Leviticus 26 / Psalms 137-139 / Luke 9
And I shall place My tabernacle in your midst, and I shall not loathe you. And I shall go about in your midst, and I shall be God to you, and as for you, you will be My people.
Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD,
and abhor those who rise up against you?
An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, "Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all—he is the greatest."
What seems loathsome and ridiculous to the humans is what God loves, because He is against the humans and their self-preserving animal instinct that drives behavior toward the same useless end. The spirit that must be put into His sons is not like the nature we were born with and then grew up into, which must be replaced by that which rejuvenates the son to another condition altogether. Wanting to only go to the Father makes us what the animals loathe because they want animal things that they can agree on are valuable, and can't understand why anyone would want to only want one thing that seems pretty much useless to them, like a piece of trash. There is a distaste and a foul odor to the sons because the animals cannot stand God or stand to have Him in their midst, and there is a negative reaction on a level below that of thought and reason that they can't control when they come into contact with the living God.
The humans will seek an agreement with the sons, but there is no agreement to be had because we are a different creature than they are. They naturally are repelled by God, so the agreement they want from the sons is just like the serpent, who wanted to suck the humans into its condition and not to gravitate toward theirs. Right now, as we are, we are not filled with the life of God. We're only being made ready, which could be like the birth and initial years of assuming another body/condition. If we were filled with the life of God we wouldn't get along with the humans, rather they would detest us because we wouldn't give them the agreement that we still do, getting along with them as much as we do. The humans tolerate the false gods all around them, but they're always repelled and disgusted to their core with the true God, which is how He sets his true sons apart from the common animals.
Our first reaction to actually being abhorrent to the humans by whom we've always wanted to be held in high esteem will be horrific, because of that egotistical need to be surviving emotionally, to be acceptable like some good thing to them, not rejected as distasteful. We naturally want to have an agreement based on whatever we're able to find that agreement by. The life of the Father and the Son teaches the sons how to be—how to look and act like their Father—by the slow and gradual osmosis of the influence of the life in them to become that other creature than they were, which is just another copy of the serpent and its offspring who pop up and go away like blades of grass i.e., they're not as important as they always assume they inherently are. They're inherently more like blades of grass than they are like good creatures that naturally hold so much value—the ongoing assumption of themselves about themselves.
The life of the Father and the Son is the nature whereby one of these otherwise practically meaningless (not totally meaningless because even a blade of grass has a purpose and a human body is much bigger and can provide more mass of organic fertilizing matter for the soil than the single blade of grass) humans can ultimately become able to love God. However, that is not the nature that finds agreement with the humans, so in order for the living word to be able to be effective, the son must begin to at least be willing to come away from the influence of the old culture with its old ways—those which the son originally learned, what formed him into the unclean animal he was before he was taken by God. That the son of God has to unlearn the way of the humans in order to learn the new way of his Father is a law as sure as the law of gravity. That the influence of the humans with whom the sons previously found their earthly agreement will corrupt them and keep them separated from their true Father is as sure as the Israelites were led astray by the same nature living in the inhabitants of the land, to worship and serve the foreign gods of the nations around them instead of the only living God who brought them out of Egypt to be His people.
And you shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters you shall eat. And I will destroy your cult-places and cut off your incense stands, and I will loathe you...and your land shall be a desolation, and your towns a ruin.
That this true thing was impossible for the humans to just do within themselves was what Jesus told Nicodemus, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born from above." The abominable thing is that the christians have and still drag this idea through so much of the sewers of their lies that it's hard to divorce one's self from its worthlessness. It almost seems imperative that we have to develop a whole new set of words and phrases which can express the truth of God without being tarnished by so many lies that attach themselves to it because the words are the same. Sort of like starting out fresh and new, like Jesus was in the first century, like God wanted to do with the Israelites and Moses, by bringing them into the new land that He had prepared for them, with a new way of worshipping and new laws by which they could come to know their new God—just for them and no one else, totally different than the land they were coming from and the gods of the people who ruled them.
However it wouldn't actually be new, inasmuch as Jesus' consciousness was not new, although he was i.e., he didn't pre-exist as some god before he "came into the world." His existence was always in the mind of the Father who anticipated and patiently waited for him, even from the beginning of the world (why the liars developed the lie that he co-existed with God). Every morning and evening sacrifice of a clean lamb reminded God of the Son who already existed, but only in the intention and anticipation of His mind, as per the great thing he would do for the Father by taking over His work and giving Him the family He wanted and intended to have—a family of loyal and faithful sons who love Him and chose Him and His way over their own, over the animal that ruled and enticed them to follow it like all the "normal" ones did, who lived out their existences which is their right to do as an animal.
