Deuteronomy 27 / Song of Solomon 7 / Acts 23-24
How beautiful your sandaled feet,
O prince's daughter!
The love that exists between men and women can seem sweet and wonderful while it is at work in them like a drug to create its intended results. Though it is a small representation of the Father's love for His family and the Son's love for his bride, that extraordinarily powerful form of love in the animals is only a temporary force intended to bring them together so that they will mate and produce offspring like any other animal on the earth—driven by the instinct that wells up within them to replicate themselves. The driving force and power that brings them together (what Solomon is recording), tends to create the offspring that are continually being produced because of it. The offspring produced are each one little piece which when put with all the other instances of offspring production (animals and plants) collectively preserves the continuation of the natural creation and its overlapping cycles of death. Though each one of the billions of life existences happening simultaneously is actually a single, temporary instance, together they create the illusion of eternity as things just seem to go on and on forever and never significantly change.
says the Teacher.
Is there anything of which one can say, "Look! This is something new"?
The love thing that happens between the humans is one of many things they worship and live for, because it's a reflection of the deep love they have for themselves when another of them gives them that temporary little hope of acceptance that fortifies them like an ego blast which makes them feel like superman until the force of its power wears off. That's why Solomon had so many wives, because he lived for the extremes of whatever he could indulge in. He loved that super powerful and sweetly incredible ego boost that came from the instantaneous acceptance wrought by this powerful force of nature. But it always wore off because it's intended to be temporary and it always wears off. When that happened, he just went and got another wife (because he could), who would make that thing happen for him again, and again, and again.
King Solomon loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh's daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. They were from nations about which the LORD had told the Israelites, "You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods." Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray.
The effects are much the same as a drug, creating the illusion surrounding the object of it and making one feel like superman because it actually makes the body shoot endorphins into the blood and that one will get high on them (until it wears off). Solomon was the king of indulging in the animal cravings, addicted to that love process as much as he was to the pomp and glory, respect and honor, gold and silver that created a feeling of supreme acceptance and goodness—as though he might survive forever in his superman condition, taking advantage of his position as though he were a god himself. The love that Solomon records is one he was very familiar with because he indulged himself on that love of the women he was able to buy because of his great wealth and fame. It, along with his gold and power, fed his gluttonous egotistical nature that he was given over to because he loved it. He loved what he could reach out and grab by the power of his own hand because it looked good to the eyes, although within the fruit he picked was the seed of death that killed him and the line of king sons who followed him further away from the God of his father David, straight into captivity.
As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been. He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech the detestable god of the Ammonites. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the LORD; he did not follow the LORD completely, as David his father had done.
Solomon was the anti-christ, a statue of the supreme antithesis of why God loved David and why He loved the real Son of David, the Son of God whose temptation account records how he chose to be the opposite of what Solomon turned out to be before God as he denied the natural instinct to grab for himself what he could have taken by the power of his own hand to get for himself. The second (real) Son of David/Son of God could have even more fully indulged in all of the things the humans naturally love that tend to reinforce their animalistic need to feel like they're surviving better. But he instead chose the better thing, which is why the Father loved him—to conform to His will and wait for the love that the Father would give him. It is so much higher and more meaningful that it can't even be spoken of here because it's so unnatural and not of the substance that the humans who can read this are able to comprehend.
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.
The Son of God denied what the humans have forced upon them because of the curse of being bound to the natural creation via their nature. Instead of being driven by the instinct that was welling up within him to indulge in the animal cravings of appetite, egotistical enhancement or proving that he was the Son of God by the power of his own hand he chose the better thing. He conformed to the desire of the Father; he trusted the Father instead of the nature that was testing him, that was offering to him all and more of what Solomon couldn't resist. He could have had everything that the humans love and run after because he had the power within him to prove to the humans that he was the Son of the living God, the great prophet who was predicted by Moses. He had the ability within himself to show the Jews that he was the One they had been waiting for, so he could have had all and more than what Solomon had. However, unlike Solomon but like Moses, this real Son of David/Son of God was taken over by another burden and purpose bigger than himself. Because he was raised by the Father, he became aware of and fell in love with the burden and purpose of the Father like a good Son, so that his own life aspirations and concerns became nothing to him in the hope that he could realize the Father's aspirations and concerns by doing what pleased Him instead of doing what pleased himself (what the first humans did, which caused the curse of being bound to the animal via sharing the same nature of fear and hiding, of being led by the instinct of nature that rules them perfectly).
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. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
Instead of pursuing his own dreams of being great, he lived to fulfill the Father's dream that there be one flock and one shepherd, who would all be conformed to the Father's will and not their own, as per the animal's rule over them via the instinct that wells up within them to be defined by what they serve and follow—the little capsule of their own self, so concerned with its own interests that it cannot ever love as the Father requires His own sons to love.
"The most important commandment," answered Jesus, "is this: `Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: `Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."
Now Moses and the Levitical priests spoke to all Israel,
Moses was an OT son of God. He loved what God loved because knew God. Because of their relationship, Moses learned what God's purpose was and he learned to love that purpose. The will and purpose of God became known to him in a personal way, as God's heart became known to him and one with his own heart, so Moses fell in love with that burden and purpose of God, which became his own burden and purpose. He also had his own perfect opportunity to choose his own way when God was so angry at the Israelites that He wanted to wipe them out and start over with Moses as the head, instead of Abraham. Moses was so given over to God's burden and purpose that he denied for himself that position of becoming equal with Abraham, which was being offered to him by God as kind of a test. Moses was taken over by a thing much bigger than his own desire and purpose, the burden for this people who belonged to God.
