April 17th.

Numbers 36 / Proverbs 27 / John 9-10

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For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.

It is a judgment on the world and the way that it is, and the judgment that is pronounced is that the way of God was the opposite of the way of the world of the humans. Having compassion and mercy on those who were considered "sinners," so much so that those who were privileged were able to turn away from their need to satisfy themselves even more, widening the gap between them and those whom God had charged the same leaders with caring for, since they were sons of Abraham too.

You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!" And they threw him out.

It's easier to neglect someone if you think they are the way they are because they were sinful, and so cursed by God for their sin by being crippled or poor. The reason that's perverted is because the implication is that to be healthy and wealthy and receive honor from the humans is a great and blessed thing, something God has actually arranged for those who have it. The most overlooked commands were being merciful to the helpless because they are the most convenient to overlook. It costs too much to have to do that in a genuine way if you're totally geared up on your own survival all the time. One doesn't want to feel like they're slipping backwards down the hill they've been climbing all their life, which is what caring for the helpless is like for those who are climbing the hill of survival, piling up their little hills of money for themselves to make them feel safer.

If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.

The reality of it all is that it actually means nothing, but the smokescreen of the animal nature creates the lie and the humans perpetuate it—that it does mean so much that the humans put so much effort into creating their realities, as if they think are going to make them live forever. But shortly after they've spent their life working and scraping, working and building then all of a sudden they just die and then that's it. Yet they all run around protecting their little empires that are so precious and valuable to them as though the reality of their inevitable demise were not true and they would be able to take the little fortunes they've amassed for themselves into the grave with them.

I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

One big and actual difference between the the false sons and the real Son was that Jesus felt taken care of by the Father, whereas the humans do not. That is the reason they are compelled to be engaged in their constant struggle to survive, all the while believing whatever lie sounds best to them, what is easiest to incorporate into their situation and what plays best into their struggle to survive better.

The miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one.

The Son knew the Father because the life of the Father (the spirit, as NT writers termed it) lived inside the Son's heart to tell him plainly (albeit supernaturally and miraculously) that he belonged to the Father. The Father taught the Son and lived with him, so the Son knew the Father. They were always together, which is why it was such a traumatic thing for him to be separated from the Father on the cross, when the world went dark. He knew that what the humans always consider so valuable (whatever helps them survive better because it makes them feel safer) means nothing to a son of God. For Jesus, feeling safe came not from getting, having and especially owning things, tangible (material wealth) and intangible (respect and honor), and surrounding himself with as much of them and the other things the humans heap up (family) around themselves as he possibly could.

Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man who strays from his home.

Jesus felt safe and secure by knowing that the Father was in him and that he was in the Father. His safety and security came from feeling close to the Father, staying especially near Him and not straying away from his true home. The proverbs writer may have been thinking about a wayward man involved in an adulterous affair, therefore neglecting his true family; but the Son knew that it was about and for himself, so that the words would be preserved for the greater Son of David to realize about himself and his secret position that the humans had no way of recognizing. What he said about himself came from the Father telling him about himself, and it made the humans exasperatingly angry, furious that it wasn't them and eh didn't pander to their craving to be worshipped themselves, what all humans love and want for themselves (usually hidden behind "good" intentions).

Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.

There are so many things that can be clomped onto in the natural material world, several around every corner one turns. There are worries and anxieties about this or that happening or not happening, and there are cravings about this or that indulgence that need to be fulfilled because they make us feel safe, but only in a temporary way. That's why when a man "cleans" his house by denying one of them, then that goes away and gets 7 more powerful "evil spirits (whatever the animal is craving, or about which it's lacking an agreement that it must have)" and they come and make their home in the man.

If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

Contrasted with that is the son who is at peace, but only because he feels close to the Father. The worries and anxieties of the animal existence with its constant pull toward the same propensity of surviving better is far from the son because he is close to the Father and that's all that matters. This is difficult to even write about because natural words are constrained by natural limitations, lacking since they're for natural animals who can understand what their message is when they're strung together just so. The life that the Father had with the Son was in itself transforming because the Son learned what feeling safe really meant, so much so that the things the humans are naturally geared toward loving because they provide a feeling of safety and security were far from him. Once he felt the safety and security of the Father's life inside him, then the allure of the things that the humans love looked dull and lifeless, because it is.

