Leviticus 19 / Psalms 119:81-128 / Luke 2
I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes.
Why did the servant need to ask for discernment to understand God's statutes—were they not plain? The truth about God's character, what pleases Him, and His ultimate desire and will are hidden in the law and the prophets. It is the truth behind the truth, the motivation behind the action. It is a secret understanding that is given, not just acquired or learned. With it a man develops as Jesus did, aware of God and the secret things about Him, most of all aware of what He wants more than anything else, that the sons He chooses will also choose Him.
Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!
Judas is the son who is chosen by the Father, for the Son to take care of and love as a true brother, chosen to have the Father revealed to him, a chosen son. He chooses against the Father and for himself and the nature that's in him to want/crave/need what he thought was more important than what the Son offered him (the way to the Father). He loved and wanted the path he was on more, and made that choice. Only the sons of God have the choice to believe the naturally unbelievable—that Jesus was who he said he was (the Messiah that Judas once thought he was, but who was saying things that didn't agree with Judas' conception of what Messiah would do and be—certainly not someone who would just give himself up to be killed, therefore killing the hope of the insurrection Judas was vested in).
The humans at large are animals who develop like any animal, and are bound to the condition of having to be looking out for their own life all the time because they live in a cold, hostile world where it's kill or be killed. Everyone's afraid of each other because of the curse that's on them, and therefore have a thick shell around themselves with the other animals, for protection, because they're aware that the world is cold and hostile, so the many complexities of defense mechanisms are dug into the humans, so much they aren't even aware. The mental and emotional problems that the humans suffer, from the superficial fears to the most intense psychosis are all caused by the shells that each one creates, as per the situation which enlightened them to what they needed to protect themselves from, for each one's own defense wall. The condition the humans are under—needing to protect themselves and so subconsciously building up these walls inside themselves for that purpose—are what make them unable to truly love, because there's always some kind of wall which prohibits that level of true vulnerability.
You shall not hate your brother in your heart.
The goal that the Father wants His sons to attain to is not to become better humans, but to become not human. This condition that drives the humans to be a certain way without their being able to stop it from happening in them, is what has also raised the sons too, so they suffer from the same kind of mental and emotional psychosis that all the humans do. It's all they know, so it's understandable that they don't become instantaneously perfect like a magic wand has been waved over them, then they're all better as the christians like to tell each other they are. As long as the sons are growing up before their new Father they are learning to become sons instead of the animal they once were 100%. It must be a gradual progression away from that state toward the other, a process that Jesus likens to the natural way seeds and plants grow into trees—slow, steady and requiring certain specific things in order for it to remain healthy so that the process of transformation will continue. Transformation is key, because it slowly goes from one thing to a completely different thing, yet it's still the same thing—seed, sprout, plant with top and roots, and finally a tree which looks quite different to the seed it started as.
The tree is the picture of the Son (Jesus) who has grown up before the Father and is fully complete, so that he becomes perfect in the way that is invisible to the humans (Jesus, whom none of the humans could adequately recognize as he appeared to the Father). A healthy, developed root system means that he is able to believe in the unbelievable (the life of the Father and Son planted inside him) without being swayed by the humans without or the animal within. Testing and falling, suffering and doubting are part of the process of the son's growth while he is on the path that leads to his true Father.
And you shall love your fellow man as yourself.
These commands from the heart of the law were things that God wanted to warn the Israelites about, as a warning about what they were susceptible to, what comes from inside their heart to make them feel they need to exalt themselves over their brothers they may have been able to do that with.
And when you reap your land's harvest, you shall not finish off the edge of your field, nor pick up the gleanings of your harvest. For the poor and for the sojourner you shall leave them. I am the LORD your God.
God tells them, "Don't do what's naturally inside you, what you would normally be inclined to do, but do this as a statement of the welfare you would extend to your brothers who aren't as well off as you are. Go against the natural craving to heap up as much as possible for yourself." It says something about how God wanted His own people (the copy of the true sons) to treat each other, and it also says something about the power of the nature that's naturally in the sons which has to be understood because it is the enemy.
The things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man 'unclean.'
