May 2nd.

Deuteronomy 19 / Ecclesiastes 11 / Acts 10

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As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother's womb,
so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.

You should not be surprised at my saying, `You must be born again.' The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.

I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.

As human animals we always have so many preconceived notions about how we think God works, or will work based on how we think we understand how He has worked. That's what He hates, because it is the fear of the animal nature that makes the humans do that, finding an agreement within themselves by thinking they've got a hold and a bead on God—what He does, will do, and requires from one who would be right with Him. The most ingenious way to be about the Father is the way that the humans don't want to be; that's how we can find out how we should be, because He is the opposite of how the humans expect Him to be and act. He is unexpected and ironic, surprising and likes to confound the humans who think they have Him in the bag. It's a hard thing to consider because it cuts right into what makes us feel safe and secure, where we usually manufacture our security—in our mind and heart, creating the agreement that gives us that feeling. Knowing how distasteful and repelling we naturally are to God is the beginning of a humility that He actually likes to see, which is the thing we least want/like/are willing to be, what we're most inclined to be, what we are in our natural state.

If we're looking for some kind of formula from the preserved words on what to do and not do, be and not be, act and not act, then we won't find it if we're only looking there. That is the mistake of those who claim to know the way to God, who claim to be experts because they know the words so well. However, they don't know themselves, because they think they're inherently good according to God—not evil and repulsive, which is actually how they are to Him in their natural state. The formula must be found within what the preserved words say about the nature that's inherent to the humans, what can be observed about how they actually are. However, what's in them is insidious because not only are they inherently evil and repulsive, but they need to constantly hide from being found out too, which adds to the confusion. A simple approach might be to say whatever I naturally feel like doing, however I feel like reacting is what God hates, so don't do that so that I can learn the better way to be and act, which He will teach me if I'm chosen to be able to know and understand the Teacher's voice.

What Jesus, who did hear the voice of the Teacher, relayed to those who were given ears to hear him, was just that. He spoke against what the humans had naturally evolved into, according to what was in them regarding God. What's in the humans isn't good, which is seen in the many accounts of how God's people went against Him, not for Him. It's not built into the heart of man to know or even want to know God, and especially not to serve Him or be devoted to Him above everything else. The humans are tied and bound to the natural creation and the creatures in it, in very real and concrete ways, yet they hide from that reality by feeling so superior to everything else, as though they were each little gods who are only able to serve and worship the temple of their own insignificant little bodies—their own needs & cravings satisfied and their own fears appeased all the time by whatever they can do to effect it. That is the natural state of man according to God, and their natural assumption that they're inherently good is part of the same process.

The humans naturally don't want to believe what they can't see, hear or feel as per their own reality, so they naturally find it more palatable to find their belief in God by surrounding themselves with others who feel the same way. Performing acts that would seem to be pleasing to God in front of other humans does nothing for God, because the validation only He can give is then totally skirted by getting it from whatever humans are around you. What you do before men does not matter to God. That is why Jesus said not to pray before them, but to go into the closet and pray where no man would ever see you and notice you. It is not just some ideal that Jesus put forth that we are called only to generally heed, but the demand of God on the heart of a son of His:

Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

The thing that matters to God is how we feel toward Him inside, where no one else can see. He is the rewarder of those who seek Him with a pure heart—so what does that mean? Pure means without the stain of the repelling and irritating evil living in it, the little bit of yeast that grows and makes what might otherwise be pure impure, with all the other motives the humans gather into themselves, than to only seek Him. No other strings attached to the actions, even subtle and seemingly harmless. That is what Jesus was saying to his 12 about watching out for the yeast of the pharisees. They "worshipped" God out loud, in the midst of all the people, where everyone could see them, so that their egos would be fattened by this act of "worship."

They are an example to show us exactly what we actually are, yet how many times have we read the stories of the good guy (Jesus) versus the bad guys (Jewish leaders), and thought what a horrendous bunch of evil morons they are—I'm so glad I'm not like those guys. The funny thing is that we are exactly like those guys. What we never think is that that is what we are in our natural state, and it ironically is that same state and nature that creates the good guy/bad guy scenario so we can hide what we are by projecting it onto the "bad guys." It's easy to fall into that trap because the old man is always right there, waiting, wanting and desperately needing to be glorified while it needs just as desperately to hide what it is in its basest identity, from which everything else flows.

We say to ourselves that as long as we are not blatant like those pharisees then we're okay. We were raised and nurtured and held and taught by this very same nature that feeds and develops according to the culture and wisdom of the world, which only knows the way of self-preservation, which makes them unclean therefore it is the opposite of what God desires to see in His own sons. The most fundamental way of accomplishing this—becoming a son of God, with whom the Father is pleased—is to become un human, not physically but according to the nature that leads, rules, drives that one, instead of what was in him before God called him to reveal the truth about Himself (that He is the son's true Father).

The system of ecclesial exhortations and church preaching is set up to nurture that, and though it's subtle it's more about the speaker's need to be accepted (ego survival) than about exhorting the ecclesia, or "teaching." The animal needs that kind of acceptance—it is how he survives and continues to thrive in the humans. It is impossible for a man to dodge it, since it's so thoroughly a part of him and who he is. The way the humans hide is by arguing that because the content or the motivation is "correct" (doing their gods' work), then they must be right in doing it, in continuing this practice of self-worship.

