March 20th.

Numbers 1 / Psalms 143-144 / Luke 11

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He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters.

Jesus came to gather up the sons of God, and to save the sons past, present and future from when he existed in his human body. His purpose was to save God's family of sons, and he did that by not following the nature that tempted him (of the animal that can't know God, what the humans are ruled by across the board and without exception). The primary fallacy that corrupts everything else is the fact that each of them thinks they are made in the image of whatever god they ascribe to, so that their own personal value is very high in their own estimation. Yet each of them do this individually so that their view of the gods emanates from themselves. There is no problem for them to spend their lives making sure they are safe and taken care of, which lends to them surviving until they expire. That individualistic perspective which colors everything else in shades of what must always benefit itself is that which lives in the humans to flaw them as unclean animal that cannot come near to the living God. It is what must be squeezed out of the son, slowly and carefully, by the method employed that the humans don't see. The example that the sons of God have is of the firstborn Son, who was not spared from the Father's crushing hand so that the animal was completely subdued and quashed from within him.

Yet it was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer.

Jesus suffered under the testing that was administered by the crushing hand of the Father (like Job), so that he learned to choose the right and reject the wrong, which was a purging of the animal from within him so that he was clean, approved of by the Father. That is the model of perfection, the process the sons must go through in order to be transformed into a being who can be enjoyable to the Father. If Jesus were a god already, then it's all moot and stupid. The system is confusing, God is petty and ridiculous and Jesus didn't accomplish much as per what the words say.

And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."

If the sons didn't have the animal crushed out of them after the model of the firstborn Son, they would just remain separated from the Father like everything else in the natural creation that is not actually living but dead, as everything dies. All that the humans consider "alive," once it has reached its point of not growing any more, becomes marked by the slow process of decay and then finally, the putrefactive process that quickly makes them one with the soil and the rest of the natural creation.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Heaven is the spiritual world, or the dimension that is hidden from the humans where the Father and Son exist as One in pure spirit form, also hidden from them. The life of the Father is invisible to the humans. The "holy spirit" was the mechanism of God's life interacting with a human, to accomplish His purpose of revealing Himself to one of His choosing who otherwise couldn't know Him because he existed as an integral part of the natural creation where the humans live who cannot know God, because He is not just automatically revealed to anyone and everyone as they would prefer. What is in heaven is alive, as nothing born of spiritual matter dies. Everything that exists in the spiritual world is aware of God and His rule. The spiritual and natural worlds are separated from each other, except when God chooses to interact with the natural world by revealing Himself and His reality to one or some of His choosing. Nothing is random or arbitrary.

The other creation apart from the heavenly is the natural creation that can be observed by the humans—because they're an integral part of it, one with it—where everything is always in the process of dying. It's where the chaos of the humans is the ruler of all their little particular bubbles of isolated human existence, each with its own will and desire according to its needs. Each living and dying to itself in its own little anarchic world of existence, unaware of God or His will, needs, purposes or desires. This is the world where the gods are made up to suit the humans' desire to survive better and get as much as they can for themselves. The made-up gods allow the humans who made them to live their lives, as is the desire of all animals, and also get for themselves a condition of eternal survival in their gods' world so their bases are all covered. The christian heaven is just an extension of the survivalist method running the logical gamut all the way out past the grave and forever.

Give us today our daily bread.

Nothing actually lives except for what has God's life in it; otherwise it merely exists temporarily until it expires, which is the definition of the natural. The food that the sons of God need each day to survive as sons instead of animals (to be transformed) comes from the hand of the Father. The food for the body is only for keeping it temporarily alive. The real food is the bread that "comes down" from the spiritual world and can give us the other kind of nourishment, for our real life which is being administered by the guardian of our invisible, spiritual body. That is the food that appears invisibly, from out of nowhere like Jesus coming into the upper room and appearing to his disciples, filling our body with the truth of the living word and giving us true life.

Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

The Matthew version of the prayer immediately follows with a warning and exhortation about the value of their brother—what they must become to each other if they are to realize the components within the prayer, if they are to receive God's treasure:

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

In other words, as is the thrust of the Matthew 6 teaching, they have to go against what's naturally in them to be unlike humans in how they regard and treat one another—like God, who is forgiving them, and proving that by providing them with the most perfect teacher they could have ever had. He cared about their welfare because he cared about God more than anything else—the definition of the good Son. He was more concerned about these men, who weren't even physically related to him, than his own earthly family. He was convinced that these men had been chosen to be his spiritual brothers, something only the spirit could teach him (the life of the Father living in him, not a god). And his actions, which went totally against the natural, proved that Jesus believed. His faith was real as he did the hard thing in laying down his life for the 12 men.

"Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."

Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?"
Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."

In the same way, "believing in Jesus" can never be easy to our earthly sensibilities or existence, which is why he calls it work. It's following in the footsteps of Abraham who believed God enough that he was actually willing to do the most horrible thing. It's hard to make it clear in words what this means, what it was like for Abraham, because the life of God, which is spiritual, cannot be explained or grasped by natural means, with the natural faculties that the humans possess. Everything about the truth of God is supernatural—Him, His will, world, rule, and purpose for the sons, the way He is and what He wants.

In the Luke version of the prayer he follows with a parable of a man who wants bread (food), and against the odds of what one would expect in man's world—what usually happens—he ultimately succeeds because of his persistence. God doesn't need to give His treasure to anyone else besides Jesus. His child is with Him, secure in His house, and the man in that respect has everything He needs. It is a bother to get up out of bed, to do the work to make them clean, to extend His life to the unclean animals. God didn't have to give up His lovely Son as the sacrifice which could accomplish this great work—to make the other sons clean, holy, consecrated and set apart for His purpose (to have a family). He already had a family, and He could have been satisfied with the good Son at His side—the object of His love, the One who loved Him back.

Because of God's love for His holy men who existed before, during and after Jesus' earthly existence, He did the hard thing and gave him up to the dogs for the sake of His family. He did it so that the ones whom He chose and who chose Him back could be given bread—spiritual food, the body of the Son living in them, the only thing that could save them from the curse of their death, already done in His OT sons (their bodies died), and already in motion in the rest (are dying). He set the precedent that nothing's more important than the family.

Pointing to the same thing, he also tells them the allegory of the earthly father, the mere animal who by instinct gives his son proper food, because by instinct he loves him (the copy of God). What it points to is what the previous parable points to—the life (the living bread) that must be put into a son if he is to be in God's family. God's treasure, the mark of His name on the son who is adopted and redeemed out of the world. The living bread (food) and the living water (hydrates and cleans) are the spiritual equivalents for the earthly food and water—what the humans need to survive. Without the living food and water, we cannot be alive to God, or exist in His family, or be redeemed to realize all of what He has for those He loves.

"He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters.

As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, "Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you."

He replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it."


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