Leviticus 23 / Psalms 128-130 / Luke 6
But I tell you who hear me:
Not all who were listening heard him, but all who had been given ears by the Father to hear what the Son was teaching them as he was revealing the Father's reality to them. It is clear that God gave some the ability to hear and some to be made deaf—not naturally speaking but in regards to hearing His secret voice that reveals what His secret truth is for those who can hear it. Not because they've figured anything out, or have studied the bible so much that they have an edge that way or have gained a position as some kind of "expert" about whatever god the institution promotes, to which he belongs. Those few He is concerned about are able to hear what the others cannot so that they can make a choice, which is the most important thing to God—that His own sons are not compelled to choose Him by force, or because the alternative was so bleak that the choice wasn't actually real.
Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.
What does the son's choice look like, if it is for the Father over the animal that has been ruling him all his life? It is against being the human he has been up to then—living, acting, being, reacting like the humans do, all because he is driven by instinct to do it. This is a short list of actual details given by Jesus, with the overall message being: whatever's in you to be, you have to unbecome if you are to become sons of the Most High. It is a choice against being an animal who is ruled by the nature that rules all the animals to make them as they are with all of their actions, reactions, compulsions, cravings, aspirations, desires, hopes, dreams, needs, necessities, lusts, feelings, defenses, respect, virtue, honor, etc. What drives the humans to be what they are is the enemy of the son, and must be rooted out of him, which is what happens in the process of supernatural transformation.
The reason boils down to something fairly simple, which is love. The animal driven by instinct's primary and overriding concern is with its own plight all the time, and how to make it last longer and better. In short, the human animal is programmed to love itself perfectly and purely, and it does that consistently, without question. In that world there is no capacity to go outside of that relationship unless, of course, it will enhance that which it is entirely consumed with—to get something back for its effort that it's putting out. The idea of loving something other than the self in not just conceptual terms is revolutionary. The step beyond that is quite impossible, which is what the Son of God proposed must be done. Animals in their native condition just can't do what the Son of God commanded, no matter how much they say they love and follow their gods, because they're bound to the relationship they have with their own selves.
Love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
The process of supernatural transformation isn't appealing to our natural cravings to be able to measure and approve of the process, which is our desire to control what's happening to us as per our never ending mode of survival we know we must constantly employ, or we'll slip and start to die. The Father is totally uncooperative in that respect or allowing us that leverage, even though we constantly crave to be able to see, measure and approve the process so we can be in control of our own survival like we're used to. That tendency is 100% animal, something that's still very much in us that has yet to be rooted out of us, something evil because it keeps us from the Father, it keeps us unclean and unable to be brought near Him.
...and you shall root out the evil from your midst...
The preserved words and stories are a revelation of 2 worlds—one exposed and one hidden. The first is the natural, which is the sphere of the humans in the world where they rule, but themselves are ruled by the nature of the animal, depicted as a lying snake. Contrasted with that is the other existence that is hidden and unavailable to the natural creatures who inhabit the first. What God desires from a son who is to become acceptable to Him is that he lose that snake nature and take on His nature—becoming like Him after the model of the firstborn Son—putting off the wrong chosen by Adam and putting on the right chosen by Jesus. Simply put, there are only two things to be if you are born into the world of the humans: You continue to be one of them, living and dying under the curse with the nature of the animal, unaware it even exists to completely control you; or you become a "son of the Most High," only if that invitation has been extended to you. Contrary to what the religious leaders have been telling everyone since about the fourth century, very few can be in the second group. Those who are chosen to be in the second group are not automatically in the group; they must also choose, as Jesus chose and those who came after him had to choose, to deny the animal which is being a normal humans and living out their life. To be a son of the hidden Father, you cannot be and remain a common animal, driven by instinct.
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."
The importance of understanding this is to be able to calculate how rare and valuable it is to be chosen to become a son of the living God. This runs contrary to the main thrust of christianity, that anyone with half a whim can find the christian gods, who are such whores for man's affection that barely anything's required of them except to adhere to their particular mythology about the good gods (jesus god, holy spirit god, father god) versus the bad gods (devil god and his army of fallen angels turned demons). The truth that man is totally infested with that which makes him unclean is lost on this idea that the enemy is some far away demigod that is removed from him—not himself and his very nature. According to christianity, one must adhere to and confess the concept of the trinity—not officially recognized or established until 381 a.d., which is when the jesus god was born and the darkness was official, the land was made desolate, a haunt of jackals swallowed up by the mysterious whore of babylon.
