Exodus 31-32 / Psalm 89 / 1 Corinthians 1-2
Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
This isn't meant as a defense for the christians who make themselves stupid and wrong and who cling to lies, then say, "Look, this is how god wants us to be—foolish and lowly." They don't actually believe they're foolish and lowly, that's just the place they hide to cover the fear that drives them to want to be separated into their human groups built on the man-made lies they hope will save them, giving each other the agreement of consensus that their gods are better than the other gods. All of the various christian groups have had a distinct edge in this culture built on the christian lies. These humans and their ability to get that agreement which makes them feel that their gods are better than any of the other made up gods are just like the humans in middle eastern countries, where it's easier to find the same kind of agreement that the allah god is better than the christian gods.
The point is that it doesn't matter what gods the humans are claiming are the better or stronger gods. What matters is the consensus they're able to garner, which usually comes from numbers i.e., the more humans who can agree to adhere to a certain of the gods in a place, the more correct that god will be. It's a totally human thing to do, and is along the same lines as guys who own trucks thinking that ford is better than chevy. It has nothing to do with any of the gods being pushed, and everything to do with the humans and their need to find and get their animal agreement from one another about whatever it is. That's the way the humans act and it has nothing at all to do with God, who has always acted in secret and has always been hidden from them, except those He has decided to reveal Himself to. The humans don't choose to follow God because they can't. All they can do is cooperatively decide which of the gods seems best and then push that god and give each other agreement that it is the right god, which is what all of their various religions are all about. They all swear up and down that their gods are better, stronger and more right than the others. Each one claims to have that level of exclusivity, yet each of them say different things about who and what their own particular gods are.
When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.
This is what also started to happen in the Corinthian church, and this is why Paul started writing this letter. The force of power of the miraculous caused the people there to understand and submit on a level that was more convincing than human arguments about which god was best, but the humans were starting to act just like animals searching for that agreement about finding a better level of god within the community that had been started not by human effort but by the subtle power of the convincing of God. What Paul is trying to tell them is that all the human power of agreement of rightness is not what God was about because He isn't for the humans or the way they do things, how they were trying to start doing things in Corinth with what had been started by a way that was not human at all.
Actually, these are the very beginnings of the elements of the human power struggles for the agreement of rightness that caused the abomination when the humans did take over what God had started and made it for their own, by those who were able to find that animal agreement and consolidate their power, wiping out all the other competitors and creating a totally human institution and organization with characters and a story that the humans wanted about good gods versus bad gods, modeled after the great Roman and Greek mythological stories. This letter is another of Paul's ultimately futile attempts to try to convince the humans who were called to become transformed into sons to not act like mere animals instead. It is the same struggle Moses had with the Israelites.
They have swerved quickly from the way that I charged them.
Today we can contemplate how the Israelites believed and intended to fulfill their part of the covenant; but after a month or so of not seeing and remembering their leader they just freaked out and abandoned all of their intentions to serve God because He couldn't be seen and touched, which they demanded or else they weren't going to conform. In that sense they are just like us in how we're prone to rely on our earthly distractions to tell us what is true and not be able to believe in a God we cannot keep in a box so He doesn't ever go away, but is always at our beckoning. They're meant to be just like us so we can understand the secret mystery of God. The things that were recorded and preserved about how they reacted and what they did are supposed to mirror what's happening in us because they're the copy for those who are called to understand that secret mystery that isn't really very secret once we're shown because it all just makes sense on the level where it's revealed to us. Once we begin to understand the difficult things—things not natural and therefore observable and familiar, but things as they exist in a world and reality that is so far removed from us and our ability to comprehend that we must have these copies which point to the truth of that reality—then it all starts to make sense. Before that, everything was all mysterious and confusing and the best we could ever do was adhere to whatever stories and theories sounded best to us—whatever we found an agreement in. Just like the Israelites, all the stuff of the world around us fills our eyes and ears and mind with information, and that becomes our reality. Our inward hysterics and chaos all come from the reinforcement that the natural reality of the humans is all that is there.
How many times have we read the accounts of the Israelites and thought about how they could be so impatient, short sided and unbelieving. But the short sidedness is in thinking that we are not just the same as they were. The animal that still inhabits us is bent on its way of presenting us with a version of reality that is always skewed toward our own individual benefit because of our natural propensity to consider our own selves inherently good; which is why we wag our heads at the Israelites for doing what they did while we are doing the same thing by allowing that animal to continue to rule us because it makes us feel safe, at home, comfortable. It always puts us first and is geared toward our own comfort, so why wouldn't we embrace it.
Until we see how it's actually a bad thing for us—and not for the humans, which is why we don't need to try to convert them all to our way of thinking, which is just trying to get that emotional animal agreement that would make us feel like we're surviving better—we'll just keep doing that because we aren't used to thinking that everything and everyone in the world serves to distract us from having a pure heart toward our Father, unstained by the animal—knowing Him as the Son did. This isn't something that happens automatically, as the liar will tell us, who rules the animals and doesn't know the way to God. It can easily rule us too if we continue to eat the food that the world wants to shove at us. That food is all the things the humans love and run after, that they value and love, what leads them in the direction opposite to where the Father is because that way always leads back to the serpent and what the humans are cursed with—being bound to him by sharing the same nature.
