Exodus 39-40 / Psalm 102 / 1 Corinthians 10
Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.
These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.
Paul knew that the OT events and scriptures happened to them as examples and warnings for those to whom he was writing, who he assumed were as he was; that is, inhabited by the supernatural life and power of the Father and the Son. Paul knew the OT with his mind, and with that knowledge the spirit was able to make him understand in his heart that he and the believers in his time were the true Israelites, the Israel of God, the fulfillment of everything that had happened and was written down to serve as an analogy for them to be able to understand what is too complex for the animal mind to be able to grasp. The events of the OT point to the good Son who existed, but only in the Father's mind, who finally came and did what the first son didn't do. The imagery and details, the events that happened and the reason everything was written down was for them to know who they were—the true sons of God under the promised new covenant, and Jesus the firstborn of them was the cornerstone of the building, the true Tabernacle. They were being chosen to know, via the enlightenment of the spirit (life of the Father & Son) living in their hearts, that they were the recipients of the *new* covenant, what Paul considered to be the fulfillment of the ages, which was promised beforehand via God's holy prophets.
The time is coming when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them. This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time. I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
As we go along we start to see by the spirit's teaching how so many things in the OT were fulfilled in the Lord, and how they pointed to the time when the spirit was poured out on the earth. This pouring out of the spirit was like a reward and celebration to the Lord for his obedience, and the validation of all he said and did while he was on the earth. The spirit was also the agent by which God would fulfill this prophesy of Jeremiah. The origins of the idea that God would write the terms of His covenant with His people on their hearts comes from the Exodus reading.
And Moses set up the Tabernacle and placed its sockets and put up its boards and fixed its crossbars and set up its posts. And he spread the tent over the Tabernacle and put the covering of the tent over it from above, as the LORD had charged Moses. And he took and set the Covenant in the Ark... And he brought the Ark into the Tabernacle and placed the curtain of the screen and screened the Ark of the Covenant, as the LORD had charged Moses.
This is another picture of the copy as the fulfillment of God's desire for the age when the Son would take over the work that the Father had started, and then they would both rule and live amongst their people, in the middle of their camp, in the secret place within the house Moses built for them to live in. That is the copy of the heart of the son, which the Father inhabited first in Jesus. Quite a few correlations apply. Here are a few, in descending order from outer to inner, each one existing within the other as the place which most defined where God wanted to live, and where He finally did live.
As the Ark of the Covenant was the most important and holy thing to the Israelites, so also is the heart of the son, because it is where the terms of God's covenant with him are kept. like the tablets were kept in the ark. We've talked a lot about being honest in our heart instead of just pretending to be on the outside where the other animals can see us, and how the real judgment of God will not be by the things done on the outside, but by the secrets in our hearts (Romans 2). We know that God didn't love the rituals and sacrifices performed by those who wanted to please Him, but what He desired from a man was a broken and contrite (honest) heart. A humility and an honesty within the secret parts of the man where only He could see. And the man's desire to be honest and clean in that place—where only God could see—meant above all else that the man believed in the God who was invisible. That's what God loved then, and it's what He loves now. Not just saying with our mouth that we love God, but by showing that we actually do, that we have faith, by denying the animal's rule of our body and heart.
The things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man 'unclean.'
First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
To be honest with God in the deepest parts of us, our heart, where only He can see, is to be truly clean before Him. That's what Jesus knew by having access to the preserved words, as the Father used them to enlighten him about the life that is truly life (what the mere animals cannot comprehend). It is where no validation can be given by the world, the other animals—that is the opposite of what the animal nature drives us to be and do. The original deceiver, the ultimate animal, tells us that if we are clean on the outside then it doesn't matter what we do or how we are in our heart, because we're the only ones who know what's there. That is just the notion that God can't see in our heart, and that He doesn't even exist, which is a much stronger statement than anything we can say with our mouth in front of other men.
The beauty and grace by which God points to the relationship that will be fulfilled by the Son is found in the OT readings. He designates a specific people with specific origins, all pointing back to one man. He pulls them out of the world, the land of slavery. He cuts a covenant with them, and builds a house according to His specifications, clean enough for Him to dwell in—then He puts that house right in the middle of them all. Within that house He designates a secret place, covered and hidden, where He puts a box, and within the box He places the terms of His covenant with the people. It is in that specific place where He desires to dwell.
You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
Our heart is that secret place within us where the terms of His covenant are now written, what the OT writers pointed to, where He lives with the Lord in each one of us to guide us and show us the way to please Him. We know that only by faith can we please Him. And if we go against what we so badly crave and want to do within ourselves, in our heart where only He can see what we are and validate what's in there, then we say in a true sense that we choose the Father, and we show Him that we are indeed truly desirous of pleasing Him. That is the highest and most profound message of the life of Jesus as it was observed and recorded, and those words were preserved—for the sake of the sons of God, not the humans. It is why the Father loved him, because he chose Him over what was appealing and alluring, like the fruit that looked good but had the seed of death in it. Choosing the Father does not in this context mean choosing His way along with all the other things we choose as animals who are living out their lives, waiting to be redeemed. Choosing the Father means abandoning all those other things (laying down our life) so that we can find Him, because all those other things are just baggage that weighs us down. Choosing the Father is a solitary path that few are able to walk, which is why the reward is so high.
Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.
It's nothing that can be validated by any of the humans, as per the Father's wishes—otherwise the sons' faith and belief wouldn't be as valuable. None of them can look in our heart and say, "You are right with God," or, "You are wrong with God," although they try, and will think they can, because that's the animal way. It's why we keep getting kicked out of their institutions, because we don't belong there. We'll also try to do it with each other, which is wrong, just as Peter was wrong to want to make sure that what the Lord wanted from him he would also expect from John—that things would be fair, that John didn't get any special treatment—all of course according to what Peter's animal nature thought was fair.