Because of the old man's rule, the humans are compelled to worship other men based on their external worth. They look up to the ones who have more money or more knowledge or more worldly savvy; even though they say that they don't love and worship money (the easy thing to believe in), and maybe have even convinced themselves to think they don't. Then they look around and say to themselves that if everyone else is doing it then it must be okay, and they can't help it because that is the only thing they know.

That it is the old man, that wily old devil, the hypocrite setting himself up against God and making, keeping the human a child of his with all the secret ways and agendas they cannot help. He is subtle and crafty and able to deceive to think one thing when actually the opposite is true. That is why he is able to deceive even the elect, who subtly get led astray by his schemes of self-worship, the worship of others, and the worship of wealth.


When the LORD your God cuts off the nations whose land the LORD your God is about to give you and you dispossess them and dwell in their towns and in their houses...and you shall root out the evil from your midst.

Rooting the animal nature out of us, dispossessing it from the relationship between the son and the Father, is what the Lord's work is now for the sons. The land is the reward, the relationship we will have with Him where we get to know Him and know, take on and grow into His love for us. It's what He promised to Abraham, that He would be his reward—a spiritual relationship not just a piece of the earth.

The actual life is not earthly, temporal or physical—a thing we can own and possess like land. It is being able to appreciate the salvation He has provided in Jesus because we are personally, spiritually taught what is valuable and not, as should be expected from a good Father toward His son. The enormity of the work that Jesus did in denying the animal cannot be understood except as a product of this spiritual relationship the son has with the Father. The purging of the unclean animal (rooting out the evil) is a process that produces varied results, all for the Father's purpose. One of the big ones is the enhancement of that relationship because of the unclean being a little more gone from us, so that we can move a little closer to our Father (the unclean things cannot be in His house because they pollute it).

Banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body, for youth and vigor are meaningless.

None of the things that the humans wish for and hold up as good are any good at all, because they all have the same end, and ultimately have the same value—temporality leading to nothingness. In the sense that nobody seems to understand this, although it's obviously true, it certainly looks like wisdom, like knowing something that's hidden. The way it's hidden is ingenious: all of the lies in the world about heaven and paradise, that everyone's going there and God loves everybody, etc. All the made-up lies, promulgated and maintained by mush-mouthed liars, keep the lie alive and the wisdom hidden from the mere men. The sons must sift through all the bullshit lies that the so-called teachers project like bloated gasbags who assume they can control God. He obviously hates it when His own sons are influenced by them. Have a backbone and believe and run after what's inside your heart, but which none of the humans are going to validate in you. The call of the FAther to His own sons is hidden and secret amongst all the humans and their endless streams of garbage they call the truth.

Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap. As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.

You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.' The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.

It's funny because right before Jesus said this, Nicodemus mentions entering into his mother's womb. Jesus, knowing what the OT scriptures actually said, plays on the so-called teacher's comment with the other thing Solomon mentions in the same verse, and then uses that to explain the kingdom in parable form, using the very thing Nicodemus thought would make him righteous—knowing what the scriptures said, thinking that God could be controlled, that His will could be decided by what the humans told him he had mastered.

"You are Israel's teacher," said Jesus, "and do you not understand these things?"

What the Jewish leaders and teachers thought they had and controlled is not different than the leaders of the various religious groups that exist today who think that they know the way to God because they read it in the preserved words. They think they have established that they know the way and by outward means—what the humans can observe with their natural faculties—they convince many that they are correct because they're "experts" (good salesmen). It's another irony in how they've taken the truth of what the NT actually says about Jesus and who he was, what he did, and turned it into what the Jews turned God's law and promises into. Ironic because they assume to be so far away from those "bad guys," and could never be like them because their made up jesus god is so happy with them and all the work they're doing for him. In the end, everything that the humans think they know about what's true will just cave in on itself, and only the truth will be left—like the dross off the gold.

I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?

Jesus spoke to Nicodemus about who God—the heavenly, pure spirit, invisible to the humans— was and what He was about to do; and he used the OT to prove it. The new covenant, promised extensively in the OT prophets, was all about the things Jesus was telling him in John 3. Nicodemus, being Israel's teacher, should have known about it if what he thought was true actually was—that he held the keys to the kingdom and could know the way to God, even though that way was not in him. It perhaps was put into him later (he may have been a genuine first century son of God living under the new covenant), but we don't know that for sure.

No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.

"Going into heaven" meant having the life of the spirit of the Father, who was heaven (the spiritual world exists because of His life creating and maintaining it), living in his body, enabling him to become the new covenant, to institute what was promised by God's holy prophets. Jesus shows how everything pointed to him in that respect; all of the stories and symbols that Nicodemus knew so well were a copy of what was being invisibly done before his eyes. We also speak of what we know, that which seems to the humans like the furthest thing from what could possibly be the truth of the way things are according to God. We testify to the invisible reality that we have seen, and to what we have heard—the invisible, living word, the voice of the pure spirit Jesus who lives in our bodies to teach us the new way of the son.

 

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