March 12th.

Leviticus 20 / Psalms 119:129-176 / Luke 3

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And you shall keep all my statutes and all my laws and do them, lest the land to which I bring you to dwell there spew you out. And you shall not go by the statutes of the nation which I am about to send away before you, for all these things they have done, and I loathed them.

And I said to you, it is you who will take hold of their soil, and as for me, I shall give it to you to take hold of it, a land flowing with milk and honey. I am the LORD you God who set you apart from all the peoples.

The OT contains much information about the nature of God. He wants people who actually want to listen to Him, who believe that His specifications for the way they are to live isn't just a bunch of hard-line, antiquated and arbitrary commands that have nothing to do with actual living; but were issued for a particular reason—because God knows what's in man, and what he's likely to do. And God doesn't want His people doing what the others do, what any old common animal who is driven by instinct to survive naturally does—living for himself, all the time just surviving and existing with no capacity for regard for being able to tend to what pleases God. That's because when an animal is driven by the animal nature to be merely an animal, there is no possibility of even knowing what is pleasing to God, therefore the ability to tend to it is even further out from its grasp. It certainly isn't going to learn what is pleasing to God from other humans who claim to know what and how that way is. If they do, and they say they're willing to tell you, then they most certainly don't because that way is hidden from the humans and revealed to those of God's choosing. You can't learn the way from these writings, only the way to the way, which is hidden so it can't be disclosed here or anywhere else except within that revealing that God Himself makes happen to whomever He has chosen to receive it.

The commands were given to keep the human animals from being swept away by the nature that was in them. It is such a powerful force that it requires a strict adherence to living in a certain prescribed way, according to the laws that were given, to hedge off that nature in them to drive them away from God, who cares about what His people are like, how they act and how they regard Him in their hearts. His sons are not cold (common animals) in their heart towards Him, nor are they lukewarm (religious animals). They are hot, like Jesus (the animal not made unclean by the unclean nature) was, and filled with the desire to actually please Him because they are driven by the nature of the son instead of the serpent. Only a powerful supernatural drive could combat the overwhelming drive of instinct that naturally lives in the humans. The truth of what God likes (His Son choosing the right) and dislikes (His Son rejecting the wrong) is something that Jesus learned, and it became a thing that motivated what he chose, and his choice kept him clean, the perfect Son. He knew what pleased the Father and he wanted to please Him. That might sound a little simpleton, but considering the power of the animal nature to disallow that in the vast majority of the humans; it's extraordinary, and why he was special to God, the only human He could call His own Son because he thoroughly pleased God.

When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."

That's one of the things that the life does for us in our attaining to the ability to actually love God first, and then our brother second, and then to have our whole life consumed with that singular purpose (the two are one). That is the definition and reality of a shepherd of God's family, and God having a family is His ultimate goal, so out of love for God it becomes our ultimate goal too. That diminishes our consuming love for our selves so that we might gain some conception by it about what God wants—to redirect our value system before based solely on the filter of what was good for us. Then we're able to see, if even just a little, that God has desires and wants things to be a certain way, and that His sole purpose for this creation is driven by His desire to have a family.

The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. But the man who loves God is known by God.

Not just any family, made up of any Billy Jack He doesn't even know like as the christians teach, whose gods have little preference who is around them except that they all look like the good people who "believe" in the correct jesus god that is actually just another made up mythological character after the likeness of Jupiter, Athena or Zeus. The Father's is a family of particular sons whom He actually knows and loves—all of whom He has Himself chosen—and who also know and love Him back because they have also chosen Him, which is the reciprocation after the model of Jesus the Son (not the god), and which also rejects the model of Adam who rejected God as Father to himself, who said no to choosing God because he wanted to go his own way. That God's family is personal to Him, and each one is known is a logical deduction from the earthly, how the human animal is in this capacity (made after the likeness of God). The human doesn't want a generic family of any kid on the block; he wants his own sons, whom he raised and who look and act like him because they have his DNA in them. Not just any Tom Henry who walks off the street and says, "Hey, I want to go to heaven, and if that means I have to be your son; then hey, let's do this thing. I'll go to church and say a little phrase about the jesus god being my personal savior and agree with all the others, and we'll all go to heaven." It doesn't happen like that with humans and their little families; neither does it with God and His little family—little as compared to every human that has ever existed.

One of the major first steps in being able to love someone is to have our attention focused off of ourselves, otherwise we'll just be totally consumed with how we can survive, which is normal for the humans, but something that must be purged out of the son so he can learn to actually love his Father and the rest of the family. If all of the law and prophets are fulfilled in the two commands to first love God with all our heart, mind and strength, and then to love our brother like we love ourselves, then they must be important. And why are they so important? Because they both point directly at nothing else but God's family—Him first, and what He loves second. His possessions that He is entrusting to our keeping, to keep them safe for His sake, not just our own.