Jesus understood the secrets within the law, and the heart as the place where the life of the animal lived inside a man—the secret things done and believed in the man's heart, where only God can see. It is a life that a human can live hidden from the other humans. The problem with the humans, though, is that most of the time they think this also applies to God, that neither can He see into their heart.
You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.
Jesus saw the importance of being totally consumed by Him, for His purpose, honor, respect and glory. He had something inside him that others did not have—the life of the Father instead of the animal—which created the drive and desire of the good son who desired to please his Father, to give everything he had to Him, for His sake and benefit. He knew that the law was not given arbitrarily, or so some men could prosper at the expense of the others. It wasn't for man's benefit, but for God's. A man could benefit by being pleasing to God, fruitful and useful to Him, but few even desired to see what that was. Most just lived their lives like any wild animal, consumed by their need to serve themselves—much like today.
One purpose of Jesus' life was to see that truth behind what was on the surface—the nature and condition of man—for what it was (against God and unable to please Him), and to live his life not according to that nature but the other nature, that which was living in him—the secret, hidden life of the Father, who told him all of the secrets of the law, and of Him, and of the humans. It is imperative that all of the sons understand the sinful nature for what it is, not as the christians say it is (what the bad people do) but what is upon every one of the humans as per the terms of the curse. It isn't for the bad people; it's for all people. It's what makes the humans human, the drive to satisfy their many cravings and appease their many fears, which is the fundamental definition of the human. Also, as opposed to christian teaching, it doesn't go away like as to the waving of a magic wand when they become "saved" (which they don't become by regurgitating a few rote quips from the bible). The words that were preserved for the true sons' sake were written by true sons who lived in the first century. But the condition they were under, which they wrote about, went away from the earth, therefore from the humans too. So the basic premise of all christianity—that it's still going on and they are the sons who are under the new covenant, the same as the true sons who wrote in the first century—can't be true. The abomination that caused the earth to become desolate of that condition caused that to happen, and their ignorance of what Daniel's abomination actually was, causes them to believe and teach something that cannot be true, because it's been gone.
The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come.
The "now" of John's timing was the first century, when he wrote the words, because he was one who truly was under the condition of being free from the serpent's rule over him and the other chosen sons, who were not under the curse of darkness of the serpent's (beast's) rule over them, but the light of the Son exposed that inside them and they were free. This is yet another example from NT letters that suggest that something bad was coming, when what was good would be taken away, and the world of humans would be under the darkness of the serpent's rule once again, as it was before the Son gave the new covenant. That is the present time, ever since about 400 a.d., when the whore of babylon would take the condition John and the others were under into captivity. This is the lying whore who set herself up on the throne as the bride of the Christ, when in reality she was/is a whore pretending to be a bride. The prostitute daughters of this great whore are all the many christian religions who have sprung up out of her, their true mother. They also claim to be the bride of the Christ, but they are prostitutes just like their mother, who created the gods they believe in and worship (father, son and holy spirit being the good gods, and the devil and his demon fallen angels being the bad gods). It's all very much like the greek and roman gods of the same era in which the whore was solidifying her power and control, so it makes sense that the whore and her prostitute daughters would have lots of different gods.
The sons know that there is only one God, and He is their true Father. There is only one Son as the head; he is the leader and shepherd of all the other sons. The devil is the nature and condition of the humans, to keep them away from God, which because of that becomes the adversary of the sons. The spirit is the instance of that life of God living inside them to teach them the new way of the Father instead of the way of the animal, their adversary, their condition because they're humans who must become sons.
Another purpose of Jesus' life was to reveal the true nature and heart of the Father to the few men who had been given to him, to show them his authority and teach them about the true nature of God and the true nature of man. Then to persuade them to be like he was, as the Father had persuaded him to be as He was, believing the unbelievable, choosing the Father over the serpent.
"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished."