"I have seen these people," the LORD said to Moses, "and they are a stiff-necked people. Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation."
But Moses sought the favor of the LORD his God. "O LORD," he said, "why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, `It was with evil intent that he brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth'? Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: `I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.' " Then the LORD relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.
We may have a desire to know God's purpose, but there is this other thing that keeps coming up, which is the thing that makes us want and need to perceive that purpose though the eyes of our own selves, to figure out how we can possibly benefit by going along with whatever that purpose is and what it requires from us. That process and filter isn't even perceivable to whomever's living it because it is an integral component of the very self, from which the human cannot be separated. It is what makes us evil and corrupt, because it is the philosophy that rules us in our own little bubble of our animal existences, where everything is weighed according to whether it can serve us or not. It's an automatic thing that can't even be reasoned through because it's so pervasive, ubiquitous and automatic. Because of its self-driving tendencies, those who are ruled by it to one extent or another (all the humans who ever lived except the Son of God—even Moses and David when they became overwhelmed by their animal impulses) cannot come near to God. It makes them unclean because it creates within its host such a self-driven philosophy about how they perceive the world (according to God, never themselves who are always good) that it effectively makes them unable to love and care for anyone or anything except what that nature dictates to them. The animal in its natural condition is only ever able to love their selves. Via the uncontrollable instinct within them, they also are drawn to be able to love their own offspring who have their DNA in them; so that in effect those offspring are just their own selves spread out over more than one host.
The accounts of Moses with God is for the sons' benefit, and points to the fact that Moses was a true son of God because he knew who his Father was. By that he knew the love and burden of God; he was able to experience it so that it became the thing which ruled him instead of fear in the many forms it takes in the humans to make him act for their self all the time. It was only a copy though, because even Moses only pointed to the better Son who was more perfectly able to love the Father and His purpose, whose arrival was only able to be predicted by him and the other sons of God who lived in the time before he was born to the Father.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
Fear is the defining characteristic of the animal nature, and its presence in the animals is the surety that they will not be able to love as the Father requires from His own sons to. Moses pointed to Jesus, who would come to destroy fear and allow love drive and motivate God's sons instead of the animal fear that has lived in them so perfectly it has come to define what their identity is before God—merely another common animal that is bound and tied to the natural creation via its nature.
From now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
This is not an ordinary love that Paul is talking about, which constrains the humans to only be able to love what it dictates they are able to love, by the power of that nature that's in them to rule, guide and drive them. It isn't about love for a woman, nor is it about the love and concern one normally extends to his own offspring. It is a love and concern for the burden and purpose of God—His own family of sons who ever existed, who were called according to His purpose, to become His own sons. That becomes all that matters for those who are overcome by the nature of the eternal Father instead of their previous nature. The working examples that we have are contained in the record that has been preserved for the sons who are called to such a circumstance of being transformed into a new creature—the many who loved the burden and purpose of the Father more than their own plight and circumstance of existence, which would under normal conditions (being another animal bound to this natural creation) dictate their allegiance to themselves and consume them toward that end.
Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me. Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man's reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.
Fear and love as it is defined by God are unknown to the humans, who wish to deny the fear that rules them while they only ever know their own little versions of love, as it pertains to what they can get for themselves within their own little bubble of existing to and for their own selves and welfare. The love that is defined by God which Moses and Jesus knew—real love—is reserved for God's own sons. That is the love that allows them to throw off the dictates of the animal nature instead fall in love with the Father's burden and purpose—to have a genuine family of son who have been tested and have proved that they love Him more than their animal selves. They have truly chosen the way of the Father, and are therefore worthy to be remembered by Him, so that they are not forever remaining as one with the natural creation, but have been redeemed into the family of His eternal sons.
Fear is acknowledged by the humans only in the extremes i.e., the fear of sudden death or some other close call when their heart races because the body has shot a dose of adrenaline—an actual chemical occurrence—into the bloodstream. The humans are actually motivated by and their character is defined by a constant, underlying fear all their lives that they cannot ever detect because it's such a sub-level part of their own character. They make their decisions based on that ubiquitous fear living in them and defining them—fear of not being accepted or loved, fear of not having enough money, fear of eventually becoming no more, etc. So humans choose mates, careers and lives based on fear, the same fear that rules all wild animals—theirs is just a little more cultivated because they know how to hide their fear, while the wild animals don't care.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
If Jesus specifically commands the disciples who were listening to him (the men who were specifically chosen by the Father according to His intention to make them into His own sons) against this condition of "worrying about their life," then it must be an important deal. If we think about our own condition apart from the brainwashing of the culture of humans we've been surrounded by all our lives, we should be able to admit that we can't help but worry about our life in so many regards, as it's quite impossible not to. This fear is what makes the humans worry about the most benign seeming things—what they will eat, what clothes they will wear, what house they will live in and what job they will get, what car they will drive, etc. They pretend they don't, but it's such a secretly ubiquitous and pervasive thing that they can't even comprehend it so they always just deny it because they're also programmed to hide. Some might acknowledge its presence but then immediately dismiss it as just another part of life that doesn't need to be addressed because it's awkward and uncomfortable to do that.
The humans all just play a game of charades, pretending that what's in all of them isn't there, pretending they aren't what they are, and they maintain this conspiracy amongst themselves at all levels in their culture. Real security comes from knowing the love that is contained within the intention of our true Father to remember us, and the guarantee He is giving us, the living, yet secret and invisible seal and deposit of that love and intention that we can comprehending is actually growing and changing within us, as promised by the Son to our true brothers, in our true family. It is knowing that our lives are hid with God in the work the firstborn Son did, because he was driven by the love and burden of the Father, His purpose and desire to have a family.