Exodus 15 / Psalm 69 / Mark 3
I am a stranger to my brothers,
an alien to my own mother's sons;
Whoever blasphemes against the Father will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin." He said this because they were saying, "He has an evil spirit."
That spirit who lived in Jesus, which allowed him to do the miraculous things he did, was the life of the Father, the only living God—about whom Jeremiah promised would one day live in the hearts of His own true sons, and therefore create the perfect covenant, one which could be known and adhered to by the son because he would be like the Father when that happened.
"The time is coming," declares the LORD,
"when I will make a new covenant
It will not be like the (old, natural) covenant
"This is the covenant I will make with the house of (the true) Israel
No longer will a man teach his neighbor,
God the Father of the Son is the only One who is good. Criticizing the Son was permitted, but saying that the life of the Father was actually something evil was not a permissible thing to say. To hear the very leaders of Israel calling the living God evil prompted a strong reaction in Jesus because the insults of those who insulted God fell on him, which were David's sentiments about those who cursed God.
If one thinks that the spirit was another god altogether, (what most of the world thinks, even if they're not sure because it doesn't make any sense), then this translates into Jesus not defending the Father but making the holy spirit god even of greater significance than the Father. This thing which was only ever a mechanism that God used to interact with the humans was made into an actual god alongside the Father and the Son, which is another part of the confusing mythology made up by the great whore (the mother of christianity) and all her prostitute daughters (christianity in all and any of its various forms), alive and ruling the western world since the fourth century.
"Who are my mother and my brothers?" he asked. Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother."
According to the Son there was only one family that he was interested in. There was one Father he was interested in protecting the honor of, and there was only one group of brothers for whom he was willing to lay down his life. All these were unseen by the humans, who assumed that Joseph was his father and his brothers lived in his mother's house. Most of the family that Jesus knew weren't alive in human body form. He knew them via the stories that he heard being read in the synagogues growing up, and it was the unseen Father who lived in his body who taught him that they were his true brothers, not the humans who were sons of another father altogether, who were living in his mother's house.
Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.
Jesus' true family included some of Abraham's descendents but also transcended him because the Israel of God, for which human Israel stood as metaphor, wasn't for or about the humans, nor is it populated by humans. The Israel of God is the perfection of why human Israel was formed and created by God, to show the true sons what He wanted. But of course the animal nature that makes the humans slaves to themselves is much more powerful than any ability to put God's interests before themselves, which is why the Israel of God cannot be populated by humans, because in their state of humanness, they can only ever love themselves, which they do instinctually, meaning it happens whether they want it to happen or not.
In other words, they have no choice but to love their own selves because they are as driven to do that as geese are driven to fly somewhere else when they sense that the weather is changing. If one visits any church or ecclesia, you will see humans trying to pretend to be a certain way, but you can see in five seconds that it's forced and disingenuous, because they're trying to go against what's naturally in them, that instinct to only be able to love themselves and what comes out of their bodies, which for all practical purposes—because their DNA is nearly identical and they influenced their behavior to be just like them—is also themselves in another body i.e., they're not doing God any favors by being driven by the same instinct to love their offspring, since it's a purely animal thing to do.
And Moses made the Israelites journey onward from the Sea of Reeds, and they went out to the Wilderness of Shur, and they went three days in the wilderness and did not find water. And they came to Marah and could not drink water from Marah, for it was bitter. Therefore is its name called Marah.
And the people murmured against Moses, saying, "What shall we drink?" And he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree, and he flung it into the water, and the water turned sweet.
There did He set him a statute and law, and there did He test him.
And He said, "If you heed the voice of the LORD your God, and do what is right in His eyes, and hearken to His commands and keep all His statutes, all the sickness that I put upon Egypt I will not put upon you, for I am the LORD your healer."
Three days after God delivered the Israelites from the hands of the Egyptians they reacted again to what their eyes and ears told their mind—that only what they could perceive with their natural senses was that which was available to them, the only thing possible. After so many miracles, what they were reduced to was only believing what was immediate, and not thinking that God would deliver them again. It's what we default to because it's the tangible thing, and believing in the miraculous deliverance of God is hard because it's not tangible. It's not something we can effect by our own power, but it's something we have to wait for, and count on God for, who is unseen. We don't like to have to wait or rely on someone else to deliver us, because it's not what we're used to.
