Numbers 6 / Proverbs 3 / Luke 17
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
The things instituted by God in the OT pointed to its fulfillment in Jesus and the new covenant he would institute by the work of his life and his obedience to the Father, after he "suffered many things and was rejected by the generation he was born into." He is the fulfillment of the OT "things to come," what the law and prophets pointed to. The readings today are tied together as that model.
Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
He's talking more about Noah and his small family being taken away to safety than he is about the rest of the humans being destroyed. He's talking about what would soon be happening in the first century, after he went to the Father.
I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.
It would have nothing to do with their family lines, which has to do with the wife and husband in one bed, or their nationality or religious identity, as per the two women grinding, perhaps one a Jew and one a Samaritan. Like a flash of lightening that knows no limits or boundaries would the Son of God be able to "take" whomever he wanted, which is what was happening for just a short time in the first century, before the darkness came over the land. He wasn't talking about now, but then. If the days of Noah come upon the earth again, there will be a new voice which speaks that particular word.
To me this is like the days of Noah.
For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other. But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
The true God does not work in the realm of the humanly observable, which is what the humans can adopt as their own while they lift their leg on it so as to be able to control it, after the fashion of what they truly are—instinctively and compulsively and as easily and naturally as a dog taking a piss. The humans cannot understand the way God actually works, any more than that same dog understands his human master's complex mind or world that he lives in. If they did, they'd be able to own it and control it for their own purposes, which they always seek to do as seen in so many human religious institutions which all claim to exclusively know the way to God—therefore they're able to control it by convincing others they're genuine and true so as to be able to solidify their own eternal survival while they collect all of the currency they can from the adherence of those who follow them. Not just financially do they benefit; there is a significant amount of emotional currency to be had by standing up and being recognized as an "expert" and leader, one who is first.
Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, `Here it is,' or `There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you."
This chapter keeps reaffirming the things that Jesus understands and is teaching about the kingdom, that it is *not* what the humans assume it to be. So also today, in the same fashion as he said it then, the kingdom of God's true sons is *not* observable, controllable, or even knowable as the humans always assume to be able to be doing all those things. The groups they establish are observable and controllable, which is why they cannot be genuine or authentically from or by the true God, whose life and purpose stays hidden from the humans. This fact finds its zenith in the life of Jesus, who was kept hidden from the humans as per God's purpose and desire. The humans always think they know what God is doing, but they never do. They assume the truth of God is for public consumption, for their own good because they assume they're so inherently good that they deserve God's favor. If it were true that God wants all to find Him then Jesus would have been revealed to the humans, but he was kept hidden and secret, in the most ingenious way—right under their noses.
Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, "You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!"
It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
He wasn't revealed when he was alive in his human body; he was kept hidden which is the opposite of being revealed, or he wouldn't have made that statement. The truth of who the Son was came into the world of a tiny handful of the humans, which was the process of them being taken out of the bed or from the grinding wheel, but only after the Son went to the Father so that he could be kept eternally and supremely hidden from them, forever protected by the Father's arms who would never have to let His Son go away from His side. That is why there could be a darkness of captivity over the earth for such a long time, because the Son has been with the Father and the Father has been satisfied with the Son being with Him. He hasn't needed or wanted to interact with the humans, who are a pain in the ass to deal with because of their God-hating nature.
Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, O Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.
Just as the truth came back to the land with Ezra and Nehemiah for a little while—the preview of things to come—in the same way the truth that existed in the first century remained in the world of humans for a little while, then it went away, and it has been gone ever since. The humans always think they can build their little towers up to God, but He is separated from their scheming because there is a great chasm between His world and theirs. They cannot muscle their way in by their human efforts to find and own the truth, which is the purely human strategy of all the humans who claim the right to be sons of God based on their possessing what doesn't exist for them to claim. What was openly written was intended for those living in another time, under another influence which has been absent from the world of humans since the whore took that influence into captivity. It can be said that God went underground when John arrived, and has been ever since. Since John, the true sons of God are secretly and quietly chosen by the Father, and are given the responsibility of choosing Him too. That is what gives Him the greatest pleasure, that against so many apparent odds the son still desires to choose the Father instead of what everyone else around him is choosing (because that's their only choice). What happened in the first century was a secret and abnormal thing, humanly speaking. When it became normal and open is when it became a purely human deal, which God was not orchestrating except to let it happen as per the prophets and their predictions about the darkness and desolation.
I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the LORD given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years.
There was the actual Babylonian desolation, which Jeremiah predicted and Daniel wrote about. But there was another desolation coming in the future.
And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.
As of Jesus' last days in his human body it still hadn't happened...
So when you see standing in the holy place 'the abomination that causes desolation,' spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand.