 

"Is it not written in your Law, 'I have said you are gods' ? If he called them 'gods,' to whom the word of God came—and the Scripture cannot be broken—what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, 'I am God's Son'? Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does. But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father." Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.

He conformed to the Father's will which allowed the Father to live in him, because he wasn't being led by the animal and defiling himself, so he was in effect being clean. By having the life of the Father alive within him everything natural about him was also clean and consecrated, even the saliva that came out of his mouth was consecrated by that life, after the model set forth by God with the Levites and the things that had to be consecrated to come into the Tabernacle to be near where God was in the middle of their camp. When Jesus the true and complete Levite mixed the consecrated saliva with the earth, the mud became consecrated and able to heal the man on whose eyes it was smeared. It's similar to the woman who reached out and touched the garment he was wearing, which was consecrated by the life of the Father so that power actually went out from him to her, to heal her.

As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.

The folly of the writer's fool is the nature of the human animal that doesn't want to seek to find or know the truth about God. It is content with living and dying as a common animal, yet expecting to get something from God because he deserves it because of some reason of privilege that the animal tells him he must have because he's so inherently valuable. However, only he feels that way about himself, and it's not an accident that each of the other animals feels the same way too, about their own selves, dilemma and existence.

What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight.

The animals are separated from God and cannot just come into His house so they remain strangers. Does any father want sons who are strangers to him? The Son knew that only the Father could give him what was truly valuable—position as head of the true family, identity as the only true (begotten) Son of God, wealth that does not go away, permanent and lasting security that death could not touch, and a faithful bride who would love him perfectly—according not to the humans' value, but the Father's.

Though you grind a fool in a mortar, grinding him like grain with a pestle, you will not remove his folly from him.

The animal nature is such a part of the fiber and fabric of the human consciousness that it is the human consciousness. The human and the animal were bonded together when they trusted the snake more than God, who wanted to be their Father. Jesus' work was to undo that relationship for those who were chosen to be like what Adam was made to be—true sons of God amongst a bunch of animals that surrounded them. What the writer doesn't realize when he's writing these proverbs, so long after the breach and so long before its repair, is that the fool's folly is prophesy about the animal nature in the humans, just as his "Wisdom and Understanding" is prophesy about the invisible life of God in a human (the spirit), the truth about His way versus the animal way, which can only be known by the man if that relationship exists in him.

One of the biggest pieces of misinformation is what the sinful nature isn't, and the conclusion, not knowing what it is, that we can just divorce ourselves from it and it will not be there. That is what the religious community assumes, because they don't have truth about what sin or the sinful nature (the devil) actually is. Even the ones who sort of know think it isn't what it is and it is what it isn't, so they have no idea that when they assume they're clean because they know some things that others don't know, they aren't close to being clean because merely possessing information cannot do that great miracle of creating a son out of what was once a mere animal.

You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

Jesus told the disciples that they were clean by the word that was spoken to them. He's not talking about the words written in a book. He was talking, specifically to them, about the living word that came out of his mouth because of the life of the Father in him, which declared to them what the Father's intention was for them. It was the Father's word that made them clean, because they had been chosen to hear the word, which Jesus was familiar with, and therefore he knew specifically whom the Father had chosen to be able to hear His voice, as he heard it.

It is written in the Prophets: 'They will all be taught by God.' Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.

It wasn't an arbitrary or generic issuance, but for specific men who were destined to become clean by the life of the Father and the Son living inside them, as the Father was living in the Son while he was in his human body. That is the only thing that can make an animal clean; without that, the animal remains an animal, destined only to remain bound to the earth and tied to the grave. With that life, the animal becomes redeemable, but only because of the life of the Father living in him.

"Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good—except God alone."

When Jesus asked the man this he did it because the man knew there was something good about him, but didn't know why, and he tried to get an agreement with Jesus by schmoozing him with kudos instead of recognizing God—the only reason Jesus was good. The thing that was good about Jesus was the life of the Father who lived in his body. It is the reason he did miracles—he didn't do the miracles; they were done by the Father who lived in his body and became one with him there, although He was invisible to the humans so they thought Jesus did the miracles, or had knowledge that no one else possessed. It's also what those who miss the point and purpose of the Son think, because they made him into a god—that the real and only living God just sat back and waited for him in heaven while the other 2 gods—the son god and the holy spirit god came down from heaven to perform this arbitrary act of dying for everyone's sins.