When Peter saw him, he asked, "Lord, what about him?"
We're not commanded to be each other's judge, teacher and master, because that's the way of the animal. We are commanded to love each other as the Lord loved his 12 men, which means walking on that solitary path and showing them the way, motivated by the love he had for the Father. It was not to coddle or encourage their animals cravings. Our work is not to judge, which is the animal in us wanting to find the agreement of conformity so that we can feel we're surviving emotionally a little bit better. It's just simply to walk and accept, to know that the Lord is powerful enough to teach the other one, as long as that one is submitting to his rule in their heart. If not, we just try to tell them that, not to be the one who is right (animal craving) but for the sake of the Father, to save one of His own sons from being led astray. That is faith that the Lord is actually alive and can do what he promised in our brother's heart, so we don't always feel like we have to do it (or it wouldn't get done).
Unbeknownst to the humans, loving anyone except themselves is an impossible thing for them to do, and it will be as impossible for us as we are young and immature in the new way. As the life grows in us, it pushes the animal nature out of us, and we are able to love, proportional to the growth of the new life, way and teaching of the good shepherd and teacher who lives in our heart to guide us according to his desire and purpose for each of us individually. Being honest with the Lord, in our heart, is something we can do to nourish the plant and promote the growth of that life in us—to make it go faster.
We should not commit sexual immorality (merely one of many animal cravings that live in us to lead us astray), as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. We should not test the Lord (because of disbelief), as some of them did—and were killed by snakes. And do not grumble (because of discontentedness with the life we are being given, which our animal nature will loathe), as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel.
Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: "The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in pagan revelry."
What the Israelites were doing was indulging in the orgy of cravings, since they assumed their leader was gone and they were free to do whatever they wanted. It is educational for us to consider what they did when they thought Moses, and therefore God, wasn't watching them. Notice that they didn't worship God and keep on doing the right. Instead they indulged in those obviously powerful cravings that they had, what naturally lived in them to want to do, and when the circumstances provided the stimulus (when they thought nobody was watching), they fully indulged themselves in what they craved—they completely gave themselves over to what was in them to want to do without restraint. It's along the same lines as per what we want to do when we think we're alone and nobody's watching. That's when the perversions and cravings start popping up to do what we have been told is the wrong just because it defines us as a common animal driven by instinct. They're what we should be rejecting because we'd rather follow the commands that can transform us into sons of God, not embracing and indulging ourselves in them like the animals do without even thinking about it.
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.
Satisfying the unending cravings of the animal nature that beckons us all day long is the voice of the serpent who wants to rule us. That serpent the old devil (the animal instincts), exists as a real and compelling set of complex choices for the sons of God—to choose Him and His way, or what is so enticing and alluring—which is why only they will be able to see and recognize it for what it is. The rest will concoct so many stories and images of the devil, satan, lucifer the fallen angel, the embodiment of evil or something to be excessively afraid of as the lies go in the culture of the humans, who love the lies and to believe whatever satisfies their craving to find the agreement they seek, that they know what's going on.
That's not to say it's going to be easy to recognize, which is why the transformation—away from the animal and its ways as all that the sons know at one point in their existence, to being separated from those ways having taken on new ways—is such a long, drawn out process. It is that way for our sake or we'd be utterly crushed by what is required (commanded) of us. Being able to hear the voice of the Father and Son, the living words of the teacher inside us to lead us away from what and where the Father doesn't want us to be, and instead to where He does; is all the mature son actually hopes for. That means that all of those many things we used to live for, love and run after—all day long hearing the voice of the animal who craves this and that and doesn't let up until we satisfy it; then moves on to another thing that gives us a reason to continue—have to fall away from us, or else they will drown out the voice of the teacher who refuses to compete when we allow the old way to rule us. That means effectively choosing to follow its prompting, not understanding or caring about the consequences of that evil, which is the old way that doesn't work for the sons' benefit to aid them in their new, singular hope of attainment that replaces all the old hopes and dreams that begin to become not very alluring anymore. That hope is to search for and find their hidden Father. Indulging in the old way is effectively saying that we love the serpent instead of the Father, and the teacher will show us how that feels so that we learn to conform by the suffering that ensues from making the wrong choice.
For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
The serpent must be there as per the Father's desire that the sons do have a compelling choice to make. Learning to become pure in our heart and overcoming that adversary is what the transformation is for, so the sons have something in common, which is their pure drive to find the hidden Father and to do His will instead of the serpent's. That is not being theoretically pure by pretending to be a certain way on the outside where the humans can see, while the inside is filled with hypocrisy and unfaithfulness; but being pure in that place where only the spiritual beings can see, which is hidden from the other animals who only see with natural eyes. The lie is that as long as we can avoid doing the easily identifiable and convictable things (what the bad people do), then we're fine according to God. That's because we don't believe He can see into our heart, so we assume we can hide all those things in the darkness we want to keep, so they'll stay hidden.
No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him.
All those obvious things are just what's easy to identify and only pretend to avoid, because the real sin is the nature that produces those things and the cravings we have all day long to commit the subtle versions of those external things. What we think we can keep hidden within the darkness of our heart are the important things that contaminate us.
You have heard that it was said, `Do not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
Sexual perversions, debauchery, gluttony, greed, murder, etc.—whatever sins the NT writers condemn—are just the outcome of the very subtle tendencies and propensities that live in our hearts because of the nature that we either embrace or reject; which is the real choice because they are compelling, not negligible and certainly not easily deniable.
Daniel praised the God of heaven and said: "Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him."
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.
The fact that we have a choice is important because it means that choosing the Father is a thing worthy of the inheritance He intends to give to His own sons, who are chosen to know the truth and therefore make a real choice.