April 2nd.

Numbers 16 / Proverbs 12 / Galatians 1-2

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And Moses said, "By this shall you know that the Lord has sent me to do all these deeds, that it was not from my own heart.

I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.

The difference between someone who wants to be something, or thinks they deserve to be something based on some human factor, and the one who was personally picked by God to be who He made him, was at times immediately made known to the community of Israelites—instant justice for the one who opposed God. It was also easy to tell who was one of God's people or not by whether they were a Jew or not, natural or assimilated, circumcised or not—by the outward things that the humans could easily observe.

The God of Israel divided you from the community of Israel to bring you close to Him to do the work of the LORD's Tabernacle, to stand before the community to serve them. And He brought you close, and all your brothers the sons of Levi with you.

The Son of God instituted another way of being righteous before God—redeemable because one has been made clean from the dirtiness of that which naturally infests the humans—by setting different requirements about judgment and salvation and saying that God's judgment wouldn't necessarily be instantaneous or visible in the natural but in another sphere and time, because God Himself is not about or in the natural but totally removed from it. In the natural sense His judgment about who was right and wrong would not necessarily be an observable phenomenon e.g., even the outward miracles that Jesus did looked like they could have been coincidental, hence the unbelief. From the time of Jesus and John onward, no longer would a son of God be acceptable by his outward appearance in the same way that the temple wouldn't be a man made structure. In the same way Jesus was not acceptable because his outward appearance made him look like anything but who he was except to a tiny handful who could see what the humans at large couldn't, because the true salvation of God is not for the humans at large and God gave those who could see that Jesus was who he claimed to be that particular ability to see. From that time on, outwardly the sons of God would grow up in the same field as the ones who had no regard for God, and by all outward appearances they would look the same.

The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

The owner's servants came to him and said, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?' 'An enemy did this,' he replied. The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?'

'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.'

The sons are virtually indistinguishable from the mere men, physically speaking. The only way they are recognized is by those who have been given the ability to see what God specially wants them to see. God desires it to be this way, and Jesus reaffirms that desire of God with this parable. It's important for us to understand and accept this because if we don't then we'll be fighting the wind, trying to accomplish what the humans think they can accomplish. The sons will make mistakes when they're young because of the ignorance of youth, of only knowing the way of the animal, which is that God cares about what the humans care about—that which is on the outside—and doesn't care about the secret places of the heart (because the humans really don't). When we grow up and begin to take on the maturity of the son, then that same nature will also begin to set us free from all the indulgences, compulsions and lies that before were so hidden that we weren't even aware they existed as that which defined us as what and who we were.

The self-appointed leaders wrongly assume they have God's authority as though it was just up for grabs to whomever wanted it. In reality they have no more importance with God's purpose than the residing grand poobah of the local elk's club. They're just someone in a club the humans have formed, not recognized by God or put there by Him, and it is that way because the humans don't decide that they will become part of God's purpose since they can't see what it is or be able to know it. They cannot see that the reality of Jesus' identity was actually hidden to the world, that his appearance made him seem like one thing when he was actually another. His identity to the only ones who mattered—those who could see by the power of it being revealed to them—was something extraordinarily different than what the humans saw, which indicates God's desire from that point forward to make His truth secret. So the leaders today, who claim the jesus god as their master, savior and teacher, have no idea who Jesus the Son of the only God actually was or even what he did. And it's not as though something is wrong; everything's as God wants it—secret and hidden from them, and only revealed to the few He wants to reveal it to. The irony of God will one day be known to all; for now it remains hidden with His truth. However, it's not as if He hasn't revealed the truth about it already. The humans just want to live out their lives like good animals are driven by instinct to, so they're just given over to it.

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's not something we need to prove, because what is happening now did not come about by our will or effort, or anything within us that was good enough that we're aware of. We don't know how God chooses, although a desire to find and know the truth and not accept the lies of the humans has always been something that God has made clear He seeks to find in someone who would want to please Him. I regret and am guilty of trying to prove a lot of things to get some validation from the humans; it's a natural response of the animal to crave that kind of validation, and an extremely powerful drive.

I didn't do anything to deserve to be chosen to know what is true, and forgetting this sometimes causes me to be swept away in that craving to find that validation. This dereliction comes from the place already mentioned—ignorance of the way of God and reliance on the way of the animal, needing to constantly have my life validated by other men, and therefore to "feel" like I'm right with God by what I can observe on the outside, namely other people knowing what I know so I can "feel" justified and valued, as though my external life has some tangible value and direction.

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.
Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself, but the heart of fools blurts out folly.


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