February 9th.

Exodus 17-18 / Psalm 72 / Mark 5

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"Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you."

So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.

Jesus was talking about the Father when he told the man to speak about the good things He did for the man. The man, however, couldn't see the Father, because He was hidden inside Jesus' body. He inhabited Jesus' body, which is the mechanism of the new covenant and why Jesus was special—he was the first to have this phenomenal thing happen to/in his body. Many people confuse this situation with the lie that Jesus was a god, which was made up by humans, and made the official "belief" of christians since the fourth century. It is the lie upon which all the christian religions—referred to in the book of John's Revelation as the prostitute daughters of the great whore of Babylon (the Roman church)—are based. Since this most fundamental fact, or "belief," is wrong, it makes the whole thing wrong. It makes all of christianity wrong because it changes everything.

It's like putting one little bit of yeast in a big batch of bread because it changes the complexion of the entire thing, not just one little part. This one lie makes it impossible to be able to understand the meaning and purpose of the preserved words, and what actually happened in the first century. Because the lie is so prevalent, nobody can have access to the secret purpose that is hidden within those words, which is according to God's plan. He has been happy with His family, having His Son with Him, by His side, never having to leave, and so hasn't needed or had much business interacting with the humans since the first century, which is why there is no knowledge of Him in the world.

The present darkness and desolation about the truth of God was predicted by Daniel, and happened according to design. That abomination which the animals perpetrated against the true Temple (bodies/hearts of the humans in the first century who were chosen to be sons—according to the words of Jesus and Paul) and the God who lived in that Temple (the secret, hidden force and power of the spirit of the Father & the Son after the Son went to the Father), caused the desolation of that condition in the humans, who because of it have been in the darkness that desolation brought about the truth of God.

At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who touched my clothes?"

"You see the people crowding against you," his disciples answered, "and yet you can ask, 'Who touched me?' "

This has to do with the same phenomenon, that of the power that inhabited Jesus' body, which was the mechanism or substance of what actually did the healing of these people. It was not Jesus himself, but the power of the life of the spirit of the Father, who lived in Jesus, which did the miracles. By and of himself he was nothing but an ordinary human who would have lived and died just as all of them do. But he wasn't an ordinary human, just like he wasn't a god. He was chosen by the only God who ever existed as God, and who ever will exist as God, to be inhabited by Him, and so become the manifestation of the new covenant that God had promised between Himself and His sons, through His OT prophets and specifically Jeremiah (Ch. 31).

Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

How many times have I heard someone pray to the made up jesus, and their prayer always ends with "In Jesus' name we pray, Amen," which is according to this verse, what the true Jesus spoke to particular men in the first century, about what their condition would soon be, after he went to become One with the Father. Then he was going to come back, with the Father because they would be One, and inhabit their bodies, the same way the Father inhabited his, which was the condition he was in when he was speaking to them here in this passage of John (Ch. 14). Because modern humans do not know about the abomination, they think that truth just extends right out to everyone. They don't comprehend that the truth of the power that was in the disciples as recorded in the NT letters left the world when it became desolate, which is the state in which it has remained. So when these people cap off their prayers with what they assume will make them valid prayers by saying "In jesus' name we pray," they're speaking to the wind. There is no God who is listening, because jesus the god is a mythical creature made up by men, the same as Apollo or Zeus. The real Jesus is with the Father, in the place where they live and exist unseen by the humans.

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: `No servant is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me.

It is said that the sons of God would have to become as Jesus was. If he was a god, then that which he commanded of these men was unattainable because mere humans do not become gods, nor does God become a man—as the lie goes. However, the men could have the life and power of God (the spirit) living in them, as Jesus did, and that way they could become as he was. So the question must be asked: How was he? How must they be, or what must they become like, according to John? The sons of God who lived concurrently with John must have been inhabited by the spirit of God, as John was. What did that inhabitation do to or for John? We don't know a lot about his life before, except he was a fisherman, an everyday guy in Israel. What he was after is the important thing, because what lived in John was the power that enabled him to become something extraordinary, but not in any way that the humans who looked at him would have been able to notice.

We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

What happened was inside him, therefore unseen, not noticeable to the humans around him. What John became is a son of God, who was totally caught up in the process and purpose of God to claim his sons from the stock of humans. First was Jesus, then there were others, and the purpose of their conversion was for God's only purpose with this creation, to gather up His family. The most important of all the law was the command to love God with everything one possessed, and to take care of one's brother Israelite as if he were the same being, a true brother who came from the same father (Abraham).

That's just the copy of the true reality in the spiritual world where God lives and always has lived. His family of true sons is all that matters, so when one of the humans knows that He has been chosen to be in this family, he is transformed into a creature who lives and breathes for this hidden family of the true sons of the only true and living God. And that's all that matters after that, because that's God's only purpose for this creation. That is the mind, what was first in Jesus, that the sons inherit according to their gradual transformation from an animal who cannot have that mind to a son who can, and must have it. There's nothing else that matters than the family of God's true sons, which is demonstrated by Jesus many times to the recipients of that demonstration, those whom he knew were chosen to become the sons of God. They were his responsibility, and he took that burden on for the sake of the Father, which is why He loves Jesus.

Blessed is the LORD, Who has rescued you from the hand of Egypt and from the hand of Pharaoh, Who rescued the people from under the hand of Egypt. Now I know that the LORD is greater than all the gods, for in this thing that they schemed against them—.

And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, Testing and Dispute, for the disputation of the Israelites, and for their testing the LORD, saying, "Is the LORD in our midst or not?"