The most unappealing thing to the world is the actual life of the son with his true Father, which seems boring and dull. The humans like the flashy things that can get their attention and distract them from the fear of their temporality. Being still without the stimulations we learned to live by is such a difficult thing for us who have so many distractions available all the time. We can know what those things are for each of us if we're willing to not hide them, which is automatic for the animal to do. That process of coming out from the hiding places is an attack on the animal at its very core of its operating mode, first seen in the first humans when they first became dead to God.
And he said, "I heard your sound in the garden and I was afraid, for I was naked, and I hid."
Patiently enduring while we become exposed is a whole new way of thinking, seeing, and being stimulated than we're used to or are willing to accept. It is the gradual moving away from, the cutting off of our ties with what used to give us life, an identity in the world and define us according to how well we were able to adjust and claw our way toward that end, for ourselves. It is going against what the world holds up as valuable and dear—what it defines as good and honest, sacred, and respectable.
We speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.
What Paul's addressing in this passage, what this verse speaks directly to, is the problem that was developing in Corinth because the believers were forming their own groups and power structures within the body of the brotherhood of the sons of God, to satisfy their individualistic cravings to attain and hold on to an identity, as goes the dictates of the animal nature. The fear of being obscure, of tending toward the nothingness that the animal knows is its fate—going into the ground and being forgotten forever—is too much for it to handle by just sitting idly by and letting that happen to it.
That's why animals can't be sons, because the sons have to trust in what seems not to be, like the firstborn Son who didn't take what was rightfully his by the power that was legitimately available to him. The animals have to take what they can by whatever power and opportunity is available to them, which is for them a sign of wisdom and maturity, since all they're trying to do is survive as best they can, and if they don't take it someone else will. That's what the Corinthians were starting to do, even with the gifts they were given to be able to believe.
Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.
The gifts that the Father gives His own sons are for their benefit, so that they can continue to believe in what otherwise would be too difficult a thing to do, since the power of the animal to convince us of the contrary—that the natural reality is the only one—is so strong to keep us in its grips, leading the sons to remain as all those who are not called to be sons must, merely human, unaware of the reality of the Father and that they are called to know Him. To believe is to not run after what we crave, which defines us as mere animals. Talking about not running after the things we love and crave is only talking. To actually no do that, one must actually believe, or it's not worth it enough to do that thing that is so difficult for the animal to deny.
Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God...To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy...God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful...to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
To be able to believe, one must be called, or else that one's "belief" isn't as it was for the firstborn Son, but is defined as knowing certain facts which have been established by some self-proclaimed human experts on God to be correct. That is the human way. God didn't give gifts to every human in the world, or in Corinth. Only a small group of humans were given the miraculous, supernatural gifts to be able to continue to remember and believe in this thing that couldn't be seen or verified, what wasn't happening to the humans, except for this tiny little fraction of the population. The rest of the world was business as usual, and for the most part untouched by what was happening to this group who were specifically called, chosen to have this thing happen in and to them. It was not normal, or well received or even known.
It only seems like a big thing that everyone knew about because the whore of Babylon made what was intended to be and remain secret into a publicly accessible institution. That is the foundation of christianity in all its various forms—all which are based on the lie that Jesus was a god—which all came from the mother whore, and which is also found in all her little prostitute daughters. This isn't just an incorrect fact, but an offense to the heart of God and the purpose and worth of the Son, who becomes the model for the other sons who are now as he once was. If he was a god then that connection cannot, and will not, exist.
None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"—but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.
The rulers of human institutions don't understand what only 11 men could because it is part of the many cravings of the nature that rules the humans to be a leader of whatever is available for them to satisfy those cravings. Being a leader is being first, which the animals are naturally drawn to, according to whatever opportunity is available to them, and being a leader assumes many forms, mostly surreptitious because that's easier. Suffice it to say that the way of the true God is not like the way of man, actually it's not even known to man. God and His way is hidden and secret, so that it can't be whored out like the christians think they must whore their gods out to whomever will embrace them. The more the better philosophy is central to human thinking because it provides validation that their cause is the one that is right and correct.
The validation that the Father provides for His chosen sons is not like what the humans would want or expect, because God is not a whore for man's affections. He has a particular group of humans that He chooses out of the population of humans, to be able to see what the others can't see, and hear what they can't hear, and there isn't the validation as the humans propose, or else it'd be easy to believe, not difficult. Saying that their made up jesus was a god means that what he did means nothing, because it wasn't hard for a god to be obedient to the cross. It would have just been a rote slam dunk, this god coming down out of heaven to do this required thing, which according to him was why his father (another god) loved him, which makes that sentiment into a joke because it would have all been just a set up, and cannot make sense. But the entire world of christianity believes that about the jesus god, so it cannot make sense. Yet how many millions of humans say they believe it, and think that this joke will save them?
We can't do it on our own—we just submit to the process and it will be done for us, miraculously by the power and will of the Father who wants us for a higher purpose than that for which the world would ever want us. Going against what they naturally thought was sacred and right and good was what pleased Moses, and God. It is also the formula that Jesus used in guiding those who wanted to find out what pleased God, to Him.
And Moses said, "Dedicate yourselves today to the LORD, for each man is against his son and against his brother, and so blessing may be given to you today."
"Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."
"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn 'a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.' "
"Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."
If his (David's) sons forsake my law and do not follow my statutes,
I will not violate my covenant or alter what my lips have uttered.
But you have rejected, you have spurned, you have been very angry with your anointed one.
How long, O LORD? Will you hide yourself forever? How long will your wrath burn like fire?