Exodus 5-6 / Psalms 58-59 / Romans 10-11
I ask then: Did God reject his people? God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don't you know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah? And what was God's answer to him? "I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal."
The living God does not disclose Himself to the humans unless He wants to, and it is obvious that He hasn't wanted to for a long time judging by the vastness of the desolation on the human landscape regarding the any of them any genuine knowledge of who God is; who has always been hidden and secret, and who reveals Himself to whomever He wishes. The assumption that just because God exists, then He automatically must want the humans to know Him goes against what seems obvious—that rather He doesn't want them to know Him. Assumptions about what God must be like are exactly what all the religious groups of humans claiming to know the way to Him are all about—everything based on assumption.
The words that have been preserved are not a magic book, out of which religious institutions, having interpreted those words as per their bias and inclination, form the body of rules their members must abide by to remain a part of that institution. Because the humans are guided not by the living word but by their animal natures, fully intact yet hidden even to them, they believe that their own interpretation is always the correct one because they're inherently correct. That is the egotistical part of the animal nature at work, the need/craving to be emotionally surviving, the one(s) who is right, which lends to the feeling of that form of survival—to be exclusively correct and control the information, therefore controlling the way to their gods.
Though anyone can read them the words have been preserved for the secret sons of the only living God who are given eyes to see and ears to hear what the words actually say beyond the apparent, what it might seem to say to any of the various groups of humans who ever read it, evidenced by the vast differentness in the interpretations that have come from the humans over the years that it has been in their hands to do what they wanted with it. What they have done with it is to make up whatever gods they wanted, to suit themselves—good gods who are on their side because they are good according to their selves, so their gods look upon them the way they do, of course.
So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.
Regarding the NT letters, it is a historical testimony about a group of sons of God who were inhabited by a phenomenon that was totally unexplainable, yet super powerful—the mechanism of the promised new covenant, the way that God always interacted with the humans He was choosing to become sons.
Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Inspired words they are, but inspired by the Father/Son spirit life who lived inside Paul to teach him the truth about everything he knew, just as the Father taught David who he was. Paul was merely trying to relay that truth he was being given to those he believed to be sons concurrent with himself, in that time period. Inspired by God doesn't mean each word was magically crafted so as to be a kind of sacred concoction. In that case it might as well be used as a book from which a body of rules can be formed, that the members of any of the thousands of religious institutions must abide by, so as to be right with their gods they have also derived from the same words.
Where did Paul get his information that he wrote down and sent to groups of believers? The voice of the unseen teacher who lived inside him spoke to him about what was true. It contradicted the body of rules that had been derived by the scribes, rabbis and political leaders so they could control the people for their own gain while the spirit of the Law—what God was after—was lost in that process of the humans taking over what was purely from God, for His purpose. The same has been true for a long time about what happened in the first century and shortly thereafter.
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?
When the sons are chosen by their Father to be sons, then they are able to hear His true voice, and they know it as distinct from all the imposters who claim to know the way to Him, but only have rules and polished refinements of those rules made up by men. Because they are merely human like all the other imposters, they do not have what Paul had—the secret life of the Father & Son living as the spirit inside him—because that condition went away when the whore of babylon made the earth desolate of it. The humans only have what all the other humans have—the nature of the animal which leads and guides them by the instincts that were set in them when they became mature and fully human, when they crossed over into adulthood. That's all there is available to them because the earth was made desolate a long time ago.
The answer to the question of how God could let that happen is that the assumption that God didn't want it to happen is the fallacy that all the rest is built upon. God at that point had the Son with Him, the One for whom He had been waiting a long time was with Him because the Son chose Him over the animal, which made the Father happy. So why would He want to deal with the humans any longer, since He had the one human with Him who guaranteed that He would have the family He wanted?
There are many who feel convinced that the spirit "does things" to them, which convinces them that it must still be available. But if that were true, why are they all still babbling the same old dead mythology made up by Roman clergy who happened to be powerful enough to make that story official and wipe out any dissenting voices? As far as the feeling that something supernatural is going on around someone; there are many who feel the same thing. Since they feel that the thing they are feeling is happening must be validating something to them, they quickly decide that whatever extranatural thing they happened to be experimenting with must be true. However, it is the same phenomenon happening to witches, buddhists, muslims, people who think that rocks have a supernatural power, etc, etc, etc. The idea of experiencing something extranatural, then clomping that onto whatever idea happens to be nearest you (religion of all sort, including the witches and crystal healers) is nothing new. It certainly isn't any kind of proof that what was happening in the first century is happening today, any more than that it is proof that rocks have supernatural healing powers. They are all on the same level, having just enough to allow them to construe whatever they want to construe, but not with eyes to see or ears to hear what the Father says to His own sons.