Everything the Son was, said and did came from God's intention that was hidden in the heart of the preserved words, which he heard and loved because they spoke of the true Father and his true brothers whom he came to save from their plight of forever being held in the ground, which is what the Hebrews called hell (sheol). Nothing he said or did was actually new, but it was hidden from the vast majority of Jews who assumed they knew God, because He shut their vision and closed their ears to His truth. Just like the first humans, they wanted the animal's lies more than God's truth, so that's what they embraced. He did that so He could start fresh with the new covenant, having its actual roots in the old, yet given to another people because the first didn't ever want it.
The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you (the 12 disciples, the fathers of the new 12 tribes), but not to them (the original 12 tribes, whose exclusive natural relationship [circumcision] to God was becoming obsolete because God was going underground where the humans couldn't find Him).
Once the Son came, the Father no longer had to hold out His hand to an adulterous generation, to deal with them and shepherd these who consistently spat in His face and told Him what the first humans told Him—we want to go our own way, not your way. We like being in charge of ourselves and we would rather follow the lust and instinct that is inside us than to follow the path you have carved out for us because we don't really trust you—we like the serpent that rules us more than we like the way you've given us to follow.
Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance (the fresh start found in the truth of Jesus). Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him (the old, stale way of the smug, stiff-necked Jew who was just another presumptuous human to God).
It makes sense that God would just give them over to what they wanted, which is to become just another lifeless creature like all the rest who live and die like blades of grass, who do whatever they want and then expect to be transported to some heaven where they'll survive forever, just because they deserve it since they're inherently so good.
This is why I speak to them in parables: "Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
" 'You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.' "
Jesus learned to truly be a good Israelite first (like David understood the heart of God by the law and prophets), before he was able to become the vehicle of the new covenant. In the same manner, we are learning the truth of who Jesus was and what he said, i.e. his consciousness as rooted and based in the reality of what he knew from the truth of the OT writings. The consciousness of the first century believers starting with John and Jesus and including the apostles is the focus of what we're learning now. We're actually becoming rooted in a rejuvenation of the combination of both of those realities, which is an assumption of the metaphors and their purpose much the same way the disciples' consciousness became rooted in the reality of the actual sons of God from the OT scriptures because they understood what the stories pointed at. Jesus the firstborn of them all knew that his reality was the same as Noah, Abraham, David, Moses, Elijah, and all of those sons of God with whom his identity became linked, and which formed it. The same God with the same purpose drives, guides, rules, leads all of His sons to the hidden and secret reality the humans aren't privy to. If they were they'd just try to piss all over it and own it like they do with everything. Yeah the humans really are so inherently good that they trash everything in the attempt to rape, own and control it for their own sakes. They are all just so good. Sure thing, whatever you say.
We can't expect our experience to ultimately be exactly the same as the first century brothers, however our consciousness is being formed according to the truth that they knew, which was formed according to the truth that the OT sons knew. Nor can we expect the coming interaction of God with the humans to go as planned according to their interpretations of what will happen in the "last days," any more than the events which happened in the first century went according to any of the Jewish experts' expectations of what the Messianic age would look like. However, it was the actual fulfillment of the predictions of God's holy prophets, just not according to the humans' expectations because it was a totally hidden thing that God kept from the humans, just like He kept the identity of their Messiah hidden from those to whom he was supposed to be sent.
"But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?"
Peter answered, "The Christ of God."
Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. And he said, "The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life."
If his identity was not supposed to be hidden and secret, then why would he forbid them to tell anyone who he really was? The expectation of the humans, that God wouldn't keep anything hidden from them, comes from their arrogant assumption that they are so inherently good, "made in God's image." What they don't understand is that they and their fathers rejected that position of being made in God's image, so they were given over to what they really loved, which is what the animal offered them. So they were remade in the animal's image, bound to it by the very nature that drives them to be and remain what they inherently are—not good but bad, unable to come near the living God because they're dead, not alive.
The sons of God should not do what the humans do, striving to try to know something we can't know, or have itching ears that need to be satisfied by all kind of new knowledge or doctrine all the time; running after the manufacturing of new hopes as per the animal nature's need to be in control—always needing to be stimulated by some new little hope or idea about its life being better and the craving to know so as to be able to approve or not. Our place is in the identity of Jesus as the model son, who gave his earthly life for the sake of the Father and His family. That is the way of the son, because it is the fulfillment of what God was trying to do from the beginning with Adam, then the Israelites, according to His love and promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It's what He did in Jesus, nullifying that covenant and creating the new, hidden way to Him, not found in the way of man and invisible to the humans' natural faculties.
And then shall their uncircumcised heart be humbled, and then shall they expiate their guilt. And I will remember my covenant with Jacob and also my covenant with Isaac and also my covenant with Abraham I will remember, and the land I will remember.
God knew what was in man, and that the people were very capable of despising His laws and forgetting about Him in truth while they hide from their fear in their rituals. The people were not like His individual sons whom He personally knew and was able to train up to love Him. Their exposure to each other's animal nature would breed more of its disease, much like a child in a public school setting learns most of its behavior and personality from the other kids, who learn it from wherever—television, other kids, their parents. It's sort of like exponential breeding of contamination.