One point of Jesus' life and work is about restoring what Adam broke and did by conspiring with the animal against the Father, by not conspiring with it, by denying it the right to rule him and convince him that the lie was real. The good news and truth about Jesus is that he didn't do what Adam did do, and everything should be considered through that lens—including why God wanted it, what the sons' (who are the purpose of God) purpose and responsibility might be, what Jesus' work is and what form he takes now (as the indwelling spirit), what the purpose of everything might be, etc.

The Genesis story is coupled with the temptation story as representations of the point and purpose of Jesus, an overall encapsulation of righting the wrong of Adam, not by arbitrarily becoming some symbolic sacrifice that isn't rooted in things we can understand so we live and talk only in metaphors that other people in our religious club have also learned. It's the animal nature that is specifically pinpointed and revealed as the enemy in the temptation, that which Jesus turned away from, so he could turn toward the Father, who is the only truth in the world of lies (what the humans think is the only reality and truth). It was the animal that was tempting him, because of his human origins (the animal mother Mary). His other source of origin, the life of the Father, living in him, was the thing that made him good, and able to undo what Adam had done i.e., "Jesus was the firstborn of many brothers." But obviously the life of God had to battle against that other alluring force, which he could have chosen. He had to choose which way to go, which spirit to be led and ruled by, which is what all of God's sons have to do.

He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who looks after his master will be honored.

The fact that he chose to be led by the life of God in him, to "look after his master" instead of himself (being led by the animal, as all the humans are) is the reason he was spotless and blameless when no other human could ever be—the perfect Lamb (who takes away the sin of the world that lives in the sons and replaces it with the goodness of the life of the Father which can make them spotless too)—because he didn't allow that other force to rule him. It's important to know that being led by the animal nature is the thing that makes us unclean; the presence of the animal is important in that it rules us instead of God, which the Father hates.

In His world, in heaven, God's will is done—everything is subject to His rule. Not so in the world, where all the animals are ruled by the nature of the animal since Adam, so that they're all unclean, much to the dismay of the religious communities who think that the sinful nature can just be dismissed out of them by the power of their minds to think it away by knowing the correct facts (even though they don't). That's why they're so impotent and without any real truth, (like the prophets of Baal were) because they have no idea what they're talking about. That only comes from God, to whomever He decides to make it known, to be His sheep. Their gods are made up, like the idols carved out of wood and stone represented all the made up gods while the true God was far from them.

The miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one.

Once it is known, the reason for our choosing should be plugged into that other equation of Jesus righting the wrong of Adam, so that the sons of God wouldn't have to be ruled by the animal nature, and could instead be ruled by the life of the Father and the Son living in us. The reason that's important is so we can actually begin to know Him, then we can also begin to know and understand His love, and begin to be able to love as commanded by Jesus. Otherwise, as the animals we naturally are because of the curse, we'd only ever be able to truly and genuinely love ourselves, which is the curse. We cannot know our Father until we're around Him, and we cannot be around Him until we've been made clean, and we cannot be clean until we're not being led by the animal nature, and we cannot be not led by it until it has been purged from us, and it cannot be purged from us until we're systematically choosing to not be led by it so that the life of the only One who ever did completely deny it can be living in us to bring us near to the Father.

Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind."

Those who were given "eyes to see" were the ones who didn't know, who didn't presume to make themselves haughty and arrogant by propping themselves up as leaders, to say they have the truth when they don't, who use their earthly power to keep it hidden and keep the lies working for themselves while they took advantage of the poor and needy. Those who claimed to see, yet refused to comprehend God's intentions in the scriptures they assumed they could own and control, those who assumed they could control God—they are the ones He desired to make blind, an ironic reversal of the situation.

Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, "What? Are we blind too?" Jesus said, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.