The testing of the sons of God (this is the copy) happens so that His purpose will be accomplished in the one He has chosen to come away from what he was before so he can be a new creature, a part of the new creation. The test is whether that one believes or not in what he cannot see, but knows must be there because He has made His presence known to that particular one. The knowledge of that presence isn't something immediately tangible because it doesn't happen in any naturally tangible way, like everything else that happens to him. The life of the Father is matter that isn't comprehensible to the humans because it isn't composed of natural things, and humans have a tendency to either not see it, or else see it but not believe it, or else believe it then forget it very soon after. As the son of God grows up into that position, he must be more aware of that presence, and more able to believe the things that his Father has promised him, because that is what pleases the Father, that even though it costs everything to believe and become a son of God, the son is willing to give up all that he could have to become a son of God. That is one of the most crucial things about the whole secret and hidden story of God and His desire to have a family, and goes back to the incident with the first humans, and why there was even an incident.

God wanted a family, but didn't want sons who felt compelled to be sons because they didn't like the alternative, and loved Him and wanted to be with Him as His family based on coercion. So He made the choice available, which is very important. When the sons know they're chosen, then they have to choose back, and that is what faith is about, and belief that it's worth it to choose. Someone who goes to church because they think that means they're going to heaven, as ruthless as that sounds but as common as it is, is the opposite of what happens in the son, who has a real choice to make, and everything to lose so he must be certain because the choice cannot be half-hearted. The son of God cannot become a son while remaining a human, and must give up what he loves in this life, as not a token gesture to God but a genuine gesture to Him, that He is worth giving it all up for. The mush-mouthed christian leaders who say by the way they live that one can be a son of God, yet remain fully human in actuality while they take on the identity of a son only in a theoretical sense, yet never actually true because they continue to love and run after everything the humans love and run after, is the illustration of what God doesn't want—just a lot of half-hearted declarations and intentions based on concept.

And Moses said to his father-in-law, "For the people come to me to inquire of God. When they have some matter, it comes to me and I judge between a man and his fellow and I make known God's statutes and His teachings."

This is the first sign that the people needed a law to guide them, something a little more static and enduring than the words that came out of Moses' mouth. Something they could read and study, and tell their children. Something by which they could see the character of God in, what He wanted from them—not just to do this and not do that. The law was good, based on this situation that Moses found himself in, having to "make known God's statutes and His teachings" every time a dispute arose within the company of the Israelites. So the law was the desire and teaching of God.

We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.

Of course the humans took what was good and used it for their own gain, because they refused to see the truth of what God wanted from them, nor did they desire to have eyes which could see His beautiful character by it, what He wanted to say by it. They saw it as an opportunity to get something from God, guarantees and assurances, and still take advantage of the animal nature that defined them. They wanted to feel and act like sons of God without having to actually be sons.

When Jesus came, who was the greater Moses, he didn't contradict the law of Moses but fulfilled it. He became another law which superceded the old law. He spoke directly to the animal nature and the hypocrisy of man. Jesus, in the tradition of Moses, "make known God's statutes and His teachings." To the horror of those who had selfishly used the identity and blessedness of the position of chosen people for their own gain, instead of giving glory to God, salvation now extended out to those that the Jews considered unclean and cursed. The was the furthest thing the "chosen people" thought would happen.

Then the same thing happened again, shortly after Paul died—the consolidation of power by the manipulation of fear and superstition, playing on the animal nature in all of the humans to accomplish this. Today we see the landscape of this animal dominated situation, completely devoid of the truth about God—the outcome of that power grab, taking what was once good and using it for their own gain, just like the Israelites.

And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, Testing and Dispute, for the disputation of the Israelites, and for their testing the LORD, saying, "Is the LORD in our midst or not?"

Disputing with Moses, whom God chose to be His representative and shepherd of the people, and testing God, forgetting all of the things He had done for them, believing what their natural faculties told them, not remembering Him. All of the things we are so capable of because the flesh is such a big part of us. Let's not be fooled into thinking it's not, or that we have arrived, which is yet another lie of the flesh. Its purpose is to protect itself by hearkening back to its own protection mechanisms, and it will try to do that with us constantly.

It is a slow process to be moved from pure animal to son, although the animal in us often likes to consider it a done deal and use those old defense mechanisms to try to prop ourselves up, to "be somebody," to mix the old with the new. It's like a kid learning what not to do, totally unaware of the real truth, yet thinking it knows something. The old way is to think we're something when we're not, and when we grow up a little we realize how little we knew when we thought we knew something.

That's what our attitude should be, that we don't know anything. We should try to not run after the things that we naturally think are going to make us more respectable, or deserving of admiration, and take notice of how our flesh works, what it automatically defaults to and its tendencies toward satisfying itself for its own ends. Maybe if we just felt lucky a little more that we have been chosen we may be able to abandon our need for self-satisfaction all the time. We may be able to identify with a little more regularity the manipulations of the flesh.

It's not something to take offense to; it's natural to be duped by the flesh. It's very efficient at what it does. It's also natural, though, to think we're immune to its manipulations. We're often tricked into thinking that we need to produce something, to "measure up to our calling," which just creates all kinds of chaos disguised as some kind of righteousness. This is the condition of the one who has been made clean, but fails to take the humility of the Lord into him. Even though and because he has been enlightened, he takes advantage of the gifts the Lord has given to him and uses them for his own glory instead of God's. The condition of that man is worse than before he started.

"When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.' When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first."

 

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