Leviticus 16 / Psalms 119:1-40 / 2 Corinthians 12-13
And Aaron shall put lots on the two Goats, one for the LORD and one for Azazel. And Aaron shall bring forward the goat for which the lot for the LORD comes up, and he shall make it an offense offering. And the goat for which the lot for Azazel comes up shall be set live before the LORD to atone upon it, to send it off to Azazel in the wilderness.
God has little or nothing to do with the humans at large or the systems they create by which they claim to know the way to secure their own eternal survival, which is why the sons get flung into the wilderness where the humans and their influence is minimal. The sons get sent off to the strange goat god Azazel—how the living God appears to the humans who can't recognize Him—to the place none of the humans want to be because it's uninhabited by them.
And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.
The humans reduce everything around them into stuff they've created that can serve them and their temporary little existences, which they individually assume are so wonderful and privileged, because of how inherently good each of them feels about their own little existence. The humans feel that everyone around them should be validating their existence, and if not they should go away. The Father accommodates them in that respect with regards to His own sons, whom He doesn't want exposed to the humans and their arrogant degeneration anyway, so it works out for everyone. Once they're away from that contaminating degenerate influence, then they can learn to walk in the strange and foreign way they're not accustomed to—the way the humans think is wrong and bad like Azazel, so they stay away.
Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD.
We should feel the wildness still in us that doesn't want to submit to be tamed. Like a wild horse that bucks its rider, the wildness makes us feel a certain way, like a dread and a fear of being caught and harnessed, and rebellion to avoid it. It's not a submission to the humans and their ways though; to be some thing or body for their sake, to make them feel less uneasy and give them the agreement they crave within them to get us to be a way that they can accept, a way that will reinforce the lie that there is something inherently good about them. They must willingly conform to the drives, cravings, and fear that infest them all, and they assume that as their inherent right, good because to themselves they're good and it's such a part of them that it's their only point of reference—they can be no other way . Like wild horses it's all they know, so how could they see it? How could they think there's anything wrong with what they are? They can't and they won't; they can only be what they will be. That is the way the sons used to be, which is why they all have to come from that place, so they can know how powerful it is to keep the humans in that orbit and not let them go.
Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart.
The hidden law of the LORD is good. It's a secret that only the sons know about, and it doesn't have anything to do with the humans and their assumptions or the external regulations of the systems they create to validate each other. That is for those who don't know about the hidden law of the LORD which is disclosed to those who have been given the ears to hear the voice of the living word. The sons will appear to break the regulations that the humans declare sacred (as the real Jesus did), because that contains a declaration by the living God that those regulations are not His, as the humans assume. The words written down and preserved are not the law—just words. The law for the sons is alive and only able to be heard by them. The Father's voice makes them real by revealing their true meaning to the sons in the deep secret places, because they have those new ears to hear His voice that the humans at large cannot hear.
And he shall atone over the sacred zone for the uncleannesses of the Israelites and for their sins, according to all their offenses, and thus he shall do for the Tent of Meeting that dwells with them in the midst of their uncleannesses.
And he shall sprinkle over it from the blood with his finger seven times and cleanse it and consecrate it from the uncleannesses of the Israelites.
For on this day it will be atoned for you, to cleanse you of all your offenses, before the LORD you shall be cleansed. It is a sabbath of sabbaths for you, and you shall afflict yourselves, an everlasting statute.
Aaron the high priest is making it so that God can dwell in the midst of the people even though they are unclean. The fact that all this is required by God says a lot about the nature of the humans versus the nature of Himself and His sons who have to be clean in order to be brought near to Him. Aaron has to make the Tabernacle clean so God can live in it among them. He has to consecrate God's house, otherwise He couldn't be there because the uncleanness of the people—their state and nature as unclean animals—would drive Him away. That's what the animal consciousness (the sinful nature) is in the humans: something God doesn't want to be around or have around Him. It's like a man having a nice clean house, everything in order just the way he likes it, and then having the chaos of a bunch of wild monkeys come in eating whatever they can find, crapping all over the place, screaming and tearing up the furniture.
That's an accurate picture of the humans, who ironically consider themselves so civilized and advanced, so blessed by their good fortune to be humans. The wild, dirty, disease carrying, chaotic monkeys are actually what humans are like to God. It's what they are when they're born of human stock, 100% animal and unable to be around God because of that condition. In our years of existing fully as humans among them, the workers of God may have been prompting us, giving us some dim hope for a better way. But until we are born from above, of the new seed, according to the likeness of the Son, we can never come into God's presence or even get near Him because we're unclean. Even then, there is a long and drawn out process of listening, observing and accepting, to even begin the process of learning to be conforming to the strange and foreign way of the living God, which is not at all known by the humans. They always think they know, which comes from their assumption that they're good and privileged so they should know, which is why they can't and don't know.
