Numbers 5 / Proverbs 2 / Luke 16
If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.
The presence of the animal nature in us makes it hard for the teacher to accomplish his work—the Father's will of conforming him to another way than what he naturally is—because it always opposes it. It's much more tangible and accessible to the animal than the actual life they bring, so supremely easier to fulfill. It's difficult to comprehend that the animal nature is the normal state of man. That we can be "good," and thereby pleasing to God by not being "bad" is a misnomer that comes from the liar's influence on the humans, and their need to make whatever they think God is conform to their need to be able to control Him like they do with everything else in their lives. The very state and condition of the normal (not bad or evil according to them) human is what's bad and evil according to Jesus. Whether the human thinks he's doing good or bad is irrelevant because it's his nature, his very life essence, the foundation of what he is from which everything flows which is bad. That's something that's always with him, not able to be denied or separated from because of anything he thinks he can do to become pleasing to God, because he doesn't know the way to become pleasing—that way hasn't been revealed to him. That is what makes him, as an unclean animal, and unable to be brought near to God.
Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the holy spirit to those who ask him?
The humans understand that existing in these bodies of death is good and natural while their destruction is bad because they can only comprehend the natural order of things—what can be seen with the eyes. While the humans can only think of life and death in physical terms, there is a different order of things for the sons—invisible to the humans—where life and death are actual because they are permanent. To live is to be alive to God, which is to be born of Him—to have been given eternal life, as He is eternally alive. It is not something that is done lightly or generically. That is something God deliberately does (gives actual, permanent life) to whomever He desires to give it. That is the significance of the birth Jesus tells Nicodemus must happen if one is to actually be alive (alive to God, having actual life as God is alive). If that doesn't happen, then the human remains an animal, which is not, nor was it ever, alive to Him. For the son it doesn't matter what happens to these bodies, although it's hard to divorce ourselves from that because of the presence of the animal perspective still living in us, which keeps getting reinforced with every interaction we have with the humans, what is always getting in the way of seeing the actual, hidden truth.
...and if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
For the LORD gives wisdom,
and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Solomon is a picture of Judas who represents the son who is chosen but who does not choose the Father as his response. Instead he loves his life and the things available to him and can't let them go in order to gain what the Father wants him to have. Solomon came from the stock of David the chosen, who himself chose God and His way. Solomon was the assumed son of David, the assumed subject of Nathan's prophesy about the Son who would rule on David's throne. But that was all human assumption, and wrong just like they always are wrong about assuming that the living God has anything at all to do with them and their animal concerns, or respect for the systems they create in the name of God, which are really created and exist just for them, having nothing to do with God, who hides from them and their arrogant assumptions that He would be so simple and stupid, as they always end up portraying Him to be, all because they assumed to be able to speak about and for Him.
Solomon received wisdom and understanding, which means he had ears to hear the voice of the Father, but he ended up loving the things that the humans naturally love because they're so tangible to be able to satisfy that which is only temporary. It sets up what's intended to apply to the hidden sons, that which is the contrast between the assumed son of David against the real one. Solomon had so much of what the humans love—glory and respect from the animals, money and the love/acceptance of women (even though it was under false pretences) in his heart, which defiled him to God—available to him and he couldn't turn away from what the animal craved to get and have for itself in the kind of gluttonous way he indulged. The recorded account of the real Son of David's temptation was the contrast to Solomon's gluttony. The real Son understood what all those things meant and chose the way of the Father, which Solomon didn't, perhaps couldn't.
The Revelation references to the sons not being defiled by women (worshipping the creature, not influenced by the whore of babylon), and the mark of the dead being a symbol of commerce and the love of money (remaining a human, dead), come from the life of Solomon and what he loved—far removed from what his father David loved and ran after. The son who is beginning to understand that actual life—being alive to the living Father—is the opposite of what he and the rest of the humans thinks life has always been. He begins to know that earthly riches, money and wealth cannot enhance or promote it. Actually they can only hinder it because a love of and a dependence on them distracts him from hearing the hidden voice. Earthly riches serve only to enhance the temporary existence. They allow the temporary body to live longer, or better, to have its fleeting desires fulfilled, and create a false feeling of safety—that we'll be okay because we have some money. They also bring a false acceptance and respect, because the humans love and respect money and anyone who has it.