We will have the same kind of men around us too, accusing us of every kind of evil while they ironically do the very thing they want us not to do. They use the scriptures to make a rule book for their club that their members must adhere to or they'll simply get kicked out of the club, which is normal animal behavior—to eliminate any threat to the herd, or even what's uncomfortable. It's what all groups of animals do because they're programmed that way, to attempt to stave off the fear of being eliminated. As we get more mature, even each day, we can start to see how everything relates to the animal nature and why things happened, why people act like they do.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (life that is truly life). "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

That nature, metaphorically described as the thief and the hired hand, is what the animal naturally does, stealing what it doesn't have or working for money, all to the end that it can survive a little longer. The Lord is talking about those whom he knew had been chosen to be the Father's sons, His possessions, that which He wanted Jesus to keep safe for Him. In that sense the hired hand is no better or worse than the thief, because they both represent the animal nature in that they only care to take or get for themselves, and the welfare of the sheep is limited in comparison to what they know they need to do to survive themselves. The sheep are valuable to them as long as they can benefit them, but when the wolf threatens their life they just abandon the sheep. Jesus is the true leader of God's people, because he truly saved the real family, not according to the humans.

The Jews had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Christ would be put out of the synagogue.

The Pharisees didn't give a rat's ass about the poor people, the widows, orphans or foreigners—nor especially those who had been chosen by the Father to become His flock. They were demonstrating the animal nature perfectly in everything they did. Jesus was seen by them as an obvious threat to what they had, everything that allowed them to survive in as lavish a way as they felt privileged to enjoy. They like all animals could only care about preserving their own power structure so that they could maintain their ability to survive, in as extreme a way as they could get away with. It's all perfectly explainable by the animal nature, and why they put his followers out of the synagogue, which they controlled. It especially explains why they felt they needed to eliminate the threat to all that they had by killing him.

Jesus on the other hand continually spoke against the animal nature because it was his very work and purpose to destroy it, which he finally did when he became it, when he was made into the serpent and lifted up onto the pole. He could see what nobody else could see, that all of the humans were ruled by it, that it was the sinful nature which kept the sons unclean and away from the truth of who God was and what He wanted—not a bunch of unclean animals but a family of sons, all cleaned by the blood of the One perfect Lamb who could be that because he denied the animal's rule in his life. And he could have only done that by the living word, God as the spirit who inhabited his body, who taught him right from wrong as the 180 degree opposite to the way the animal taught all the others.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners (animals), Christ died for us.

In this sense he knew who the sheep were, and that they were infinitely valuable to the Father, so he denied that impulse to survive, which rules the humans as animals, and instead laid down his life for them—the total opposite of what the animals do, which is to be driven by that overpowering need to survive—that spirit—at the expense of the others, especially those who aren't even one's own flesh and blood, or those considered to be "good."

I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.

The "sinners," the enemies of the people (tax collectors), prostitutes and those whom the leaders considered unredeemable were the very ones that God chose to redeem, which is the perfectly ironic twist to the story of presumptive humanity versus redeemable sons. Everything's backward as far as what God values versus what the humans value, which runs through and through the scriptures, yet unless you are given the key to understand what they mean, you simply cannot. It's not that it's difficult to, but it's impossible to, signified by all of the people who claim to have the truth, but cannot understand even the simplest thing about it, and those who do are also confounded by the animal that still rules them despite their knowledge.

I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.

All of this is to simply show, not that we are right and they are wrong, but that it doesn't matter who you are or what you know and assume you can control. If you don't have the key you just can't open the door, and it's not a matter of figuring it out then you get the key. All it means is that the animals are unclean and the sons are clean, and that is the Father's intention. He decides who gets the key and who doesn't, and it's not by merit or anything about being good enough in human standards, and definitely not by being validated by "experts," whom themselves do not know. It's about who God wants to live with forever, so of course it makes sense that it would be up to Him to choose who that will be. There's nothing good inside any of the animals that would allow them to attain to that, and especially to be able to decide who else can or cannot, because they as common animals are unclean. They will only be able to do what animals do, which is survive the best they can, and they find many ways to do it.

Since we (the sons) have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath (redeemed from the grave) through him! For if, when we were God's enemies (mere men), we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son (that is, given the seal and guarantee that we would be redeemed), how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved (raised) through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation (the deposit that guarantees what is to come).

Therefore, just as sin (the animal nature) entered the world through one man (because of his conspiracy with the animal against his Father), and death through sin (all animals just go into the ground and are forgotten), and in this way death came to all men (all the humans were made unclean animals), because all sinned (everyone is born with that nature)—for before the law was given, sin was in the world (Genesis 3).

 

Then they hurled insults at him and said, "You are this fellow's disciple! We are disciples of Moses! We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don't even know where he comes from."

 

When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.

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