The humans are the rulers of the earthly existence; bound to it like every other thing that exists within it. They live and die here, and that's it. While they're alive, they live their lives by what they can see and hold onto, what their eyes and ears tell them is real. It's a logical existence where everything makes sense, but only in that regard. In response to that it makes sense that they would do whatever they could to make their lives as comfortable as possible, considering this is the only life they have. And the way they live says what they believe, so it all makes sense that the teachings of Jesus are not actually for them, because he taught directly against what the humans value, love and naturally aspire to.
The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. This is why I speak to them in parables:
Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
What he's teaching those few who could hear him (because the Father had enabled them to be able to hear) in this passage about loving their enemies, not retaliating and giving away what the humans consider valuable are just details about what the life looks like. They are not rules that one must adopt, but speak to the nature one must accept as it grows inside them, so that it pushes out the evil nature, which constitutes being a human animal ruled by that nature of instinct, to retaliate for fear of losing what one must hold onto or let go of the leverage one feels is necessary in a world full of competing animals trying to get what is valuable. There isn't a way to attain to that nature by one's own effort, because the animals nature is in place and not budging for one second inside the humans. It is too powerful a force to be fought against, which is why one can easily become a christian, but not a son to God. The nature that controls the humans is the thing that dictates to each and all of them what they consider valuable, how they must act and what they must be at their core level where they don't even have access to change what they are there. Like it or not, there is no escape from the nature that lives in the humans to make them be what they are and act the way they do.
Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the animal nature, to live according to it (as the humans are compelled to). For if you live according to the nature of instinct that rules the humans, you will die; but if by the spirit you put to death the misdeeds (cravings, urges, compulsions) of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the spirit of God are sons of God.
For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear (the first thing the humans experienced after they died), but you received the spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
The suffering isn't found in some lofty thing that the animal in us thinks we need to attain to, like becoming a martyr or being persecuted just so we can feel the agreement we think we need within ourselves, that there is something substantial or valuable about our lives. The suffering of physical pain was definitely happening within the community of sons to whom Paul was writing in the first century. However, the life of the son's suffering is found in the transformation, in denying the animal's core cravings and needs that continue to define him as an animal, which is not glitzy or exciting. That agreement with importance and substance is what the animal craves and the whole point of what the Father wants for the son is to not reinforce the evil in him by giving him what the animal nature in him tells him he wants/craves/needs/must have appeased within him. The transformation is not very exciting, the same as the life of an oak tree is not exciting.
Jesus changed everything regarding the understanding of what life was, and the way that a human could become pleasing to God on the level of becoming a son to Him. He said that although this existence seems like life to the animals (the humans), in reality it isn't life at all, but merely a temporary existence then it's over; and to those who could hear it should be regarded as such. Real life was life that was given by God, that which you couldn't hold onto, or take hold of, or own and possess, or control so that it became subservient to your own will. Real life was a life that was invisible to the humans, which came from the place where God lived, invisible to the humans, and remained invisible after it took residence in the body of the son. The difference is easy and simple—there are humans and there are sons of God, and nothing in between. The humans are like the animals and the sons are like Jesus, who is like God because the hidden life of God lived in him, not because he was a god.
The way he taught was a radical shift from the way people thought about God and man, good and evil, life and death. He taught that the way to be pleasing to God was only in unbecoming one of the humans, who are completely ruled by the animal nature as per God's desire. It only sounds unfamiliar because that which was true about Jesus was undone by the abominators, and changed back into what it was before he came—that which could be controlled by the humans, who changed the truth into a lie so they could do just that.
The humans would say it's bad to be poor, hungry, abused, or hated. They'd do anything in their power to not be any of that. Jesus came and said that it's good when all this happens to you, primarily because this life means nothing—eighty years of existing and then it's over. The humans, even though they know their lives are going to end soon, can't help but know that this is all they have, so they do the most logical thing—live as though that's actually true. And then they believe the fairy tale which says they're all gonna live forever, just because they adhere to the correct myth, which is given life by the agreement of consensus it maintains amongst the humans. So they think they can get God's treasure without ever having to pay for it—perfect for the animal who always wants everything to conform to its will, even the giving of eternal survival, which it thinks it deserves because it's so inherently good.
Looking at his (chosen) disciples (the few in the crowd who could hear), he said:
"Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets."
"But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort. Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep. Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets."
Those who become "sons of the Most High" learn contrarily that this life isn't life at all. The ruler of this world is the head of all the animals, the serpent who tricked Adam into conspiring with him against God. Before they died there was one condition, because of the covenant between God and Adam, where God was accessible to the human. He talked with him, and walked around in the garden where the human lived. After the conspiracy, the world divided into 2 worlds as God kicked the human out of His world, and became inaccessible to him. The human's world was one of pain and hard work, having to keep himself alive by the sweat of his brow. If he didn't labor he would shrivel up and die. Because the human believed and trusted the animal, it became what Adam entrusted it to be for him—his ruler in his new world, as its nature was "put onto" him (symbolized by the animal skins being put onto them), which replaced the original nature God put in him, that which He intended him to have.