The standard thought is that this is about the temple, but that doesn't make sense because it's not supposed to, because God was going underground and already being secret, even with the most ingenious secret of keeping the Messiah of Israel totally hidden from those who expected him with hope and vigor. That goes according to God's great and fantastic ironic nature, of making things seem one way when they are actually another so that the arrogance of the humans who always think they know the way to God will itself confound them by leading them in a way that seems obvious but it isn't. The reason it's not about the temple is because the temple meant about as much to God as Jesus said it was.
Do you see all these things?" he asked. "I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down."
They will all be thrown down because the temple was never God's design or purpose. The Tabernacle was God's idea, because within its humble little construction housed the only living God,a nd made a mockery of the gigantic structures that the other nations were building, which were the glories of the humans who built them. The humility of the Tabernacle told a different kind of story, that God didn't need or want His people to have a gigantic structure or statue to look at or by which to be able to claim their greatness. The Tabernacle itself was ironic in that sense, that the only living God would choose not to live in a glorious house, which was man's idea, but in a humble little tent—the idea being He didn't really want to live in the tent either; it was just a metaphor of where He really wanted to live: in the bodies of those He loved. But firstly, in the body of His only Son, who hadn't yet come but would come. He would build a house for God, not made of wood and stone but of the hearts of His sons.
The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you: When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men. But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.
The temple actually meant little to God. His interest was leapfrogging from the Tabernacle and all its grand humility to the body of His only Son, who himself was the pinnacle of humility, according to the great irony of God who lived in his body as per the metaphor of the Tabernacle. That is why the Father kept the Son perfectly hidden from the humans, so they would stay away from him and not be able to claim him as their own—because he belonged to only One, the Father who had been waiting for him for such a long time, who set up the daily sacrifices so as to be reminded of his coming, which according to the text became a soothing savor to God. They calmed Him by reminding Him that His Son was coming, but not right now so He waited.
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
The true temple was the body of the Son of God, and then after he went to the Father, the bodies of the sons He would inhabit in the first century until the end of that period would come and that would be over. "And then the end will come." Then there would be the darkness of the desolation of the land, which has been over the land since the desolation came, when the end of what would be happening in the first century, the testimony about which we have as the preserved NT letters from and to those who were under it, also came.
Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'Man or woman, should anyone act exceptionally to make a nazirite vow to keep himself apart...All the days of his nazirite vow...That which he sets apart for the LORD shall be holy...All the days of his setting apart for the LORD, he shall not come to a dead person...for the crown of his God is on his head. All the days of his naziritehood, he is holy to the LORD.
The nazirite was exceptional among the Israelites, he is a picture and copy of the son of God. The Nazirite represents one who desires to be unlike the others, and is willing to sacrifice what the common people enjoy so that he can be set apart to God, separated from the others to be special to God, to be for His purpose alone. Like many other things in the OT, it's also a copy of the better thing which wouldn't find its fulfillment until the days of John and Jesus, when their work was fulfilled. It's the same as Moses, although special and purposeful to God as per what he was and did, was also and more importantly a copy of the better thing, the greater prophet who was to come.
The giving up of all of the products which came from the grape, including wine, was a big deal, as drinking wine was a big part of living, enjoying the day to day life of laboring so hard all the time. It is symbolic of taking part in the common things of the present life, what the humans did in moving away from the tedium of work and a way of enjoying the fruit of their labor. They purposely did not partake in it for God's sake. Not cutting the hair was an outward, obvious sign to the others that the one who took the nazirite vow was set apart in this way for God's sake.
If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
The contamination of the nazirite by contact with a corpse, even that of his own mother, father, brother or sister is further pointing to what was coming—being set apart from that which is dead, what tended to contaminate the son from learning about the Father—even from one's own family members—for God's sake. Abstaining from the mourning process for a father, mother, brother or sister is a big deal, yet for the Nazirite it is forbidden. It is about death and contamination, and the nazirite's exceptional life (couldn't even mourn his own family).
He said to another man, "Follow me." But the man replied, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God."
Still another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family." Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."
Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth. Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
John—the first to actualize the fulfillment of the nazirite vow, not necessarily in all the details of the original taken from Numbers, but in the fullness of the loyalty and specialness that God intended this copy to find its fulfillment in—made some who were intended to be made sons ready to hear the teachings of Jesus. Much more than just the three nazirite restrictions was a forfeiting of the right to live out his human life, that which was lived out merely as another one of the common animals around him who were living and dying unto themselves, loving what the humans love and chasing after what they consider valuable—populating the earth with more of the same offspring who carried their own life (DNA) within them, which was the ultimate act of furthering their own will.
Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding,
Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
The actual requirements of Jesus become merely ideals that do not hold any actual truth now for those who claim to follow him. Because he definitely was created as a god in the humans' image his words can only be theoretical and conceptual to those who claim to know the way to God. That is because they don't know the way; it is an acting role they play, based on the assumption that they have what the first century sons had. The better you can act the part, the higher you can go in their purely human institutions, and more of the things the humans love can be gained—respect, honor, to be admired like some little god, even maybe some cash.