God gave them a spirit of stupor,
eyes so that they could not see
The sons of God are hidden and must remain hidden. They are not recognized by the world of humans as true sons of God, because their Father doesn't give that information to the humans. They are recognized only to themselves and the other sons, which is a microscopically small remnant of the population of humans, amongst whom they live, from what stock they are pulled. That is the way it was in Paul's time, not any sort of officially recognized religion that the humans could either join or not. It was a phenomenon that the humans couldn't understand, not a religion which had rules they could adhere to and live by. A general set of rules that applies to masses all the same is what the humans like, because by them they can control the humans for their own good, which is how the animal always works—for its self, all the time without wavering.
That is what it became when the Romans decided to make it into something they could control, which is the abomination predicted by Daniel when the unclean animal (serpent, animal nature) would be installed in the place of what was for a short time holy (spirit of Father/Son, mechanism of the new covenant in first century) in the true temple as per Jesus and Paul's words (bodies/hearts of His sons). That situation would cause the desolation of what was true for Paul and his contemporaries, those he wrote to. Everything we can see today that bears the mark of those made up christian gods (father god, jesus god & holy spirit god), every group which claims to have the truth about the way to God, every group who claims to follow the teachings of their jesus god (perverted by their animal interpretations), came from that abomination in the centuries following the first.
And the LORD said to Moses, "Now will you see what I shall do to Pharaoh, for through a strong hand will he send them off and through a strong hand will he drive them from his land."
The Israelites living in Egypt in the time when God sent Moses to call them out seemed not necessarily content with their position as slaves, yet resigned to it. There seems to be no indication that they had planned for an exodus from the land where they had lived for 400 years, as a group within this other oppressing nation, although the hope of redemption must have been there according to the promises made by God to their fathers. They were just there in that sort of limbo, thriving yet wasting away under the hand of their oppressors. It's the copy of what the sons of God are before His life comes to them, to save them from the nature that has been oppressing them all their life, causing them to be strangers to their true Father, as the Israelites were to God (see Ezekiel 16).
There is no knowledge of our true Father while we're under the control of the animal, which is how it's supposed to be so it's okay. That serpent nature totally rules the humans for a good reason, according to the purpose of Him who put it in place—to keep the humans away from His salvation as per Genesis 3 and the flaming sword guarding the tree of life. So the nature that the humans are bound to—of the serpent, the animal—accomplishes its purpose for them (surviving), but not for those who are destined to eat the fruit from that tree of life (finding their Father). In light of that, the sons remaining under that yoke of being a human is not okay, which is one of Paul's big arguments in Romans about not being enslaved any longer to the serpent nature, but instead living under the new son nature—not being driven by the animal instincts—which was being revealed inside those 1st century believers. That is the nature of the spirit of sonship revealed to them by the spirit of God the Father and Jesus the firstborn Son (not jesus the made up god). Remember that Paul was not writing to humans, but to the tiny group of mutating humans, going through the transformation from animal to son, those he knew to be inhabited by the spirit of the Father and the Son, those he knew were receiving the life that was truly life, his true brothers.
When Moses first confronted Pharaoh and then he made their servitude harsher, their beef seems to be with Moses for inciting Pharaoh to do it because they couldn't see what God was about to do. He purposefully kept that from them to test Moses—to make it seem like, even though he saw the power of God, it might not actually be true. And he had the choice to believe or not, even though it looked bad, and to call on God to save them, to teach him to not make the mistake of attempting to bring the power that was in him under his control, for his own purpose and gain, which is the animal tendency. What about the fact, though, of their existence as slaves, of their lives being spent building up the culture and infrastructure of this oppressive nation? They had an identity as the sons of Abraham, but no vision to be an independent nation living as God's people, set apart and free to love and worship Him. They only had the faint hope that had been dormant for 400 years, until God remembered and acted.
And also I myself have heard the groaning of the Israelites whom the Egyptians enslave, and I do remember my covenant.
God seems to have been silent for these 400 or so years, indicating that perhaps He desired them to grow numerous before He "remembered the covenant" He had with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We can imagine that God's purpose here is so that the extraction of a group of people with the same identity from within a country that didn't want to let them go was so that He could show His great might and power. Not only that, but to take the same group and relocate them back to the land where Abraham had sojourned, that which God had promised his descendants would occupy, was just as marvelous a thing to do, especially considering it was already established and inhabited by other groups of people whom He Himself would miraculously conquer to establish His ability to protect them, His new wife (see Ezekiel 16).
