March 26th.

Numbers 7 / Proverbs 4 / Luke 18

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Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

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.

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.

The wisdom and understanding that David urged onto Solomon isn't what the humans can get. Popular thinking is that the proverbs are about getting human wisdom, becoming mature and responsible like some venerable, wise man of God. While the humans scorn little children, e.g. "Grow up and stop acting like a child," God doesn't have any use for wise humans because the wisest among them is really stupid about what matters since it's kept from them so all they can know about is the human stuff which doesn't really matter because it's always temporary. The Father wants ignorant little children who don't know anything, who aren't wise to the ways of man or worldly savvy, who aren't filled with the smug self-righteousness of what they think they can know and therefore control.

I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.

For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength.

The humans teach each other to excel in things that will get them what's valuable to them. They are not naturally humble, but need to feel a certain level of superiority to stay ahead of the competition and satisfy the craving in them to be good, better, righter; which is the survivalism of the egotistical component of the animal nature, filled with fear and the need to hide because of that fear. The humility that is forced, part of an act one plays because the words say it is demanded from God, is not acceptable to Him. It is a thin veneer that washes out once the screws are tightened even a little bit. The humility of a child is perfect, because it is real and cannot be a farce. The little child has not become a mature animal who has learned to be worldly savvy and hip to the manipulations of the animals to get what they need to survive. That is a genuine humility, which Jesus had.

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.

It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."

The traits of a little child are apparent; they totally trust their parents ( their only choice), they get freaked out when they are separated from them, they have the capacity to believe in things that the adults find contemptible, e.g. things they can't see with their eyes. They can imagine things being true that the mature humans could never imagine, ironically according to the adults because they are pathetically ignorant of the way things are in the big man's world. That is, ironically again, the ultimate dupe job on those who think they know everything, who look down on the ones who like little children can see another world existing that is better (living instead of dying) and truer (permanent instead of temporary) than this one. That is where the Father rules in reality, not merely within the conceptual framework of their religious institution while the actual rule is done by self-appointed humans.

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable.

God has no use for the humans and all their smug self-confidence in what they think they know, by which they justify themselves according to their own self-rightness and the purely human power to control their environment. This is merely another way of survival, in this case mental and emotional, a justification of existence and purpose. It's a component of the animal consciousness that makes the humans unable to be right before God, because it makes them unclean and undesirable, and their haughtiness about what they think they are able to know and control is grounds enough—according to the righteousness of God—that they cannot be sons. God doesn't want a bunch of rats that hiss at Him running around shitting on everything, which is what the humans always do with no regard for anything or anyone except their own plight and struggle unless that regard will actually enhance it for them.

Since everything is measured against the life of Jesus, God's sons have to come to Him under his life, because they're all measured against that which was perfectly and obedient and respectful like a good Son should be to a good Father. Since they are unwilling to be humbled that way, how do the humans think they can come in? They think they can come in to God's presence under the made up jesus god, the lie made up by other men. They then incorporate those lies into their own made up system and call that what they believe—the same as a thousand other groups do. Since he's made up, he can always change according to whatever the needs of the group are, according to their effort to survive.

Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.
Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.
I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.

John went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:

"A voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.
Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.
And all mankind will see God's salvation.' "

The proverbs speak of the real wisdom and understanding of God, apart from anything the humans think they know, or by which they think they can be saved. That real wisdom and understanding of God is what John and the other prophets had, which made him able to fulfill the words of Isaiah. God's power, as illustrated to Elijah, wasn't in the earthquakes, fire or fierce winds, but the gentle whisper, which points to John and the voice in him which quietly changed him, away from the noise and chaos of the humans, into one who could be useful to God, for His purpose, to make the Son's paths straight, to prepare his way before him for the work he was going to do.

I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John.

And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. He who has ears, let him hear.

The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.

When did the disciples understand, was it before the spirit was given, or after? After indeed, and why was the spirit given—so they could have the needs of their own ego satisfied, to become great men who possessed something special from God that they could control for their own sakes? It was so they could understand the real wisdom and understanding of God, as John and Jesus knew it, as David temporarily gave it to Solomon. Its purpose was so they could know the truth of God and be able to choose, and be comforted that a better place was being prepared for them than what they chose against. Not the wisdom of the mature, responsible humans, which is useless to God. The wisdom is truly knowing how little we understand about the things which can't be seen but matter most, and how lost we are without our true Father. It's feeling bad and wrong to be away from Him, on our own, and conversely feeling safe in His presence. It's knowing that that's the place we need and want to be, away from the chaos and lies of the humans and all of its influence on us. It's knowing this a little more, and a little more, as we understand and grow up into Him. It does not happen overnight.

Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.


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