March 27th.

Numbers 8-9 / Proverbs 5 / Luke 19

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And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "Take the Levites from the midst of the Israelites and purify them."

And the Father speaks to the Son, saying, "Take the sons from the midst of the humans and purify them."

The purification of the Levites is a copy of what God is doing to the hearts of His own sons who are set apart from the rest to come close to Him and like good sons do the Father's work, which is to say His will, which means accomplishing His purpose by listening and hearing and being conformed to another way than that of a common animal that lives and dies unto itself. The son of God lives out his life for his brothers' sake, who are separated for the Father's sake, in the secret places where the new covenant is written with invisible ink, to confirm the invisible relationship as hidden sons to their hidden Father. That secret, hidden place is where the Father lives, with the Son, to teach those chosen to be Levites the new way of the son and to turn them away from the old way of the animal.

One of you will say to me: "Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?" But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, `Why did you make me like this?' " Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?

Without that deliberate and observable (yet only to the ones to whom it's being done) act on the part of God of giving new eyes and ears which can see and hear what we couldn't before, it would just remain all abstract and conceptual, like a fairy tale we don't believe but we say we do because we think that makes God happy. We would merely remain unable to comprehend like the rest of the animals who live out their lives, driven like all the rest to just be what they were meant to be i.e., a stork does what a stork does, a bear does what a bear does and a human does what a human does, mainly because of the instincts that drive them to be whatever they are, which is a phenomenon that is observable in the natural creation.

We're also able to see, because of what is deliberately done for us, that the animal nature still very much lives in our hearts, as close to us as our own thoughts (as the temptation illustrates). Since we are being given the mind of the Christ we're actually able to understand the reason that account is preserved for us. It's the reality for all the sons to know and understand the nature of the evil that's in us, always trying to oppose what's now happening and the Father's intention for us—that we might turn away from the animal nature and the world we've been pulled from (Egypt) and learn to not look back to it to find our enjoyment, satisfaction and fulfillment, which acts to continue to define us as mere animals. That we might know another way to be fulfilled and satisfied by perceiving how much our Father loves us and is willing to tell us. In order to perceive that, though, we have to turn away from the lies of the animal, that it can give us what we need to be satisfied and fulfilled—that there is any way at all to gain that except by remaining in the love of the Father as Jesus did.

"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love."

It's difficult because the animal way is so easy and tangible, just as what it proposed to Jesus was the easy way, and entirely possible for him to grab at the time (satisfy his cravings, prove to himself and the humans that he indeed was the Son of God, reaching out and grabbing human honor, respect and whatever else he wanted from them). He easily could have gotten by his own hand what the animal was offering to him. Our little daily decisions that we make about which way to go are small compared to what the Lord faced, as he thought to himself all of the things he could have had at that moment, knowing he was the Son of God. Nevertheless they are as true for us as they were for him—genuinely hard—the same process as our own thoughts, our own considerations about what to do and which way to go, knowing what God wants from us versus what we want to do. The record of what Jesus faced says a lot to us about believing what God has told us instead of needing it to be proven over and over to us all the time because of our unbelief. He thought to himself, "My Father told me I was the son of God, but how can I know for sure.." So he began thinking things like, "If you are the Son of God, do this..."

If you think Jesus was some god before he was born, then there's no point in even reading it, as its purpose is completely moot and lost, as is the purpose of his life and the reason the Father loved him. In this capacity everything about the OT pointing to him, and everything written down about him, as well as the things written by his followers, is totally useless if one ignores the fact that he is the model for the sons, because he is the fist One, and the savior of all the rest—the reason he was born as one of us instead of like God (as a god). The things he said to his 12 disciples when he was in his human body are preserved for our benefit, not just some amusing things that are arbitrary to our entire experience. In the same way that he didn't spend all his time with everyone, and knew that his purpose was to convince only 12 men about God, he's now not speaking to the whole world; only the few that the Father desires to come to him, to save out of the world for His sake, to be in His family. To recognize and comprehend not a watered-down love, but His great love for those whom He desires to live with forever.

The evil consciousness of the lying animal, which was allowed to tempt him is also in us, and it's allowed to tempt us too. Constantly telling us that the life isn't real because we can't see it, or because other people can't. No student is above his master, nor are we exempt from a life of suffering as our identities as humans are taken away. When we understand the truth, we understand the process to be the same for us as it was for the Lord—however diminished the intensity and ramifications for us, compared to what he faced and what he was asked to do. We can then begin to understand something personally important about his experience, which is the reason some details about it were preserved for us.

Not that we understand its meaning so we can feel educated, knowledgeable, or right (satisfaction of human cravings); but that we see what the battle is like, what the life of the son is like, and so we can know the truth so we can be freed from the lies. Freed from remaining duped and unclean, unable to see what is there versus what is only ever temporarily there. Freed from being totally incapable of ever knowing the love that the Father has for the Son, and how He is extending that love to us for His sake as well as ours—that He might have a family of sons who have been individually and collectively purified by the required process, all the way through to most secret parts of their lives, so that He can love and enjoy them. We will certainly reap the benefits of that relationship, but it doesn't come without the cost of what we are willing to become in order to realize it. That we are for His purpose and enjoyment (the new way, of the Father and the Son) and not our own (the old way, of the animal). That becomes the definition of justice and equality for all of the true sons of God, as well as their identity.

You are not your own; you were bought at a price.

And you shall divide the Levites from the Israelites and they shall be Levites to me.

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

 

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