We have already been shown that much of the reason all these things happened was for the benefit of God's sons, to show them by virtue of being able to see a copy in the natural—specifically the history of His chosen people in the natural world—about what the reality is in the spiritual world where He lives and moves and has His being. In this light it might be beneficial to contemplate the captivity in Egypt compared to the captivity today, of whoever is potentially God's true sons, perhaps on the verge of being called out of the bondage and lies that have totally enveloped the humans for so many thousands of years.
We are trying to be identifying the actual enemy of those who are being oppressed by this very elusive oppressor and enemy—that which Paul identifies as the sinful nature, the flesh, the old man, the devil, etc. We have argued, contrary to what the religious or any other groups of people claiming to follow the Lord say, that it—the enemy of the son of God—is not to be defined or identified in terms of ambiguous and incomprehensible religious terms, but is something very common to the humans, even benign.
They (the priests) are to teach my people the difference between the holy and the common and show them how to distinguish between the unclean and the clean.
The actual identification of what is common and unclean according to God lies in understanding the ubiquitous presence of the thing we call the animal nature, or consciousness, which afflicts the humans in the sense that it makes all men common and unclean according to God, and therefore unable to know or understand the truth about Him. The only possible way for a human to know God, then, is if he has been chosen to be made clean so that He can live with and in that human, or son.
...you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
The only way God can live with or in a human is if the human has been made clean, holy; instead of what he invariably always is because of that animal nature imposed upon him—common, unclean, the same as any animal would be unclean and unfit for the presence of God's spirit to live in. Something extraordinarily incredible must happen to that human in order to be fit to be inhabited by God, via His spirit. That body must first be made clean, holy.
You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.
Why did Jesus specifically say this to the 11 men who were chosen by the Father? In the same passage he explains to them some pretty enigmatic things about his intentions regarding their relationship to him—soon he will be gone and the world will see him no longer, however he will still be with them. In strictly human terms, a man can live amongst other men as long as he is alive. When the man is dead, though, there can no longer be the same type of relationship existing between them. In the next sentence he explains to them what the circumstances will actually be regarding his relationship to them, that they would in fact remain together even though he was gone physically.
It's important to note here that he wasn't just speaking conceptually in this, as though he would remain among them only in the form of some sentimentally intangible memory. He actually means it, and is deliberately letting them know that he plans to maintain the relationship with these men that they've shared for 3 years. The significance of that relationship to these men is hard to imagine; they grew to rely on his presence as someone who was definitely powerful enough, and more importantly concerned enough about their welfare to help, protect, and even save them. His tangible, purposeful, care and concern for them was real to them, as was his power to be able to protect and uphold them. So when he say he will be with them, as close as he has always been, he means it literally.
Remain in me, and I will remain in you.
He is specific in pointing out to them that they are clean because of the word he spoke to them. That is, the word about the intention of their Father to make them sons instead of letting them remain animals, separated from Him. This is quite significant because being clean meant that the spirit of the Father was able to commune with the men in the same way, however limited, that He lived with, communed and fellowshipped with Jesus. That's why all of a sudden it's important to know that they were clean enough for this to happen, even on this limited scale. It was all about the intention of God to make them sons, which was the word Jesus spoke to them, and what he is referring to here in this passage about them being clean.
Nevertheless the abrupt insertion of this phrase indicates a sort of temporary cleanness for them, which makes perfect sense because the spirit of truth and comfort, the living water, had not yet been given. A little while before this, he had used natural water to clean their feet, which was of course just a copy of the living water, which could actually make them clean enough in the spiritual, permanent sense to realize this same relationship. That is the only thing that could make them thoroughly and permanently clean enough for the Father and the Son to eventually dwell in them in the same exact way that the Father dwelled in Jesus' body. It was the only thing that could effect their transformation from animal to son of God, the most impossible thing that could happen to a human. Contrast this reality with the christian belief that anyone and everyone can become a son of their made up gods, making those gods into whores for the affection of as many as possible, making the love of those gods cheap and easy (as long as one conforms to the rules of the particular institution).
We cannot know the love of the Father unless we know Him. We cannot know Him unless He lives in our body, close enough that His spirit and our spirit can live together in peace. He cannot live in us unless we are holy and clean without the chaos and uncleanness of the animal. We cannot be clean unless we turn away from the animal which wants to rule us, so we can be washed by the living water, the only thing capable of actually cleaning us in the spiritual, permanent way.
These in white robes--who are they, and where did they come from?
These are they who...have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore, they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat.