Numbers 17-18 / Proverbs 13 / Galatians 3-4
What, then, was the purpose of the law?
The law is a metaphor that addresses the condition of the animal in its cursed state, that which is entirely devoted to its own self, plight and condition. It is a looking forward to what must happen in the body of a son if he is to move away from that former useless condition, toward a place where the Father wants him to be so he can learn a new way of being and living that will draw him closer to the Father who is separated from the humans and can have nothing to do with them in their condition. The life of freedom is a misnomer, because there really isn't any freedom in being bound to the Father and the Son, and if we think there should be we're mistaken. The life of a son of God is one that slowly takes on a discipline that he never thought he would be able to begin, not to say endure in that life.
He who scorns instruction will pay for it,
but he who respects a command is rewarded.
The commandments of the law don't stop with the law of freedom; they just become alive, binding and real. They are not human commands that the humans adhere to but issued from the Father in a supernatural way that makes sense to the particular son to whom they're being issued so that the covenant between the Father and each son is personal, and he can understand them because they're real and tailored to him and his own individual heart and life—what and who he actually is, which is complex and comprised to a large degree of what he has individually experienced, which has made him into what he has become. The existence of a living, non-generic law and set of commands—not generated or recognized by the humans at large—is what makes the experience real for the son like he never imagined it to be. It is nothing stagnant or static, but alive and able to be understood.
He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.
The animal naturally loves freedom because it lives to survive unto itself and carve its own way and be its own god and master. The Father is a strict disciplinarian of His own sons. The sons who love the way of the animal because they came from that and they still are that—defined by the nature that leads them—learn to love the discipline of the Father when they understand that it is for their good as their eyes begin to open, not their burden which is the view of the animal that just wants to always be free. The wild orphaned animal does not want to be disciplined, it wants to be free to be what it wants to be and do what it wants to do all its life, searching as it goes to get what can satisfy its great cravings and appease its great fears (totally normal for humans).
And the LORD said to Aaron, "In their land you shall have no estate, and no portion shall you have in their midst. I an your estate and you portion in the midst of the Israelites."
They shall not be normal like the common ones; as God is not normal so His own sons should be set apart from the rest of the common animals to be for a special purpose. It may seem like they're getting gypped out of having an inheritance of land like the rest of them were getting. The symbol is that they are not tied to the earth, but to God's tabernacle, where He lived amongst the people so they could tend to His needs, look out for Him, make sure His place didn't get profaned by the uncleanness of the common people who aren't allowed to come near to Him.
"Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward. "
Some are within the presence of God and some are without. That's the way it is, the way it must be because it's the way God wants it to be. Some can be brought near to God and some cannot, or they will die. Those who were brought near to God to serve Him had to be set apart from the rest and made special (clean) or they would die. Moses knew that it was a blessing to be near God, to be chosen over all the others to be close to Him and serve Him.
And Moses said to Korah, "Listen, pray, sons of Levi. Is it too little for you that 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?"
God couldn't deal with the Israelites directly or personally; He needed Moses, who had been taken by Him and consecrated by the forty years he lived with God in Midian, learning the new way that made him 'clean' so that he could come near God (a metaphorical relationship for the sons to understand). Pulled away from everything he was acquainted with, he had to completely learn another way instead of the way that was taught to him by the humans in Egypt about the ways of Egypt. God couldn't come close to the ordinary Israelites, those who hadn't been consecrated by Him. He needed an intercessor, a mediator, a shepherd of the sheep who were too far below being able to comprehend His way. Moses could speak to and be in the presence of both God and the people, and so he was useful to God. Moses had to communicate to the people what the truth of God was, because God couldn't speak directly to them. They were unclean, and if they were brought forward to be in His presence in order to hear Him, they would just be destroyed.
These things may be taken figuratively, for the women represent two covenants.
Modern human thinking, propelled by democratic notions of equality and fairness—that if God is loving He must also be fair—would ask why then God didn't just consecrate them all. But that is the mind of an animal, not God. The religious leaders of today, because they can't comprehend who God is—the world of humans was made desolate of the knowledge of God long ago and animals cannot think their way to God—just equate the two which is why they think God's love is some kind of cheap thing that anyone can have, that He doesn't care to know His sons personally, that more is better, etc. Their philosophies are based on a few verses they misconstrue to say something like His love is free, and His will is that none should perish, which produces the altar call and such other ridiculousness as though the true God would be any part of that kind of circus, and that His affection and choice is cheap, like something that isn't worth much.
The Christadelphian altar call is a little more subtle but boils down to the same thing because they like the christians adopt the philosophy that God is democratic—if you adhere to the correct facts—and humans can decide for God who is "in" and who is "out" according to whether one obeys the rules or not. It actually (not accidentally of course) moves along the lines of who looks, acts and talks like them—who is the least threatening to their way of life and the survival of their institution which is sacred to them. Each of the various religious groups takes the preserved words, using some things and omitting others according to convenience, to create their particular philosophies and the attached rules one must follow in order to be in their respective club—either you're in or you're out. Also, each of them claims to have exclusive knowledge of God's requirements; who gets into their club also gets into God's kingdom, or heaven.
The cheapness of their message comes from the animal desire to not have to suffer much and yet collect all the rewards. In that world you can eat your cake and then have it too, to eat it again another time, after you've already eaten it once and all your life you can just live like all the other common animals (have it too), while feeling that you are right because you belong to one of the clubs, obeying the rules they say are special because they're taken directly from the preserved words (eat your cake). It's a never ending well of sugarcoated lies that they love to pass out to the people, who eat them and then feel better because they trust the liars.
For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
The real world of God is the world of Jesus and the world of Moses—there is only God and His family of sons, and He chooses those sons out of the world according to His desire and for His purpose. The animals do not decide who is in God's family. The twelve disciples didn't choose Jesus, nor did Jesus choose himself. Neither did Moses choose himself, or Aaron, or the Levites over the other tribes. The problem is that because the truth of God has been away from the world of humans for so long, the humans have made up their own lies they say are truths, each to serve their own particular needs, to allay their fears and control others based on purely human abilities and strategies. The reasons are not God's, but their own, which is why they are devoid of the truth that was once in the world.
Moses, in those forty years in Midian was changed from an ordinary animal who couldn't hear the word of God directly (he only felt the pull to do something), to a son who could be brought near to God and stand in front of Him on holy ground, to hear His voice and be able to do what He wanted. When he was first driven away from Egypt he wasn't led by God's voice, but circumstances that were set up by Him to move him away from his current situation to a place where he could learn the new way. He didn't know what was happening, he just went along with what happened, as Joseph did. Then he was taught that new way for forty years until he was actually changed into one who could be that mediator between God and the people to whom God couldn't communicate directly.
...the stranger who comes near will be put to death.
The stranger God was referring to was one of the common Israelites, one who hadn't been consecrated. Whatever was consecrated by God, whatever was made holy, couldn't then be just made unholy, unconsecrated. Whatever was made holy had to be used for His purpose. Even the fire pans of the offenders, those who took part in Korah's rebellion against Moses, had to be used for the holy purpose of being useful to God. So they were hammered out and made into altar plating, not just as a reminder and warning to the Israelites, but also because they were made holy, and could not just become common all of a sudden. All those whom God recognized by His mark on/in them were able to come close to Him, where He lived and made Himself known to those who had been consecrated. All those who didn't have that mark were destroyed if they came near.
That's the current state of the humans on the earth now, where everything is just all common because the knowledge of Him has been away from it for a long time. He has been with the Son, enjoying the family the he gave to the Father and the guarantee they would be remembered. To just be with Jesus and enjoy His family without the chaos of the animals running amuck all the time, just a short time of peace between Father and Son before the third time He comes to make His truth and desire known in the world if that is what will happen. The first was Moses and the Israelites, which lasted a while, then there was a long silence before the second time. The second was the Son and the new sons of Israel (12 disciples), which lasted for a time then there was another long silence when His voice has been absent from the earth (since the whore of babylon set up her power and had all her babies).
The mark of the name of God versus the mark of the beast is an interesting consideration. The beast is an animal going all the way back to the garden (serpent, snake, beast), but it is also the number of the name of man, meaning the mark of the animal, the beast, is the same number as the mark of the humans, so the humans are equal to animals, since they all have the same mark on them. They are strangers who aren't recognize by God. They aren't consecrated because they are unclean, common animals. And the mark they have is not accidentally associated with commerce—buying and selling—which is what the humans love and revere, respect and honor instead of God. Money is what keeps them safe and gives them value. It's what Solomon learned to love instead of God (his precious 666 talents of gold that he collected each year).
You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.
The mark of the son looks invisible to the world of animals and can only be recognized by another son, because he has eyes to see what the animals cannot. When one has it, he knows he does, and he knows what it is and what it looks and feels like. Before that, it's all just a big confusing mystery, with no guarantee of anything—maybe just the ongoing hope of something more than what is being presented to him, what the humans seem all to eager to be satisfied with. That recognition of one son "seeing" the life in another, along with the truest understanding in his heart of what he has been given by God, will lead to him regarding those much differently than he regards the common animals, incrementally as the animal nature is being removed from him. It's the same way Jesus loved the disciples. They were made clean (consecrated) by the word Jesus spoke to them, which was the Father's word, the truth which was able to make them holy.
They are not of the world (not common humans, unclean animals), even as I am not of it.
Jesus was praying that the men would be set apart from the common animals, like the Levites who were set apart from the rest. But it wasn't for their own sakes, although as we heard from Moses it was a blessed position to be in because they were nearer to God than all the others. But their purpose was to take care of God, to do His work, to accomplish His will on the earth just as Moses was set apart for a long time to gain the ability, through being consecrated, to do the work God desired to be done, for His sake. And the Levites were set apart from all the rest to be for God's service, to tend to His needs, to keeps things the way He wanted them kept. The humans on their own, according to what's in them to make them what they are, would not do that.
Being near God is serving Him by being able to know, understand and take part in His great love from Him to His family, and then back again to Him. That is His will, which is done in heaven—the spiritual world invisible to the common animals—even now. The Father loves and enjoys the Son, but the family is not complete yet.
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:
"The deliverer will come from Zion;
he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.
All Israel being saved is God's will being done, having in His world what Israel was only a copy of in the natural world—a family of sons, an entire nation of sons who all love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength, and who also love their brothers as much as they love themselves. Meaning they're not just common animals, rather each one has been made clean and holy, consecrated to God for His purpose (opposite of the animals, who can only love themselves more because of the nature they love and want to preserve).
The Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother. For it is written:
"Be glad, O barren woman,
who bears no children;
Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. At that time the son born in the ordinary way persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now. But what does the Scripture say? "Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman's son." Therefore, brothers, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.