Use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
The parable he had just told about the shrewd manager doesn't make much sense until we understand that the rich man in the parable is the animal nature that rules the manager, as it rules all the humans. The thing that the manager did in tricking the rich man is about the one who knows what money is worth, and what can be gained by acting the opposite way to that which is in him that rules him, which would be holding on to whatever money he had so tightly because it's so inherently valuable to the human animal, so salient to be able to gratify what's in him.
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?
In the words of Jesus, being a son of the living God who is responsible with his money is not in being wise and shrewd in spending it responsibly, which is a human thing. Rather, it is becoming one who has wisdom and understanding because it has come into him from the hand of the Father because the son was given ears to hear, and became responsible with that wisdom and understanding by responding to the Father and saying yes to Him, by choosing Him over the way of the animal that's naturally in him, by wanting to be transformed even though it is distasteful and goes against what he naturally loves.
What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight.
Giving money away seems almost crazy to the humans in their honest places, and so many of whom claim to know the way of the real Jesus read these and other words like this and immediately rationalize and justify themselves about how he must not have meant what he said literally, because the actual love of money is such the real thing in his animal heart, which is constantly afraid of dying. Naturally he is drawn to the love of money because it appeases and satisfies that which is actually in him, not what his hiding, lying mouth might say.
No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.
Because you are an animal you naturally do love money because of what it does and how it works, so you don't just unbecome that animal that is naturally displeasing to God by giving money away. That must happen over a long period of a process of transformation, in which you become one who understands the real value of what the humans love and run after. Like the Son of God who suffered to become what he was and became the model for all of God's true sons, this is one who has gained the wisdom and understanding that Solomon wrote about in his youth, one who has been transformed only because he can hear the voice of the Father that the humans don't and can't hear, and that voice has made him into something that he wasn't.
During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.
The knowledge of God comes from His mouth, which Jesus recognized—as he read the words of Solomon—as the voice of God living in his body, and knew it as it was written, the hidden treasure. The words that came out of God's mouth are hidden to the humans, who can only comprehend what they can visibly see with their eyes. The voice of God is not like an earthquake, or a windstorm, or a great fire, but it is a gentle whisper, known only to the man He is speaking to.
If you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
Jesus heard the voice of God because he had been given the new ears promised by the prophets, by which one man could actually see what was real beyond the physical. Jesus understood every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God and considered it the actual treasure, just as Solomon's words proclaimed, which when found by a man made him abandon whatever he thought was treasure before so he could do whatever he could to secure that which was actual treasure. It's literal but supernatural, beyond that which can be comprehended by the natural—therefore hidden. As of this writing I still consider money to be valuable because of the residue of the dying animal still living in me—and it still being a definite component of my nature that values what the humans value. In other words, this is a long slow process, like a tree growing.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The lightening flash is what the animal wants; it needs everything to be immediate, or the gratification just isn't there. Because the humans think the spirit is some other god with an identity equal to the Father, or that it died and won't come back, or that it must be now like they can only think it was in the first century, or simply because they haven't been born into God by it; they have no way of understanding what it is, how it works or what it's for. What it is for the son existing in the present age is what it was for the first century brothers like Paul—the voice of the unseen teacher in spirit form (the mechanism God uses to interact with those He chooses to interact with—not another god), which exposed the lie about the temporary world and told him the truth about God's world.
For the upright (the sons) will live in the land (the relationship between the Father and His sons), and the blameless (the consecrated ones who are able to come near to God) will remain in it; but the wicked (mere men, those who love their lives and hate God) will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it (swallowed up by the temporary earth—what they erroneously think is the land—as they become organic matter).