The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming--not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. If it could, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins, because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:
"Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, `Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—I have come to do your will, O God.' "
Only One could ever come in and offer the perfect sacrifice to atone for the uncleanness of the other sons whom God actually desires to be in His presence, but cannot be because of their condition. Only One is worthy to be the husband to all of those who wanted the truth and love of God more than what the world offered them, those who were chosen to receive the gift of being able to come in under the Lord's offering, wearing his identity and name because they are his bride. And why was he worthy—why could he come before God to offer that sacrifice which could save the family? Why was he good according to God, because he himself was a god, and inherently good? That's the lie that the christians have believed since about 350 a.d., which reduces the work he did for the Father—being obedient to the secret law within him instead of the nature that drives the humans—into a mere token gesture, a joke that God would send another god down from heaven to "die" for the people, and then call that some good thing. The way to God has been lost since then, so the humans cannot know the way as they consistently and arrogantly assume for themselves, which is really more about them attaining an eternal form of survival for themselves than anything else. "You can all go to heaven and live there forever instead of going to hell," is the catch phrase of the animals who claim the right to know the way to the gods by "believing" the correct version of the story about the gods, which was made up by men and the only reason it maintains its power among the humans is because of social consensus it maintains. In other words, the same humans brought up and living in another culture would "believe" in the gods of that culture instead.
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life...
Though rulers sit together and slander me,
your servant will meditate on your decrees.
Did Jesus uphold and obey the law according to the religious leaders and rulers? It was because of his apparent disregard for the law of Moses and God that they pursued, surrounded and had him killed.
Has any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him? No! But this mob (who accepted his teaching) that knows nothing of the law—there is a curse on them.
The religious leaders always think their will is the same as God's will. Just like the Jewish leaders concerning what Jesus said and taught, today they are totally convinced they hold God's torch because of the consensus they have achieved with the people who give them that agreement and consensus. Their argument is that since they have that agreement and human power, their cause must be sanctioned by God. Until someone comes along and says what makes sense, who speaks to what's inside the people, what agrees with something deep inside them, which also tells them that the human leaders are wrong but don't know why, because of the consensus they have with the people.
"Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone."
It wasn't Jesus himself who was special and good, but the Father's intention to both live in him and keep him clean by teaching him His way instead of the way of the humans. However, Jesus did have a choice about which nature he was going to be led by, which was the agreement and consensus with the Father and not the humans or the serpent who rules them all. Jesus choosing the Father is what made him good according to the Father's judgment.
And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."
Teach me, O LORD, to follow your decrees;
then I will keep them to the end.
Even when we are obeying the Father's voice, the other voice will still be talking to us because we have been its host since we were young and we became one with it. In the midst of our obedience to the new way being defined to us, which takes some doing to deny what we want to do, the old way continues to attempt to sway us to go its way, to satisfy our cravings and appease our fear by what it has always offered us. This continual pestering is why the devil seems to have personal characterizations attributed to it—"Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.," or "Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."
Do not snatch the word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws.
When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart.
By making the devil into one of the bad gods (whereas the father, jesus and holy spirit gods are the good gods), the leaders made the truth about God into like a comic book plot with this new bad god whom one could separate themselves from by doing what the leaders told them to do. That satisfies a great need that wells up in the humans because of their condition (the real devil), to have that agreement of control, which they love and cherish within themselves more than treasure. It is a kind of treasure and currency to the humans, who all have that need to one extent or another, and satisfy it by whatever means available to them.
The things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man 'unclean.'
The real satan to the sons lives inside their heart, as it lives in all the humans as per the curse of Genesis 3. It doesn't differentiate, avoiding the good humans and infesting the bad humans. Nor is it summoned to leave by the power of the made up jesus, when one confesses their sin and accepts the jesus god as their personal savior, and just leave them (now that they are "good"), which is the full-on gospel of the christians. It is the nature that is rooted in the humans like a tree, actually a good thing for them because it's what drives them to survive in a hostile world filled with other animals who would kill and eat them in a second. It doesn't come from outside them to infest them with evil like the made up devil and his demons. The real devil lives in the humans, it is the humans and what they become defined as when it takes full control of them (shortly after puberty is completed in them, when they become a human who must take care of themselves as all animal must in order to survive). This made up devil is merely another tool by which the humans can feel they are surviving, which is the number one goal of all animals, so everything they do, believe and think is based around that need to continue to survive all the time.