What needed to be accomplished? We have to know why and when God gave the law. In short, it was given just after He had pulled her out of Egypt, and just before He was delivering her to the place He had prepared for her, the land He had promised to Abraham, to live in peace with her as His faithful wife. Why it was given was so that she could be cleaned from her uncleanness, her animal nature, redeemed by adhering to God's statutes. It is a copy for the sons in the first century, and for us now if we have the ears to hear the voice of the Teacher, that there is a secret code that is revealed to the sons to which they must adhere if they are to become the tree that is the Father's desire for them. The code is like the law, in that by accepting and adhering to it, the son can have life. He can be transformed into a son of God instead of just remaining an animal by listening to the voice of the Teacher and obeying it instead of the voice of the animals which has been speaking to him all along, which has made him into what he became (just another part of the natural creation that's going to live and die and become part of the natural creation again as plant food, which becomes animal food, which becomes plant food, etc).
What is the purpose of a man taking a wife, if not to have a family? That is everything that will be accomplished by Jesus—the first and most important Son—being the fulfillment of every part of the law so God can have a family of sons who love Him and who can be loved by Him. They can be brought near Him because they have been finally and totally cleansed of all the animal's uncleannesses, enough to be redeemable. They can be enjoyed by Him because they are pleasing to Him, unlike the animals who can only, always please themselves.
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.
Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?"
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."
Jesus told Thomas where he was going and how they could get there. He was going to the Father, to be with Him where He lived, to be One with Him—to be His family. He was going to his true home, to his true Father, to fulfill & create everything the Father desired—to have a family. A Son who loved Him, and who would save all of the humans whom God had loved, the few in Israel who loved Him and had faith that He would redeem them from the grave, so that one day they could live with Him, to love Him and be loved by Him as their true Father.
Be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to obey his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and all your soul.
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: "Love your neighbor as yourself."All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
To be a part of God's family is a desire that is put in His sons, and their existence becomes consumed with helping God attain His goal of having that family. It is why Jesus was created—to redeem God's sons from before, during and after his earthly existence. It is what we must become too, filled not with the animal's desire to self-preserve, but rather with the desire to work for this end, for God's purpose, so that He will have His family which He wanted even from the beginning (Adam). As we grow that gets put in us, as we become ever-increasingly aware of what is true versus what is for the ordinary humans to believe.
One day He will have His family, after all the generations of the humans have been fulfilled, and He has marked each of those He desires to be in it—the sliver from each of the generations of the humans that He desired to mark, to put His name onto and His life into, to adopt, to rescue them from the grave so that they can live with their Father in peace, in the place He and the Son have prepared for them. They will be redeemed by the life and identity Jesus became, that which the Father desired him to have. Not taking the position he was entitled to by earthly standards, the king of Israel, but being the opposite to show that the humans' standards and values are opposite to God's.
Instead of honor he chose disgrace—according to the humans. According to God he chose the honorable thing, against the way of man, what any of the humans would have chosen. He was able to look past what he could see with his eyes and hear with his ears, and what the voice of the animal, the Devil, the sinful nature, was prompting him to do. Instead he listened to the voice of the Father, the gentle whisper, the voice of his Daddy who told him the way to love and honor Him—by going against the animal nature which contaminated His sons. But they will be immortal, not subject to death any more but alive, having eaten from the tree of life that is guarded by the angel with the flaming sword. All because of the decision of Jesus to trust God instead of the snake, the opposite of what Adam did, who conspired with the snake and his helper against God, betraying Him.
Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us."
Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? 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.
The reason Jesus was able to identify and overcome the animal that lived inside him was because God lived in him too. He formed his heart, what to believe and what not to believe, and He put those desires in Jesus' heart to want to please Him and look out for His interests and live for the purpose of accomplishing His will—that He might have the family He desires. If Jesus had listened to and obeyed the voice of the animal he may have saved himself, but then none of the sons whom God loved would have been rescued from death. Because he turned his back on what the humans naturally turn toward and embrace, he was pleasing to the Father and able to accomplish His will.
This relationship becomes the model for all the sons born after Jesus, so that he might live in our heart, as God lived in his, to guide and instruct us into all of what's true about God, and false about the humans. Most importantly it is for the reason that we learn to listen to his voice, and gain the new heart, that which is consumed with finding out and then doing what God's will is. Perhaps a little different for each, but always funneling into His desire from the beginning—to have His family of sons, and have them with Him where He lives.
Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the holy spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the holy spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ. Moved by the spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
"Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you now dismiss your servant in peace.