All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments: "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). "Love your neighbor as yourself" (this one is much like the other one).

Our ability to love our brother flows from the first commandment. For the son it becomes not just a command but a relationship with God, when he becomes known by Him. He actually reveals Himself to the man, invisibly—as He exists in another dimension unseen by the humans—in such a way as is undeniable to him, however unable to be proven naturally. We cannot ever come to love someone unless we know them, and we can only know them by living with them. When we live with someone, then we actually know who they are; otherwise we just see parts of them, just the parts they show when they're around us.

If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

This is how it comes out of the purely theoretical realm, our "love" for God and our desire to actually please Him—not just try to obey Him arbitrarily, out of fear or because we want something from Him. Neither of those can actually motivate real love, only some arbitrary and conceptual love because the motivation is to get something for ourselves. That's what a son gets when the life of God lives in him—the ability to come out of the theoretical and into the actual, because the life of Him is actually dwelling in his body. When He by His spirit and life actually lives in us, then we grow to understand His way instead of the old way, of the animal, and we begin to actually know who God is, what He likes and doesn't like. Only then are we able to please Him, otherwise it remains just a load of theoretical bumbling, or being duped by lies.

Unless the life is put in the man, that's what he will remain—just a man who's destined to live and die as just another part of this creation, which is all good and fine for everyone. There isn't any everlasting soul, nor any hell where the bad people will be tortured forever. There is just no more being conscious because the brain—where the consciousness originates and lives—is dead. Hell (Sheol in the Hebrew) is just the ground where the body decays back into the soil and becomes one with it. Hell can also be the garbage dump where they burned the dead bodies that had worms (maggots) crawling in and on them. At that point, however, there is no consciousness of what's happening to the body except by those observing because their brain is still alive to be able to.

It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, where "their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched."

John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire."

Two of the humans living in Israel had the life of God living in them from since they were born. By it God was able to raise them up according to His desire and teach them His way instead of what they would have learned if His life (the spirit, which is how God interacted with the humans) wasn't there. That is the way of man the animal, to survive as merely another piece of the natural creation until it can't exist any longer. God taught them the hidden meaning about everything in the OT and how it related to Himself as their true Father and themselves as His true Sons. He put the awareness of His purpose into their heart, and they learned to recognize that and desire to do what pleased Him. That is the logical reason why the spirit lives in the son—not just for his benefit but more for the Father's—so that he is able to understand the truth and live to be for His purpose instead of his own (the destiny of every animal). John was a living representation to Jesus of all his true brothers from the OT records he heard being read in the synagogue.

I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. He who has ears, let him hear.

Those to whom Jesus was speaking—whom he knew had been given the ears to hear—were the living representation of all those who would come after him and be like himself—known personally by the Father for the work that he did, to be able to unmake the animal in them that had made them animals to God. When we know that we are a son of God, and we also know that some others are (it will be clear), then our awareness can begin to slowly move away from what it was as an animal—totally centered on our own preservation—and instead start shifting toward being pleasing to God, promoting His purpose by looking out for His desires. And when we know that His ultimate desire is to have a family of sons who are set apart from all the rest, who love, honor and respect Him as any good son should; then we can actually develop an understanding that His family is important. This is only an explanation of the mechanics about how it works; it is not intended to be a formula that one can follow. Unless one is drawn by the Father, there is no possibility of comprehending the way to the living Son whose life can save him. If he is drawn, then he'll just know, and then comes the choice.

No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets: 'They will all be taught by God.' Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.

I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.

From that can grow the desire to take care of what is God's family—what Jesus' sole purpose became—instead of our own selves all the time—the curse put on the humans after they conspired with the animal. That is the beginning of loving our brother, "our neighbor as our self," because we begin to be motivated to do it not out of obligation or fear of not getting what we want, but because we want to. It is a motivation that flows out from the first and greatest relationship, that which we have with our true Father, and the love for Him because we know Him, because He's been revealed to us and we've chosen Him, therefore He lives in us. That gives birth to us actually desiring to take care of and be concerned about someone other than ourselves to the extent that Jesus talks about it—that is, loving our brother because we know in a different way that all the animal stuff is meaningless and there is nothing else except the Father and His family to which we're being called. The humans will have less bearing and influence on us as we move closer to those who aren't human because they're sons of the living God.

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

Since our life is the most important thing we have, then our willingness to give it up, to lay it down for our Father's and His family's sake becomes important indeed; a treasure we are willing to give up, the price we are willing to pay for the thing we know is real. Anything good costs a lot. If it didn't it wouldn't be worth anything. So it is with the truth about God, which can lead to finding and knowing His love, which is not cheap, or given away lightly. God is not a whore who gives away His very valuable gift, as the religious liars tell us He is. The highly valued position of being a son doesn't come without that same price of what's most valuable to us. It's expensive because it's worth so much.

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.


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