I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.
Proof of the life that is truly life (not merely existing) is what the Lord gives the sons of God—the knowledge of his life in them that proves he loves and has chosen them specifically, that there is something about them that the Father loves enough to choose them and give this promise and proof of life. Understanding his presence is beyond accidental or coincidental. Nothing random, but specific teaching, growing, removing the old way and the uncleanness so we can begin to understand the new way, kept from the humans. Its comprehension belongs exclusively to the sons for a reason—so only they will know it. The reason for its existence in us is to remove the old way so that we can be a son to our Father and a bride to our husband.
I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.
With that agreement with the Father there will come, as it came for the Son, a disagreement with the humans who are not ruled by the Father but the ruler of this world—the condition and nature of all the humans because of the curse, to make and keep them as animals with the nature of the wild animal, not of a son of the living God.
My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.
The truth that enters the sons acts to separate them from what pollutes them (the devil, the ruler of this world, the nature of the humans and therefore the humans themselves) so that they actually can learn the way of the Father and become sons to Him. Otherwise they would just remain as they were, animals ruled by the nature of the serpent. The only way the sons can know their Father is to be close to Him, and the only way to come close to Him is by being made clean from the nature that pollutes them to keep them away from Him, as it was designed to work, by Him. The religious leaders say that anyone can come close to their made up gods, as though they were cheap whores for their followers' affection—just sitting around waiting for the animals to show up.
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.
Proof of ownership is also what the Lord gives us. The knowledge of his life in us is like a deposit, a guarantee of what's to come, but it's also like a mark on us, his name permanently stamped on our foreheads, and the name of our Father, which says we have been bought and he paid the price for us to become something useful to God. Responsible son and faithful bride is a partial description of the new creature that we are becoming, but in order to be that, we have to be purified from our uncleanness.
We can be neither of those things with the old nature attached to us, driving and defining us because that nature is opposite to what God desires for His sons. It is all about us in every way—to survive, build up, protect and preserve our lives by our own strength and abilities, which means we can never have any genuine concern for our Father or our husband. When we are mere men there is no prying ourselves away from that state, no matter how hard we try or how good are our intentions. The earthly nature, that of all animals, is tied to the earth. It's always pulling us back down to it (gravity), and keeps pulling on us as we sag nearer and nearer to it on our descent back into it (grave). It's random and chaotic, and everyone's left to take care of themselves.
There's no breaking free from this state and nature, except by a way which is not available except in the case when it is made so, to a certain few who have been chosen to die. There's no randomness in being singled out to be chosen to receive this; it's because he wanted us. However, it is being chosen to die to the old way that we know and the old person that we love, our self. It is being chosen to be one of the sacrificial animals chosen to become an offering for God's sake, for His purpose and benefit.
When we realize what we're being offered, it's not as big a problem, but it's hard to actually realize what it is with that old nature defining everything for us. It also doesn't mean it's not the most difficult thing to die to what defines us, what we've learned to count on to live and survive. It's sort of like being told that we have inherited a huge mansion to live in, fully equipped with everything we could ever need inside. But the condition is that we have to take off all of our old soiled, stained, disgusting clothes that we've been wearing all our lives, and our shoes encrusted with dirt and animal dung, before we can come in. Then we have to be cleaned and we will be given new clothes to wear. That might seem like an easy choice, but for a mongrel son of the world it is scary to take off our clothes since we've never had them off. And if we take them off we will be vulnerable. So it's not easy at all, especially since it's all we ever knew.
Blessed are they who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart.
Notice the words of the poet in continually mentioning how much he desired that the laws of God could live in his heart, how they could change him in that secret place and by them allow him to see the truth of who God was in his deepest parts. It is a looking forward to the time when that would happen in Messiah, God's firstborn Son. Not harsh dictates he felt obligated to live by, but opportunities to understand the nature and character of God because they kept him clean and able to remain close to his Father.
That was their intention for the few sons who lived as Israelites before and up to the life of the Son. Messiah would fulfill those laws and nullify them so that they could actually be transformed from something static to something alive. They would be set free from being tied to the stone they were written on, and instead could be written on the hearts of men because of their new nature. Instead of the words having to be taken in to their minds via their reading or hearing, the ten words would all become one living word, and be set free from their earthly bonds. All of the old commands are fulfilled in the one new command, and are nullified by obedience to it.
I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.