With the coming of Jesus, God said that no longer does He need to deal with the common humans, because the Son whom He had been waiting for, whom He honored in anticipation by the words He put into the prophets' minds, had come. They were written down and preserved like an anticipatory memorial for the Son who hadn't been born to the Father yet but was coming, which was the message of the prophets, a message that kept getting renewed over and over.
I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account. But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death.
The Son was the true and ultimate Nazirite, to whom each of the OT nazirites who chose to be exceptional among the Israelites were another one of these memorials, another of the many things that kept pointing to him who wasn't born yet to the Father. He is the model of what God accepts as His son, filled with the solitary desire to fulfill the purpose of the Father and not his own (the message of the true Jesus). The truly honorable Son is one who only wants to do the Father's will, to sacrifice his right to love what the humans love and live out his human life like the rest of them because he has been given eyes to see what is real (that only the purpose of God is important) versus what only appears real (that the human experience is so valuable in and of itself, or that it lasts beyond the grave). He is the ultimate Nazirite, just as he is the ultimate prophet, and the ultimate Lamb who could cleanse from the sin and offense of being a God-hating animal. He is the model for the other sons of what they also must be.
But before he suffered, he lived his life out for his brothers.
He's not interested in the half-hearted, common animals who only love Him with part of their life while the rest is bound up in their living for themselves and their flesh and blood families. There are so many made up gods who are satisfied with that, because that serves the ultimate goal of the humans—to have everything they want to have and run after in this life, and also feel like they are guaranteed an eternal survival for themselves (yet another egotistical aspiration to cap off their existence as an animal wanting to survive) in the next life. All they have to do is throw their gods a few scraps here and there, and memorize some correct facts about them, and they can seal that scenario up for themselves. If they can surround themselves with other humans who uphold the same lies they want to believe, then can believe it all more easily by the consensus they form amongst themselves.
I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you (those who assumed to know the way to God). For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.
The real Jesus didn't find consensus or acceptance amongst the humans. That is the lie that was made up by the group of ruling humans who made the Son of God into a mockery, who turned what the first century sons knew into idol worship when they made up many gods to worship (jesus, the holy spirit, the devil, and the father god) instead of the only God whoever was and who will ever be. The real Jesus was abandoned and rejected by the humans. His greatness was kept hidden and secret from them and only known to God, the real Father, the only living God who played a huge trick on the humans who always think they know, who always think they can own and control the way to God.
The real way to God is known in what Jesus actually said is required of one who wanted to be perfect—to lose his life so he could be given another by God, to walk away from what the common humans think is so valuable, that which they hold on to so tightly, to have his mind and heart completely changed so he no longer even regards the members of his own family as his true brothers, father and mother. To totally lose his human identity and aspirations, and his right to live his human life. Those who were considered by the ones who claimed to own and control the way to God (Jewish leaders) as scum, sinners, and enemies, Jesus considered and called his true brothers—the ones who were chosen by God to be sons and therefore given the opportunity to choose to be in His true family.
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.
The Proverbs reading speaks of love, faithfulness, wisdom and understanding—that which the young man (the son) should strive to acquire, to bring into himself, to consume so that it becomes a very part of his life (eyes to see and ears to hear); so it changes him from one thing to another (the required transformation of all the sons who must be separated from death to become alive). Solomon's exhortations for the son are what Jesus found and knew as the truth about God, His way, His things, His world, and His reality—completely opposed to the way of man. All that Jesus had inside him represented what God wanted for all His sons, that they would all know actual love, faithfulness, wisdom and understanding. They would all become as he was, a sacrifice and soothing savor to God. Not what the humans know, which is only the earthly, temporary versions of these things. The sons would have to know these things in the secret, hidden way, as Jesus knew them. They would all have to become true Nazirites, giving up their very lives so that He could give them another one—perfect and permanent, like his.
The wisdom and understanding of the mere humans, what they interpret Solomon's words to mean is not as Jesus did, because they think they can get to God in this earthly life by the ways of the humans (to own and control it). How to be wise is what it usually gets translated into how to be a responsible human adult, a mature animal who fits in nicely and doesn't cause problems for the rest of the animals. One whom the church or ecclesia can always count on for his weekly tithing; a responsible father to his children, a respectable son to his parents, a faithful and honorable husband to his wife. A person of high moral and ethical values with regards to the other humans, but not to God.