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
It's why God told Abraham to leave Ur and the concentration of human culture he grew up in—what molded his identity up to that point before God came to him—so He could be alone with him, and become a God and Father to him, and Abraham could be an integral part of God's plan and purpose with the humans. By being separated from their influence, Abraham could learn God's way instead of man's and in return become a good son to Him. That's why Moses was driven out of Egypt to Midian for forty years, to learn the new way of God and unlearn the way of man, away from that cultural influence. It's why David was a shepherd, alone with the sheep for long periods of time so his true Father could speak to him and teach him His way instead of man's way. It's why John grew up in the desert, or wilderness—away from the concentration of the culture of the humans and the reinforcement of what they love—so God could teach him His way without the pollution of man's influence creeping in to contaminate him. It's why the first century believers were urged by the apostles to separate themselves from the world and its influence on them so they could learn the new way of God instead of the way of man, which was already thoroughly a part of their nature.
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God.
As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."
Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
The isolation of the sons from the culture of the humans is something that Jesus knew and practiced, and which Paul advocated to his true brothers. The sons have to be separated from the culture of man in order to learn the way of their Father. The humans learn from each other, and the pollution of their natures contaminate one another so they are dull to the truth about God. That is the intention of God with the nation of Israel—His people, separated from the nations around them. If they did not observe that warning from God, they would and did become contaminated with the things God hates—unfaithfulness toward Him.
If we want to learn the way of God, we will have to pull ourselves away from man's culture, which is difficult because it's enticing; it's all we know, and the way of God is unappealing to us because we love the way of man who hates God's way. It would be an interesting exercise to ponder how we are influenced by man's way in our individual selves. Building up things around us, trying to find some purpose within ourselves for our life, some identity within man's culture that is respectable, a certain level of acceptance for whatever the humans find valuable—wealth, beauty, fame, career, family, proper social behavior, etc. Just being around them so we don't feel alone creates that influencing situation for us. The way of the real Jesus was not nice and happy all the time, according to how the humans measure happiness. It was solemn and alone, which produced another kind of contentment, that which drew him toward the Father and gave him a satisfaction that the humans don't know about in their constant clamor to satisfy the things that are welling up within them as part of the instinct that rules them. The sons recognize the situation then respond to what they really want and love, what the humans cannot give them because they're driven by something that the sons learn to hate, because it does them no good at all.
Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD, and abhor those who rise up against you?
There's something appealing about the humans that are mentally retarded, mostly because they don't even try to put on the front to satisfy some desperate need to fit in, or take on the postures that the humans always hide behind. The humans ironically pity them for not having their disease, not being subject to the chains with which they themselves are inflicted, when they should be pitied for being inside a cage with invisible bars—bound with invisible chains, all the while thinking they're free. They are smug about thinking they're so independent and individualistic, yet by their conformity they become totally anonymous and unknown. They hate God, and can only love that which keeps them in the prison of being totally and constantly consumed with themselves and their own dilemma, as per the curse on them.
The leaders of those who claim to know what it is to follow the Christ—what it is to deny the sinful nature and become pleasing to God—have no idea what they're even saying because they don't know what the sinful nature, or evil, or the devil is. Instead of the nature that leads them by the nose—in effect, themselves and the instinct that rules them—they think sin is some evil force initiated by an external devil and his army of demons, that causes humans to act like the bad people (unlike them). They think that because it's external to them, then it's something that can be denied by not letting it in somehow. Because they don't realize that it is them, they'll keep teaching others that it doesn't even exist, and they'll continue to believe that they're clean and pleasing to God when they're in fact unable because they deny that it's even there. And they'll think we're liars and false sons, just like the controlling majority of Jews thought Jesus was.
The new gospel does not look exactly like what Paul knew—that we could be freed from the requirements of the law as the only way to God—but it is the same nonetheless, because the motivation and influence is the same for Paul, just as it was for the OT prophets and the many righteous people who chose God over their animal selves. The good news for this age—new but not new—is that a son can be freed from the animal nature or else the life of the Father will not be found in him, which means being brought near to God. It's what makes the humans unclean, and no unclean animal can be brought near to Him to be in His presence.
It's not a nullification of what Paul knew, but a fulfillment, a more perfect trumpet blast that more fully defines the son's redemption—being set free from something we can actually see we are in bondage to. Not merely the Mosaic law, which only points at the animal nature, but something more tangible to the actual experience of living that is able to make sense if it's revealed. The animal nature goes all the way back to Adam's decision—full circle if you will—so that the third time is the one that brings everything together, a principle established by God and many times repeated.
Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come here to me." They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the LORD, which was in ruins. Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes descended from Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD had come, saying, "Your name shall be Israel." With the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD, and he dug a trench around it large enough to hold two seahs of seed. He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, "Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood."
"Do it again," he said, and they did it again.
"Do it a third time," he ordered, and they did it the third time. The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench.
At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: "O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, O LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again."
Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.
When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, "The LORD—he is God! The LORD—he is God!"