that would be reciprocally able to love Him too.
The mind of the animal is death; the serpent mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the animal nature cannot please God.
The mind of the son of God, controlled by the spirit, is life and peace.