What God considers valuable is kept hidden from the humans so they inadvertently despise it, and would never run after that thing, so cannot be pleasing to Him by what is natively in them by instinct (the animal nature, the devil, the true adversary of the sons of God). The humans easily forget the words of Jesus, who tells them that God hates all of that because He's against the ways of the humans and what they hold up as righteous and honorable, valuable to be sought after. Jesus didn't typify any of that behavior, but actually spoke out against it in the strongest way, not just with his mouth, but with his life denying his right to have his own family for the sake of God's family, which is the sole purpose of this creation. He said that the only ones the Father would accept were those who became what the humans despised—like little children who didn't know anything about this life, how things worked, how to protect themselves, but instead who were ignorant and vulnerable, and who became totally dependent on Him.
God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.
The true God makes His true sons look like foolish sinners, like little orphan kids who don't know anything, like trash to the humans to continue in the method He used with Jesus—in line with His great love for the ironic, to play the biggest trick on them who think they're in charge and control everything all the time, those who always think they're so wise and full of themselves just because some of the humans believe their lies. They encourage others to be humble while they themselves continue to be smug and presumptuous. The humans consider earthly wisdom and understanding important because theoretically it will lead to earthly respect and honor. However, Jesus wasn't honored or respected by the humans, but rather looked down on as shameful and irresponsible, different than they wanted to be. He was strange and undesirable, saying things that repelled the humans, not things that made him want to be embraced and accepted.
This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it? From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
The lies made up by the humans who control the various religious institutions has given him the identity he now has among them, some kind of venerable superhero who was respected and honored by the bulk of humanity. He actually had the true wisdom and the true knowledge, which was knowing that the true God wasn't interested in the human's ways or what they thought was valuable, or being obedient to any of the systems they created. Rather, as he typified by his actual life—what he said and did—real life was throwing away what the humans erroneously call life, including and especially man's religious systems and institutions.
No longer will a man teach his neighbor,
or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,'
Jesus was the new covenant promised by Jeremiah and Isaiah. No more was pleasing God an obedience to any of the humans' systems or their ways, but instead moving away from them, coming out of them, becoming a true Nazirite—exceptional among the humans to the extent that they became non-human. They lose their human identity so their true Father could give them His life, His DNA, His wisdom and understanding, love and faithfulness.
All of the religious institutions, beginning with the Holy Roman Church and evolving into what presently exists (including the christian and every other man-made institution), which claim to know the way to God, are a throwback to the old covenant. A group of humans who become set apart, not to God like John and Jesus, but to their institution, their sect, their exclusive way to get to God, and to remaining fully human while doing it. God doesn't want informed, mature animals; He wants ignorant little children who don't know about the world of man and how to survive in it. He wants the exceptional ones, the strange, shameful ones who have been set apart to Him for His way and purpose, against the ways of the humans, willing to become Nazirites. That one's life becomes totally consumed by God, which is a soothing savor to Him.
The prophesy by Jesus about what happened to many people directly after he went to the Father was him coming back like a lightening bolt. He left the earth, ascended to the world where God is, but then he came back with all the power and form of God as the pure spirit he then existed as. No more limitations and constraints of the heavy, obtuse human body he once was inflicted with. He was then able to "take" some of the people that were alive, to call them out of their natural existences and set them apart as true Nazirites for the purpose of God and the sake of His will—that He have a family of sons who love Him more than their lives, more than their children, parents, siblings or anyone or anything else the humans naturally love because of the nature that's in them to love those things. Their love and faithfulness shouldn't be toward flesh and blood which is what the humans naturally have because of instinct, but to their Father in the world where He lives (heaven, the unseen spirit world).
What the true Nazirites are asked to do is give up everything—their love and bond to their earthly family, their aspirations and enjoyment of the things of this life, their respect and dignity as one of the humans—so that they can become a scourge to those who used to honor them, what the Father loves. They are set apart to take on the shame that Jesus scorned and took upon himself, to become what the humans despise and spend their lives trying to avoid—all for the sake of the Father, to do His will. Dedicated to the Lord for his purpose, meaning ultimately for God's purpose, to become slowly pulled out of the world, to learn the new way and have the animal purged out of them.
No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.
The lies of the animal, of the snake, what the common humans believe and by which they live out their temporary existences, has been purged out of the sons of God so they can be useful to their Father. Not in some spectacular, immediate way but in allowing themselves to be slowly consumed (transformed) by the Father for His purpose, set apart from all the rest as a sacrifice, brought near to Him for His sake, a soothing savor for His enjoyment. Giving up what all of the common animals are entitled to enjoy; that is, their existence in the natural as animals, living and dying unto themselves for their own purposes, their own families and natural animal identities—their own way.
That's what John and Jesus were, and it's what their followers became, not by their own power but the power of the living word speaking to them and changing them into something useful and enjoyable to the Father. Otherwise the humans merely remain unclean animals the Father cannot even see, let alone enjoy. To the humans it will seem harsh and undesirable; to the son it will just be the right way to go, and he will know it in his heart because that's where the spirit of the Father and the Son live inside him, teaching him the new way to be versus the old way, the human way.
My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline and do not resent his rebuke,