What is impossible with men is possible with God.
In the old life we had to do everything ourselves. We had to plan, strategize, and work for whatever we had; now we have to wait for our Father to give His sons what He wants them to have, and the thing He wants for them is that they believe that He will deliver them, that in and of themselves all they can do is give themselves the same life that all the other humans give themselves, what they can work for and get by the power of their own hand. He will not leave them high and dry, all alone in the desert with nothing to drink. That is a different kind of work, to believe in what only we can verify, and that within ourselves—none of the humans will validate the existence of the life of the Father in us. On the contrary, what the humans will do is hate us for it, not accept and love us. They'll send us far away from them so they don't have to be around God because what lives in them is a natural enemy to what lives in the sons of God. Because they instinctively hate Him, they will also hate us too.
May those who hope in you
not be disgraced because of me,
O Lord, the LORD Almighty;
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
The statement in the above passage, "There did He set him a statute and law, and there did He test him," refers to the formula by which God tests all of His sons, as is contained in the first and second paragraphs. God does something incredible for us so that we marvel, then it seems as if maybe He's gone and we have to wonder if any of it ever even happened, or that we made it up. That will certainly be the opinion of the humans who are not experiencing what we are. That's another good reason to not be around the humans if at all possible, because they cannot reinforce what is good in us, only what the Father doesn't want to see in us, which is the dependence on the natural. Within the span of a day a miraculous gift from God for us can dissolve like a breath, as if it didn't even happen. Then we have to believe even though everything and everyone around us tells us not to, and that is what the Father does want to see in us.
The stories played a huge role in developing Jesus' consciousness, the nature of the Son. According to this passage there were two realities possible for Moses to believe—that which the human thought was possible based on what he could perceive, and that which was possible for God, based on what the son can remember combined with faith, which is what God loves from him. Jesus' own family did not reinforce the life of God living inside him, who was telling him that he was the One David was speaking to and about, when he wrote his poems and songs a thousand years earlier. Jesus looked like a very ordinary human, a poor peasant from and undesirable part of Israel, some of the many ways the Father kept his identity hidden from the humans.
Whenever the evil spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, "You are the Son of God." But he gave them strict orders not to tell who he was.
Jesus spent his life learning the way of the Father instead of the way of the humans, who if they were in Jesus' position would have wanted everyone to know who he was. That is the animal craving for notoriety and validation, which along with appetite satiation and the accumulation of wealth is one of the fundamental aspects of the animal nature and how it works in the humans.
I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
God doesn't do things like men would do them. He didn't then and He doesn't now. The Father didn't want everyone to know who Jesus was, only a few who wouldn't have been expected by the humans to be chosen by God for anything. He didn't reveal the identity of this Jesus—the great Messiah everyone in Israel was waiting for—except to the motley group of men chosen for him.
All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
This is how He kept Jesus hidden from the humans, whom He loves to confound and surprise by doing the opposite of what they would ever expect. That is another of the enduring messages encoded within the preserved words, the truth that the Teacher reveals to those sons whom the Father chooses, totally unexpected by the world to be as such.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Moses was exulting one moment in the text about God's great deliverance, the destruction of Israel's enemies and their ability to witness His great power to do what seemed completely impossible. Then in the next moment, only three days after this, they are faced with what seems their demise, as if God had done all of this marvelous deliverance just to kill them off in the desert. Although they knew they were bound for the land that was promised to Abraham, and they had just witnessed many incredible acts of God—saving them from demise—none of those were sufficient to ward off the unbelief because of what they perceived with their natural faculties. There is such a huge message here for the sons of God, because that's the way it goes for us who are still held captive in this natural creation, groaning to be out of these bodies and with the Lord, suffering this fate of being chosen and knowing that on the one hand, yet being subjected to the animal whims and tendencies, which makes us forget who we are around every corner.
When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?