So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being" ; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven (of spirit; had the nature of a son of God, who is spirit).
That was the nature God put into Jesus when He created Him—the second Son. This was the Son God hoped would choose the right and reject the wrong, to restore to Him what the first son tore down by choosing the snake over Him. Basically the temptation is a replay of the garden incident. This time, however, the Son didn't listen to the snake, but turned his back on that which he knew was the enemy of his Father. The lying serpent, which was part of him, living in him, battling what God wanted him to do and be, told him lies about what would be the better thing. Being the Son of God, he was satisfied knowing that if God wanted him to have food, He would provide it for him, so he did not do a miracle for his own good, for his own will, to prove to himself that he was the Son of God or even to satisfy his animal craving for food.
The lying snake also told him that he wasn't the Son of God, and tried to persuade him to prove it, to validate it by his own will to take for himself, with the power now available to him—to do another miracle so that the people could see clearly that he was the Son of God. However, he knew that his life wasn't going to be how any of the humans thought it was, or would have chosen in his place. His way was to be an example for the other sons, to show that he believed what he taught, that this existence was not life. He also knew that God only intended for a few of the humans to recognize his position as the Son of God. His great position was by and large to be kept secret from the humans, revealed to only a handful of humans who themselves had a hard time believing it was true. That is the crux of the existence of the dilemma of choice that the Father wants His sons to have.
Those humans who became "sons of the Most High" by what Jesus taught learned that God is not in this world, and so He's not tangible to the faculties of the humans. His world exists on a different dimension, totally inaccessible to them. This was not something at all easy for the disciples to understand, accept or believe. The humans can only know and believe in what they can see, touch, taste, feel, hear, and therefore understand because of any or all of this; it's all relegated to and dictated by their natural faculties of perceiving. What Jesus was saying was exactly the opposite of this, which is why he said that the real work of God is to believe, because it's so difficult to do. So much so that they would have to be given another way of perceiving and living. Another ability to see what the ordinary humans cannot see, and therefore the ability to know what is true, not merely what's only true for the humans—that there is no other world so they may as well get whatever they can now. Otherwise it was so difficult that it's literally impossible to do.
But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
This is all opposite of what the humans inherently are able to do because of the animal that lives in them to rule them, telling them they must have this and that, that they need to survive by any means—all in the effort to continue to rule them and disallow them to see and understand the truth, and be healed. It does successfully with the humans what it tried unsuccessfully to do with Jesus. It is such a nice, concise summary of the nature of the animal that lives in and rules the humans, because his teachings cut exactly opposite to what is in them.
Nobody who is naturally dominated by the animal nature can do any of these things. Because its primary objective is to survive, its drive and instinct is to never love, but retaliate against those who hate, curse and mistreat them—even if they pretend not to. Their enemies are a threat to their survival, so there is no chance of the threatened animal loving them. That is the state of man, so afraid of dying, of losing what he has, that he cannot ever love. No human will turn the other cheek toward one unless it's out of fear that a smack on the cheek is the least of his worries, i.e. it's better than a bullet in the head.
Because the humans are so set on needing to continue to survive (because this life is all they have), they wouldn't let someone take something that's theirs, especially something so necessary for physical survival (like their coat in the Winter in Northern Israel). If they did, the first thing they'd do is get it back or retaliate in some other way. Yet these are all part of Jesus' teachings, and demonstrate more than anything the fact that he knew this life meant nothing compared to the hidden life, where God is the ruler. Against everything he knew was in man, he presented this new teaching, a totally revolutionary explanation about how to please God and be found right enough by Him to be redeemed. The details are only somewhat important compared to the overall philosophy and message of what he said. Contrary to the lies of the religious leaders, they're not easy for the humans to accept, but so difficult as to actually be impossible, since they have a nature which cannot accept them.
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' lend to 'sinners,' expecting to be repaid in full.
If we are to become "sons of the Most High," we will have to learn what the second Adam learned, and then become what he became. That is, not someone who turns his back on the Father, toward the snake, but the opposite—someone who is devoid of that lying serpent's nature. Unlearning the nature we were born into and grew into is a tedious and slow process, something our nature hates, but nevertheless something that has to be done if we are to become it—and the way to become pleasing to the Father.
No snakes are allowed to come into His presence, or live in His world—nor are they redeemed to such an end. There's no fairytale about everyone going to heaven to live forever, except as it exists in the world that is ruled by the deceiver, that old snake who tricked Adam and who lives in the humans to continue to lie to them and trick them into thinking they can all become sons while they still retain their animal nature, which always hates God and goes against Him.
And the serpent said to the woman, "You shall not be doomed to die..."
As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.