This is the grim yet constant reality of the flesh, which relies on what it perceives with its natural faculties as to what it will allow us to believe. This is the real formula for the real sons of Abraham, and its purpose is to teach the son to not rely on that, but on the other reality, that which the vast majority of the others cannot see. That is the definition of true faith and belief—to believe in what is not validated by the humans from whom we want that validation the most, those we consider valuable with our animal senses.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
In a way it's quite logical that God would lead them out into the wilderness and engineer the circumstances so that it looked like there was water to drink, then when they got to it they found it to be a salt spring, undrinkable. As the people shrunk back because of the situation, how important was it for Moses not to shrink back in disbelief, although the temptation to do so would have been great. The animal fears automatically spring from what we perceive to be the case, and our reaction comes from impulse, not a deliberate strategy that we work out, from the instinctual knowledge that is built into us that recognizes danger and then makes us do something to protect us from it, just like all the wild animals have that instinctual ability to protect themselves. It's just as automatic a thing, built right into all the humans, as the need and craving for ego validation and the pursuit of things to build up around us that make us feel safe, because the animal instincts tell us that we're always in some kind of danger.
"He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him." But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.
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.
Moses, responsible for hundreds of thousands of people, felt their grumbling crushing down upon him. God's servant and representative, the man who was close enough to God to hear His voice, was tested many times in this respect. He had to trust in everything he heard from God, and even more so to not trust what his eyes perceived or he could easily shrink back and forget.
The situations God engineers are not as we would construct them in our minds; that is, set up to perhaps look like something but easy to continue to believe nonetheless, because of course they would only happen as a product of our limited capabilities. They will always be as real as three days in the desert without water and only a salt spring to drink from. However, it's something that God took Moses through, and answered him first with the ability to make that water drinkable. Then He gave him the charge and test, and gave a great gift to Moses—an oasis of perfection that confirmed to Moses it was God's doing, for His purpose and Moses' benefit—12 springs and 70 date palms to assure him that He was trustworthy. Then came a reiteration of the covenant He was starting to make plain to Moses:
If you heed the voice of the LORD your God, and do what is right in His eyes, and hearken to His commands and keep all His statutes, all the sickness that I put upon Egypt I will not put upon you, for I am the LORD your healer.
These accounts can only be properly understood by the one who has been given the ability to understand them. They are for a specific reason, not the humans' reasons propelled by self-interest; but God's reasons, that the son understand the hidden reality and finds his way to Him, which is not openly disclosed, as goes the great lie. The completeness of this is seen in the truth of the life of Jesus, who by these accounts coupled with the teaching of the spirit within him—the voice of the Father—took them into himself. He consumed the words and made the truth they brought a part of him, of his very consciousness. That kept transforming him from the animal to the son, until he was able to perfectly do his Father's will.
Academic agility about the preserved words is for those who are perishing, who need to be recognized for their ability to discern what the scriptures say because it's something the animal can feed off of in its never ending need for validation. The Bible scholars may have good intentions; they may even think they are doing some good work for the good of the kingdom. But their understanding of the words does them and their hearers little good, because it becomes just another exercise of the mind, to get control over the salvation they think they want. But they just want to remain human and do what the humans do, because that's all they know. What they don't know is to be a son one must turn away from his humanity so that he can un become a human, to be driven by another force and nature than that which drives the humans—the nature they are bound to according to the terms of the curse of Genesis 3. The Bible scholars may as well be studying physics or chemistry, because the end will be the same if they don't learn how to love God by throwing off the animal nature—instead they embrace and revel in it. Self worship comes in many different forms, especially those which look right (because they're "based" on what is good, even though they don't understand what that is).
The evidence of this can be seen in the hundreds of exhortations done every week, which may inspire a moment of sentimentality and good intentions in the speaker and his hearers. Then the understanding of what they actually are comes back, perhaps even before the drive home, as they slip back into the reality of living their lives like all the other animals, because they're bound by the same curse and it is not broken because they know some of the correct facts about the things of God. If the key has not been given which allows the son to take the accounts, stories, copies into him—to eat the living word for God's purpose—then the words can be only abstract and ultimately meaningless conceptual exercises, what they are for all humans. In other words, all the humans are the same.